Cooking everyday in the winter is essential at our house. The oven keeps the downstairs living areas warm during cold rainy weather. We also need hot & filling meals to give us enough energy to get through a long cold day outdoors. The past couple weeks our kitchen has been full of spicy Indian curry, pear and apple galettes, recipes with roots and no knead bread.
I love sweet winter pears. They are only in season for a short time and I don't want to miss out so I started making galettes with them and its pretty easy. Roll out some homemade or store bought pie crust into a circle on parchment paper and spread sliced fruit in the center leaving about 1 1/2 inches around the edges. My favorite recipe is the tart/pie dough from Alice Waters cookbook The Art of Simple Food. Probably one of the best cookbooks out there.
Sprinkle everything with cinnamon, sugar and a little flour. I added a little cheddar cheese because it brings out the apple flavor. Fold over the edges and baste the whole thing with apricot jam. Slide the whole shebang to a cookie sheet and bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 40 minutes at 400 degrees F.
Let it cool about 10 minutes before digging in. We ventured outside to enjoy a rare semi warm day while the galette cooked and mine got a little darker then it should be, but it still tasted great.
Sweet potato fries are also another winter favorite of ours. I slice these, toss with olive oil and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. I sprinkle a little more brown sugar before I scarf down half the plate. This is one of the only ways my daughter will eat them.
I also rediscovered my favorite bread recipe this week and we made it together.
It was finally warm enough to go out back and gauge the yard. Its going to need lots of work come spring. My veggie garden has been hibernating for the winter. I didnt really plan it that way, but I haven't had enough dry days to work outside. All my seedlings died in our first series of rainstorms, probably drowned. The only plants still hanging on are the mint, rosemary and oregano, all of which I am still enjoying every time I can squeeze them into a meal.
What's cooking in your winter kitchen?