Baking Boiling

Baking, Boiling, Stewing, and, Of Course, Chewing....

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Kenny Muzzey

With the rapid arrival of the blustery winter weather, something warm and comfortable is often what we seek.  And with Thanksgiving just over two weeks away, what a better place to find relief from the plummeting temperatures than in the kitchen? The aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air, the refrigerator hums softly, the pots, pans, glasses glitter immaculately, boiling water, baking cookies, simmering soups, stews, and chili. Yes, by far the kitchen is one of the best places to keep busy, in addition to beating the brisk winter winds.

As American’s we love to eat, that is no secret. The kitchen has become a symbol of get-togethers, family functions, experimentation, food, family, and fun.  I, myself, have spent a lot of time in the kitchen, but this is by far the time of the season for it. I mean, isn’t that one of the best parts about the holidays? The extravagant turkey day feast that progresses into Christmas dinner. Followed by freshly baked pumpkin pie, moist pumpkin bread, chilled pumpkin cheesecake, and pumpkin spice ice cream! What a better way to promote family togetherness than helping one another out in the kitchen.

Hearing bacon sizzling in a frying pan and smelling the salty savory meat reminds me of a not too distant childhood. Knowing that when I got out of bed there would be freshly cooked eggs, bacon, and hash browns lying out on the table was enough reason to get up early on those cold weekends. A refreshing glass of ice cold orange juice always offered a nice compliment to the fried foods hot off the stove. I’m sure everyone here has similar memories of family members cooking up their favorite dish. Hearty chili simmering in a large pot, sweet sugar cookies baking in the oven, sipping homemade hot chocolate to beat the winter blues, yes, this is truly the best time of the year for warm winter treats.

So there you have it, food, fun, family. The spirit of the season and holiday cheer revolves largely around the kitchen. It is truly one of the best times of the year for spreading cheer and a large part of that comes out of the oven, off the stove, and out of the fridge. So sip some coffee, tea, soup, or stew, curl up and keep warm.
~Kenny Muzzey~

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