Today is a snow day, again. To cheer and brighten our day, I thought I would get to rolling out something sweet, Orange Sweet Rolls I found on the #Epicurious website to be exact. These rolls are guaranteed to brightened any day. Once I improve everyone's mood, it's time to think about what to make for dinner. I made a pot of chicken stock last night so I can make soup if I want. I defrosted some meat (I freshly ground) so I can make burgers or whatever else, if I want. I'm making fresh baguettes to shape into, you guessed it baguettes but was also considering stuffing some of the dough with meat and cheese and veggies like a pseudo calzone. (Defrosted, frozen bread dough could work for this if you want.) No matter what I make, I figure my culinary bases are covered.
I guess Mother Nature didn’t get my message about my being ready for spring because more snow and ice are coming to where I live. The old adage, ‘make lemonade out of lemons’ comes to mind and got me thinking about fun things to do relating to snow and ice. Aside from mulled wine, hot chocolate and tequila, ice cream and shaved ice come to mind. Bundle up yourself and the kids and make maple syrup candy or give everyone a little hot water in a cup and make slow motion videos of everyone throwing the hot water over their head and making more snow and ice. I know, I know but like I said, lemonade from lemons. After all this outdoor fun? What else? MORE mulled wine, hot chocolate and tequila, of course.
The wind outside is howling. Bits of ice and snow are beginning to fall. It's cold. I'm sick of it, Dear Readers. Enough of winter! I am in the mood for something green. Basically, anything green. The moss growing on the roof top outside my office window makes me smile; that kind of anything green. My avocado plant, AB (Alien Baby) is growing tall and green and sprouting leaves, that kind of something green makes me smile. I am planning a spinach salad slathered in homemade hummus and even that something green makes me happy. When you live in the east, in February, you're easy to please when it comes to green. I have a friend who colors her hair green to combat the winter blues. Although, I have no plans to go to that extreme, even that something green makes me smile. If you need cheering, think about something green and take comfort knowing spring is just around the corner. For now, we will have to hang in there together.
The sun is shining and it’s Sunday, Dear Readers. Sunny Sundays are meant for family, food and fun. Go out and enjoy some of everything!
Leftover is considered such a bad, sad term, but, it shouldn’t be. Like any connotation, it’s all in the way you think about it. I say, bring it! Leftover is a good, happy term. What’s sad and bad is noleftover cake or worse, no leftover pie. What’s sad? No leftover cookies or pizza or chicken or pasta or wine. Last night, my husband Russell and I had fresh bangers I grilled on the stove while leftover garlic pasta reheated in the oven. I ate mine over fresh (leftover spinach) and he ate his with a side salad. For dessert we ate leftover chocolate cupcakes I made for Valentine’s Day. It was a quick and delicious meal to eat while sipping leftover wine. I say, ‘Extra! Extra! Eat all about it!’
Every year, my husband, Russell, gives me &20 of yard sale money. This may not sound romantic to you, Dear Readers, but to me, it is. You see, Russel doesn’t just give me yard sale money, he uses creative folding techniques to craft a special Valentine’s Day origami gift. The first year, he folded $1 bills (perfect for yard sales) into a bouquet, with stems and all. I didn’t want to spend it it was so pretty. Over the years I’ve received a box of money chocolates (WAY better than the edible kind) rings, a bracelet, a necklace, a rose and this year, Russ made a lotus flower. His creative folding is the envy of all my friends and I receive the gift that keeps on giving because I can milk $20 buck for ages at yard sales, believe me.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Dear Readers! Remember to love the one you’re with. Who is the “one?” YOU! Love the one you’re with so you love the ones you’re with. Loving and accepting yourself is the first step toward loving others. It’s difficult at times, yes, but being the best “one” you can be leads to being the best you, you can be. If you need help, there’s always chocolate.
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow so best get making those plans for dinner. A “plan” is particularly helpful for a novice and/or fearful home cook because plans keep us focused and organized. I was recently the featured chef on a local Saturday News program and today I share the link to the recipes and table setting ideas I made on air. Simply click the link below and learn how to make Cranberry Chicken (adapted from my friend and co-author Sara Singer’s cookbook Mad About Martha) and my Chocolate Dip recipe adapted from my cookbook Cooking Up Life. I also demonstrate how to make a rose from a napkin with one fold, two rolls and a tuck. Now you’re ready for love day.
Here is the link to my recipes and cooking segments on #wmfztv Saturday News this morning! Thank you Bo Koltnow and Karin Mallett for having me!
Do you have a fear of cooking? No worries. Forget about it! In fact, forget everything about recreancy. (Recreancy means cowardice.) Fear is the main obstacle between most home cooks and a meal, please don’t let it be. Injuries can happen in the kitchen but so can healing. Foods don’t always turn out perfectly but that is an opportunity to learn. Cooking is a way to share ourselves through food and as an extension, to share love. Valentine’s Day is just two days away, setting aside F.E.A.R. sounds like just the ticket.
We got a light dusting of snow last night here in the east. Outside looks like Mother Nature gave everything a sugary hug. Speaking of hugs, don’t forget to share one with someone you love, possibly in the form of a warm, sweet drink. Happy Monday!
Avid home cook and passionate instructor