I mean, really. My new hobby? The thing that I spend far too much time thinking about and researching online? Is this.
How do I defend myself from accusations of complete and utter geekiness (not that YOU would accuse me of this, right? RIGHT?) when my new hobby is cooking on my woodstove? Seriously. Last night, it was beef, barley, and mushroom soup (YUM). I've warmed up leftovers for my lunch, cooked eggs, made rice, prepared frozen vegetables, and simmered various things. It's just so . . . satisfying. It's like free cooking! I don't have to pay for the electricity! Found money! And it looks so gosh-dang homey to have a big pot of soup simmering away on top of the woodstove!
I think winter is starting to get to me. Send help.
* Some of you may have been thinking, "What a great Le Creuset pot!" I should tell you it is NOT Le Creuset. It's a Lodge enameled cast iron dutch oven. Just like Le Creuset, but about $100 cheaper. The MiL gave it to me for Christmas, and I love it with a deep and burning passion.