What I’m Cooking This Month

January 4, 2012

The holidays are over, the tree is down. Time to get my zen on with comforting soups, stews and braises. And did I mention the perfect snackin' cake?

Lemon BarsGraham Cracker CakeEasy Chicken and DumplingsShakshukaItalian Pot RoastThree-Cheese Spinach LasagnaWinter Minestrone SoupBeef and Onions Braised in BeerCrock Pot PosoleCreamy Tomato SoupEditor's January Picks
This recipe is courtesy of Bakerella (aka Angie Dudley), the woman who brought us the "cake pop." Lemon bars are a bit of summer in the middle of the winter. We love them. Recipe: Lemon Bars
This is an all-purpose cake that's perfect for toting to school or work. Recipe: Graham Cracker Cake
My kids request this dish more than any other. It's embarrassingly easy. You can make the dumplings from scratch, but honestly, we like ones from Bisquick better. Recipe: Easy Chicken and Dumplings
I discovered this dish on a trip to Israel. Versions of it were on every breakfast buffet. But the true shakshuka experience was at the famous Jaffa restaurant aptly named Dr. Shakshuka. This culinary hot spot resembles nothing less than a collision between a flea market and an outdoor eatery. Thousands of braziers hang from the ceiling, interspersed with other bric-a-brac.When the fridge is bare and the wallet's empty, this dish is a life-saver. Eggs are always there for me, along with canned tomatoes. Recipe: Shakshuka
My kids are total carnivores, so this dish scores big. Perfect for meat and potatoes families. Recipe: Italian Pot Roast
If you're not a tomato fan, this "white" lasagna is for you. Perfect for dispensing to new neighbors and friends in need. Recipe: Three-Cheese Spinach Lasagna
I always have a bag of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese rinds in the fridge and this is a great way to use them. The rinds steep in the vegetable soup and melt and flavor the soup, which gets more flavorful the longer it sits. Recipe: http://www.relish.com/recipes/winter-minestrone-soup/
I discovered this dish years ago in Julia's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. An inexpensive cut of beef, beer and seasonings mingle effortlessly for comfort food at its best. Recipe: Beef and Onions Braised in Beer
This easy posole made in the Crock Pot shocked me. For a recipe that contains a jar of enchilada sauce and canned green chiles, it was unbelievably good. Start it on Saturday morning and eat great all weekend long. The kids will love it. Recipe: Crock Pot Posole
Easy tomato soup. Add a grilled cheese. Enough said. Recipe: Creamy Tomato Soup
After the holidays I want what I call "monk" food - dishes that are clean, and homey and simple. This includes braises, soups and stews, perfect for cozying up with on the couch. Sip. Slurp. Savor.
This recipe is courtesy of Bakerella (aka Angie Dudley), the woman who brought us the "cake pop."  Lemon bars are a bit of summer in the middle of the winter. We love them. 


Recipe: Lemon BarsThis is an all-purpose cake that's perfect for toting to school or work.


Recipe: Graham Cracker CakeMy kids request this dish more than any other. It's embarrassingly easy. You can make the dumplings from scratch, but honestly, we like ones from Bisquick better. 


Recipe: Easy Chicken and DumplingsI discovered this dish on a trip to Israel. Versions of it were on every breakfast buffet. But the true shakshuka experience was at the famous Jaffa restaurant aptly named Dr. Shakshuka. This culinary hot spot resembles nothing less than a collision between a flea market and an outdoor eatery. Thousands of braziers hang from the ceiling, interspersed with other bric-a-brac.When the fridge is bare and the wallet's empty, this dish is a life-saver. Eggs are always there for me, along with canned tomatoes. 


Recipe: ShakshukaMy kids are total carnivores, so this dish scores big. Perfect for meat and potatoes families. 


Recipe: Italian Pot RoastIf you're not a tomato fan, this "white" lasagna is for you. Perfect for dispensing to new neighbors and friends in need. 


Recipe: Three-Cheese Spinach LasagnaI always have a bag of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese rinds in the fridge and this is a great way to use them. The rinds steep in the vegetable soup and melt and flavor the soup, which gets more flavorful the longer it sits.


Recipe: http://www.relish.com/recipes/winter-minestrone-soup/I discovered this dish years ago in Julia's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. An inexpensive cut of beef, beer and seasonings mingle effortlessly for comfort food at its best. 


Recipe: Beef and Onions Braised in BeerThis easy posole  made in the Crock Pot shocked me. For a recipe that contains a jar of enchilada sauce and canned green chiles, it was unbelievably good. Start it on Saturday morning and eat great all weekend long. The kids will love it.

Recipe:
 Crock Pot PosoleEasy tomato soup. Add a grilled cheese. Enough said. 


Recipe: Creamy Tomato SoupAfter the holidays I want what I call "monk" food - dishes that are clean, and homey and simple. This includes braises, soups and stews, perfect for cozying up with on the couch. Sip. Slurp. Savor.
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