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Comfort Food

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With all of this cold, Cold, COLD weather, I was on the hunt for some nice, warm, comforting things to make for dinner.  Did I say it’s been COLD?  Way below normal temperatures.  I left the house Tuesday morning and it was minus 11 degrees.  I think the high temperature that day was 8.  It’s getting a little annoying. ( And to top it all off, I can’t seem to find the right hat to wear.  I have a several completed knitted hats but none of them was just right to wear.  Either I thought it looked silly on me or it was too big.  Or it looked silly on me.  Mostly that.)  So, to combat the annoyance and the cold this past week, I cooked up a storm.

First up was Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup :

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Very yummy and warm and perfect for the weather.  Especially since it has some heavy cream in it!  I made half the recipe and tried not to put too much half and half.  But did not skip the splash of heavy cream at the end.  It was also good re-heated.

Then, I got this from Sue, a yarn shop friend:

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Sourdough starter!  I made the most wonderful loaf of crusty chewy sourdough bread.  In a pot!

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It was so easy.  Next time (because there will be a next time.  Maybe this weekend.) I will make it into two loaves and cook it on a baking sheet so I can freeze a loaf.  And yes, I could have cut this in half and frozen it, but it was way too good and we just kept heating it up and toasting it and eating it.   And yes, I should have made it on the same day I made the soup, because it would have been better to eat sourdough bread with the soup, rather than a hamburger roll.

Instead, I made it on the same day as I made this Burrito Casserole:

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I followed the recipe, mostly.  I only used one jar of salsa (instead of two) and one can of refried beans (instead of two).  And I did not use black olives because black olives are gross. (ALL olives are gross.)

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It was very yummy and I will definitely make this one again.

Ok.  So, we covered soup, bread and burrito casserole.  On to knitting!

I finished up The Third Mitten for my sister-in-law and that will go in the mail today!  I forgot to take a picture before I sealed the envelope:

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That is the picture with not enough postage and it got sent back to me so I’m trying again today with the correct postage.  That’s what I get for trying to weigh it (with my new yarn scale!) and calculate the postage based on the USPS’s kind of confusing postage calculator.

Then I knit up a dishcloth for my mother-in-law.  She loved the last one and wore it out.
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Then my mom asked me to knit a hat for her, like the one Avi is wearing in this cool a capella video. (Need I go on and on about Home Free, who are great?).  I found this pattern for her but now, she might knit it herself!

And now, there are these:

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These are my Cocktails for Two Mystery Socks that I started last January 31.  They are HARD to knit.  They are CONFUSING to knit.  Mostly because I am trying to knit both socks at the same time and they are mirror images, so the instructions for each sock at each point is reversed and different.  And every time I pick them up after not having worked on them for a while, it takes me 10 years to figure out where I am, on which sock, and what I’m supposed to do next.  I have picked them up again because The Knitter’s Brewing Company is having another mystery knit-a-long starting this January 30 which I would like to participate in because I like Knitter’s Brewing Company and Wendy’s designs (especially these Snow Dancer socks which I’ve shown you before and also really want to make).  However, I have it stuck in my head that I really should finish these other ones first.  I love them.  I love the finished product, which I have seen because my friend Lisa participated in that knit-a-long and finished them a really long time ago (over-achiever that she is – ha ha!  Anything less than a year is overachieving to me, at this point.) and they look great.

I’m wondering if I can get them done by the end of this weekend. HA!  I’ll let you know.

Cowboy Cookies

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I made these Cowboy Cookies (again) today and they got rave reviews (again) by the ladies in the class I was teaching at The Spinning Room so I felt the need to dedicate a post to them:

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I got the recipe from the Beekman Boys, whom, as you may already know, I just love.  I love their recipes, their cookbooks, their home products, their Blaak Drizzle, their gardening, their goats…..

For the cookies I used homemade granola:

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…..with a recipe I got here: Olive Oil and Maple Granola.  It is a small-ish cookie recipe, making 24 cookies from my cookie scoop (which is similar to this one:Norpro Grip-EZ Stainless Scoop).  At first I thought the ingredient amounts were wrong since there is a whole stick of butter, only one egg and one cup of flour with three cups of granola added.  But they turned out perfectly and disappeared very quickly at the shop.  You MUST try them. You can use store-bought granola, BUT I’m telling you, this homemade stuff is to. die. for.  And really, so, so, so easy. A little tip: don’t skip the step of adding salt to your granola.  It totally adds to the whole flavor profile (said like she’s a professional cook-er or something…).

Next up on my cooking list are some savory options:

Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup since I’m on a kale-in-my-smoothies kick and have a whole lot of kale-in-a-bag.

Beef Burrito Casserole since it just looks so cheesy, beefy, taco-y good.

Tyler Florence’s Chicken and Dumplings since it is so cold and this is just the right thing for that.  I make this recipe all the time but use stock-in-a-box and chicken breasts, instead of cooking a whole chicken and making stock from the bones, because who has a million hours to do that?  It still comes out great.

Next post: Knitting stuff.