Snow Day Cooking

It’s a soup kind of day. The world is white, cold and snow flakes keep falling down.


It’s a soup kind of day, and it has to be rich and colorful.  I am making my version of minestrone.

Chopped onion, celery, carrots and mushroom bathing in hot olive oil in a dutch oven (usually used for baking bread).


To this I added one can of tomato sauce, one can of diced tomatoes, two cloves of garlic (chopped), homemade frozen vegetable broth (about two cups), salt and paprika.  Boiled, lowered heat and added about one cup of cooked (and frozen a while ago) white beans. When the beans thawed and the soup boiled again i added pasta and continued cooking for another 10 minutes. Soup is ready. See the shape of the pasta? It was on sale after Hanukkah this year.


A good soup needs good bread to accompany it. It’s a great day to try a recipe from my favorite bread book. I am making Focaccia.

The dough is very wet and sticky… I’m not sure if it’s going to work, but I am following the recipe.  The smell of the fresh rosemary is all over. So happy to have a rosemary plant that I can bring in the house for the winter.



It was a long wait, but the Foccasia looks and smells wonderful.


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