Surrounded by Snow
We’re bad food bloggers. We don’t photograph/document the amazing food we make half as much as we should. Maybe because of a combination of things: on weeknights, Frank gets home too late to take pictures of the food I’m making, and is too tired to do it anyway; we make something we think is going to be ordinary, so we don’t plan to photograph it, and then it turns out amazing; or we make something that we think will be amazing, and it’s a flop. So lots of things we make never get photographed and, thus, are never shared with you.
This is a pity, because–due particularly to the recent snow storm, where we were trapped in our house for four days–we’ve made some amazing things. So right here, right now, I’m going to share them with you. No pictures, but just our good word. And take our word for it, these dishes are awesome!
Swiss Chard and Mushroom Lasagna (from January 2011 Bon Appetit)
We made this last week on the day of the snowstorm. I trekked out to the grocery store just for this baby. And it was sooooo worth it. And the 40+ dishes I dirtied were soooooo worth it. Oh yeah. One tip: make a tad bit more bechamel sauce–keeps everything a little bit moister. Here’s the recipe.
Baked Potato Soup (from Smitten Kitchen)
We are Smitten Kitchen junkies. Almost half of what we make comes from Deb. And that’s because her recipes are perfect every time. This baked potato soup was no exception. It was so easy to make, and you can top it with anything you want. So it’s the perfect meal. And it’s 20 time better the next day for lunch. Here’s the recipe.
Gooey Butter Cake (also from Smitten Kitchen)
I got the craving for this treat from our BFFs’ blog The Newlywed Chefs. However, I didn’t have half of the ingredients (esp cream cheese) and gave up, searching on Smitten Kitchen for a new baked treat. However, when I pressed the “surprise me” button, her entry on gooey butter cake appeared! How fortuitous! And it didn’t include cake mix or cream cheese–even more fortuitous! So I made that instead. Now, this was really intended to be a thank you gift for our neighbor, who shoveled the driveway bright and early for us before we even woke up, but it never ended up on his doorstep. Because we ate it. Don’t judge us.
But for those of you obsessed with Gooey Butter Cake, you might be surprised that this one uses a yeast-cake base, not a yellow cake mix (and it takes 3 hours to rise!). But trust me (us), it was the best Gooey Butter Cake I’ve ever put in my mouth, and my mom makes a damn good cake.
Simple Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter (okay, okay, also from Smitten Kitchen)
Okay, sorry if it appears we are stalking you, Smitten Kitchen, but this recipe has been on my to-make list for a long time. The phenomenon of whole tomatoes simmered with onion and butter seems a little crazy to be an award-winning sauce, but it really is perfect. And easy. So please make it now. Here is the recipe.