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Originally, I had a grand vision of waxing poetic about finding the magic in winter, once the holidays are over and there is the long sludge of February and March to get through. I’ll save that armchair wisdom for a rainy day, because there really is no winter to speak of, not here anyway, and who am I to be making any grand declarations about winter when we’ve got gorgeous, sunny days in the low to mid-sixties? While the lack of rain is rather troubling, and I am aching for blustery weather, I cannot deny that this mild weather is mighty, mighty pleasant.

I’ve been back at it, preparing and shooting lots of delicious, cozy food for Etsy and Bon Appetit.

I made this Hearty Chicken Chili for the Etsy blog, and I brought it with me when I went to Yellowstone …. it was perfect. I only wish that I had made about ten times as much.

This Green Curry with Tofu and Quinoa really hits the spot on a chilly evening. Also there is a mildly embarrassing story about kitchen mishaps tucked in there.

I shot the images for Bon Appetit’s pressure cooker slideshow. Tough picking favorites here. I had never worked with a pressure cooker before, but I’m now convinced that it is the best way to get tender, perfect, falling-apart meat. Yes to that.

And I updated one of my favorite recipes just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Molten Chocolate Cake pictured above. Still just as decadent, dreamy and amazing.

  • paisley - curry link is broken :(ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley - Thanks for the heads’ up! All fixed.ReplyCancel

  • Maria - Thanks for links! I’m visiting for the first time and I’m loving the recipes. Especially the pulled meat. Looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • ileana - That curry looks great. And I love that last picture! Not much of a winter here in Tampa either… 82 degrees!ReplyCancel

  • sara - holy gorgeousness!ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - I am not complaining about the lack of winter this winter; it’s positively feeling like Spring! That said, I’m still happy to be cooking warm, cozy meals packed with root vegetables. That molten chocolate cake looks to die for. Anytime I spot pistachios over chocolate, I am smitten.ReplyCancel

  • kickpleat - I love how I came from Tim’s site to yours and it looks like you’ve both got the same dishtowel, blue stripes and all! The green curry looks delicious and it’s one curry I’ve never tried to make at home. Looks like I should just give it a try!ReplyCancel

  • leela - looking good sister!ReplyCancel

  • Anna @ the shady pine - Gorgeous photos that draw me in! Very lucky about it not being too wintery at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Joy - everything looks amazing. bet it all tastes so fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • strawberriesandpepper - You spoiled us this week with so many recipes! I definitely want to try that green curry. It looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Dramatic Pancake - Everything looks amazing! It’s definitely been a pretty mild winter, even in Chicago, but today is cold and gray and I am seriously craving that curry!ReplyCancel

  • SG - Always so amazing. Your images are always so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui - What is it about chili and being out in the woods? They’re so perfect together! And molten chocolate cake… one of my absolute favorites!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - Now I am convinced I must get a pressure cooker. And make that molten cake – what a beauty.ReplyCancel

  • Margarita - Can’t wait to try the green curry!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - beautiful collection here. i haven’t used a pressure cooker before, sounds like a magic worker.ReplyCancel

  • Kat - Would it change the recipe a lot if I used red curry paste instead of green? PS I made saag paneer once for a friend and got cocky and used TABLESPOONS instead of teaspoons for all the spices-both of our mouths were on fire!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley - Kat, great question! Truth is, I have no idea! I’m going to do a little research on red curry. But I would guess that it’d be fine.ReplyCancel

  • NicoleD - A beautiful collection of cozy food! I actually received a pressure cooker as a wedding gift and had no idea how to use it. My current self would be more adventurous and try it out!ReplyCancel

  • la domestique - Beautiful images, Kimberley! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a pressure cooker for a while, and this might just push me over the edge. I live at altitude and no matter what I do, I cannot seem to cook dried beans properly. I’m thinking a pressure cooker might help, and I can add delicious falling apart meat dishes to the list of things to do with my new pressure cooker.ReplyCancel

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