I am foodie. My grad school friends and I made a religion of choosing new restaurants to try every week and rubbing our "food baby" bellies afterward. The simple joys in life, right?

Well, I find lately that I am struggling to cook at home. This is highly unusual, and somewhat depressing. I don't know if it is because of the heat, or our reduced budget, but I have not felt the impetus for creating the way I used to.

Imagine my surprise and delight when I received an blog update via email with this heading: "7 Ways to Get Your Cooking Mojo Back." I think I devoured thekitchn article and comments in 10 seconds flat. A really great suggestion that Jeff and I have been working up to is buying a strange food at the market and figuring out what to do with it.

While not forgeign to me, I bought spinach leaves at my local Trader Joe's recently. Normally, I plop it onto a sandwich, salad, or eggs for some extra fiber and vitamins. For the first time, though, I made seared spinach on Monday night with a little olive oil and pink Himalayan salt. Mmm, mmm good.  

Reading the article sent my curious mind a-whirlin,' and I came upon three sites new to me:
There are a number of reasons why I wanted to share these links with the Milspouse community.

First, the idea of cooking mojo struck a chord with me. Not because of my current funk, but because of the wake up call it gave me that I may have more funks ahead in my future. After all, how many times have you heard a military spouse, especially one without children, talk about how they have resorted to eating cereal three times a day until the box runs out...and then they buy another one? As a Future Sailor's wife, I know I will have lonesome times ahead, and though I spoil my cats, I am by no means going to start cooking gourmet cat food for our little furbabies.

In addition to that, the author of Annie's Eats is entirely self-taught, self-made. She taught herself how to cook and handle a camera through tenacity, courage, and she is very creative indeed. I found myself salivating looking over her recipes.

Consider this a mil-spouse lesson to my future self and all of the other millies out there that struggle with cooking mojo (or even knowing how to boil water, for that matter) - it is possible to make a comeback, and a really fantastic one at that. An important part of self-care is realizing that you are worth the time you put into caring for the total package of your well-being, which includes regular exercise, good food, a positive social support group, enriching hobbies, and lifelong learning.

Besides all that, cooking should be fun and inspire laughter and smiles. It shouldn't feel like a chore.

My mission to rejuvenate my cooking mojo? Try a new recipe from the Faux Martha for Ricotta Peach Galette with Maple Balsamic Glaze. I have never made a galette before, so I'm curious to see how it pans out.

Oh, droooool.

My recent attempt to make handmade agnolotti with Jeff was ok, and I was a little too embarrassed to include photographs. The ricotta, mushroom, apple-smoked bacon filling was the prize winner there.

More to the point, though, where are the mil-spouse foodie bloggers? If you know of any, or fit the bill, drop a comment and introduce yourself!

Take care and toodloo for now!