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Zero windchill in Chicago

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

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    1. 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. 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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        1. re: caseyjo

          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. 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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          1. re: chefathome

            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!

            1. re: Nicolette S

              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. 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.

            1. 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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              1. re: nofunlatte

                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

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

                  1. 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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                    1. re: John E.

                      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.

                    2. 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. 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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                          1. re: Mayor of Melonville

                            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. ;)

                        1. 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.

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

                            1. 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

                                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.