Saturday, February 5, 2011

Busy one day, lazy the next

   Have hardly lifted a finger today, but that's all right...I was busy enough yesterday.
   Still working at using up the 2010 harvest, which includes frozen strawberries (from someone else's garden). This cobbler, adapted from the book shown, is incredible when made with fresh strawberries but still worth smiling about when made with thawed frozen berries. (Pic below is the uncooked cobbler...shown here to illustrate that the dough is just glopped by the spoonful onto the berries.)
Strawberry Cobbler
5-6 cups of thawed strawberries, sweetened as desired, drained if desired
2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter
1 cup buttermilk
Stir together dry ingredients; cut in butter; make a well in center and add buttermilk, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon the mixture onto the fruit in a 9x13 baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes, until nicely browned.
   This makes a moist, tender cobbler. Not a fan of thawed strawberries, but this recipe almost lets me forget they've been frozen. Unless the cobbler will be eaten the day it's made, pour some of the juice off the thawed berries to prevent the cake part from getting soggy.)
   Also, yesterday I baked another loaf of the easiest sandwich bread ever: No Knead Multi-Grain Bread. Though twice I have managed to cause the dough to lose its nice rise, the bread still turns out great...soft and tender to the bite. (Didn't grease my plastic cover well enough AGAIN and the risen dough fell some though I slowly removed the plastic.)
   Do NOT feel like cooking today, so we had leftover chili for lunch. We'll have spinach salad with shaved Parmesan and toasted pine-nuts for supper, topped with a balsamic vinaigrette I just made from an Emeril recipe found on the web. (I dialed back the garlic to one clove, crushed. He likes WAY more garlic than I do.)
   Busy or lazy, hope you're finding something to smile about today!


Tightwad Mom said...

I love busy days; then you can justify the lazy ones!! I am about to go whip up a batch of rolls. After that I think I'll put my feet up for awhile. Enjoy your day!

Practical Parsimony said...

I will take strawberries any way I can get them! That looks delicious. Sogginess would make it better for me....mmmm. I am determined to have a freezer full of local strawberries and blueberries this year, bought at farmer'market.

Lazy days are okay. It is nice to have one. It's even nicer to have a lazy day when you have knocked yourself out the day before.

The hens are in, so I can have a lazy, carefree moment. And, then I must go cook.

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

I am smiling about that awesome cobbler you made! That looks so delicious. I am being lazy today too, I wasn't very productive yesterday either :-) Oh well.

Marie said...

I cover my bread with a kitchen towel instead of plastic. I don't remember ever having a problem with it sticking to the dough. You could also try sprinkling flour on the towel to make extra sure that it doesn't stick.
I've never made a cobbler and it looks delicious. I don't have strawberries but I do have apples that getting a little old... would that work?

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Miriam said...

Oh! I LOVE this strawberry cobbler!! I know what you mean about being too busy one day then not wanting to do ANYTHING for a while. Beautiful dessert :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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We have things in common about frugality, simple living etc..


I love using frozen berries in the winter. IT reminds me that spring is just around the corner!

Dmarie said...

So good to hear from each of you!
@Marie, I'd be sure to cook the apples first, but yeah, I think they'd taste great!

Gift of Green said...

I love cobbler! Or is it crumble? I don't know...whatever has a warm fruit filling with crunchy topping - I'm all for it!

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