Sunday was the first big nor’easter to hit the Boston area for the season. Since it was a weekend, rather than being a horrific nuisance, the storm became a boon – the perfect excuse to remain in the house and pajamas all day and just cook!
And cook we did! Since we were having a cookie decorating party the next day, I decided to prep most of the snacks and of course, bake all of the cookies. Snacks included:
Devils on Horseback (I didn’t intend a devilish theme, it just shook out that way!)
Rosemary Roasted Walnuts: On the sides of the above picture. These are hopelessly addictive, and just about the easiest hors d’oeuvre I can possibly imagine. A little salty, a little sweet, with the resinous must of rosemary and the bite of black pepper, they’re a perfect cocktail snack.
The pictures of the cookies will be revealed later in the week (or in my Flickr right now if you’re impatient) but I will tell you that it takes a good hour and a half and a solid rolling, cutting, baking and removal system to get them all done. The house smelled enchanting!
But wait, there’s more! In addition to party prep, Mr. Menace and I prepared not one, not two, but THREE meals to be enjoyed this week! First, using the amazing turkey stock that I’ve been telling you about, we made a lovely soup. This served two purposes, in that besides having excellent soup to eat this week, we also did a bang-up job in cleaning out the fridge! This soup is chock-full of vegetables, barley, and oyster mushrooms and is so filled with umami goodness that you wouldn’t even notice that we didn’t add meat!
Next, Mr. Menace made some outstanding stuffed manicotti. Ground beef, cheese, onions and mushrooms all stewed together gently before filling pasta and baking under a blanket of mozzarella cheese. This was our Sunday dinner and it was very satisfying on a cold, snowy evening.
Finally, we took the remaining ground beef and made mini-meatloaf! The larder is stocked!
All in all it was a grand day in, and a much-needed rest in the middle of holiday madness. Capping it all off was the most glorious sunset I’ve seen in some time:
What did you do with your snowy day?