I have to say, the weather has been quite strange. One day, it is so warm I think we skipped spring and hit summer, and the next it is chilly and raining! I'm not complaining- I love the rain. I get this itch when the weather is overcast and it only goes away when I bake something. Today, in celebration of the dismal weather, I made some lovely orange-scented wedding cupcakes. I wanted to make banana bread, but I didn't quite have time. When the weather is like this I also love soups and stews and cassoulets and brewing a fresh pot of coffee at 2:30.
One dish that I really like on days like this I stumbled across in one of my favorite magazines. I often forget about it, then suddenly remember it when I see some lonely frozen peas in the freezer. Its a meal that comes together quickly, with a few ingredients, and gives you time to put together a salad and throw a dessert in the oven. Its perfect for days like this because it is homey, and comforting. It is simple and frank, a bit rustic in its own way. It was also an excuse to use my new dutch oven, even though I really didn't need it for this dish.
It takes about an hour, from start to finish, but a lot of that time it is just bubbling away on the stove, giving you time to sip your coffee and play tetris. Or whatever you do with your free time. I actually used the time to pipe obscene amounts of frosting onto my orange cupcakes.
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My Favorite Reads
- Bride & Groom First and Forever Cookbook
- Deceptively Delicious
- Giada's Kitchen New Italian Favorites
- Martha Stewart's Cooking School
- Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook
- The Art & Soul of Baking
- The Bon Appetit Cookbook
- The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The New Classics
- Williams-Sonoma Cooking at Home