January in New England typically brings ice, snow and more snow — ideal weather for soups and stews. With inspiration from Australia-based Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, I am sharing highlights from my kitchen this month.
I started the year with a special celebratory Greek bread from my neighbors (above). We pull it apart and whoever finds the coin is supposed to have good luck for the year.
The weather also lends itself to winter cocktails. I’ve found a few historic sources for recipes to try, including one that calls for a piece of butter the size of half a chestnut! I also can’t go wrong with a new cocktail shaker, a fresh lemon, and a bottle of bitters.
I try to add color to my kitchen shelves with the last of the season’s cranberries. This photo shows cranberry-apple sauce with cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I also made cranberries with lychees and orange zest from a recipe from Boston-based Ming Tsai of the “Simply Ming” cooking show.
And I look forward to using the new set of baking pans that my husband gave me for the holidays. Roasted root veggies, brownies, banana bread…I’ll be making my favorites but also looking for old recipes to try, as usual. Happy New Year and thanks for reading!