Now that the cold weather is beginning to wear out its welcome, what's better in January than cooking and baking?
A few months back, I had a super yummy pizza for lunch at Flour, probably the only eating establishment I regularly frequent in Boston. I decided to try out the basic idea for the pizza myself. It sounds weird. Gorgonzola, carmelized onions, and apples sauteed in butter and a sprinkle of nutmeg. I put it all on the stretched out pizza dough (no sauce needed) and sprinkled it with a little thyme before putting it in the oven. And yes, it was good. Savory and sweet.
We were getting into a rut with cooking (pizza, pasta, pizza, tacos, pizza, fish). To remedy this, I had an idea to check out a new cookbook from the library every month. Since it's winter, and I can't be inspired by what I find at the farmer's market, I needed a little creativity boost.
Now, I loathe the idea of promoting anything Martha Steward does (the woman does not need my free advertising) but this is a great cookbook. Even Matt said we should buy it. Best part, it's arranged seasonally. And, the recipes are simple and every recipe we've tried has been really good. One page has the recipe and the facing page has a big picture. Love pictures in cookbooks.
This week, one of the recipes we tried was chicken stirfry wraps. Very simple sauce of soy, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and cornstarch. This was a fall dish, hence the red peppers. While steering towards more local items with my produce shopping, I've been able to do without some things, particularly bananas, and cut down on others, but not bell peppers. Still buying those every week. The Boston lettuce was actually grown regionally, in a hothouse. The brown rice was courtesy of the rice cooker my dad bought for his family Christmas exchange. We walked away with it, and it's become the most used appliance we have.
While our cooking life has improved, I haven't been able to motivate myself to bake much lately. Probably because my friends have been supplying me with cookies. I did a mailbox pick-up one day this week after class because my friend decided she had to get some of the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies out of her apartment. I, of course, was happy to help out.
Matt, on the other hand, did motivate today. He made soft pretzels to eat while he watched the All-Stars game. Love this guy! Hockey and salty bread with mustard. Good combo.
All, I gotta say is let the winter eating continue!