Our family tries to schedule a warm weather break from the snow and cold every year. For a variety of reasons, that vitamin-D-laced trip did not happen this winter. I think most of the country will agree that, if there was ever a winter to hit the beach, THIS was it! So the arrival of daylight savings time – the harbinger of spring – is a tough sell for me. Yes, I love the extra hours of sunlight in the evening, but that’s just more time for me to stare at the feet of cold, wintry snow in my backyard. Fortunately there are signs of spring at the grocery store, including some gorgeous fresh leeks that I used to make this Roasted Potato Leek Soup with Homemade Croutons.
Baking doesn’t get much easier than this, folks. Measure, sift, pour, stir and bake. Done. But your reward for such little effort is this amazingly delicious Beer Bread. Yes, that’s right; bread made from beer. Who knew?
Here in Minnesota, grilling is always in season, even when the weather goes all Polar Vortex on us. During the winter, Pat braves the elements in his warmest outerwear in order to grill our dinner. Now I’m not going to lie; nothing about grilling in winter is pretty. There are times when he has to shovel a path to the grill. And you could argue that the headlamp and occasional balaclava are a bit extreme. But all that effort is totally worth it, especially when the reward is this juicy Guinness Burger with Irish Cheddar and Bacon.
I’m pretty sure I heard a virtual chorus of “Meeeeeeeeee!” coming through loud and clear. (Or maybe that was just me yelling very loudly??) Regardless, I second, and third, that sentiment. Thank goodness for the comforting foods of winter (and pictures of warm, sunny locations on Pinterest). Without those things, I’m not sure I’d make it to spring.
I was never a Girl Scout. My daughter wasn’t interested, either. Secretly, I always thought their uniform sashes were alluring and the after-school meetings sounded cool, but not enough to make me want to commit to the club. But one Girl Scout tradition that I never pass up is cookie season. Do you have a favorite cookie? I love Samoas, but Thin Mints-in-the-freezer (yes, they MUST be kept in the freezer) are top notch, too, so it makes only perfect sense that I profess my love for frozen cookies with this Thin Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie.