Snowed In – An Italian Feast By The Fire

Winter arrives with a Fury.

Winter Arrives all at once

Winter Arrives all at once

We did not get snow this Christmas – we got rain. The snow decided to fall right after The New Year and it has not stopped.  What does a Chef do when she is snowed in? Cook of course.   The day started off like this…..

Snowy View of the Back of the Property.

Winter arrives with a Fury.

Winter arrives with a Fury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I barely made it outside to feed the birds and the flock of 60  or so Wild Turkeys- It has been  a really hard few days for wildlife as temperatures dipped  well below freezing. My fingers stuck to the bird seed containers at my feeding station. Most of the resident mammals decided to stay indoors- probably inside my house from the sounds of it.

My Feeding Station.

My Feeding Station.

The turkeys had a hard time walking though snow that was 2 feet deep. They were coming right up onto my porches to eat the spilled feed.  They were tipping sunflowers out of my  Yankee Droll feeders.

Snow Turkeys

Snow Turkeys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Snowy days like this I head into the kitchen to make comfort food. I like to prepare a large batch type of stew or sauce that we can eat over a few days. I decided to cook some Bolognese sauce. I made it with my own canned tomatoes.

The start of sauce Bolognese made with my canned tomatoes.

The start of sauce Bolognese made with my canned tomatoes.

I love this versatile sauce and after weeks of joints of meat I wanted something that tasted as if it were made with love.

 

Comfort Food that is what it is called. Everyone loves Comfort Food.

Bolognese Sauce Ready for pasta.

Bolognese Sauce Ready for pasta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided to make up some
Olive Oil,Lemon and Parmesan salad dressing to serve with the pasta dish.Lemon Olive Oil Dressing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I served the meal  in front of the fire with Cabernet,toasted focaccia, green salad with marinated tomatoes.

Green Salad with Marinated Tomatoes

Green Salad with Marinated Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rigatoni with parmesan  I always offer, freshly ground black pepper, extra cheese and hot chilli flakes on the side. It was wonderful to eat in front of the fire. After a long,very cold and snowy day it tasted like heaven.

Quiet Winter Night

 

Thank God for snowed in days.

 

 

 

 

I am working on my Cookbook- Here is a preview-

Italian Comfort Food

Italian Comfort Food

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