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Zero windchill in Chicago

twodales Jan 8, 2011 11:43 AM

Making Swedish (yellow) pea soup today with smoked butt. What's your cold weather chow today.

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    gordeaux Jan 10, 2011 11:48 AM

    Nehari, murg makhani, saag paneer, and aloo gobi.

    Wanna get warmed up on a cold night? Bust out the hing, kari pata, and chilis. Indian / Pakistani foods will do the trick very nicely! Just be sure to have something good to watch on tv cuz you will eat til you almost explode and then settle in to a nice food coma on a cold Chicago night!

    Or, you could just order some stuff from Khan's BBQ on Western / Devon, and then order Breads on the cheap from Ghareeb Nawaz and take it all home for a cheap, delicious feast.

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    1. re: gordeaux
      JungMann Jan 10, 2011 12:31 PM

      I made murgh makhani last week, so I would personally opt for a bowl of haleem cooked so that the cracked wheat and lentils are thick and substantial with tender morsels of mutton interspersed throughout. The bowl should be fragrant with the warm scent of ghee and browned onions and punctuated by the brightness of chilies, ginger, lime and cilantro.

    2. LaLa Jan 10, 2011 09:58 AM

      for our cold spell here in the coastal south we have a big pot of vegetable beef with corn bread. Yum

      1. Nicolette S Jan 10, 2011 09:53 AM

        It's warming up out there! Tonight we'll have breakfast for dinner with citrus we just brought back from Florida. It's a very comforting meal for us.

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          tzurriz Jan 9, 2011 12:58 PM

          My husband is out in the yard smoking a chicken, and yes, we are also in Chicago. But then he grew up in North Dakota, so this is a heat wave to him.

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            Mayor of Melonville Jan 9, 2011 01:10 PM

            How did he get it lit? (Just kidding)

            1. re: Mayor of Melonville
              tzurriz Jan 10, 2011 09:49 AM

              Took me a second there. I was going to reply honestly with how he lit the smoker/grill, a description of the lighter he used, etc. Then I got the joke.

              I think I need a nap. ;)

          2. Candy Jan 9, 2011 12:50 PM

            pork with a sticky pecorino crust with mustard mashed potatoes and glazed balsamic onions from a wonderful book I bought on Amazon.co.uk Long Night ans Log Fires. A perfect winter cookbook.

            1. John E. Jan 9, 2011 09:35 AM

              Things sure warmed up for you Chicago folk today. We're still in the single digits in Minnesota. Venison sausage soup for us.

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                JEN10 Jan 9, 2011 10:30 AM

                I made chicken and poppy seed dumplings last night, there is plenty left over for tonight. Tomorrow it shall be split pea soup, for our cold spell here in Boulder CO.

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                vafarmwife Jan 9, 2011 04:48 AM

                Below zero wind chill today in the mountains of southwest Virginia- made a pot of beef stew yesterday and today is chicken and dumplings.

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                  Mayor of Melonville Jan 9, 2011 04:14 AM

                  We actually have a winter weather advisory here in south central GA!!!!...for a possibility of sleet. Cooking smothered pork chops, rice, stewed green beans, rolls. Nothin' fancy but we DO live in the South. Disclosure: we lived in NW Indiana most of our lives so this is a bit tongue in cheek.

                  Enjoy, all.

                  1. nofunlatte Jan 8, 2011 03:43 PM

                    Kabocha squash soup with coconut milk. And some advance prep for tomorrow's braised short ribs. I'm next door in Indiana and it's no warmer here.

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                      twodales Jan 8, 2011 05:33 PM

                      The soup sounds interesting. I've never tried kabocha squash but I have never come across a squash I didn't like. Coconut milk is bever a bad thing either.

                      Is the squash similar to hubbard???

                      1. re: twodales
                        nofunlatte Jan 9, 2011 01:47 AM

                        I've never had Hubbard squash so I can't compare them. But Kabocha is quite sweet. It has a dark green skin with some striping. I bought a couple of them as autumn decorations and since it's winter here, I thought I'd eat them!

                    2. Nicolette S Jan 8, 2011 02:54 PM

                      Here in Chicagoland we are enjoying a VERY lazy day. Supper will be lasagna that I cooked and froze over the holidays. I'll just add more mozzarella and heat it up in the oven. Wine will warm us up. :) It would be a great day to cook, if I had the energy. I love reading about what folks cook in response to circumstances.

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                        chefathome Jan 8, 2011 02:38 PM

                        If only our windchill was zero - it is -32! Oh, well. It is January after all.

                        We are having fondue and raclette night at our house. Dessert is warm chocolate pudding cake and creme fraiche.

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                          Nicolette S Jan 8, 2011 02:48 PM

                          Perfect for such a cold day. The raclette grill really heats up the room (the wine may have something to do with that, too) and that meal is just beyond all! I always just serve clementines or oranges after raclette dinner, I think I may need to add warm chocolate pudding cake next time! Wow!

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                            chefathome Jan 8, 2011 03:01 PM

                            You're right - it IS a perfect thing for blizzard-y weather. The aromas and even just the thought of it - mmmmmm. We should be having fruit after but are pigs yet again this evening...but there is just something so warming about chocolate pudding cake. When you get cozy and warm with it the snow drift problems don't seem to be as bad as they really are and the howling wind seems to almost fade into the background.

                        2. caseyjo Jan 8, 2011 02:35 PM

                          I'm in Chicago as well; went for a two mile walk today like a crazy person. Warming up with a homemade pizza and (critically) wine. Thinking about chicken and dumplings tomorrow.

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                            nvcook Jan 9, 2011 01:13 PM

                            I made chicken and dumplings a couple nights ago....such comfort food. I actually used Ina Gartens pot pie filling (thinned it out a bit) and made dumplings instead of crust.

                          2. onceadaylily Jan 8, 2011 12:59 PM

                            I already posted this in the What's for Dinner thread, but I'll repeat it here, since I am sitting near a drafty window in north Chicago. I'm making a ginger glazed mahi mahi, with stir-fried rice with peas and eggs. We'll also clean up the last of last night's spicy fish chowder, and the last of a loaf of asiago pesto bread that I've been trying to keep my greedy fingers off of today.

                            Since the meal will take minimal work, I may make a pan of brownies (butterscotch chips in the boyfriends half, and walnuts in mine). That way, I have an excuse to turn on the oven for longer than it takes to warm the bread.

                            1. todao Jan 8, 2011 11:49 AM

                              New England clam chowder

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