Cold Weather Cooking

Emme came screaming through the house tonight announcing that she heard on the radio we were suppose to have snow here in Equator, Florida.

From the sound of her voice, I thought the house was ablaze.  Which would be unusual since it could easily be snowing indoors.  The intrepid Florida contractors and home builders do not take into account those rare winters when temperatures fall below 40 degrees.

But I am not complaining.  I love the colder weather.  Makes me feel like we’re actually experiencing a season other than AFRICA HOT.

And I also have a chance to wear my groovy fur boots out in public.  The same boots that I’ve had to HIDE from my daughters.  They did not inherit my petite feet, and at the ages of 8 and 10 have begun foraging through MY closet in search of cool shoes.

Good luck with that.

One thing that I dearly love about cold weather is comfort food.  No salads for me these last weeks.  Nay.  I’m craving hearty food that warms my innards and make me want to wear my stretchypants.

My mother used to cook dishes like chicken and dumplings.  A meal that warmed the house up with aromatic flavors, and put meat on your bones.  Goodbye metabolism.

Sadly, I have forgotten all of my cold weather cooking roots.  Just yesterday, I stood outside shivering while attempting to grill chicken on my mini-Weber grill.

So I was wondering if you all have any good and easy cold weather recipes you could share?

You are welcome to leave your ideas in the comments, or link up with the URL of your specific post below in Mr. Linky.

Have a great weekend!

January 9, 2010

6 Responses to Cold Weather Cooking

  • Hi Dee Dee,
    What about a chicken soup? I don’t think it gets more comfy then that. Try this one I made a video about and put on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iFe5c9kFyY
    Best regards
    Cirsten

  • My go to is potato soup.
    I generally start w/ 5-7 potatoes, in water. I add a lil chicken broth as it cooks. In a small skillet i saute onions, celery, carrots in butter til tender. When they are ready I add them to the soup. I let it slow cook on low 45 minutes or so and then add about a cup of milk and some cheese…
    salt and pepper to taste.
    I serve w/ shredded cheese, bacon crumbles and green onions chopped w/ a dash of sour cream on top(the way benigans always served it).
    even my 6 year old who eats nothing likes it.
    Steff

  • Doesn’t get any easier than Taco Soup. I make it in the crock pot, but stovetop is just as easy.

    1lb ground beef, browned with onion, salt & pepper
    1 can kidney beans
    1 can pinto beans
    2 cans diced tomato
    1 can green chiles
    1 can corn
    1 pkg taco seasoning
    1 pkg ranch seasoning
    1 cup water or less if you want a thicker soup

    Heat it all through. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare and however long you want it to cook.

    We serve it with tortilla chips, shredded cheddar and sour cream. If you add enough sour cream it becomes like a cream soup. Yummy!

  • Great idea! It’s cold here too!!

  • My go to is easy beef stew. I keep wanting to “tweak” it to make it thicker but my husband has threatened to chop of my hands if I change it. So, It’s
    2 qts water, boil, drop in a beef bouillion cube
    1 can tomato sauce, or if you’re lucky like me and have a mom who cans tomatoes every year, one can of home-canned tomatoes
    1 sweet onion, chopped
    1 pkg stew meat (usually couple pounds)
    1/2 lb chopped baby carrots( I refuse to peel carrots)
    1 can whole kernel corn, drained
    3 irish potatoes, peeled & cubed
    lawry’s seasoning salt (maybe, 1T? I never measure)
    salt (couple shakes)
    pepper (couple more shakes)
    either garlic powder, minced garlic or chopped fresh garlic if you like it. I like the fresh but my acid reflux don’t, so I use the powder. About a teaspoon.
    worchestershire sauce- about a tablespoon

    Combine all the above ingredients in the crock pot and cook all day. Or at least 4-5 hours on high, then turn down to low til you’re ready to eat. If you crumble up cornbread in this, it’ll make you slap your grandma.

  • I put on baked oatmeal, cheesy potato soup, and my one dish dinner.