A Snowy Day and a Loaf of Bread

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The office is closed, the kids are geared up for a day outdoors, and the snowblowers are humming.  But, sometimes, the best thing about a Snow Day is what’s happening in the kitchen. What’s your go-to comfort food (or drink)? Please share your Snow Day indulgences in the comments. I’d love to know how you spend them, and, more importantly, what you’re eating.

Growing up, I remember coming in from playing in the snow and eating my mom’s homemade Potato Soup. (I’m assuming that potatoes, onions, and milk were supplies she kept on hand.) On Snow Days, my daughter’s family toasts marshmallows in their fireplace for S’mores. (Toasted marshmallows and chocolate bars smashed between two graham crackers).

I like to embrace the delusion that Snow Days are similar to that incredible dream where you’re at a smorgasbord with every imaginable food, tasting everything in sight because you know it’s a dream and you can. In other words, I feel free to stray from my usual low-carb fare simply because IT’S A SNOW DAY!

In my low-carb world, I deprive myself of the deliciousness of bread ALL THE TIME! When I’m truly behaving, I eat just the cheese and sauce from the top of pizza and leave the carby, chewy deliciousness of the crust behind.

So, you better believe that when I hear the first hint of an approaching Snow Day, I’ll be one of the first ones hitting the grocery store for a loaf of bread. (Maybe, just for the sake of conforming to society, I’ll grab a milk and toilet paper, too. There must be a reason if so many are doing it, right?)

People in our region have had their share of ridicule for storming the grocery stores for bread, milk, and toilet paper at the first hint of a snowy forecast. Even a friend of mine on Facebook wrote this today:

“I have lived in this country for 22 years and only one time did a snow storm prevent the bread truck from getting through. March 1996. For approximately two days. We all lived. There is no need for all the bread to be gone from the shelf three days before a predicted snowstorm. Get your lives together, people.”

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Interesting assumption that the mad rush is due to fear of running out of bread. I simply won’t miss the opportunity to eat bread without guilt. As I wait in the 10 items or less lane, I imagine the possibilities from that plastic bag cradled in my arms: I could wake up to snow covered windows knowing that I would soon be compensated  with French Toast, sprinkled with powdered sugar. At lunch, I  could sink my teeth into  a buttery crust and gooey middle of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Even the thought of eating a piece of toast with apricot jam, to accompany an afternoon hot chocolate makes me giddy with anticipation.

On a normal day, those carbs and calories would total approximately one bazillion. Add that to some libations, a few trips to the frig for snacks, and a mixing bowl of popcorn for munching during movies and you’re talking two bazillion, easy.  But indeed, not on that day.

Snow Days are truly a thing of beauty. Bon Appetite!

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “A Snowy Day and a Loaf of Bread

      1. Now we’re being told to plan for power outages during the weekend storm. So, there’s a good chance we will be using your idea of baking potatoes in the coals…for survival! Thanks for the comment!

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      2. Taters in da fire! Back in daycamp days, we chopped up potatoes, carrots, and onions into 3/4″ cubes, dashed them with salt and pepper, and sealed them tightly in an aluminum foil burrito. Tucked in coals, it cooks fast if you turn it every ten minutes, and then you can squirt it with mustard and ketchup. Om, nom, nom.

        Because I just remember how long a whole potato takes to bake through. You’ll need TWO blizzards.

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  1. Here in England we very rarely get Snow Days – we occasionally get Snow Hour 😊

    The snow here causes such excitement with the kids – even though it usually resembles icing sugar sprinkled on the grass 😁

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    1. So interesting. My grandchildren get so excited about snow. It’s hard not to like it too, but I’m still not a big fan . I’d rather stay inside, warming by the fire…or in the kitchen, of course. This weekend we’re supposed to get about a foot if snow here.

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  2. Let those carbs fly! I love ’em and I can’t imagine being without. Oh, not your question. On a snow day (very rare now that I flee the snow each and every winter), I liked nothing better than to bake bread. I could care less about having milk in the house, and we always have a stock-pile of toilet paper to rival that of the best hoarder, but freshly baked bread right out of the oven. Heaven.

    The time in the kitchen, communing with my Kitchen Aid, the great feeling of bringing dry yeast to life (I’m a wizard!), and the smell as it bakes to golden deliciousness. Oh, yeah.

    Whip up a pot of home made soup to go with it, and I’m in Heaven. Ok, honestly, even without the soup, I’m pretty much swooning.

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    1. Ah, spoken like a true foodie! I love it…and you. This compensates for my jealously that you get to flee from these harsh winters! Soak up the sun for me this weekend while I cower inside.

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  3. I live in Boston and last year there was a lot of snow and many snow days! My kids were always excited about the snow and in the evenings we would treat ourselves to hot chocolate made out of yummi chocolate balls I brought from the Domenican Republic…

    Stay warm and safe!

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    1. Aside from the eating indulgences, I am no fan of snow. Last year I was like a deer in headlights as I watched Boston getting slammed! Glad it was fun for you and the kids. Chocolate balls? That would sure help!

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  4. Snow days are really nice. Though were im at snow doesnt come down more than two inches. This happens to our grocery store as well. Along with all the 60+ year old people saying a blizzard is coming. I love your mentioning of the grilled cheese, reminds me of how I cook mine. (provolone cheese and sauteed portibella mushrooms)

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