3 Things That Work in the Kitchen – Comfort Food Edition

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3 Things that work in the kitchen

The weather is getting cooler.  The days are getting shorter.  It’s time to snuggle in with some comfort food.

1.  Pumpkin Bread

I used a recipe from an old church cookbook to make pumpkin bread this week.  The recipe called for baking the bread in four one pound coffee cans.  My mother-in-law always makes her pumpkin bread in coffee cans, but those are a bit hard to come by now.


In turns out that three smallish bread pans equals four coffee cans.

In other news, I’m not at all sure what’s splattered on this cookbook page, but I think stains and splatters are a badge of honor for a cookbook.  It means the book has been brought to life by actually using the recipes and sharing the results with loved ones.

2.  Facebook Live video – Making Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese

I got out my Instant Pot, set up the camera and made mac & cheese using my favorite recipe.   I’m still getting used to the Instant Pot and to Facebook Live, but it was a lot of fun and the macaroni and cheese turned out great!

3.  Baking makes me feel like I have all the time in the world.

If I need a little stress relief, I bake.  The act of doing something with my hands, that involves all the senses is very calming to me.  There’s something about an afternoon baking session that makes time slow down.  I feel like I’ve got all the time in the world and I can just breathe.

It’s a similar feeling to the one I get when I step off the boardwalk onto the beach.  Padding my way in the sand with the sea breeze blowing and sun shining, I feel like all the stress just drops away.  Baking isn’t quite that effective, but it’s close.  It’s also a lot more accessible.

What about you?  Does baking make you feel like that?

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