Can you believe it’s already February?! The time is just flying by despite some of the days dragging. It was a strange month in our kitchen. For nearly two weeks I was on a very restricted diet or clear liquids so the cooking and baking was a little slow. Don’t get me wrong, the guys didn’t starve. It just wasn’t my most creative work!
In my kitchen this month I started this new meal journal. I write down what we have for every family dinner, not the recipe, just what we ate. I also note how well it was received (or not so well in the case of Jack and Sean eating polenta).
For Christmas I received this huge pastry board. It’s been great for kneading pullman loaf bread dough. Recently I’ve also used it to knead and roll some sweet rolls. I like how it hangs over the edge so it doesn’t slide when your kneading.
Speaking of sweet rolls, here are the mocha swirls featured on the pastry board. Also some raspberry buns. The dough recipe is from Julia Turshen’s Small Victories.
Valentine’s Day is an important family day for us. It was my sister’s birthday so as a family we always went out for her birthday dinner. For me it’s still a family day and as such it requires special dishes! I couldn’t resist these heart plates and mugs when I saw them in the Crate and Barrel catalog.
I also have some new Lodge cast iron pans. This large oval enamel cast iron dutch oven is fantastic. I use it for roast chicken, soups, stews, meatballs in sauce and my sourdough can bake in it too.
I didn’t necessarily need this cast iron skillet, but I couldn’t resist. It’s their annual commemorative skillet and 10% of all sales were going to funds set up for the forest fire victims in Tennessee. Besides, I use this skillet enough to justify it!
That about sums up what’s been happening in our kitchen. Thanks again to Liz for hosting this monthly linkup. Pop on by Liz’s Good Things and find links to see what’s happening in kitchens across the globe.