Winter Comfort Foods
I am no chef but I am an expert in what kinds of foods you should make during those cold winter months. As I am no chef, I have posted links below to some excellent recipes I have tried and recommend.
Who does not love mac n cheese. Well, actually, this isn’t so great in the summertime as the hot weather and hot cheese aren’t a great combination (although ice cream during the winter can be great). Here is a great recipe I enjoy:
Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
This is the best way (psychologically, at least) to ward off colds. It is a delicious comfort food. I am pretty content with the store boxes although they always taste a tad too salty. Here is a great recipe for the home made stuff:
The rotisserie chicken at most grocery stores is delicious. However, sometimes you want the house to smell like a beautifully cooked bird. This recipe is one of my ultimate favorites, because while the chicken is delicious, the potatoes really steal the show
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
To my underdeveloped childhood palate, nothing tasted better with broccoli than Cheeze Whiz. In fact, to my slightly developed adult palate, and notwithstanding countless attempts to make a great homemade cheese sauce, my favorite side to broccoli remains Cheeze Whiz. Long live Cheeze Whiz. But in all seriousness, this is a better spring and summer meal because while it is hot, it is not really a warm comfort food. However, keeping the broccoli and cheese theme going, broccoli cheese casserole is an amazing winter side (or meal). Here is a great recipe:
When I was younger, my father was tasked with preparing beef barley stew in the crock pot. Everyone says the crock pot is a failsafe. He was to put 1/3 a cup of barley in. He put 3 cups of barley. The barley sucked up all the water and each bowl was full of barley with a few carrots and some beef. I couldn’t eat barley for about 5 years. But when I eventually returned, I remembered that barley can taste delicious, in small, small, doses. Although, the carrots always taste the best in these stews. Here is a great recipe for beef barley stew:
What is a list of winter comfort foods without a desert. I always view pies as more of a summer or fall treat, perhaps since many contain fruits, and many harvested until the end of summer. But, winter deserts also need to be baked and the best baked winter desert is the baked cast iron skillet cookies. I ordered a cast iron skillet recently online and didn’t pay attention to the size. It is about a foot in diameter. This is way too big for a winter cookie – unless you will have 12 people enjoying it. You should opt for a skillet that is 6 inches in diameter – or smaller, if possible. Here is a great recipe:
*I note in this recipe the skillet used is a 10-12 inch skillet. If you use one half the size, use half the ingredients. But also note that cooking time is likely shorter so keep an eye on it as it may cook in half the time.
Good luck with the cold months to come, and happy cooking!