Slightly cold weather calls for split pea soup

15 Nov

You know, I’ve been waiting for it to get a little colder here, so I can feel nice and cozy in the kitchen with some cornbread in the oven. I make cornbread at least once a week when it’s cold. We missed it over the summer. I’m trying to hone my biscuit making skills as well, so we can add those to the weekly menu.

We found this kids cookbook by Tina Davis at Half Price Books a couple of years ago, in Ohio. The split pea soup is one of my favorites, and it’s easy to add some ham. I’ve been cooking for about 5 1/2 years now, and just starting to figure out what the husband really likes. He’s into meat. I can’t blame him. I am finding that it is pretty easy to add stew meat to most any soup recipe. We didn’t add meat to the soup today, but it was totally good anyway.

I start craving chocolate and pudding when the weather gets colder, as well. I like my pudding warm, so maybe that’s why. I usually follow a recipe on Simply Recipes for chocolate pudding, but tried this one in Tina Davis’ book today. It’s totally good, and faster as it doesn’t call for tempering the eggs. Faster equals better in my book these days, so there you go! I used almond milk instead of cow’s milk, and I do like using more cocoa rather than chocolate chips, so I wrote in the amounts from the other recipe. I am thinking it would also be super tasty with a chopped up Valrhona chocolate bar in place of the chocolate chips.

Today was also my first time making conchee, and although I think this is a fairly Americanized version, it was yum. I chopped up an acorn squash and the onion in the morning and let it cook while I took Sue to the dentist, so I could have some for lunch when I got home. Of course I had to look up some other conchee recipes, and I know I’ll be making more in the near future.

Another good cold-day meal.

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