favorite cozy snowstorm food
Care to share your favorite foods that you turn to when you're in for a good snowstorm on the horizon?
We don't get much snow here in Baltimore so I want to make the most of our anticipated cozy snow day!
I've got fixin's for spaghetti pie, grilled cheese and tomato soup, pancakes, and sour patch kids - one never knows what we might be craving :)
I'd recommend leaving the sour patch kids out of the dinner menu; but to each his own. :>)
A Cheesy Tomato soup, served in large mugs with some crusty bread might be nice.
If I stay home pancakes ,ham ,bacon,etc and eggs. Coffee or cocoa ????? Coffee first then go out shovel and come in to the large breakfast.and cocoa.
We get very little snow here, so each little flurry prompts a "sky is falling" panic in this town: schools close down etc.
In the past, we end up gravitating towards chili (ours is vegetarian), or something equally hearty from India that I don't have the craving for most other times of the year: e.g. bisi bele (rice + lentils + veggies + tancy spices).
West African peanut stew with roasted veggies on the side is another goody.
Navy Bean Soup, Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
Hot Chocolate with Baileys and Whipped Cream
Oatmeal with Raisins, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Brown Sugar, and a splash of half-and-half ; it's heaven in a bowl.
Waffles and Sausage Patties
Hot Tea - Lots of it.
When the kids were little, and the forecast looked like a snow day, I'd stock up on the ingredients for an Italian Torta Rustica: complex, but easy, and the kids loved to help build it. Delicious, too.
Grilled cheese sandwiches. Hot chocolate with marshmallows. Oatmeal with cream and brown sugar. Pita bread stuffed with banana, peanut butter and honey and baked in the oven. :)
coq au vin, wild rice soup, pot roast, porchetta
tea, cocoa, hot apple cider
whiskey-maple caramel french toast
a baked potato or hand-pie slipped into a coat pocket
mug of split peas and just baked bread after shoveling
buttered popcorn and roast tree nuts, hearth and fire.
when we go to our friend's house in lake arrowhead, i generally make any of the following:
Big Pot of Chili
Macaroni and Cheese
Navy Bean Soup with crusty bread
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Salmon Croquettes and Mashed Potatoes
Overnight French Toast Casserole
French Apple Pie
...seems like the cold brings out the need for classic comfort foods among my bunch...
I make stock on snowy days. Oxtail stock makes the house smell good all day. Then I make "French Onion Soup" with plenty of cheese (yeah, I know, "French Onion Soup" is a cheesy, old-fashioned idea but we love it!).
We stick cloves into orange slices and make bourbon-based hot toddies (with a little Tuaca liqueur added in).
Pea, bean or lentil soup. Lentil soup with cabbage - mmm!
Split Pea/Lentil or Bean Soup
Hot Chocolate w/ Whipped Cream
Fresh out of the oven Chocolate Chip Cookies
First off, you need to develop a proper faux siege mentality.
Now that you're centered, consider breakfast. It should have warm and comforting components like homemade biscuits/muffins, your favorite style of eggs, your favorite breakfast meats, fresh-squeezed juice; and a decent sparkling wine/champagne.
Nasty weather always calls for some kind of braise. I like short ribs braised in red wine. Pair your short ribs with a creamy gorgonzola polenta. Root vegetables on the side complete the meal. A bold Italian wine goes without saying.
Dessert should be richer than the Sultan of Brunei. Pair it with espresso and a good grappa.
Bad weather, real or imagined, is a great excuse for serious self-indulgence. Don't let the opportunity pass.
When we were stuck home during an epic ice storm last winter, I made Chocolate Stout Cake cupcakes because I HAD to bake something, and I had all of the ingredients. It is my go-to snowstorm recipe, my default birthday cake, and it's going to be my Christmas Eve trifle with some raspberry preserves and cream cheese fluff. Makes a fine Bundt cake, too; drizzle with ganache.