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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Soup & Bread


Two of my favorite things — yum!

It was a cold rainy day here yesterday, with snow in the mountains! That only happens once or twice a year. We stayed home and made bread, looked for rainbows, caught hail in our mouths, painted pictures, and watched videos. On rainy days without school, filling up the ten and a half hours that papa isn't home is always interesting (How do you do it Eren?). What do you do, especially when you have a little one that makes doing bigger kid things a little challenging? We have a list of things to do while he's napping, but that still leaves at least nine hours. And, someone always seems to have a bit of a cold, which makes me not want to take them out into the cold.

On a different note: I love it when people share their favorite cookbooks. The Soup & Bread book is one of mine (Patchwork Slaw with Curried Vinaigrette; Chicken with Pasta Soup; Oatmeal Molasses Bread). I love a cookbook with prose, and Crescent Dragonwagon is a great storyteller. I love reading about the life she and her husband created at Dairy Hollow House in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Awhile back I looked online to see if the Inn was still going and was sad to see that it is closed (now a writer's retreat) and that Crescent's husband had died — hit while bicycling.

I just checked and Amazon didn't have the book. I'm sure you can find it used.

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Blogger OldRound said...

Ditto, cookbooks with prose. Don't you think you'd have to be a good storyteller if you name yourself C. Dragonwagon. Love the name Dragonwagon (very sad about her hubs). I got a huge cookbook by her, Passionate Vegetarian, tho I'm not veg. Unfortunately it is just a wee bit too massive for this scattered cook to focus on so I haven't yet made anything from it. Just tried to find the slaw recipe in it, but it's not there.
Deborah Madison's cookbook (Veg Cooking for Everyone) or Annie Somerville's (Fields of Greens) are better for me to focus on.

I can't remember what I did all day with a wee one. But having the last one around when he was wee was one of the reasons I stopped homeschooling. I can't multitask.

Thanks for the info on the print. I'm perfectly satisfied having it just the way it is!

Tue Jan 22, 12:14:00 PM PST  
Blogger Jen said...

Jeez, that's sad. I love that cookbook. New World Corn Chowder--yum. There's also a chicken soup with chiles that I like and might need to make again. Like, tonight. And the cornbread, mmm...

I'll have to try some of your favorites--funny to see someone else's favorites from an in-common cookbook.

Tue Jan 22, 12:22:00 PM PST  
Blogger Jen said...

Some things are just meant to be... This weekend I just happened to have picked up this book at a little used bookstore in Fairhaven WA. I was craving soup at the time, as it was a particularly frigid weekend in the NW and this book jumped out at me. I had never heard of it before that and here today you mention it on your blog. I just got back from picking up all the ingredients for the Blushing Cream of Cauliflower Soup. I too was wondering about the Inn and am sad to hear of the changes.

Tue Jan 22, 12:52:00 PM PST  
Blogger Hurrayic said...

My two favorites as well. What would wintertime be without them?

Tue Jan 22, 01:55:00 PM PST  
Blogger Ravenhill said...

The hat you made is super cute.

Tue Jan 22, 02:06:00 PM PST  
Blogger Sonya said...

Soup and bread - yummo. As far as indoors with the kiddos, we do a lot of building. My C is a little bigger than your C, so maybe it's a little easier. Things still get knocked down. You're making me want soup now.

Tue Jan 22, 02:22:00 PM PST  
Blogger mimulus said...

i had totally forgotten about crescent old roommate had another one of her cookbooks and i loved reading it too! so sorry to hear her husband died.

its lentil parsnip soup with homemade naan, inspired by tinyhappy, tonight at our home. good soup weather for sure.

Tue Jan 22, 03:54:00 PM PST  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I'm sorry to hear the inn closed. We had planned to visit once during our many jaunts to Arkansas.

I'm going to dig out a cookbook to share on my blog also. That's a very good idea.

Wed Jan 23, 11:37:00 AM PST  
Blogger zoe krylova said...

hello. that bread makes me hungry. btw, i participated in bitter betty's 7 weird job meme, and then tagged you :)

Fri Jan 25, 03:35:00 PM PST  
Blogger Mandie said...

Yum, Yum, Yum. Thanks for sharing!

Fri Jan 25, 05:57:00 PM PST  
Blogger Terra said...

If you love C.D.'s soup and bread for its stories you will love her Passionate Vegetarian. As the PP mentioned it is massive but her writing is so touching, especially when she talk about the life she had with her husband and all the good times she had at the inn.

I am just a little farther north than you and we had a ton of snow. Being snowed in all weekend with a toddler and a 7 yr old is a challenge. If you find out how to entertain the kids I would so like to know, lol

Thu Jan 31, 07:56:00 PM PST  
Blogger CD said...

dear friends, and your comments make me feel you are... Crescent Dragonwagon here. I so appreciate your kind words about my darling late husband and the sadness of losing him.

Happily, and surprisingly to me, seven years after, I have finally "composted" (I don't think you ever "get over") his loss. The richness of both his presence and then his absence, helped make up the soil from which I have grown/ am growing a new life. Not the life I thought I'd have, but a good and loving life nonetheless. One I am glad to live.

I'm glad I hung in there through the grief, which is so brutal and lasts so much longer than you think it should (maybe exacerbated in my case because his death was so unexpected and sudden, and he was so young, just 44).

Anyway, thank you. I'm glad you like the soups and books and appreciate your compassion for my loss.

I live in Vermont these days (found that having part of your old life is not having your old life, and it may just be wiser to move on rather than continuing where painful memories are constantly reawakened). I'm in what was once my family's old summer house. My most recent book, The Cornbread Gospels ( - some of you might be interested in the button "Is That Your Real Name?")), came out a couple of months ago. (Jen, you know I love me some good cornbread).

If you care to, I did a goofy video that's on the Youtube. My friend David and I made it ... just use "cornbread flutters ball" as a search term...I hope it amuses you.

Again, thank you all, and happy spring,


Fri Mar 21, 11:25:00 PM PDT  

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