In general, I think about food a lot. From what complicated recipe do I want to try this weekend, to what food and health trends would make good topics for a magazine article. All this thinking about food, and of course cooking it, tends to provide plenty of material for this blog.
In the past, I've had backlogs of recipes to post, but not now. Some reasons for that are summer travel and recipe development work for magazines that can't yet be shared with the world. But, one of the biggest reasons for the lack of blog material is that I've been really busy thinking about non-food related things lately. With presidential campaign mania and Wall Street insanity, how could I not be fretting about other things?
I've taken to spending my web-surfing time reading the New York Times - but the Politics and Opinion sections, rather than Dining & Wine. What the heck?! I've even been spending less times reading food blogs, and seeing all the numbers of unread posts on my feed reader going up each day makes me feel like I'll never catch up.
So, today I thought of a small, but possibly useful exercise to get food back on the brain. Here are the main things that have been consuming me lately and a corresponding food-related solution:
1) The national financial crisis - Cash is king so save money with budget-friendly meals like Smoky Lentils with Sweet Potatoes and Black-Eyed Pea Stew.
2) Splenda might be the antichrist (if a Sugar Association-funded study is to be believed) - Seriously, although actually food-related, this is not what I needed to see in the Times today. I love Splenda. Luuuuve it. It's not so hot for baking, but I've been dumping it in coffee, tea and oatmeal for years now. It can't be evil. But I am slightly more motivated to check out some of those supposedly more natural sweeteners I've heard about recently, like Sweet Leaf.
3) The Mediterranean diet is becoming obsolete in the Mediterranean - And according to the Times article, kids in Greece are eating mac n' cheese for dinner instead of grilled veggies and whole grain bread dripping with olive oil. Save one of the world's healthiest diets by serving Whole Wheat Spagetti with Swiss Chard, Red Onion and Pine Nuts.
4) Not doing enough blog care-taking - namely about keeping my recipe index up to date. It's so easy to do but I'm behind. You remember the recipe search feature, right? You can plug in a key work and/or search by course. Mike built it for me, and it's awesome! Solution: by the time you read this, it will be totally up to the minute!
4) And finally, The Big One - Who will win the smackdown on November 4 (you're registered, right?)? Will the next president fix health care, the economy and the housing market? Will moose replace turkey as the game meat of choice for a cherished American holiday? To remedy these fears, I won't wait till the holiday to support the Thanksgiving bird. I can make Turkey Lasagna with Eggplant and Spinach (seen above) or my Favorite Smoky Turkey Chili. And I'll be sure to enjoy them with a nice cold Sam Adams, one of favorite domestic beers, to dull my senses to the constant election media coverage.
So, are any other foodies out there finding it hard to focus lately? Has CNN replaced the food network as your must-see TV? And, like me, do you often turn to old favorites instead of trying new recipes when life gets crazy?