Writer’s Dish – Warding off Winter

I have two dinner-time standbys for when the wind howls and it feels like you’ll never be warm again. As it’s impossible to have a fire when it’s windy, and as I have an allergic reaction to a really high heating bill, I tend to fill the night with the warmth of one-pot meals. While I have a few tried-and-true recipes, I frequently search the internet for new ones to try.

For me, a one-pot meal usually means stew or a hearty soup or cassoulet. Something I can throw in a slow-cooker in the morning and by nightfall, it’s hot and whatever meat inside is meltingly yummy. A slow-cooker is, in my opinion, a busy parent’s best friend. Once everything is in the pot, you can just forget it – until the savory aromas come wafting out from the kitchen, warming the house and making you hungry all afternoon and thus adding on the pounds as you snack your way to dinner. But aside from that…

Another fabulous cold-weather meal is pasta. Almost any kind of pasta, but my favorite is spaghetti with lots of fresh veggies, cooked just to al dente. While pasta doesn’t warm you up from the inside out like a good soup or stew does, it’s hearty flavors and textures soothe the wind-whipped beast and the carbs will keep the internal fires burning all night. Add in a hunk of good sourdough bread, toasted; then rub the toast with fresh garlic and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. That, my friends, will help keep the winter colds at bay (as well as discourage any lurking vampires – but that’s a post for another day).

Mornings are tough, too, climbing out of the warmth of a many-blanket-and-quilted bed to the chill of the morning house. I’m always reaching for the oats when hubby would rather I reach for the pancake mix. But both of us agree on Decadent Hot Chocolate. Forget your diet and try it – I guarantee your taste buds will weep in gratitude.

What are your go-to favorites for cold weather? I’d love some recipes!

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7 Responses to Writer’s Dish – Warding off Winter

  1. Maria says:

    All of it sounds delicious. Of late, I have been craving Kale. Strange, but true. Of course I bet it would work well with the pasta or in a lovely soup.

  2. Christine says:

    Kale – lots of vitamins there! Great idea to put it in a soup…I’ve got to try that! Thanks!

  3. tabitha says:

    I’m with you. When its cold outside i get a craving for stews and chowders, both with loads of potatoes. With a nice cup of warmed ( and properly spiked) cider i sit by the fire and imagine green moors and castles lie behind the curtains.

  4. Mmmmm….Cold weather, my favorite. We don’t get enough of it down here in TX. But, when it is cold, I make a large pan of Chicken Enchilades. Yum! I’ll have to get you the recipe later. Blogging from work. Doh!

    • Christine says:

      I LOVE Chicken enchiladas! We’ll have to exchange recipes…mine’s in a spicy creamy sauce.

  5. Roz Lee says:

    Forget the real food. I’m heading to the store for hot chocolate fixin’s! Thanks for the recipe!

    Roz Lee

    • Christine says:

      LOL! You are SO welcome, Roz! My husband and I buy two bags of Ghiradelli choc chips whenever we shop, so we always have that in the house. Cream is easier to find!

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