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.

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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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