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It's raining and all I want to do is cook..

There must be a correlation between rain and cooking..
Just made a wonderful breakfast..now, for lunch.

Do your cook more because its raining?

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  1. My wife pointed out to me several years ago that I cook less when it rains and more when it snows. She says I spend too much time jumping in the rain puddles with the grand kids.

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    1. re: RetiredChef

      Definite cook more when it snows unless I don't have enough ingredients for anything.

    2. Yup, raining inland, too, and I'm baking. I definitely love to cook when it's cool and wet out.

      1. Any type of weather event that keeps me from wanting to go outside (rain, snow, etc.) makes me want to cook. And more specifically, it makes me want to cook/bake carby things that I know I shouldn't be eating!

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        1. re: biondanonima

          Same here. We rarely get rain or cold weather. But, cold weather always has me baking. Especially bread.

          1. re: thymetobake

            Oh yes, there's nothing like a hot crusty loaf of bread with tons of butter on a rainy/cold day. I could live on that (with wine, of course) in the winter!

            1. re: biondanonima

              And nothing puts a smile on my husband's face more than coming home to the smell of fresh baked bread. I would do it for that and that alone. That look. lol Priceless.

        2. I'm with you. I even plan on "rainy day" foods after hearing that there is going to be a gloomy day on the weekend. It's a free pass to stay home and cook, when you might feel like you must be out and about and not cooking on good weather days.

          My Le Crueset 7 qt. must think that chilly, dreary weather is the bomb because that's when I fire her up. Pot roasts, short ribs, chickens, chili, soups...

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          1. re: Terrie H.

            I'm the same...when they forecast rain, the day before, I'm like a little squirrel, storing all my rain food items to make..

            I'm in Southern California, so rain is a not the norm..wish it was.

          2. I am so glad to know it's not just me! Those indoor days make me itch to bake something wonderful, and dinner usually becomes a much more complicated dish than I had originally planned.
            Whenever I tell DH that it's a blankie-and-book-on-the-couch-day, that lasts long enough for a quick read, a 10 minute power nap, and I'm off the couch and into the kitchen.

            1. I would probably be better off if I did cook more when it rained .. I live in Seattle. It rains most of the time. ;)

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              1. re: eperdu

                I envy you that rain. We're in the midst of another localized drought, after just getting over a 5 year one. It's never cold and blustery here in our little part of the South (US) these days. But a few batches of Christmas cookies are on the agenda for the weekend, rain or shine. And I think a big pot of soup, too.

              2. It's not raining where I am, but it's cold! Definitely makes me want to make lots of good comfort foods... and BAKE!

                1. Recently, we here on the Jersey Shore endured the brutality of Hurricane Sandy (perhaps you heard Pete Townsend mention it last night?). What was really odd about the Storm's after effects was how many folks gained weight during the two weeks of sh*tty weather (less than a week after the Hurricane, we had seven inches of snow fall one night) and no power. It seems that cooking a lot of comfort food and drinking more than usual became the norm. The phenomenon fascinated me - whatever its source in our psychology. Seems like it comes from the same place as having to deal with a couple days of rain in Southern California.

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                  1. re: MGZ

                    God Bless you MGZ and others that endured Hurricane Sandy..
                    Love the psychology of it all too.
                    12/12/12 concert was awesome..

                    Have a wonderful holidays!

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      Thanks. I hope I didn't come across as in any way belittling anyone. It's just that, having a significant interest in psychology, I see the parallel. Hell, I think the same thing happens any time we get a big snowfall. The truly interesting thing was this time it lasted for fourteen days and we all got a little fat (I mean, I made bacon from a pork belly that defrosted in my freezer - then again, it might have had something to do with all the beer though).

                      As for the concert, it was definitely cool to hear Bruce mention my hometown to 2 Billion people, and then blow the Garden up! Oh, and, EC was there too.

                  2. I find activities to do in that "other" room when it's cold and windy and wet out ...

                    1. Don't worry BC, this too shall pass because, you know, it never rains in California ;-)

                      Yes, I cook when it rains, but more frequently I bake when it rains. Either way it makes the house smell good!

                      Merry Xmas little drummer girl...

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                      1. re: DiningDiva

                        Thanks DD!

                        Snowing in the mountains...wooo hooo

                        Love my 'rain tribe' of cooks and bakers!

                      2. hehehe, baked a blueberry pie last night when the rain started up. Letting it cool on the counter today while I'm at work. When I get home, I'll probably start up some cookie dough or brownie batter.

                        I love cranking the oven when it's cold and rainy outside.

                        1. Yes, I generally start with a large pot of soup in the cooler seasons. Then move to say a baked pasta dish or braised roast of sorts and round third with cookies (ginger snaps these days), hermits, biscotti etc.

                          1. I adore cooking in the rain-the blusterier (not a word I'm sure) it is the more I won't step out of the kitchen.
                            dinner in Dublin tonight and it's crazy cold here with skies that want to let loose of their water. I asked if help was needed in the kitchen just so I could get in one.

                            1. We're supposed to get heavy thunderstorms this afternoon and I'm making clean out the frig spaghetti. I do plan ahead when I know I'm going to be home aka have enough time and there's rain in the forecast. We don't get snow here but when I used to live in snow country, I would get the same way. Enjoy my time in the kitchen w/ great food, good smells, tunes on and enjoy being out of the weather.

                              1. With me there is a correlation. I scratch cook seven days a week but do even more (i.e. preserves, sauces...) when it is cold. We have had -20C temperatures now for over six consecutive weeks with about 36 inches of snow on the ground. YUCK. The pantry is full of gleaming glass jars of awesomeness!

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                                  1. re: DiningDiva

                                    Practically. Northern Canada. And I'm soooooo sick of winter already. :(

                                    1. re: chefathome

                                      I don't blame you!!! That sound awfully cold to this Southern Californian

                                      1. re: DiningDiva

                                        Good news!! Today warmed up to -7C which is practically hot. Anything above 0 is considered shorts weather. :)

                                        1. re: chefathome

                                          It's all yours :-). We're unseasonably cold right now at 60* F

                                  2. re: chefathome

                                    "The pantry is full of gleaming glass jars of awesomeness!"
                                    I LOV THAT STATEMENT

                                    1. re: iL Divo

                                      It's so true - I often open the pantry door and just stare. Honest. :)

                                      1. re: chefathome

                                        can I come ovah pweeeese
                                        or take a pix & show us

                                  3. Definitely.
                                    Climates where there are grey skies and rain (I've lived it, ugh) makes people gravitate indoor. Hence, people cook/bake more, with lots of coffee and tea along with all the activities that can be done inside.
                                    They want their homes to smell cozy and warm. Soups, stews, baked goods are all part of the culture year 'round...along with a fireplace roaring.

                                    1. Still raining in So. Cal.
                                      Craving mole but have only done the 'Dona Maria' jar with homemade chicken stock..long simmer with some of my famous Spanish Rice..

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                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                        We haven't had much rain for months in Florida, and all I want to do is dance. My buddy Rick bought a new smoker and we did sweetbreads, Uruguayan sausage, and pork ribs last night, with chimichurri and brussels sprouts. His wife is back in town, and she celebrated.
                                        He is planning to do a whole piglet for Christmas, (lechon, yum!!) I can hardly wait. I'm roasting a duck, it should make for an interesting combo with pigs and critters that used to fly.

                                          1. re: Veggo

                                            I was in FL for a week in July and I didn't see rain once..
                                            I did see some wicked electrical storms off in the distance and I was calling their name to come over and give this So. Cal chica a show.

                                            Are you headed out to Playa this Christmas?
                                            Chimichurri and brussel sprouts sounds fantastic 916 novio..ha ha ha

                                          2. re: Beach Chick

                                            BC, how much cooking do you really want to do, and do you have any dried chiles at home. I have more mole recipes than you can shake the perverbial stick at, including some that don't require a small aresenal of hard to find chiles, or hours and hours of intensive labor.

                                            Better than Doña Maria or Rogelio, plus they freezer beautifully. E-mail me if you want a recipe

                                            1. re: DiningDiva

                                              Gracias Mamacita!
                                              I want to cook but not be tied to a stove all day, but I did make homemade chicken stock and can use that for the Doña Maria mole sauce..please forgive me Mole Gods.

                                              Ipsy and I were talking on the PHX board..did you go to Chino Bandido?

                                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                                No, I went to Distrito. All in all pretty good. Some dishes were better than others and a few were, OMG good. I think we only had 1, maybe 2, that weren't good at all. We were a group of 8 or 9 and being able to order small plates to share and pass around the table was perfect for the group.

                                                Drinks were solid across the board.

                                          3. Absolutely. It's overcast and cold with rain snaps expected for a few days and I've already got two pots of soup, a lamb stew, 3 loaves of whole wheat and chestnut cookies done.

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                                            1. Lots of rain and chilly weather in the IE as well. Tomorrow's cold and rainy day will be perfect for the cookie baking/ caramel making/english toffee extravaganza to begin.

                                              Our huge 50s O'Keefe and Merritt stove heats up the house nicely. :)

                                              1. A warm -14C (honestly - it has been far colder lately). Making:

                                                - Apple cider brined pork loin with maple bourbon glaze
                                                - herb-roasted baby potatoes
                                                - honey cardamom glazed carrots
                                                - greens, shaved raw asparagus, toasted hazelnut salad with Turkish pomegranate tomato vinaigrette and shaved Parmesan
                                                - chocolate pots de creme

                                                That's enough for today. :)

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                                                1. re: chefathome

                                                  Yum, that's *almost* enough to get me on a plane and brave the weather.

                                                2. Yes! I love being in the kitchen when it's cold and nasty outside. I restrain myself though, because there's a limit to how much I can eat