I’d like to be a snow shut-in for one day more.
Yesterday was sunny and bright and busy in Los Angeles and I missed the thick blanket of white that quieted our Chicago days.
Friends invited us for a ladies lunch one blustery afternoon. There was prosecco, a Concolor Fir Christmas tree, the citrus scent of which bursts forth from between your fingers exactly like the juice of a clementine as you peel, and sweet Lily, a gentle giant of a dog with a grizzled face.
Claudia and Catherine served a perfect snow day menu starting with grapefruit and avocado salad, soft polenta topped with (Top Chef) Stephanie Izard’s mushroom ragout and ending with chewy chocolate chip and dried cherry cookies.
The ragout was sweet and smoky thanks to the addition of miso paste and harissa, two of my favorite ingredients that I’d never considered combining.
The ragout and cookie dough can be made the day before.
This makes a good rainy day menu as well.
Snow Day Menu
Add the zest of 1 orange to the dough