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Winter Cooking

Who else hits the kitchen hard core in the winter?

I've said this before, but all summer I can happily survive on tomato & mustard sandwiches then we ease into fall and cooking starts to happen more.  Winter hits and I start planning recipes, grocery store trips, and my kitchen always seems to be a mess busy.

I rarely make the same recipe twice.  With so many recipes out there, why would I?

The Post Punk Kitchen has been one of my favorite sites to get recipes for awhile.  I have one of her cookbooks and it's vegan.  Over the weekend I made Chipotle Mac & Cheese.  Pretty good one there.  I always love me some chipotle (peppers...not the restaurant).

Last night I made Pesto Soup with Gnocchi, Beans & Greens I made a few substitutions, using kale instead of swiss chard (kale is cheap right now!) and adding chipotle because I had some extra from the weekend and adding chipotle is never a bad idea to me.  I loved the idea of a "creamy" soupish dish where the "creamy" part was made from cauliflower.  (This is still the vegan site.)  Yum!

One of co-workers (who's cooking more as one of her new year's resolutions) recommended Budget Bytes, which, in my limited time using the site (1 week), I like it.  She breaks it down by price if your watching that growing grocery bill! :)  This week I made Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew.  I actually threw it together in the morning before work and left it in my rice cooker to cook during the day.  (Yes, a rice cooker can be used similarly to a crock pot in a lot of ways.)  My place smelt great when I walked in!

I feel like that's how you really know if a recipe is success.  When you leave your apartment and walk back in...bam!


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