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Winter Cravings - Brrrrr!

Bratdawg Dec 23, 2008 09:47 AM

What are you hungry for this wet snowy day?

I'm going to make Posole! I saw a can of menudo (I hate tripe) and it ignited instant craving for Posole!

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    northside food RE: Bratdawg Dec 23, 2008 09:58 AM

    Our dinner tonight is going to be sweet potato waffles, collard greens and pork maple sausage. It's kind of a "breakfast for dinner" thing.

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      Bratdawg RE: northside food Dec 23, 2008 10:19 AM

      LOL Dinner is the only time of day there's time for breakfast! :)

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        northside food RE: Bratdawg Dec 23, 2008 10:43 AM

        It helps that my husband adores breakfast foods. "I don't feel like cooking tonight. Do you mind if I make scrambled eggs and toast?" "I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!"

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      jlafler RE: Bratdawg Dec 23, 2008 10:52 AM

      Yesterday while I was out shopping I had Pho for lunch. Very good on a wet day.

      1. Will Owen RE: Bratdawg Dec 23, 2008 10:55 AM

        Of course, here in SoCal it's merely chilly, and the only snow I've seen lately has already melted off the mountain tops (though we should get more tonight). Still, it's a good excuse to put on a pot of beans, a process I'll repeat several times over the next few months; we both love them dearly. Lentils and peas, too. I do wish Mrs. O liked chard - chard and lentil soup is one of the best dishes I learned from my ex, whose dad was Armenian, and I love those earthy flavors together. She does like lamb, however, and that goes with lentils the way pig goes with peas and beans. As for all the cooking, this is the kind of cooking I love to do when there's little chance of going all sweaty. Lovely billowing steam, lovely smells, lovely stuff in warm bowls, yum.

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          ceej2008 RE: Will Owen Dec 23, 2008 01:14 PM

          Well, here in below zero Minneapolis, we do love a steaming bowl of lentil soup with spinach (or chard) to ward off frostbite. :-D

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            Will Owen RE: ceej2008 Dec 23, 2008 04:48 PM

            Damn, how could I have forgotten about spinach? She likes it almost as much as I do, and yes, it IS very good in lentil soup. Thanks for jogging loose my brain snag there.

            For the record, I'm making a pot of pinquito beans from Santa Maria right now. A niece who recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara used to bring us the one-pound bags with the seasoning packet as a gift when she came down for holidays, and I still have two that are gonna be too old. Good time to use'em up.

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          sbgirl RE: Bratdawg Dec 24, 2008 12:49 PM

          Chilly and damp in my SoCal neighborhood - I have the Le Cruset on the stove with browned dark meat chicken slowly simmering with onions and (GASP!) smothered with catsup and basted often with the juices until all traces of the unmentionable secret ingredient disappear. I'll add carrots and potatoes at the last hour or so, and maybe sneak in a little wine. Making this not for tonight but to warm up the house and my spirits, and it makes me think of my Grandma Sari and smile, and since I have yet to make latkes it feels like a nice second (she always made it for one of the Jewish high holidays).

          Having mac n cheese for Christmas dinner - hubby makes it with gruyere and prosciutto. Good cold and rainy day dish. Trader Joe's was completely out of gruyere today - must have been some big holiday run on it, or lots of fondue going on in Santa Barbara!

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            northside food RE: Bratdawg Dec 24, 2008 02:39 PM

            Tonight, I made pumpkin curry soup for my family's Christmas Eve buffet. This is the first time I've made it for them, and it was a big hit. Nice and warm and seasonal.

            1. luvsseattle RE: Bratdawg Dec 24, 2008 06:03 PM

              With all the snow here in the PNW, I've been craving GOOD hot chocolate. Specifically, hot chocolate from a little bakery by me - they use ganache to make the hot chocolate. Such a treat since I try to eat healthy!

              I've also been craving poached eggs on toast. Yum!

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                Antithesisofpop RE: Bratdawg Dec 24, 2008 06:33 PM

                Breakfast for dinner is great during the winter and pretty much any other time.

                Something about cold weather just makes me crave my mom's beef stew. I'm going to make a big batch tomorrow for some friends who are coming over for a late Christmas dinner.

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                  pepperqueen RE: Bratdawg Dec 24, 2008 06:58 PM

                  I must agree with posole!! It is one of our favorite cold weather meals. I make a Santa Fe style posole with dried posole corn, pork, chilies, ancho chili powder, onions, oregano, cumin. Just soak the posole corn overnight and then bring to a boil. Boil for about 10 or 15 minutes and then drain and add fresh water to cover. Cook corn for about an hour (or more) and then add cubed pork and cook for about 30 min. and then add chilies, onions, oregano, cumin (and I forgot, garlic). Cook for another hour or more until posole corn "blossoms" and is tender, but not mushy. Totaly cooking time is about 4 hours or more, depending on the freshness of the posole corn. This wonderful served with shredded, sharp cheddar cheese and cilantro.

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