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Rainy Days

March 14th, 2010

“Anyone who says that sunshine brings happiness,
has never danced in the rain.”

~ Author Unknown

It’s been raining here since Friday evening, not that I mind. I’ve been baking up some more sourdough bread for the freezer and cooking up a few dishes to eat on this coming week. I managed to score some lovely mushrooms at the Local Roots Market and I paired them with a venison roast courtesy of Mr Chiot’s hunting last fall. What a delicious combination.

I’ll be baking up some squash today to make some butternut squash soup, butternut squash ravioli, squash pudding and some Barley with Butternut Squash & Preserved Lemons (remember those preserved lemons I made?). These will all be for the Real Food Challenge over at Not Dabbling, so I’ll be taking photos of everything for future blogposts. I can’t think of a better way to spend a rainy weekend than in the kitchen baking up some warmth and happiness.

What’s your favorite way to spend a rainy weekend?

11 Comments to “Rainy Days”
  1. deedee on March 14, 2010 at 9:26 am

    you’re making me hungry! :)

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  2. melissa on March 14, 2010 at 11:07 am

    definitely baking. rainy days are the best for baking. mm.
    .-= melissa´s last blog ..TGIF =-.

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    • Susy on March 14, 2010 at 11:27 am

      I saw your bread photos of flickr, tasty tasty!

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  3. Morgan G on March 14, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I love spending a drizzly day reading and baking “coffee shop-case” goodies likes scones and biscotti. My very first go at homemade sourdough bread is actually happening today so, hopefully, I can channel some of your expert vibes!
    .-= Morgan G´s last blog ..Hand-Washing My Skivvies with Melody Gardot =-.

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  4. MAYBELLINE on March 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    In the kitchen making spaghetti sauce, chili beans, and bread.

    Cherish the rain. Nothing but sun here today.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Mystery Plant =-.

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  5. Michelle on March 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Mmmmm…I want to be at YOUR house!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..New Beginnings: A Ministry. =-.

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  6. Melissa on March 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Those preserved lemons sound wonderful! I spent the weekend in my kitchen as well. Feels great and keeps the family happy, too. :) Melissa
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Decision made: Canon EOS Rebel XS =-.

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  7. Louise on March 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Those mushrooms look wonderful! Like you, I love making soup and have not long ago gotten into canning it. Do you can your Butternut Squash soup? I would love to have the recipe if you are willing to share. The Butternut ravioli sounds so good; do you prepare it with a sauce on top?

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    • Susy on March 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

      This is my butternut squash soup recipe. Sometimes I use coconut milk to replace part of the chicken stock. /2009/01/07/eating-seasonally-winter-squash/

      I don’t can my butternut squash soup, I usually just make up a big batch and freeze it. Although we love it so much we often eat up the whole batch before it has time to go into the freezer! I like to can tomato soup, but have never canned any other kind, here’s my recipe for tomato soup: /2009/08/22/canning-tomato-soup/

      When I make butternut squash ravioli I typically just top with sage browned butter. I brown butter in a cast iron skill an add some sage to it. Then we drizzle over the pasta.

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  8. Pampered Mom on March 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Cuddled up on the couch with a good book! These days I usually have a few visitors with me…and maybe a cat or two.
    .-= Pampered Mom´s last blog ..The Science of Herbs =-.

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  9. […] and barley cooked with coconut milk topped with crystallized ginger, walnuts and some maple syrup. Those mushrooms I got last week were made into the most wonderful meal. I threw them in the oven for a few hours […]

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