On Monday my entire house smelled like Thanksgiving! There were not one, but two stocks simmering away on my stove for much of the day. I prepared a vegetable version and a turkey version. I bought turkey thighs and legs and roasted them in the oven for the base of my turkey stock…that alone was enough to send Turkey Day aromas wafting throughout. While I waited Continue reading
Turkey Day Approaches: Beginning Preparations
It’s a bit dreary here at home today. It’s raining; the temperatures are finally a tad cooler, though not as low as I’d prefer. However, it is closer to boot-wearing weather than sandal-wearing weather so you won’t hear me complain (too much!).
We have been traveling a lot the past few weeks. It was a refreshing change of pace to spend time in two of my favorite cities: Washington DC and New York City (seriously, who doesn’t love NY??). We also Continue reading
Bread Baking with Sourdough Starter: Lula Rises!
Bread. Who doesn’t love bread??
Bread has such esteem in this world that it is often the tongue-in-cheek term for money. Valuable. Necessary. And the process of making it – the mixing, the kneading, the shaping – is soul enhancing. The kneading alone is an excellent way to work through angst and anger and frustrations. That in itself is enough of a reason for me to bake bread.
Bread is a miracle worker. Continue reading
Football Season is Here…Let Them Eat Cake!
It’s that time of year…football season! A group of our friends started a fantasy football league several years ago, and Monday (Labor Day) was draft day for our teams. Ha! I say ‘our teams’ as if I had one. My husband has his own team, but I only participate in the food-related events Continue reading
My #1 Tip for Cooking Anything: Include the Kitchen Sink
I have one thing I do in the kitchen that helps me stay on task and keeps me organized: I ALWAYS start with a sink full of hot, soapy water. I learned this trick from the days when I followed FlyLady. It is what keeps me sane no matter what I have going on. It could be as simple as preparing tonight’s dinner or as complicated as catering for a party for 75 people.
Any cooking, for me, begins with Continue reading