|Banana Muffins, for our muffin brunch. Delicious|
|Pineapple Upside-down Cake, Based on Psych|
I think actually being good at cooking requires more skill and creativity than instruction following. A while ago I planned on buying a new vegetable every week and cooking something good with it in order to become more versatile in my cooking ability. Due to financial and time constraints, this hasn't quite happened, and most time I end up eating sandwiches and cereal every day but sunday. It's going though, I bought carrots this week and I'm planning on doing fun stuff with that. I know carrots aren't all that exotic, but i've never really cooked with them, so that makes it fun.
*It's worth mentioning that these two and almost all my recipes end up coming from this book, by Cook's Illustrated. I got it last Christmas and I've used it extensively. It's the only cook book I've ever owned, and probably the only one I will ever own, so when I say it's the best cook book you could buy, it comes from extensive personal experience.