I just got word that work is canceled due to the impending snow storm. Reason #12423465679 that I love living on the east coast…they’re terrible at snow removal, and thus work and school always get canceled. If my hometown of Chicago was expecting 8 to 10 inches, the school district wouldn’t even toss you a delayed start. In fact, if you were late, you would be ostracized and labeled as an unauthentic Chicagoan. I once had a teacher taunt me when I was 4 minutes late for first period, “are you afraid of a snow flake?” He asked. No but I was afraid of hitting a patch of ice and flipping my car (which incidentally has the highest roll-over rate in its class…thanks mom and dad).
Anyway I digress…back to my happy place and the bliss of a snow day. They are truly the caramel filled center in the chocolate box of life…delightful and unexpected. My first thought when I heard work was canceled and that I would have the whole day to play, cook, and watch Nancy Myers movies in bed was…”yesss I can make Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic.” I’m so excited, this is one of my favorite dishes to make, I usually have to save it for a weekend since it’s kind of involved for a weeknight meal. The recipe comes from none other than my culinary hero…the Barefoot Contessa. Tomorrow’s post will be dedicated to my Ina Garten obsession and will detail the day I almost met her…sigh.
Be careful out there tomorrow East Coasters!