After being sick last weekend and not wanting to move, you would think that I’d be eager to catch up on my reading. Unfortunately, that’s not been the case this week. I think part of it has to do with the whole not-wanting-to-move thing. After being trapped basically in bed for three and a half days, I want to be out and about. So that’s what I’ve been doing this week- running errands and taking pleasure in fresh air.

I also decided that, in celebration of my survival of the “undiagnosable throat infection,” I would do something I’ve been meaning to do for a few months now: try my hand at baking muffins. I’m not exactly what one would call “domestic.” My standard meals are the kind that can be heated in the microwave or come in the little foil wrappers from Chipotle. But for the last few months, I’ve been perusing recipe websites and wishing desperately that I could cook or bake (there’s only so much one can do with a mini George Forman grill).

So last night, after meeting with my estranged brother for the first time in three months, I headed home, gathered my dry ingredients and pumpkin puree, and set up shop in the kitchen. It was messy (I can’t use flour and not make a mess), it was frustrating. And it was a huge success. I can now officially say I can make pumpkin butterscotch muffins. They were a huge hit at work, and one of my coworkers has already put in her request for me to make them again.

So now I’ve got the cooking bug. I don’t want to take on anything complicated (baby steps, you know?), but I am eagerly looking for other new recipes I can try out, whether they’re cooking recipes or baking recipes. So my question to you is this:

What are some of your favorite sources for recipes? Any cookbooks that have fantastic and easy dishes?

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