In the Kitchen, Out of the Comfort Zone

wpid-wp-1429987360486.jpegSo this year is all about getting out of my comfort zone. Last year, was all about #domesticgoddess, an ironic hashtag I created for posting tweets and pics about my adventures in the kitchen.  We start eating more fresh, made-from-scratch, healthier meals.  And that meant I had to learn how to cook much better that I had before.  It was fun, and I think we’re a little healthier as a result.  Lately, my focus has been on #thenewjazzercise.  I’ve got 57 classes under my belt as of today! Whoop, whoop!  And now I really look forward to my classes and seeing my new friends at the studio.

This focus has, though, lulled me into some cooking complacency.  I haven’t really been trying anything new.  I’ve still been cooking from scratch, good, healthy meals, but I’ve been mostly just repeating old faves.  So last night, I decided it was time to try something new: mussels.  I’ve had them before at seafood places, but I’ve never made them or even seen anyone else make them.  Publix has these little recipe cards by the seafood counter, and I picked one up.  Sounded easy.  And it was!  It was also super quick. The Publix recipe was for 4 servings, but I was dining solo, so I cut it down for one using the online recipe converter calculator (still bad at math).

Mussels in White Wine with Lemon:

1/2 cup white wine
1/8 cup lemon
3/4 lb mussels
1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 tablespoons parsley

1. Preheat large saute pan on medium-high. Combine wine and lemon juice in pan and bring to boil. Add mussels and cover; cook 6-8 minutes or until mussels open.  Discard mussels that remain closed after cooking (all mine opened).

2. Stir butter into broth until melted. Sprinkle with parsley.

3. Enjoy!

This was a fun, tasty treat for a Friday night, and I’m glad I decided to try something at home that’s usually just a restaurant food for me.  I’m even more pleased that it took less than 15 minutes to make!

Here’s the photographic evidence:

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