It's October and the t-shirt and shorts weather is long gone. I'm not a fan of cold weather, but there are a couple things that I enjoy about the impending winter season: skiing and cooking with the oven! Living in a house without air conditioning, one tends to avoid using the oven when it's warm out, so for me, summer is my off-season for oven based cooking. That meant no baking and no roasting. But all that changes in the cooler seasons. I get dual use out of the oven in the winter. I get to cook and heat up the room at the same time!
I was delighted to have my friend over for early dinner last Saturday. The menu included wine braised short ribs, which requires more than two hours of oven cooking.