To wrap up the week, I asked Tricia to be my guinea pig in a new weekly column that turns to our fellow cooks and asks them: What's cooking this weekend? Here's what Tricia's cooking — and nope, it's not soup, but it is connected to her very ambitious New Year's resolution!
What are you cooking this weekend, Tricia?
Pumpkin lasagna. I adapted it from this Rachael Ray recipe.
What inspired you to make what you're cooking?
One of my New Year's resolutions is to use all the food in my pantry. All the grains, all the pastas, and all the canned goods. Every fall when Trader Joe's stocks its organic pumpkin I buy a can or two every time I'm, at the store. I've got two cans left. After this weekend, I will have none. Next ingredient to use up is buckwheat.
When is your favorite time to cook at home?
I love cooking on the weekends when my husband is home. I cook almost every night for our three children but it is a juggling act between homework, who hit whom, when's karate pick up? On the weekend my husband is home and can help with all that so I can focus on tackling something new in the kitchen. The smoke detector goes off less on the weekends. Ha!
Is there an ingredient wildly inspiring to you right now?
Preserved lemons and Maldon salt are my two favorite ingredients right now. I love making my own preserved lemons. There is something about canning in my kitchen that makes me feel accomplished. And Maldon salt ... those crispy flakes are life changing.
Who's on dish duty?
Our new dishwasher is on dish duty! We just replaced our 20-year-old dishwasher that required completely washing the dishes before putting into the dishwasher. This new technology does all that for you. We've finally caught up!
Thanks so much Tricia! Readers, your turn — what's cooking in your kitchen this weekend?
About Tricia Keels & Souper Heroes
Tricia runs an organization called Souper Heroes that hosts a monthly event called Soup and Bread. It raises money for the local food bank and gives people yet another way to eat soup.