I spent the weekend engaged in various ways with my Le Creuset 5.5qt French (Dutch) Oven.
Generally, I need bandwagons to roll-on-by before I get interested in an activity so it's a good thing this habit didn't prevent me from enjoying the No-Knead Bread spectacular. This is seriously good bread, folks. I made it for a second try Sat-Sun and it was met with glorious praise from all. It really is as easy as it says. Stir flour, yeast, water until doughlike; ask it to sit patiently for 18-24 hours; drop in dutch oven; bake for 45 minutes. Crusty, toothsome, delicious.
Homemade soup is always a fine complement for a nice boule (or the other way 'round?). For week-two of my weekly soups routine I managed a healthful and tasty black bean soup. Not quite the smooth texture I like but I'd lay blame more on my submersion blending technique than the recipe, which is in Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison's Kitchen. The book has high quality photos and represents a broad selection of vegetable/legume/pulse soups.
I started Ms. Marigold on Friday night but any progress shots will have to wait until the replacement adapter I ordered on 3-20 (!) arrives so ibook can be powered. Am I the only one who thinks 7 days is excessive when shipping costs are over $10?