I love January … it’s my it’s OK to hibernate most days month … snuggled beneath a fuzzy blanket, Squeaks the cat kneading the edge finding a place to burrow in to and Mala our Puddlepointer disgusted because she’s not ‘in the truck’. (BTW To pronounce Puddlepointer correctly is to enunciate the u as ‘u’ rather than an ‘uh’ as in puddle). Today the air is thick with a winter inversion, 30 degrees and frosty, which if I were in Council I’d be skiing but in Boise the plan is to lay the floor pavers for the greenhouse … at least once the inversion lifts and it warms just a tad.
Meanwhile I thought I’d check out my Pinterest Boards and review my dreams. I chose Yummy Yummy, my food collection … I realized something right off. My food pins fall into three categories; anything dark chocolate and gooey, dishes that soothingly urge comfort – oddly the main ingredient in those recipes is ‘beans’ … why beans? I have no idea, and seafood. Buying seafood can be risky living in a desert, 1000 miles from the ocean … fish mostly smells fishy instead of fresh. To overcome my house smells like fish for days smell … I’ve become a fan of flash frozen wild caught shrimp and salmon.
Instead of just dreaming about food and vegetating under this blanket all morning I am going to DO something and build a Pinterest dinner … rather than hoard my dreams I’m going to make a couple come true. Now these recipes really wind up my taste buds … Seafood Gnocchi with White Wine Parmesan sauce, Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic Reduction and for dessert Paleo Chocolate Souffle’ …. I have everything but the seafood and sprouts … humm, Sweeeeetie~ ?
That yesterday and the Gnocchi turned out Fabulous! (I use the recipe from the Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook — it never fails). The recipes were as good as they were touted and I’ve never made or used a Balsamic reduction before and it added a warm sweetness to the sprouts that I hadn’t anticipated. The flavors in these two dishes complemented one another so well my taste buds were totally satisfied. So much so that I didn’t even start the souffle’ …
Sweetie headed to Council yesterday for some end of the season bird hunting and I sent him off with a bag of fresh gnocchi … this was his dinner last night, Gnocchi and his own killer spaghetti sauce … the pictures of my plates were not as appetizing as my yummy yummy dinner tasted … I do need to work on my plate presentations.
… my mouth is watering … now how about that chocolate souffle’?