“If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes (and it will change)” is a weather saying in many parts of the world. Mark Twain (1835-1910) is often credited with originating it, but there is no record that he ever said it nor do I doubt he ever made his way to Texas to witness it. Yet in a matter of few days here, we’ve definitely experienced drastic changes in the weather. Only Saturday I was having a garage sale with cloudy to sunny skies and a temp ranging in the 60’s but since then we’ve finally got a bit of wintery weather and I do mean a “bit”. In fact…I’m hesitate to even mention it based on what my dear friends in the north and northeast have endured. We had cold and rain on Sunday, a SLEETPACOLYPSE on Monday which shut down schools and most businesses for two days, and today,Wedesnday…we have snow! The difference for us is those that live in climates that have a “true” winter are prepared for it, used to it, and have measures in place to deal with it (although I’m sure they don’t like it). Dallas on the other hand never is, never will, and doesn’t handle it well…at all!!!

Obviously the best thing to do in such conditions is to Stay. At. Home. Thank you, I think I will and did! I assume most people on their unplanned day off might enjoy curling up reading a book, catching up on a TV series, or perhaps a movie marathon on Netflix all enjoyed from the comforts of their pj’s. Not. This. Chick. Sleetpacolypse gave me a perfect opportunity to spend a few days in the kick butt kitchen and that’s exactly what I did. Cooking and creating new recipes under no pressure and plenty of time on my hands. My main mission was to unload some items I already had not only in the fridge but also in the freezer and pantry. Since we’ve yet to have a grocery store downtown, I had to work with what I had on hand. Here’s what happened next.

CauliSoup3Roasted Cauliflower Soup, the freaking bombarama of any soup I’ve ever made! 

Kat'sCasear2My “go-to” Chickin Caeser Salad w/marinated cherry tomatoes, always delicious, always!

KatsBCNoodlesBrown Rice Noodles w/Spicy Tempeh & Bok Choy, freaking amazing!

OatmealCookiesOatmeal Raisin Cookies, I added a banana for moistness and sweetness and it worked!

KaleBombaramaMy NEW favorite Kale Salad, which I shall call Kat’s Bombarama Kale Salad. It looks like a mess but trust me this was sooo very tasty. No frills, no fuss, and fast too!

NaturaWineThere might have been a little of this going on too. Hey, I was home!

All and all it has been a good food and wine week thus far, and oh…it’s only Wednesday ya’ll!!!

– Kat




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