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Over the winter, leeks and cabbage are staple vegetables for us. At least in the Pacific Northwest, they seem to be available even during the bleakest part of winter, making them standards for cold weather cooking in our house.
When friends express concern over cooking dinner for us, thinking that our diet must be terribly exotic and exciting, I usually make a joke about how we actually just eat a lot of beans and rice. While that may be a slight exaggeration, we do, in fact, cook up a pot of beans almost every week.
We were recently asked to cook a fundraiser dinner for 18 people. While that’s straightforward enough (no one’s calling it “easy,” but straightforward, yes), there were quite a few food allergies in the group, plus one vegan guest.
For a little bit, I toyed with the idea of doing a non-chocolate dessert for Valentine’s Day, and then John basically said, “What are you thinking?!” And that, friends, is what your better half is for--to let you know when you’re completely off base.
It's filled pasta season in our home. Lasagna, canneloni, tortellini... all of them are good for warming up the palate and soul. With filled pasta, it's only natural to think of butternut squash in January.
In our neighborhood, snow has given way to an icey, opaque shell. The heavy rains have passed, real winter has begun, and I couldn't be happier to stay indoors, occupied with research, cooking, and plotting future victories. We are nearly done outlining the new edition of JOY---a long, painstakingly-detailed outline---and our excitement grows as the "shape" of it comes into focus.
Since this is such a doozie of a recipe, I'll get right to the point. Making a yule log cake is a process, but sometimes nothing else will do. It's completely over the top, classic, and just a little cheesy. It's also delicious.
Of all foods that can be classified as "un-sexy"--beef stew, cole slaw, banana pudding--it is perhaps granola whose reputation is most chaste.
This week's cookbook giveaway is all about cookies. I own several cookie-centric cookbooks, and I love them all. Cookies are just plain fun to make and to eat. It totally makes sense that cookies are one of the first cooking projects for kids. But when someone comes out with a particularly playful and creative cookie book, my heart skips a beat.