Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow Weekend

If the weather forecast calls for snow, it's a good bet that I'll be busy cooking some tasty goodness.  Here's what was on the menu this weekend:
  • Pancakes at my mother's house.  First time I'd made these for her, and she rather enjoyed them, even though she only ate like two of them.  She cooked up a bunch of breakfast sausage, and I made eggs as well.  I'm supremely jealous of her two-burner nonstick griddle, as it was pretty easy and fun to cook on, especially our eggs (over easy, of course).
  • A giant pot of chili.  My chili is a Cincinnati-style, with chopped sirloin (as opposed to the more traditional ground), onions, garlic, a boatload of spices (chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, cayenne, along with some weirder ones like cinnamon and cocoa powder), crushed tomatoes and kidney beans.  Topped with a ton of shredded cheddar (and a giant dollop of sour cream for Steph), I'm rather proud of my chili recipe.

  • A bottle's worth of mulled wine.  An easy recipe - a bottle of light red (I spend $7, my Uncle David said I spent too much), 1/4 cup sugar, the zest of 1 orange (in long strips), 6 cinnamon sticks, 12 cloves, 3 allspice berries, 1/2 a cracked nutmeg and a sprinkle of ground ginger.  Dump it into a saucepan, heat it over low until warm.  Don't let it boil, then run it through a fine strainer into glasses.  Delicious on a cold day.
  • Chocolate chip meringues.  Having a KitchenAid makes making meringues the easiest thing in the world.  These were easy to make and tasted great.  Steph couldn't tell you as well as I could, because I think I ate all but like 3 of these.  Not quite your quintessential 'cold weather cookie' but they really hit the spot.
  • Steph woke up this morning and says "Man, I wish I had asked you to pick up cinnamon buns".  Steph, you see, is a fiend when it comes to Pillsbury cinnamon buns - she loves them more than most things I make.  However, I didn't pick them up, so I figured I'd look up how to make them.  Fortunately, I found this recipe for easy, non-yeast cinnamon buns.  They came out more like biscuits than real cinnamon buns, but they were close enough, especially with the icing on top.  When I make them again (which will most likely be tomorrow morning...thank you, snow day!), I'll work on making them stick together.  I admit - these tasted delicious, but look ugly as hell.

Tomorrow, the plan is to make more cinnamon buns, some ginger cookies, and a deep-dish pizza.

Here's the question:  what are YOU cooking on a snowy day when you're stuck in the house?


David said...

I made Shredded Cowboy Chicken, Rice, Black Beans, Plantains and guacamole. With sotre bought tortillas.

Ms. Meg said...

Let me preface by saying I made none of this. Thank god for Aaron. I would have starved.

Tons of bacon, rye toast, coffee, OJ, and two soft boiled eggs (eggs were for him).

Nachos with chipotle ground chicken, peppers, onions, cheese

Three kinds of pizza with fresh dough. One pizza was broccoli and garlic, One was peppers and spicy olives (which were...weirdly tasty), One was chipotle ground chicken with a ton of hot sauce on it - all with red sauce and cheese. YUM TIME.

And at all times during the day, chocolate chip cookies, beer, and wine.

Alex said...

Meg - what is chipotle ground chicken, and what's the recipe.

Well, ask Aaron to send me the recipe.

Rob Timko said...

Chili - Similar to your recipe actually. Only I deglaze with a beer and grind my meat (next time, I'm going to chop it though).

Breakfast - Bacon, Eggs, and toast on the cast iron skillet.

Lunch, a bag of tortilla chips while standing over the pot of chili!