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Favorite cold weather cooking?

liveloveat34 Sep 17, 2007 08:18 AM

i need some inspiration with some great recipes...i've been wanting to make some from scratch sauce and meatballs. what are your favorite things to make as the weather is getting colder that take time and make the house feel warm and delicious...

  1. k
    Kagey Sep 18, 2007 07:28 AM

    Brussels sprouts

    Butternut squash--got a great recipe for roasted wedges of butternut squash from Jamie Oliver's first cookbook. They've been a seasonal staple for years!

    Pot roasts and stews.

    And cavolo nero and white bean soup!

    1. jword2001 Sep 17, 2007 08:26 PM

      i love to grill out side when it's cold, so i dont sweat like a ..well never mind that part.

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        bakagaijin Sep 17, 2007 07:15 PM

        Sukiyaki !!!

        1. MrBigTime Sep 17, 2007 07:10 PM

          My two favorite things to cook this time of year - butternut squash soup and apple pie - both with farm fresh ingredients. Cortlands picked the morning of making the pie can not be topped!

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          1. re: MrBigTime
            goodhealthgourmet Sep 17, 2007 07:20 PM

            i love baking with arkansas blacks, too. ever tried them?

          2. goodhealthgourmet Sep 17, 2007 07:09 PM

            pot roast/brisket
            sweet & sour cabbage with apples, onions & cranberries or cherries
            mock stuffed cabbage [i make it as a layered casserole instead of stuffed rolls]
            wild mushroom ragout with red wine
            butternut squash soup
            chicken cacciatore
            chicken divan
            stewed dried fruit compote
            corn chowder
            meat loaf
            quickbreads & muffins with pumpkins, cranberries, pecans...

            1. jillp Sep 17, 2007 07:04 PM

              If you want to make something divine from scratch, make Marcella Hazan's sauce Bolognese recipe. I tend to make this more in the depth of winter, though, when I'm stuck inside all day. The fragrance will drive you nuts.

              1. vvvindaloo Sep 17, 2007 06:33 PM

                Foods I like to make in the autumn:
                corn chowder (with bacon, of course)
                chicken tetrazzini (family recipe)
                fettucine/pappardelle/lasagne bolognese
                mashed sweet potatoes
                apple pie
                "kitchen sink" cookies
                pumpkin bread

                Foods I like to make in winter:
                pot roast, or any braised beef dish with wine
                lentil soup, pea soup, chicken soup with tortellini
                polenta with a rich vegetable stew, such as mushroom
                baked macaroni and cheese
                fudge brownies

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                1. re: vvvindaloo
                  mschow Sep 17, 2007 08:16 PM

                  I would love to hear your recipe for chicken tetrazinni. My only memories of that are the Stouffers variety. Could you post it?

                2. IndyGirl Sep 17, 2007 06:04 PM

                  Lasagnas of various sorts--last year I made my own lasagna noodles and made a butternut squash lasagna. :)
                  French onion soup
                  Spicy Curry-Peanut-Tomato soup
                  Garlic Soup
                  More soups!
                  Grilled cheese and tomato soup with great sourdough and really good cheddar
                  Vegetarian Pho

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                  1. re: IndyGirl
                    jackietreehorn Sep 17, 2007 06:29 PM

                    Italian beef sandwiches with pepperocinis and muenster cheese on an onion roll. It takes two days to prepare but is the only good thing about the end of summer!

                    1. re: IndyGirl
                      piccola Sep 17, 2007 06:59 PM

                      How do you make your vegetarian pho? I've never tried, for fear of being too deeply disappointed.

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                      piccola Sep 17, 2007 05:06 PM

                      Soft polenta with chickpea stew
                      Roasted butternut squash with braised kale & garlic
                      Cabbage soup
                      Baked potatoes/sweet potatoes/plantains stuffed with veggie chili or daal
                      Chestnuts - on their own, or in risotto with wild mushrooms

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                      1. re: piccola
                        RWCFoodie Sep 19, 2007 12:26 AM

                        Wow, I wondered how far down in this thread I'd find polenta! For me, cool weather means only one thing: p o l e n t a
                        Plus anything braised...

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                        Kelli2006 Sep 17, 2007 04:05 PM

                        pot pies
                        Choucroute garnie
                        I love the chicken Paprikash idea, Thanks
                        lots of noodles
                        roasted veggies

                        This is my favorite time of the year.

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                          mcastle Sep 17, 2007 01:06 PM

                          I love Giada De laurentis beef and lentil soup, Cafe pasquals green chili and pork stew, and Rocco DiSpiritos mamas meatballs and marinara is some of the best I've had.

                          1. chef chicklet Sep 17, 2007 12:57 PM

                            I had to think, I never know what my favorite is... it is usually whatever I'm eating.

                            I love to make French Onion soup on a brisk Saturday morning where I can really make the beef broth from scratch (sometimes I'll do this the night before) and then make the onion soup. Bake some bread, and put out some wonderful French Onion soup with oooozey cheeses. Float a little cognac or Sherry on the top. I've been known to add a little with each bite. I keep little individual pots of cognac or sherry by the soup to top off.
                            With a great zinfandel and and easy simple salad with a French Housewife salad dressing. I really love this meal!

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                            1. re: chef chicklet
                              monavano Sep 17, 2007 01:02 PM

                              I adore wine in soup, especially french onion soup. I made a Williams-Sonoma recipe that calls for white wine, port (or is it sherry?) and vermouth.


                              1. re: monavano
                                chef chicklet Sep 17, 2007 06:23 PM

                                I'd like that too, I really enjoy taking a bite of hot onion soup with a bit of the soggy bread and the gooey cheese with cognac or sherry.MMMMMM! Who needs a cocktail!

                            2. coney with everything Sep 17, 2007 11:11 AM

                              Bean soup with the ham bone in it.
                              Pot roast

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                                starbucksbrew Sep 17, 2007 11:04 AM

                                How I wish we were getting cool weather, although the hottest of summer has finally broken here in Florida. I was just about to post a question on people' s favorite soups to make, but I think that would fall in here too!

                                I just made an albondigas soup last night, which we love. It is a mexican meatball soup, and I serve it with corn bread or corn cake:

                                2 large boxes beef broth (I use organic w/less salt, so I can add kosher salt)
                                1 can pureed tomatoes or chunky tomato soup
                                1 small bag frozen meatballs (about 30 meatballs)
                                2 small zucchinis, shredded
                                1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn
                                kosher salt, red pepper flakes, lots of minced garlic, chili powder, paprika - sorry, I don't measure - then a little bit of cinnamon (about half as much cinnamon as chili powder)

                                I also love to make new england clam chowder (mine has sherry and a little crumbled bacon on top - yum!) and pot roast over mashed potatoes (I use small red potatoes, leaving skins on).

                                Tartiflette, I would love to get your osso bucco recipe!

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                                  traceybell Sep 17, 2007 10:46 AM

                                  I just made some mujadara--lentils and caramelized onions. Usually it has rice or bulgar in it, but I left it out and it was still yummy. Love the smell of onions cooking and a little bit of cumin. Smelled like I was making something far more complex.


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                                    shaebones Sep 17, 2007 10:27 AM

                                    I just made a hearty vegetable - lentil - pasta soup and Dorrie Greenspan's chive cheddar cheese bread. I took a long walk this morning and it was FREEZING out. All I could think about was making soup when I got home. Fall is coming and I LOVE it!!

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                                    1. re: shaebones
                                      liveloveat34 Sep 17, 2007 10:41 AM

                                      ohhh i was just looking at the recipe for the chive cheddar cheese bread.... i forgot about gumbo! one of my fave things to make- a huge pot of gumbo, gets better every bowl

                                    2. JungMann Sep 17, 2007 10:15 AM

                                      Goulash, paprikash, roasts (chicken, lamb, pork) and vegetables, cream of garlic soup, gumbo, stuffed pork chops, anything with Paula Deen amounts of butter.

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                                      1. re: JungMann
                                        monavano Sep 17, 2007 01:00 PM

                                        Goulash, yes! Anything with paprika.

                                      2. monavano Sep 17, 2007 09:28 AM

                                        I'm already getting back into "Fall" cooking. Love it!
                                        Rigatoni with meatballs. Recipe here: http://piealamona.blogspot.com/2007/0...
                                        Roasted lemon rosemary chicken (see pic


                                        Osso Buco
                                        Soups, soups and more soups!

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                                        1. re: monavano
                                          tartiflette Sep 17, 2007 10:09 AM

                                          Mmmmm... Osso Bucco. Definitely one of the first signs of fall in my household... those shanks are out and simmering as soon as the nights start to feel a little chilly. :)

                                          Actually, that also goes for any of those long-simmering dishes like beef short ribs and lamb shanks that fill the whole house with mouth-watering smells. Yum!

                                          1. re: monavano
                                            chef chicklet Sep 17, 2007 12:51 PM

                                            Yum! Love your pictures monavano, the food looks delicious!

                                            1. re: chef chicklet
                                              monavano Sep 17, 2007 12:59 PM

                                              Thanks! We have lots of leftovers to enjoy this week.

                                          2. WendyBinCT Sep 17, 2007 09:21 AM

                                            Pot roast!
                                            Roast turkey or chicken.
                                            Hearty soups.
                                            Baking bread.
                                            Baking cookies.

                                            1. Megiac Sep 17, 2007 09:20 AM

                                              Beef bourguignon, chicken and dumplings, sloppy joes

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                                                swsidejim Sep 17, 2007 09:19 AM

                                                Roasts(beef, chicken, pork), stews(beef, lamb), and soups(chicken noodle, Navy bean, any cream soup, any chowder).

                                                Also anything cajun(jambalaya, gumbo, and Etouffee) .

                                                1. rhnault Sep 17, 2007 09:17 AM

                                                  lasagna, pot roast, chili, white bean and collard green soup, chicken noodle soup with lots of veggies. But I live in Florida and it never really gets cold so we just crank down the AC and pretend ; )

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                                                    Truffles Sep 17, 2007 09:15 AM

                                                    Chicken pot pies...

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