The past few months have been a delight for me in the kitchen as I have developed a more solid foundation as a cook. I seem to have hit a goldmine of creativity and inspiration which has resulted in pretty yummy food and allowed me to branch out and discover some favorite new dishes and learn quite a good deal in the realm of cooking techniques and skill. However, in the past few days or so I seem to have lost my mojo and don't seem to be stimulated to the same level of excitement which has resulted in my adventures to create the perfect dish with the best ingredients while developing my preparation, cooking and presentation skills. This excitement seems to range from the simple to the more complex-I have been just as thrilled to concoct a delicious holiday meal as to figure out a good way to use up grape tomatoes and mushrooms. I think this is perhaps the motivation for many of us who have a passion for food and cooking. Of course there are the old favorites, but the real joy in my adventures of the past few months has been really getting into the kitchen to practice the art of cooking. I am often inspired by some fresh ingredient in the store, a product at home that needs to be used, a simple craving for a combination of foods which I haven't ever cooked together before, a blog post that I happen across, but it seems lately that my new found creativity and exploration has taken a dive. What do you do when you run out of ideas? What inspires you in the kitchen-cookbooks, magazines, fresh and available ingredients, etc?