I'm just a little sleepy as the ding of an incoming text woke me up this morning... early. I keep my cell phone on the table next to the bed out of habit from all those years Christopher was driving home late from campus.
Usually if the phone is talking to me that early, it is my early rising daughter. But this time I knew it was Christopher, who had to leave around 4:30 this morning for the airport. I'd asked him to text when he arrived at the airport.
He is flying to California for an important product presentation in Los Angeles. So I'm praying for a safe trip as I yawn. Another mug of coffee is definitely in my near future.
It is cold again and getting colder. Our wind chills tonight are to be -20 or even worse. So, of course, we make soup. Kroger finally had chuck roast on sale and I already had a package of beef soup bones in the freezer, the beginnings of my veggie beef soup.
I started the stock Sunday afternoon and pulled it out of the refrigerator this morning to finish preparing. Once it is all done, the stock pot will be taken out to the garage to stay
Next on the menu (in a couple days) will be sausage lentil soup, which is like this recipe but with sausage instead of bacon and I add a large can of tomatoes. I'm thinking of making the cornbread recipe I brought back from the cooking class at Colonial Williamsburg, too.
Stephanie and I were just talking about it and how delicious it is. I don't think it is the recipe itself that makes it so wonderful, it is the technique the chef taught of keeping the iron skillet in the oven as it preheats, adding butter so it melts in the skillet in the oven... and pouring the batter carefully in the extremely hot skillet.
As it bakes, the outside of the cornbread gets all crusty and buttery. Yummm... Yes, I definitely must make the cornbread. Anything to help stay warmer this week. Spring is not too far away. I think. I hope.
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