What I’m Reading Today

Being under the weather for a few days,  I’ve been craving dishes like soup, creamy pasta, and fluffy pancakes.  I’m still chugging the green juice but, as you’ll see from my picks today, it’s the less healthy stuff that really sounds good.

Andrew Scrivani/The New York Times

Nothing beats an amazing bowl of French Onion Soup.  I look for broth with deep, rich flavor,  tons of dark caramelized onions, and of course a cap of melted Gruyere and toast.  The NY Times published this recipe for French Onion Soup with Garlic Croutons and it looks stellar.  The kicker is the broth.  Oxtail or beef shoulder (a.k.a. “chuck”) is cooked with vegetables for three hours until a dark stock is created.  The meat is strained out for another use and you’re left with the best homemade broth that makes the canned stuff pale in comparison. When you start with a base like this,  you know your soup is going to be amazing.

Bob Chamberlin/The Los Angeles Times

Iced Molasses Cookies can be soft, chewy, crispy, or crunchy.  This recipe, from Milk in Los Angeles, is as gorgeous as it is easy.  Crisp, spicy cookies are adorned with sugar icing to make a bakery-worthy cookie.  They bake up fairly thin so I love the idea of pairing them with salted caramel ice cream and making some killer ice cream sandwiches.

Deb Lindsey/The Washington Post

With the Super Bowl this weekend, I imagine the number of people making chicken wings and chili is sky high.  Straight up chili isn’t my favorite but this Lamb Chili from the Washington Post could convince me to love the stuff.  Think Indian lamb curry meets your favorite chili recipe…coconut milk, lentils, Kashmiri chili powder, and pine nuts are just a few of the ingredients that take this one to a new level.  Even if you’re not watching the big game, this is winter comfort food at its best.

Happy Reading and Happy Cooking!

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One Response to What I’m Reading Today

  1. Sally Boyne says:

    Fabulous choice…the French onion soup recipe!!!

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