The leaves are green and gold outside the window, and I am stretched out on the living room couch with the cat, still full from Sunday dinner, and grateful that I have cooked so much this weekend that I can take it easy in the kitchen for the next couple of evenings. There’s even a tin full of gingersnaps in the cupboard and a container of addictive mixed nuts (though let’s be real–these won’t last). Maybe I’ll take a few moments to restock the empty granola canister or mix up some bread dough. Even though these recipes don’t really take more than five or ten minutes, I often stumble over a mental block of the Must-Make-Dinner-No-Time-for-Anything-Extra variety.
The light is fading and it’s time to call the kids inside and give them a snack before bedtime. I need everyone tucked in by 8 p.m. so I can watch Upstairs, Downstairs.
Tuesday: Fried rice with edamame and leftover beef short ribs
Wednesday: Pasta with Kale and Ricotta
Saturday: Chicken salad, Beet & Cabbage Borscht with Dill
What do you like to cook when you have extra time in the kitchen?