Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Snow Day

Well, it's snowing up a storm here, and I got to thinking about what I like to eat when it's snowy. Right now, I am having a pasta, ground beef and tomato casserole. It's nice and hot, and even thought I am inside, it makes me feel all warm.
When it's cold, and I take my yellow lab, Connor, for a walk, I like to make a cup of cocoa when we get back. I usually take the lazy way out and make it from a mix and nuke the milk. But sometimes, mostly on the weekends, I will make it from scratch and add marshmallows.

I had that delicious pumpkin-mushroom soup the other night and that got me to thinking about soups and stews. I love a good beef stew with lots of potatoes, tomatoes and some red wine to add depth. Since it's just me, I don't cook too much, but I am a good cook and know the rules well enough to break them.

I love reading cookbooks and when I left the UK to come back to the States, a friend gave me a cookbook called Roast Chicken and Other Stories. It's recipes and stories about them, including ones on brains and other odd eats. I also got a little Penguin set of 100-page cookbooks by Elizabeth David, the gals who run River Cafe in London and Jane Grigson. They are just so much fun to read. I am personally not wild about Jamie Oliver, he just looks too sloppy. I did love Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Hell, which was WAY toned down for US TV.

I also love Epicurious.com and their feature of putting a couple of ingredients and coming up with a recipe. I am making a tiramisu this weekend, after being inspired by the one I ate last weekend. I searched Epicurious's recipes and came up with a good one. I will let you know how it works.


Julie said...

It's a snow day and I'm at work. Not what I'd envisioned at all. I'd been looking forward to a day of puttering around the kitchen as the weather outside grew progressively worse. Ah, well.

I need to check out all of those books. I love cookbooks and I particularly love food essays. And pumpkin mushroom soup? Sounds fab.

Fairfax said...

Yep, I am at work, too! I want to be home reading or knitting. If you can't find the Roast Chicken book, I can lend it to you.
The soup was fab!!!

Julie said...

Just looked the Roast Chicken book up on Amazon. It's expensive! Like $99 expensive.

Fairfax said...

Julie... I will lend you mine.

Julie said...