Tonight will begin a long few days of extremely cold weather (extreme for FLORIDA!). So, I'm cooking up a storm in the kitchen today.
First, I wanted to use up some dried beans. Nothing like combining split green peas with Thanksgiving's leftover, frozen, smoked turkey legs. Now, there is no meat in this dish but I definitely used the flavoring of the smoke to give this very veggie and green dish some extra dimension for the kids' sakes. I threw in the traditional carrot, celery and onion to make the broth. (Shhhh, don't tell the kids there is also a small turnip cooked in there. )
Then, once everything was softened, I blended the bulk of it with a little bit of broth and make a puree. Oh goodness! So full of flavor. I love it! Plus, I have broth put back for whatever else I make in the next day or two.
In the bread machine, I have a loaf of bread rising and will be cooked in another hour. Yum.
Then, Jack put in his request for sugar cookies. I think this sounds very reasonable. Not too hard, not too soft, not too thick.... but as Goldilocks would say, "Just right!"