I have numerous nostalgia meals. One of them I wrote about, which was a Rachael Ray recipe. Yes, perhaps it’s a little bit embarrassing, but I am not backing down. This recipe is one of the first recipes I made for Rabi in a studio apartment he had moved into about 5 years ago now. I was living in Worcester and would visit Boston on the weekends. I was just starting to get a taste for cooking and ended up buying a Moosewood cookbook on the recommendation of a friend from work since it was so vegetarian friendly. I think my cooking experience up until that point was making myself a bland, overcooked chicken breast or some pasta with sauce. I really had no idea how to cook a full vegetarian meal that involved anything other than pasta.
As I mentioned in my Mother’s Day post, I made brunch for my mom this year. I really wanted to do something nice, but am so not a morning person and knew that if I left stuff for the morning of, it would result in a really cranky brunch. I started out with the idea of doing a savory bread pudding. Then I was inspired by The Family Stone and found some strata recipes. Have you seen the movie? It’s one of those movies where it’s so awkward and uncomfortable that I have to watch the entire movie or else I have this weird gnawing feeling in my stomach all day. Anyway, what does the movie have to do with strata? Long story short, the girlfriend that’s trying to impress the family makes a strata and the entire things ends up all over her. read more »
Sunday the 18th of October, I woke up to snow. Actually, I woke up to rain, which promptly turned to snow. Sadly, I discovered this through facebook where everyone decided to update their statuses at the same time to exclaim about the snow in October. I jumped on our couch and looked out the window the find big fat gorgeous snowflakes pouring out of the sky. Luckily they were not sticking to the ground. Double luckily, it was Sunday and I am not currently in classes and not have to study. Though I had various errands that I had planned on doing, football watching won. All in all, it was a good football day–I watched the Giants lose, the Patriots killed the Titans and even the Jets lost. Amazing! If only the Colts had lost, it would’ve been perfect. Oh well, you can’t have everything.
The crappy weather also made it a perfect day for something warm and comforting. As Rabi doesn’t eat meat, sometimes these things are harder to find as beef stew or non-vegetarian chili are simply not options. Also, the traditional Shepard’s Pies or pot pies are not nearly as satisfying. Luckily, there is the ever versatile dish: soup! Nothing says cozy and winter like curling up with a steaming bowl of soup. Honestly, beef stew and such are tasty, but things like soup I actually enjoy vegetarian as they can be hearty and filling yet still healthy. I found this soup on the kitchn an amazing part of Apartment Therapy. It has a lot of interesting recipes as well as anything else kitchen related that you can imagine.