anzac cookies

Anzac Cookies recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

Anzac Cookies recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

It’s been a good couple of days off of work. The Big Scary Blizzard came and went from DC, leaving behind it mini-mountains of snow and a 4-foot long, 1-foot thick huge icicle outside my apartment. I’ve been vacillating between being parked at my kitchen breakfast bar, where I like to sit around on my laptop, to the kitchen itself to cook simple meals, and to the bed where I relax and watch through the fourth season of Angel on Netflix.

There’s a very different feel to snow days than there are to any other time off from work. To me it feels like a gift, an unexpected swath of time, and because of that I oddly feel pressured to make the most of it. I can’t go outside, so I might as well do something with my time inside, right? So I tweaked some things here and there around this blog, as well as finding a ton of new recipes I want to try out once I’m able to get to a grocery store again. That feels slightly productive, even if it’s not much, and it makes me feel less guilty about the aforementioned lounging.

In any case, today I come with a recipe for wonderful little cookies (or biscuits) known as Anzac cookies. The lore of the Anzac cookie (Anzac being an acronym for Australian & New Zealand Army Corps) is that they were sent to soldiers in World War I, because they don’t contain eggs or milk, and therefore won’t spoil in the post. They’re rich, and slightly deep and molasses-y from the brown sugar, with a golden color and flavor. They are usually made with golden syrup (such as Lyle’s), but I couldn’t find it anywhere and so substituted it with honey. It’s still fantastic.

Anzac Cookies recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

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roasted broccoli and farro salad with feta

roasted broccoli and farro salad with feta [ inthiskitchen.com ]

Well, we are definitely in the doldrums of January. While most of my family members are basking in the golden, dripping sunlight and 70 degrees that is Phoenix, AZ, I’m here trying to protect myself from 20 mile-an-hour winds and 11 degree temperatures even on the short walk from my office to my car. I also woke up this morning inexplicably thinking it was Sunday morning, and halfway through thinking about my plans to lounge around all day, I realized that it was indeed just 5:15 on a Tuesday. Oy.

But instead of complaining about the cold, which I’m sure all of you agree is your favorite thing to read about on a blog, let’s list some things I’m super happy about that have happened this week: we finally took the long-awaited Trip To Ikea and got not only the bookshelves we’ve been needing (why yes, we have just been living with about 15 plastic bins full of books in our living room for the last 3 months, isn’t that how you decorate?), but we also got a cool little desk, two lamps, and a few kitchen knickknacks that I will never have enough of. I also tried two new restaurants this week, both a Korean fried chicken place that was perfect on a cold day, and a Mexican chain restaurant that turned out to surpass my expectations wildly. And I have been cooking most nights (most… not all) and enjoying it. Huzzah for these things!

And I’m here today to share one of the recent major successful recipes: this simple, easy farro and roasted broccoli salad.

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spicy shawarma chicken pitas

spicy shawarma chicken pitas [ inthiskitchen.com ]

After a nice, sunny vacation home to see family, I’m back on the East Coast, with it’s characteristic winter light (or lack thereof), bare bones trees devoid of their leaves, and wind that makes even slightly cold weather all the more chilly. It’s actually a mild winter (so far – knock on wood – cross your fingers), but I can’t help but miss the green trees and longer days.

It hasn’t been hard to keep busy though, with going back to work full-time and getting to cook a lot at home, while listening to old Rolling Stones tunes or newer ones from Courtney Barnett (who I have fallen in love with!). It has felt good to get back to a routine of sorts – even if a small part of that routine is daydreaming about moving back to the West Coast in the next couple years. For now though, I’m happy, and have returned to the kitchen with a few new fun cooking gadgets and ingredients as well.

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french warm lentil salad

french warm lentil salad [ inthiskitchen.com ]

I’ve never been to France, and I’m a little embarrassed to say it. I’ve heard people wax dreamily about it ad infinitum, almost as if there are two groups of people in the world: ones who have felt the true experience of France or Paris, and those who haven’t. The truth is, if I’d had the opportunity to visit, I would have long ago. Being well-traveled is a colossal privilege, and one I haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully experience. I’ve had some amazing trips in my lifetime: Vancouver was one of my favorite places I’ve ever been, and as a stop on a cruise I was able to be in the Bahamas, albeit only for about two hours. But aside from that, when I traveled throughout my life it has always been to various places in the U.S. where my family members lived: New Jersey, Michigan, and then Arizona after I’d moved to the east coast. All of the travel dollars and frequent flyer miles went toward seeing family instead of embarking upon world adventures, and I absolutely don’t regret that at all.

french warm lentil salad [ inthiskitchen.com ]

That all being said, of course pretty much all of Europe is at the top of my “I want to go there” list. As for now, I feel like I have gotten a slice of what France must be like from food, and food writing. I loved David Lebovitz’ The Sweet Life in Paris. I’ve even read a book about how French people parent differently, despite not yet having kids or any plans to anytime soon. And of course Molly of Orangette is a great resource for stories and foods of France, and I’m so glad she shared this warm lentil salad that she says is very common in France, in an even simpler form.

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