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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Skillet Full of Dreams

Ok, ok....... it's a corny title. But my brain is operating on about 50%  power at the moment due to the time change. It always amazes me how much one hour can make such a huge difference. It usually takes me a full week to acclimate to the new normal. Anywho....most of Saturday was taken up with a show for the band so I was planning on making something fun for you on Sunday. That didn't happen. Whatever motivation and/or eagerness to cook I had last week quickly vanished when I woke up Sunday and instantly felt discombobulated. I did make it to the gym, but laying on the couch was the only other thing that managed to make it on the agenda.

What I did manage to accomplish while I was sitting on said couch was a lot of Pinterest pinning and recipe dreaming. Sometimes that's a good thing, dreaming. Cooking can get a little boring, especially if you're trying to be healthy, so getting excited about new recipes was just what I needed. Enter my new(ish) cast iron skillet. A friend recently gave it to me because he has a giant collection already and took pity on the fact that I've never had one. Thanks, David!

I'll admit the instructions to clean it sound daunting because I'm not a good "step rememberer" by nature, but I'm going to do my best to keep it in its pristine, seasoned condition. Now what to make? I have lots of ideas.....

When I make my famous chili next, I'm going to try a recipe I found for sweet potato cornbread. I always manage to dry out cornbread so the addition of the sweet potato sounds like it will fix that problem while also adding some interesting texture and sweet flavor.

The first warm weekend night before the bugs descend I'm going to make a coq au reisling - the coq au vin's spring cousin - and eat dinner in the backyard......

Super easy recipes for making your own bread in a cast iron skillet are plentiful and although I make a mean pie crust I've never tried to make my own bread......

Traditional English breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms,tomatoes, and beans on Christmas morning....cause, duh. Anyone own a portable defibrillator? raspberry...both! Sometimes being indecisive is a good quality.

I also found a cool recipe for paleo, vegan chocolate chip skillet cookie so I'll throw that one in for good measure....

Now I'm hungry.


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