I don't really mind rainy days - I have lots of good books to read and quilts to make. And because it's nearly fall, I have things I'd like to cook. I started the morning making a Greek orzo salad for the Democrats' picnic tomorrow. Here's the very easy recipe:
Cook a box of orzo, drain, and cool slightly
Chop and put into large bowl:
1 c. tomato
1 c. green pepper
1 c. onion (or scallions)
1 c. feta cheese
a goodly amount of fresh parsley (if you don't have any, some dried will do but not the same)
any other vegetables
Mix and add in 2 small cans of sliced black olives, and then the orzo
Mix up the dressing and pour over:
1/2 c. lemon juice
1/2 c. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Chill and serve. It makes quite a bit and is even a nice vegetarian meal on a hot day.
Then, for something more in keeping with the season, I made a large pot of spaghetti sauce with meat. It has lots of spices, including thyme, rosemary, basil, bay leaves, oregano, and marjoram and will cook most of the morning before I put some in the freezer for later. In order to do that, I then cleaned out the freezer to make room. It's only the bottom part of the refrigerator, but stuff can sure get buried away. I even took out a Dutch pastry that I saved for Christmas and never got around to serving. I hope it tastes OK but am not going to bank on it!