“Pressure” is one of those odd words in the English language. Sometimes used to describe physical force exerted, influence, or persuasion, this time of year we tend to think of stressful urgency. After all, isn’t that what cooking around holiday time seems to feel like?
What makes weekend meals so special? Usually we take a little extra time to prepare the food, and we tend to linger around the table. In a perfect world, that would be every meal!
I some times wonder if I chose the wrong profession. Maybe I should have been an architect, a pilot, or possibly a chemist. I love design, travel, and experimenting. But alas, I hate math. So I’m a musician. This way I can count to 4, and start again….
Have you ever noticed that the nearer a country is to the Equator, the spicier the food is? It seems like hot food in hot weather makes people cooler and more comfortable. That’s logical, I guess!
Is it pathetic that I’m not quite ready for warm weather? I haven’t gotten nearly enough indoor projects done, and I will always, always love soup season.
The best phrase to describe this soup is “comfort in a bowl”. Even though “comfort in a cup” sounds better, it’s so amazing you are definitely going to want more than a cup worth! Bring on the biggest bowl in the house!
This is the third type of soup I’ve made this week. Can you tell that I LOVE the coolness of autumn, and the opportunity to make more substantial and comforting food? This has a little bit of heat, but is surprisingly simple and quick to make.
I love making seasoning blends from scratch – curry powder, taco seasoning, you name it. Maybe it’s a control issue, a little defiance against over-priced packaging from the store, or the fact that I don’t plan far enough in advance to know every ingredient for my menu. Either way, custom-mixed seasoning blends are the way to go.
I am a very visual person — things need to LOOK good, but still please all my senses. I also like to experiment. But when I find something that works well, I repeat it over and over. When roasting a full turkey, this is my go-to method. It may be strange, but the results are amazing!