Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Give Us This Day...

Snow?! ?

It's the first snowfall of the season, and this morning we woke up to a yard that seemed magically transformed into a winter wonderland. As soon as the weather outside turns colder, I turn to warmth on the inside — homemade soup, fresh-baked bread, and similar creature comforts.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice soup, Tomato-Corn Chowder, Potato Leek.
Southwestern Winter Chili with ground turkey, black beans, red peppers and butternut squash. The colors, the flavors, the warmth...fill me in a way summer never can.

To accompany all that soupy goodness, my friend Eowyn's delicious bread recipe has become a staple in our home. Branching out over the past few weeks, I've experimented several times with a version of this amazing no-knead bread. And already this week (yes, it's Wednesday) I've baked this delectable classic white bread not once, but three times.

Scrounging for another favorite recipe yesterday, I stumbled across a favorite quote -- about both bread AND snow:
"When we eat the good bread, we are eating months of sunlight, weeks of rain and snow from the sky, richness out of the earth....It all becomes a part of us. We should be great—each of us radiant, full of music and full of stories. Able to run the way clouds do, able to dance like the snow and the rain. But nobody takes time to think that he eats all these things and that sun, rain, snow are all a part of himself."
—from Dobry by Monica Shannon

And once again I'm reminded why I love baking and eating such goodness every day. Happy winter, everybody! Here's hoping the goodness of true, family, friends and faith...brightens your days and lifts your spirits, warming you from the inside until the very last frost melts away.


LisAway said...

Oh yum. Can I come over? I mean, we do lots of yummy soups and pumpkin and apple treats over here, but I'd love to sit down to a bowl with you!! I too am so glad we have times to enjoy the warmth outside and times for enjoying it within!

deb said...

so fabulous,
well maybe not the snow quite yet.. :)

I suppose if we made a point to eat more seasonally we would make the connections to earth and sun and soil more. I love love that quote.

and am curious about the no knead recipe.. must try

Kazzy said...

But why isn't there a yummy Fall bread recipe? Does it have to be Winter already?

Kristina P. said...

I have to say, Booooo. It makes me so sad how short fall is.

Happy Mom said...

Ohhh. I need that bread! It's time to bake around here! (our first cold day -- no snow yet)

Jessica said...

Oh I love the quote! and yes, yes, yes, everything you described here! It's so deliciously fall. I have lemon lentil soup simmering on the stove right now- but I haven't gotten to the bread yet- may need to try your recipe link!

Tammy Lorna said...

What a beautiful landscape you've captured in that photo! This is the time of year I always get a homesick ache for Provo - fall heading into winter was always my very favourite time of year!

And of course it doesn't help that things are starting to get VERY HOT down-under! lol :)

xo Tammy

Heather of the EO said...

That picture = amazing beauty
The quote = amazing beauty
your words = amazing beauty


It just turned COLD here with just a dusting of snow and I did (do) the exact same thing with the warming comfort foods...I've got to check out this bread!

L.T. Elliot said...

I don't know why but this post made me cry. In a good way. *hugs*

Kimberly said...

Oh my...soup...bread. Two of my happy places so easily melded together.

I'm going to go whip up a batch of whole wheat no knead bread now...

Sandy M. said...

We of course are entering our hot, wet season, with months of sunlight (what am I saying - all of our months are full of sunshine!), and delicious summer rain storms ahead.
The last thing I had to eat was full of nuts and laden with cocoa bean... :) I should be... fat!
Comfort foods are sometimes a long, cold glass of heaven-nectar iced water.. :)
Your winter snow is beautiful! I will think about you enjoying it. I know I would if I was there :)


Luisa Perkins said...

Oh, I LOVE that quote. I may have to steal it for the CY sequel.

I'm so glad you're baking!

Snow already! Wow.