Ya know what's darn satisfying?
Serving a meal to guests that is made primarily of garden vegetables, in the Dead of Winter.
The guests: My mother- and father-in-law
The meal: Spinach linguini made from scratch with frozen garden spinach
Spaghetti sauce made with tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, bell peppers and garlic from the garden, plus an onion and some mushrooms and tons of spices.
All those hours of work in the kitchen chopping and blending and freezing and canning really pays off when you can have garden veggies in January!