Cooking by season is not something I’ve been able to crack. I’m ashamed to admit it, but my eating habits were poor up until about 3 years ago. I rarely cooked for myself and did most of my shopping at standard supermarkets. Now that the world of farmers markets and the concept of sustainable farming practices have opened up to me, I look upon my culinary past with a red face.
By cooking at home, avoiding fast food and being mindful that my ingredients aren’t infiltrated by sketchy GMO’s or hormones, I’ve noticed a big difference in my health. I used to have a sensitive stomach and I’m able to handle most foods with ease now. The most notable difference was in my skin. I very rarely break out these days. My skin is smooth. I haven’t been able to say that since junior high - my skin is smooth! You really are what you eat.
A massive chunk of credit for my improved eating habits belongs to the people I surround myself with. My inner circle is a circle of foodies. Indulgent yet mindful, open-minded and adventurous, we appreciate food, share recipes and encourage each other to live healthier lives.
Which brings me to this book by Melissa Clark which was a Christmas gift from my dear friend Tiff. There are recipes for each month depending on what ingredients are in season. One of my goals for 2012 is to make one recipe a month from this book. My hope is that it will get me to explore more farmers markets around L.A.
Here’s to a happy and healthy 2012!