Another Sunday in the Kitchen

A wintry Sunday in January is the perfect day for spending some quality time in my kitchen. As I’ve said before, Sundays are home n hearth days around here.

Today I made a batch of chili and a big pot o’ creamy chicken soup to have on hand for easy eating over the next few days. I really enjoy soup for lunch this time of year and both make great supper leftovers alone or put with something else. My 16 year old girlie-night owl likes to have good food to reheat at midnight or 2am and soup fits the bill nicely I’m told.

I watched The Pioneer Woman’s Food Network show yesterday and was inspired to make her Flat Apple Pie. Any of y’all watched her show yet? I’ve watched from the beginning and she’s doing so well–the show was fun to watch from the first one but the new season shows show Ree much more relaxed and conversational. Bravo to all! 

I took the easy way out and used a pie crust I had left in the freezer from the holiday stash. The reviews were thumbs up all around with my family–which I expected since they’re all already apple pie fans.

The fun thing about this Flat Apple Pie is that it’s sliced like pizza and super easy to pick up and eat. Needless to say, that makes it disappear fast when folks can just walk by and grab a slice!

As this Sunday winds down, my book is saving my cozy couch spot. What’s cooking at your house?

Comfort Food: Biscuits and Gravy

When I set out to to improve my cooking and to learn to cook more from scratch quite a few years ago, one of the first things I tackled was homemade biscuits and gravy. *insert groan of appreciation* I’m not sure there is a comfort food in my world that is richer in memories and deliciousness than bona fide biscuits and gravy.

**not my photo--borrowed random s'posedly free image**

If I could relive a childhood food moment from the past, it would be a biscuits and gravy breakfast at Nanny’s table–with Papaw coming in to wash up and take his spot at the table, always smiling and teasing Nanny. My mom would be laughing and refilling her coffee cup–again. Those were the mornings waking up at my grandparents’ farm–waking up to smell the sausage and coffee, the biscuits and gravy.

While I learned to make biscuits and gravy with tips from my Mom (who I miss every.single.moment.), here are a couple of great links to recipes for those who haven’t yet mastered this most delicious nirvana of comfort foods.

*Pioneer Woman has step by step pictures that beautifully and clearly illustrate the gravy-making. I have no tip to add to this, for her instruction is so easily followed and spot on.

*This link to Paula Deen for the biscuit makin’  has video as well as the recipe.  My tip: I often use self rising flour, which allows me to omit the salt and the baking powder. I’ve made biscuits both ways and both turned out great.

Whether you make them or someone else makes them, what are some of your favorite heart and soul warming comfort foods?

Random Ramblings

*I made this last night. My family had two words to say…’oh…yum’.

*I read SO much good stuff yesterday–and every single word of it online. Thank you for technology–amen. Here are a few of them:

  • Locusts and Wild Honey is a blog I stumbled upon this weekend during a marathon couch session of internet surfin’. All I can say is, this girl has a great writing voice–her posts were purely enjoyable for me. No lectures on how to do this or that, no enlightenment advice(don’t get me wrong, all of that has it’s place), just great posts about life and lots of laughs as well.

*My BlackBerry’s name is JARVIS.(ya know…Ironman? Tony Stark?) What, you don’t name your electronics?!?

*I am going to eat the above mentioned chicken and noodles for breakfast this morn.

*I am going to sit on the couch in my patch of sunshine and eat the above mentioned chicken and noodles for breakfast this morn–all the while ignoring that it is freakin’ ass freezin’ S-E-V-E-N degrees outside…lalala…