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Old 01-05-2007, 03:23 PM   #1
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Now that the holidays are over...

Is there anything special you like to cook this time of the year? I mean something you like to do in the winter to break up the monotony?

For me, the next three months are the times I make the most fresh pasta and the most bread. Sure, I'll do it other times of the year, but not like I do now. My ancient home gets way too hot to have ovens going in the summer and I refuse to put the pot on for pasta when it's too humid out.

I'm making brioche for breakfast tomorrow morning. I usually have to get out of bed around 4 or so to pull the dough out of the fridge for shaping and the final rise. I'll go back to bed and get up again about 6:30 to put it into the oven...by 7:15 wild horses couldn't keep Lou in the bedroom, it smells that good in the kitchen.

I'm making a roasted carrot fettucine for dinner tomorrow night, too.

What about you? Any winter kitchen warriors?

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Old 01-05-2007, 03:34 PM   #2
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Stews, soups, pot roasts, chili, a little bread/cornbread.
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Old 01-05-2007, 03:35 PM   #3
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Actually, here in Italy it is not quite over, tomorrow is Epiphany and it is considered quite a major holiday, plus the second opportunity within two weeks for the kids to receive presents from Befana the witch!!

Anyhow, we just picked up some curious new ingredients, tamarind paste and galangal (dried ginger-like root spice), we would like to experiment with some southern asian dishes with them. (Chopstix... are you there? any suggestions???)
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Old 01-05-2007, 03:50 PM   #4
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I'm with you, Vera. Our big old house isn't air-conditioned and it can get beastly in the hot weather months so I, too, try to keep the heat in the kitchen to a minimum then.

The winter's when I come alive. Lots of breads, rolls, etc. Also do more homemade pasta. However, I still need to get a electric motor to retrofit my Atlas pasta machine. Old arthur(itis) and carpal tunnel in my right hand is making it difficult to get enthusiastic about making pasta.

I also like to cook things long and low in the wintertime. Makes the house smell sooooo good. Oh, man, I'm making myself hungry and I just ate lunch.
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Old 01-05-2007, 04:37 PM   #5
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GUMBO, venison/beef stew, Gumbo, vegetable soups, did I say gumbo already?
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Old 01-05-2007, 04:49 PM   #6
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All sounds wonderful!

Urmaniac, normally, I'd take my tree down on New Year's Day. My boyfriend cajoled me into leaving it till Epiphany. He always left his up through January 6 for that reason. So, I've got it up...and would love to hear about Befana the witch!...Pleasepleaselease
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Old 01-05-2007, 04:54 PM   #7
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Tomorrow is Epiphany here too and it's a major holiday. So will be helping mil preparing the stuffed rooster which was not served during the New Year as it was celebrated in our house. Later in the evening, we will be attending a birthday party. Sunday is St John's feast day, another major event in Greece. So cooking at home will be on hold till next week. Throughout the cold months, will be making soups, stews, curries and breads.
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Vera, Befana the witch (she is a good witch, not evil!) actually the traditional present carrier for children in this season in Italy, Santa Clause (or Babbo Natale) is much newer, the gift giving custom at Christmas only started here in the last couple of decades... so actually for the parents and relatives, Santa is a cause of a big headache as they have to go for the present hunt for their kiddies twice in such a short period. Befana also watches the behaviours of each children, and will bring the goodies to good boys and girls, and the naughty one receives rocks, like Charlie Brown at Halloween . Actually, they also make a candy in the shape/colour of rocks for this holiday, and wildly sold for good and bad kids of all ages!!
And here is more story behind Befana!!

And yeah, I really like the fact that Epiphany is so important here, a great excuse to leave my beautiful tree and lights up just a wee bit longer!!
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Old 01-05-2007, 07:22 PM   #9
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I do a lot of winter squash and greens this time of year. I also usually make soup/stew at least once a week.
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Old 01-05-2007, 07:48 PM   #10
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Once the holiday food is gone, I enjoy most any other type of food. It all seems so fresh and different after the richness of what had been the usual for a while. I like to forego desserts also in favor of fruit for a while.
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