Thursday, January 17, 2013
Warm cookies and cold weather
The snow missed us on its' way east but it is quite cold here... and warm chocolate chip cookies sounded perfect. How lovely to have the warm cookies waiting after the dishes were all washed and drying in the Rubbermaid drainer... and yes, I did have to take extra insulin. I don't allow myself such treats very often. :)
I have loved cooking since I was a child but I think it is when baking that I truly lose myself in the kitchen. Just the alchemy of mixing butter and sugar and flour and eggs and a few other various ingredients to create something delicious can bring a smile to the baker and the recipients of the baked goods.
Although putting together a soup or stew is similar as the combinations seem almost infinite in their possibilities. While my winter soups and stews are usually made with root veggies, summer soups are straight from the garden or farmer's market. Someday I want to try making the berry champagne soup like we had at a tea room in Virginia.
This type of cooking is completely different than that which comes about when I look at the clock and am quite shocked to see if is 4:30 or 5:00. During those times, I often find myself with the refrigerator door open, rather hoping for some divine inspiration for dinner. The closest thing I ever receive to such inspiration is when there are some really lovely leftovers to warm up.
Last night I made a crustless quiche (my friend, Jewels', recipe). It, too, makes it possible to pull out of the refrigerator all kinds of ingredients to add to that basic custard recipe... mushrooms just beginning to look old, thinly sliced ham, half a red onion, and half a package of cheddar cheese.
So what am I having for dinner tonight? That is a good question. I wonder if I could talk Hubby into cold milk and cookies?
Picture: John Bull Cooking Housewife; allposters.com