Wednesday, October 18, 2017

There are so many minestrone recipes out there. My favorite is from Mollie Katzen's Moosewood cookbook (the first cookbook I used when I was learning to cook, after college).  I was drinking a glass of Cupcake Malbec while I made it, and I added a tablespoon to the soup. It never hurts a tomato-based sauce.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

There is something oddly satisfying about Pinterest this time of year. They dive headfirst into the whole pumpkin spice thing.

The cooking continues...I made a caramelized onion tart yesterday and now there's a tomato soup cooking in the slow cooker. You add cream at the end.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Every summer I take a break from cooking - aside from my baked ziti, which everyone loves, and basics like baked potatoes and grilled cheese. Then in the autumn, like clockwork, the desire to cook comes back. Tonight I made what Eric calls "the bean dish" - pinto beans mixed with white rice, chili powder, and salt, then layered with sour cream and Mexican cheese in my red Le Creuset. It always tastes so good, and it's nice to make something with your hands.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Terrace thoughts

My new apartment (well, I've been here almost 2 years) has a lot of Rear Window moments. It is situated so I have a direct view of other people's terraces. I've seen a guy showering, etc. (Just his back and shoulders). Right now I have terrace envy, because one neighbor enclosed their terrace and they have blinds (partially lowered) and soft, warm table lamps. Yet, I don't really want a terrace because I would be nervous about my kids being on it.

Friday, October 06, 2017

I'm making my first soup in a while...broccoli, potato and cheese soup from one of my slow cooker cookbooks. You brown some onion in butter, then combine it with water and quartered potato, and let it all cook on low for 6 hours. You add some chopped broccoli near the end. Then you serve it with grated sharp cheddar, and cream if you want (I usually skip that).

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

I finished Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand. I loved it. It's the last book in this trilogy, but she's planning to write another trilogy, set on St. John USVI. It'll be strange to read something she's written that's not set on Nantucket (although she does venture into New York sometimes).

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

There’s a new Elin Hilderbrand novel out today - Winter Solstice. Always a good way to start the day.