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Someone’s in The Kitchen With Patricia

My usual Sunday routine is cooking all day. I make all the casseroles, soups, cook all the meats and now without children at home I make the bread too. I have food on my mind on Sunday’s so if I save my Monday post until Sunday – well there is no stopping the flow of food writing and thinking!

Today we awoke to more snow, heavy winds, and then heavy rain. I had several things I needed at the store to make the planned menu for the week and it just did not feel like a venture forth day. We are only a few days away from spring and although the winds and rain feel correct the snow just seems too much.

We decided to change the menu and build it around what we had available at home with no extras.
Let’s see: 1 butternut squash, one container of tomato sauce, and 2 quarts of potassium stock. Still about ½ of one freezer full of applesauce. There are still quite a few pounds of Gluten Free flour and 2 eggs.

My honey found a box of GF lasagna noodles – here was a start point.

Now everyone in my family thinks I make the driest – worst lasagna they have ever tasted, and I insist on adding broccoli to it; never a charming concept here. So Honey started looking about for cheese and tomatoes, and dried onion and he decided to make the Lasagna from my daughter’s recipe.

I thought I would take charge of the butternut squash and while peeling the skin and removing the seeds, I remembered a squash and cashew ravioli we had one time. Yep there were cashews and celery for some crunch and one more onion with a bad spot. Here was the find of the day – 36 tortillas! Butternut Squash enchiladas became my task. Wow did the filling smell good while I was making it.

We were on a roll now and really cooking up a stormy day! Oh the smells were good and inviting as the sun, wind, rain, and snow passed by out our window.

We tossed a salad with our end of the weeks leftovers, the kiddos all called during the day and we talked on speaker phone and caught up on news and plans. A lovely grapefruit for dessert passed muster.
You know what the best part of the day was? Well, I am going to tell you…..having someone in the kitchen to tease, talk and laugh with (plus he picked up everything I dropped on the floor!)

It was a communion – and oh did it taste good.

Tell me about those moments that come together in just the right magic for you; I do wish to know and look forward to what you share. What do you like to do on a snowy, housebound day?

8 Responses to “Someone’s in The Kitchen With Patricia”

  1. Vered - MomGrind Says:

    Beautiful, Patricia! Sound like a lovely, lovely weekend and you really caught the essence of what relationships are all about.

    Vered – MomGrinds last blog post..The Psychology of Advertising

  2. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    It was a good weekend, though I seem to be addressing the world on all levels through food right now….relationships do ebb and flow
    and we keep on eating!

  3. Dot Says:

    “…potassium stock. Still about ½ of one freezer full of applesauce. There are still quite a few pounds of Gluten Free flour and 2 eggs.” I love the way you west coast people talk! 😉

    That’s the part of relationships that I miss. At least when I had my dogs, they’d be in the kitchen sniffing constantly and begging for what smelled good to them. But there’s nothing like a human companion.

    What I like to do on a housebound day is curl up under an afghan and watch old movies or read a good book. Cooking all day Sunday is my idea of punishment! Then again, my cooking skills have been lost because I haven’t had to use them in years.

    Dots last blog post..Impatient to Learn

  4. Patricia Says:

    Dot,
    My partner works about 14 hours a day right now, exercises about 2 hours a day and eats and sleeps the other few available to him – I am in the kitchen, garden, everything alone most of the time right now…
    A snow day was a lovely – like having company day.
    I don’t think that is too much WEst Coast talk…I think that is a planner talking…!!! A month of no pay and I have to know everything that is on hand and be creative.

    I love to watch old movies or curl up with a book….doesn’t happen to often when you are running the show alone!

    Thank you for dropping by and I loved the Mad Lib break

  5. Jannie Funster Says:

    Hey, you need a good St Patty’s Day (“ish” on the date,) storm to herald in a perfect spring and breath-taking summer. At least that’s what we always say way up yonder here in the Canadian woods.

    Of course I’m in the Austin woods now with temps topping out around 80 all this week – yuck! I’d rather the snow.

    Well, from my faint memory of a snowy day I happened to be home for in 1998, I played my banjo on the window seat while my sister whipped up some brownies and other such gluten-full confections. Then we drank champagne all day and coffee all night. We played a lot of cards and repeatedly sang the “Whirl, whirl, twist and twirl, jump around like a flying squirrel” song we both hold so dear to this date. Do you know it? I think it was sung by that cartoon cat, oh what’s his name? Sylvester!

    (Tha tlast paragraph is based loosely on factual events which may or may not have, or ever will happen.)

    :)

    Singing fee-fie-fid-le-ee-eye-oh…

    Chocolate! I just remembered I have some. yay!!!

    Jannie Funsters last blog post..After May 10th

  6. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    You made up stories and songs on a rainy/snowy day…what fun is that and joined by a sister – awesome entertainment.

    You are so creative!

  7. Cricket-Tammy Says:

    Hey Patricia,

    It is me…the long lost friend coming to life with Spring.

    Mmmm…we don’t get snow but when we do I make sure we have Reese Cups on hand. For some reason a glass of milk with good chocolate come to mind. As a child we did get snow. I remember my mom would always serve us this. I am not sure why but the memories does still hold strong.

    I am a cook of sorts on Sunday. I love to bake and this is a wonderful time to bring out the old recipes.

    I hope all is well with you.

    Cricket-Tammys last blog post..Dear me…

  8. Patricia Says:

    Cricket – Tammy,
    Lovely to find your here and in a Spring Awakening…missed you.
    I do so love the change in the seasons and my crocus are such fabulous heralds this year…I see one daffodil ready to pop… they are still talking lot of snow in the mountains…late in the season for us