That's just how I feel ..... ahhhh! The Christmas holiday has passed and our family had a fun few days of exchanging gifts, taking walks, playing games, doing a bit of poking around the backroads of Vermont, cooking together, and sitting by the evening fire chatting or reading quietly. We watched some classic movies, had martinis and laughed over the kitchen countertop, played with Christmas ribbons with the family cat and tried (in vain) to keep the Corgis quiet and calm. It's a wonder the Christmas tree is still standing, considering all the running and barking that Mimi (frisky Corgi) and Penny (equally frisky kitty) have done! Pete (gentleman Corgi) and Opey (resident Queen Cat) just sit and quietly watch their antics.
Now, though, the kids have returned to their workaday worlds and Silent Bob and I have settled back to the quiet of the grey cottage. There's a mountain of laundry to catch up on, the Christmas ribbons to roll up and stow for another year, the leftover Christmas cookies to dip in our tea, and a pile of new Christmas books to choose from. The time is right for a pot of soup and a loaf of bread, a tray by the fire, and a good book.
I received The Food 52 Cookbook for Christmas, so have been looking and bookmarking ... the inaugural recipe to be made is a soup ... Creamy Mushroom Soup .... a fitting fate for a pile of Crimini and white buttons that I have in the fridge and a small packet of dried porcini that is on the pantry shelf. We had a roasted chicken the other evening, so the broth will be homemade. It's shaping up to be a rich lunch!
courtesy of Food 52 Cookbook
1 lb. Cremini mushrooms, ditto
3 tbsp. olive oil
6 sprigs thyme
1 sprig rosemary
salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ c. Cognac
¼ c. whipping cream
¼ c. chives, chopped
Making the Soup:
1. Heat the chicken broth in a stock pot with the cleaned and reserved mushroom stems for one hour - keep the pot at a low simmer.
4. Add the mushroom cubes to the shallots and herbs and continue to sauté until the mushrooms begin to release their juices. Lower the heat and let the mushrooms cook gently until the juices are reabsorbed (about 20 minutes.
What fun foodie gifts did you receive this Christmas?