Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Cusp of Winter

I recently checked out from the library, and then purchased, the fabulous cook book Repertoire by Jessica Battilana. In the last few weeks I've made Candy Pork, Tortilla Soup and Chicken and Herbed Dumplings from the book. The Candy Pork called for palm sugar, which I'd never had before. It has a deep flavor, sort of like maple sugar. So yummy. These cold days call for warming meals. The Chicken and Dumplings and the Tortilla Soup start the same way with breaking down a whole chicken and making broth with it, then shredding it for the soup. It's not super easy, but it makes the best broth I've ever had. I'll be using her technique for years to come, I'm sure of it. My favorite recipe in the book is for a Negroni and potato chips. So simple and good. I haven't even tried the dessert chapter yet, but I'm excited to!

We are in this strange time of year where it is after Thanksgiving (the apple tart turned out really well, btw!) but before Dean's birthday. We always hold off putting up decorations until after his party, even though it feels like everyone else is already decorating. I'm trying hard to focus on his dragon themed birthday party, but I really just want to be thinking about Christmas...

Today I spent the whole school day at the kids' school matching kids up with costumes for their Civil War-era unit. There's still a lot to do and I anticipate a few more long days there. I'm sure I'll be dreaming about hoop skirts, and Confederate and Union uniforms.