27 November 2016
Maybe I really should have written “After the Storm”. We had our first winter storm of the season, and the wind howled for 24 hours. The southern Sierra Nevada just 15 miles away, usually visible, was hidden behind clouds. Once the clouds lifted, we could see a scrim of snow down to around 5000 feet.
At any rate, Christmas approaches fast, and the storm front coming on January 20 is right behind. We live in interesting times.
I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving holiday. We had friends join us for dinner. Since cooking is therapy for me, I tried several new recipes, looking particularly for make-ahead dishes. The best of these are roasted sweet potatoes with miso butter and maple from Serious Eats (what a wonderful site) and Martha Rose Shulman's cornbread stuffing (although I must admit I added a bit of sausage).
All of this, plus the gravy, was gluten-free, by the way. In this day and age, with gluten-free flours readily available, it is much easier than it was 15 years ago
And, wouldn't you know, I made a list of all the dishes and then didn't look at it. We forgot to serve the cranberry sauce! Typical airhead behavior.
Tonight for dinner we have a spin on the BBC's recipe for shepherd's pie – lamb, gravy, mushrooms, peas, carrots with mashed potatoes on top. Gonna be yummy. Steamed broccoli with butter and almonds alongside.
And we'll use the last bits of our turkey to make the cheesy tamale pie from Half Baked Harvest, a new site for me. I think I landed there from a link on the New York Times article on turkey leftovers.
The pictures with this post are “recycled” – haven't taken any new ones lately. But I've got my book on Landscape Photography out to study – getting ready for Africa and game-watching in mid-January!