Monday, August 22, 2011

And so it begins... again.. the return of Fall Cooking

I generally don't cook in the summer.  Yes, I know how weird that sounds, but I can't stand being hot.  The idea of a hot kitchen on even a mildly warm day just sounds awful.  I basically assemble and reheat...  Salads, simple casseroles and anything that can be boiled.  But the other day I saw this recipe for Lemon Olive Oil Cake and could not get it out of my head or rather out of my mouth.. I swear I could almost taste it. And after reading the post and recipe a zillion times, I stayed up late one night and baked the cake.  Mine  was quite dense (no self-rising flour in the cupboards) but still delicious.  Then this weekend I made Paella, the way I like it, (a little spicy, a little wet and with lots of chicken). Now I am dreaming of onions.. Walla Walla Sweet Onions are in season and as soon as the temperature drops I will be cooking up something yummy.

Typical Toddler Meal for Pudge
Of course the other reason to start cooking, Pudge loves food.  She is especially fond of baked goods and cheese.  I make her some quick muffins (rice flour, low sugar) but it is time to start expanding her diet.  I want her to love food, all kinds.  I believe a love of food starts early.  And the desire to try new things come from a diverse diet when you are young.

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