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Deju Vu Polar Vortex

We had our first official snowfall on Tuesday--3-4" of rush hour powder.  Thankfully I was not scheduled to work.  I had to walk the bike home from Crossfit due to the road conditions.  Sophie spent the day sledding, and I shoveled snow and made cinnamon rolls using this recipe I found on the back of the pearl sugar box:

Swedish Cinnamon Rolls

2 envelopes dry yeast

3(!)sticks butter

2 cups milk

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar

6 cups flour (I used a 50/50 mix of white whole wheat and all purpose)


4 TBS softened butter

1 cup sugar mixed with 1 TBS ground cinnamon


1 egg, beaten

pearl sugar

Melt butter.  Add milk and heat til lukewarm. Put yeast in a large mixing bowl and whisk in butter/milk mixture.  Add sugar, salt, and half the flour.  Continue working in the flour, kneading til smooth and elastic.  Place in a warm location and allow to rise ~40 minutes.  Divide dough in half, rolling each piece into a square ~1/3" thick.  Spread with softened butter and cinnamon sugar.  Roll into a log and cut each log into 12 pieces.  Place onto a greased baking sheet and allow to rise for ~20 min.  Preheat oven to 425F.  Brush buns with egg and sprinkle with pearl sugar.  Bake until golden brown ~20-30 min.

These were super delicious fresh out of the oven and only slightly less delicious a day later.  I made Ian take most of them to work.  A photo is here.

Luckily there will be a box of produce on my doorstep tomorrow morning that I paid way too much money for to allow it to go to waste.  We are members of From the Farmer, a delivery service that allows you to customize your products (i.e. please, no more kale).  I also discovered Tessemae's dressings--a Maryland product that is blessedly sugar-free and truly the best "store-bought" dressing I've ever tasted.  

Bon Appetit magazine has really come through for me this week with recipes like "Weekday Porchetta," Vadouvan roasted carrots, and energy bars.  For the energy bars I just combined dried apricots and cranberries in the food processor with a little honey and water until I had a thickish paste, then mixed in sesame seeds and pepitas--seasoned with a little cinnamon and salt.  Press into a greased pan, bake at 350F for 20 min.   Cool completely and cut into bars.  I am thinking that I just need to renew that subscription.  No crazy resolutions here, just hoping for inspiration to keep me in the kitchen and off the sofa surfing for another series to binge watch.


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