You know when you’re young and you just do things, whether or not you have a clue what you’re getting into. That’s how I approach cooking (well, actually that’s pretty much how I approach everything, crazy smart, probably not). When it came to making baby food for Isla, I just did it. There wasn’t much thought. I just puréed fruit, veggies, and spices into liquid form (I just thought about what I’d like to eat when I’m 80). When I bake desserts or cook dinner, I choose a recipe from a cookbook or Pinterest and assume it will work out. And most of the time it does. I hear so often from friends “I can’t cook”. Yes, you can. If you can read, you can cook. For some reason following a recipe is intimidating. But seriously, what’s the worst that can happen. The recipe sucks? Fine, then try something else next time. Who cares. I tested a cake recipe for Isla’s birthday that tasted like straight up dirt. I’m inclined to blame the recipe creator, who shall remain nameless. MARTHA STEWART. Man can that lady come up with some super pretty desserts that taste like feet.

Moral of this story, if you’re looking for something to do that involves wine, choose a recipe, turn on some music (or Sex in the City), pour yourself a glass of vino, and throw a bunch of things into a pot. It’s basically 2nd grade reading. You can do it.

Super simple recipe for when you can’t come up with what to make for dinner – basically a health-ier version of fettuccine:

  • whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 fresh tomato diced
  • whipped cream cheese (to liking)
  • 1 package chopped basil
  • 3 TBS minced garlic
  • fresh chopped spinach (as much as you like)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • adding shrimp adds a wow factor, just saying

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