Rainy Day Recipes
All the spring rain we've been getting and that they are calling for in the coming weeks, got me to thinking about the perfect rainy day meal. What is your go to on a cold, rainy spring day? Do you have something that you always crave. A good classic is of course grilled cheese and tomato soup, but there has to be more then that. I don't personally have a go to, so I thought I would put together a list that I can reference forever and ever. Hopefully the recipes below will entice you too on a rainy day, or any day really.
I realize that this is such a simple recipe that it can hardly be called a recipe, but I figure that unless you are from the western New York area, you probably don't know what salt potatoes are. And you are really missing out. I understand that you generally put salt in your water when cooking potatoes, but not like this. These potatoes use an excessive amount of salt in the boiling water, then once they are tender they are topped with excessive amounts of butter. This is not a healthy side dish by any means, but it is simple and delicious. As my dad recently said, "I don't know what makes them better, the salt or the butter." I think it is the combination of the two with the creamy little yellow potatoes.
Clementine and Sage Roasted Chicken
When you are trying to eat on a budget roasting a whole chicken is a great way to go. It is simple, you can feed a whole family or even get at least a couple of meals out of it if there are less of you. Whole chickens are also inexpensive per pound. When on sale you can get them for $.88 to $.99 a pound. I got this clementine and sage idea at Thanksgiving. They were two of the ingredients that I put into my turkey this year and it was delicious. Once it comes out the oven you can finish it with a quick gravy or just enjoy it as is.
Panang Curry Chicken Wings
I use to be one of those people that didn't really like chicken wings. Don't get me wrong, I love Buffalo sauce. I could eat it on almost anything. It was more getting the meat off the bone that I didn't really like. Then I met my husband and he can't get enough wings. In fact, it is one of the few things that he would cook before I met him. Since chicken wings became a much bigger part of my life I have decided to experiment with different flavors. It keeps it interesting and chicken wing are really a great vehicle for all different types of flavors. As far as cooking methods go, we do it all. In the summer we grill the wings and in winter we bake them in the oven. Occasionally we pull out the deep fryer, but then you can't eat them all the time. Then they become a treat. If you are interested in making a regular Panang curry minus the wings, you can check out my recipe.
Brown Butter Christmas Spritz Cookies
I generally like to make different Christmas cookies every year. It keeps it interesting for both me and the cookie eaters. However, sometimes a cookie comes along that people love so much, it needs to be made year after year. That is what has happened with this brown butter spritz cookie. You will need a cookie press in order to make these cookies. You can get them at any store that sells bakery supplies, kitchen supplies and even some craft stores like Michaels. It should cost less then $20 and if you have a coupon even less. The press will last you years and years if you treat it right...I didn't treat mine right and I am number two. The brown butter is what makes these cookies so exceptional. Just ask my grandfather. He thinks I should make a business out of making and selling these cookies. They are perfect as a side for your morning coffee.