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Snowy Day=baking + cooking?

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I know I'm not alone here. As soon as I hear snow in the forecast I pull out the yeast and start baking. In Westchester county, N.Y. we had a snow day and I baked a whole wheat cheddar bread and cooked a chicken casserole. What do you cook/bake on snowy days?

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  1. I do that too -- instead of heading out for toilet paper and milk, I make sure I have flour, butter, sugar. I tend to bake cozy, comforting things, like breads or brownies or roast a chicken etc -- projects that will taste good and let me curl up with a book, too.

    1. A long commute home and shoveling 2x yesterday prevented any baking or cooking - except a basic dinner. With the upcoming storm this weekend, however, I hope to get some type of baking in. I also love to cook things that take a long time - stovetop braising, roasting, etc. A pot roast might be in order for Sunday's dinner. :-)

      1. We are expecting nasty weather this weekend here in DC...rain, snow, ice..all up in the air. I tend to go to stews and soups. I have already done a 7 bean soup and braised Moroccan beef. I am leaning towards something chicken like a coq au vin but can't rule out jambalaya or red beans and rice. I need something that can freeze well. I have tomorrow morning to decide and shop.

        1. It's sunny here and the backyard is full of weeds I KNOW I should pull before they get larger, but what I really want to do is bake Christmas cookies.

          1. I always cook/bake on snowy days----anything that strikes my fancy and I happen to have the ingredients on hand for. I usually try to avoid the supermarkets when snow is called for since they are usually jam packed with crazy people stocking up on all kinds of 'can't live withouts'. I never understood this phenomenon, particularly since I live in New Jersey, the most populous state in the nation. What, do you think you'll be SNOWED IN? This ain't Alaska, honey. You'll be able to get out of your house....

            1. I'm fighting a cold, so I plan to make soup - no chicken noodle for me, but maybe some veggie hot and sour...

              1. When I used to live in Indiana I LOVED staying in and baking alongside my mom when the weather outside was cold and snowy. There was nothing better than sinking into an overstuffed chair, chatting with my mom, and watching the snow fall through the big picture window while the smell of whatever was baking wafted through the house. DIVINE!

                Both my mother and I are very cold natured so when "the boys", my stepdad and brother, would arrive home on these days, they would chuckle upon finding us in our dreamy baking state, and jokingly refer to us as Linus 1 & 2 because we were both typically moving through our home, a drafty old farmhouse, wrapped up in blankets.

                In addition to baking sweets on snow days, we would also often make a big pot of beans and a pan of cornbread for dinner. Definitely food to keep warm with.

                Now that I live in Southwest FL, the odds of a snow day are pretty slim, but I don't let the lack of the white stuff keep me from baking. Today in sunny SWFL was an overcast one, complete with out of season, but much needed and welcome rain. I plugged in the tree a few hours early and baked myself a batch of French Breakfast Puffs, recipe from my favorite blog. I even allowed myself a lounge on the sofa while they were in the oven, and just enjoyed the delicious baking smell that filled my home. If there is a more enjoyable way to spend an afternoon...well, there just isn't =)

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                1. re: ArikaDawn

                  Thanks for that blog link, arika, it's fun and the puffs look like just the thing to eat on a cold day. I can taste them now with a cup of good hot chocolate.

                  1. re: lucyis

                    I am glad you like the blog. I love it! Her posts are always so fun and her food so approachable to cooks at any level. The puffs are divine, but hands down the best recipe I have made from the blog is the cinnamon roll recipe. Definitely a special occasion project, but perfect for a snowy day.