Default Dinners + Standby Suppers = Happy Cooks

Janelle from the Seattle food blog Talk of Tomatoes returns to familiar recipes to keep her family warm. She calls them "Default Dinners". She writes: "... this is the time when we bring out the blankets, crank up the heat and draw the curtains. We love being warm and cozy inside while it is blustery, wet and dark outside. This year, my whole family is into it. We turn on some nice jazz music, light a few candles and heat up the stove. When schedules are busy, it is a treat to be at home, together ... " ...more

Our standby supper is hot ham bean soup. You can soak the beans up to 3 days before they start ...more