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What's your favorite snowed-in comfort food?

When I'm snowed on, there's nothing like a big pot of chili or soup on the stove. That and some sort of grilled cheese sammy or a panini made with whatever I can find in the fridge. I might even make the bread. How about you?

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  1. I know this isn't an original answer, but I almost always have the makings for a pasta and at least three cheeses so that is the dish I would make if snowed in. Along with a bottle of red wine--which I also always have--it would be a nice way to cozy up to the fireplace.

    1. Japanese nabe, shabu shabu, yakiniku, sukiyaki, ramen, udon, soba, oden or ochazuke.

      Other than that, beef stew, braised chicken (cacciatore or arroz con pollo), or a baked rigatoni with eggplant and fresh mozz.

      1. We have lots of snow on the ground for a good six consecutive months of the year so are pretty good at comfort foods. I have so many favourites: coq au vin, pot au feu, cassoulet, chicken and dumplings, chili, Yorkshire pudding and prime rib, steak and ale pie, homemade pasta and gnocchi, slow baked beans, lentil stew with sausage, bangers and mash, braised short ribs with rosemary and chocolate sauce, chicken mole, sticky pork ribs, fried buttermilk chicken, shepherd's pie, fish en papillote...

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        1. re: chefathome

          Great list! Would you happen to have a good cassoulet recipe? I had it in a restaurant and it was amazing! Then I tried to recreate it, not amazing at all. There are SO many recipes online and they are all totally different.

        2. in anticipation of the 15-18 inches of snow headed our way, I stopped this morning to get fresh vegetables & stew beef. If I am going to be snowed in tomorrow, I want the aroma of a good beef stew slow-cooking all day as I sit by the woodstove. That, plus I'll make some biscuits, because I just don't see how you can eat beef stew without them.

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          1. re: elfcook

            elf: it's all about the aroma!! If I can shovel a path, I'll be over (grin).

            Adam: the snow is starting here now (near Philly), and I have a sudden urge to go out to the local Vietnamese place and get a big bowl of pho.

            1. re: elfcook

              Definitely a good beef stew full of root vegetables served with homemade biscuits--I won't even eat the stew if I can't have the biscuits too.

              Then a nice roasted chicken with mashed potatoes. (That way, if stuck for more than 2 days, there's hot chicken sandwiches and potato cakes.)

            2. i was in new jersey for the day after christmas blizzard, with houseguests arriving on monday.

              for reasons too complicated to explain, we found ourselves with a large quantity of cherry tomatoes and green peppers. made a run to the store sunday morning and to pick up the usual -- bread, eggs, milk -- and 3 pounds of hot and sweet sausage for sausage and peppers.

              then i roasted the tomatoes with onion and garlic, the simmered in chicken stock and rosemary, then pureed for a starter.

              rave reviews!

              1. Throw elk jerky w/ pinto bean, red chile, onions and garlic in my Dutch oven and set on top of wood stove.

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                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  A roast chicken with mashed potatoes and biscuits gets my vote........close second is a homemade mac and cheese

                  1. re: dundy

                    Even though we don't get much snow in Tucson, it does get quite chilly sometimes, and I love a good roast chicken with fingerling potatoes, and like dundy, homemade mac & cheese ( with panko topping ) is second. Third would be toasted smoked gouda and cheddar cheese sandwiches with tomato soup...yum!

                  1. re: roro1831

                    Somehow I knew you would say that :)

                    1. re: mrsfury

                      Making a batch tomorrow while I work. Made a batch of split pea soup on Monday.

                  2. It's been an awfully long time since I've been in that position. It was less likely in Anchorage than in Nashville, since snow is normal and navigable in the former place and utterly paralyzing in the latter … however, any kind of casserole or one-pot meal is just the ticket for staying in on a snowy night. Chefathome's list is a doozy, and my only cavil with any of it would be about How the hell do you have all this stuff in your pantry? If I really don't want to go out, especially among the inept snow-drivers of Nashville, I'm going to hit the pantry first, and chances are it's going to give me a spaghetti dish or some sort of noodle casserole, of which tuna will probably be the most likely.

                    Actually, I kinda miss winter …

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                    1. re: Will Owen

                      "It's been an awfully long time since I've been in that position."
                      ditto. growing up in NJ, it was rare to be truly snowed in...but when we did have a "snow day" there was always hot cocoa with marshmallows. Mom sometimes made pancakes for breakfast, lunch was soup, and dinner was usually heated up stuffed cabbage or brisket from the stash she kept in the freezer for my grandfather. occasionally they'd let us toast marshmallows in the fireplace if Dad got a fire going.

                      back in '08 i had to spend the winter in NJ - it was my first East Coast winter in 9 years. the first time it snowed i decided it would be great to spend a couple of days of downtime cooking and baking up a storm, so i tried to drive to the grocery store to get everything i needed...unfortunately i still had my Southern California "summer" tires on the car. i barely made it down the block before spinning out of control and nearly colliding head-on with oncoming traffic and a telephone pole before miraculously landing unscathed on the grass. i somehow managed to maneuver the car back onto the road and back up the street into my building's garage...and made do with what i had on hand for the next couple of days until the roads were clear enough for me to drive to the tire place for new ones!

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        Used to live in Cleveland, now in Tucson, and I miss winter too.

                        1. re: dragonchowmein

                          Take our winters - PLEASE! It's only the middle of January but we've had tons of snow on the ground for nearly 12 weeks and aren't to the halfway mark yet. Oh, well - better than dripping with sweat I suppose!

                          Tonight we're having homemade tagliatelle with a superb bolognese sauce. As we have extra bacon in the fridge we are making a big batch of scratch oven BBQ beans.

                      2. Thick mushroom barley or vegetable soup for dinner. Tomato rice soup and grilled cheese for lunch, with s'mores and/or microwave popcorn for mid-day snack. ALWAYS

                        1. Breakfast for Dinner... and making cookies for the man who plows the street (so that he won't plug up the driveway.. which we always handshovel--it is very long, takes hours).

                          If I had the ingredients, I would make Monkey Bread, but I never have those tubes of dough or the items to make it from scratch.

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                          1. re: GraceW

                            Agree that sometimes breakfast for dinner is the most comforting! I like having pancakes and bacon.

                          2. hot cocoa and warm cookies.

                            grace - i love monkey bread too!

                            1. We've been snowed in here a couple of days this past week, and more snow is on the way. My soup genes kick in when the weather is like this, and I did loads of cooking the past few days.

                              Admittedly, snow days are days when I justify junk food.

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                              1. re: im_nomad

                                We got snow last night , then changed to rain and
                                back up to 46 degrees F. It's still raining and the snow
                                is about gone .... crazy weather.

                                She requested chili and will make a skillet of cornbread.

                                I'll take cornbread or baking powder biscuits with butter
                                and maple sirup for dessert any day, especially in this
                                miserable weather.

                                1. re: im_nomad

                                  Brunswick Stew, Colcanon, Chili. think I'll do the Brunswick stew today. We only got a couple of inches of snow overnight, on top of 4 from the other day. Is it spring yet???

                                2. I make a double batch of dark chocolate chip cookies with coconut and a pot of coffee. Then I roast a chicken with potatoes and fennel. Still snowing in NY.

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                                  1. re: CCSPRINGS

                                    A big pot of soup (split pea today) and homemade bread, since I'm home anyway. And a pan of gingerbread for good measure. We have 20'' so far today.

                                  2. Well, we don't get snowed in per se. But our alltime favorite cold weather food is double-crust chicken pot pie, or a pot of good chili. Or the crockpot cabbage, served over noodles with smetana.

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                                    1. re: mamachef

                                      Ah cabbage, noodles and good ol' Porruski sour cream, smetana.
                                      Borscht for real Russian winter weather w/ a dollup of smetana or schi, cabbage soup.

                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                        Yum, cabbage soup. So good so heartwarming! Do you make yours with beef stock?

                                        1. re: mamachef

                                          I cook a honkin' big beef roast to make the stock and then make the schi and serve slices of boiled beef on the side w/ strong horseradish.

                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                            I have a bowl of horseradish in my fridge, been wondering what to use it with. Been eating it with chips.

                                        2. re: Passadumkeg

                                          Cabbage soup!!! Don't stand too close to the wood stove, P'keg!

                                          1. re: PattiCakes

                                            My bean stuffed golumkies are to die for./

                                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                                              Bean golumpkies? what kind of beans?
                                              I want about a quart of your cabbage soup to my head, right now.

                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                Yes, *Polish-Mexican fusion cooking. The latest rage, he says in jest.

                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                  Ugh . . . somebody's going to read this, open a Polish-Mex fusion restaurant in NYC, and before we know it, they'll be all the rage up and down the East Coast. Then it will spread to the Midwest, the West Coast, the South. CH topic for 2013: What's your favorite Polish-Mex dish?

                                              2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                For the person eating them, or for the other people in the room? <grin>

                                          1. re: Davwud

                                            Another vote for chili. Last year during our big storm, I made my way to the store for ingredients. The shelves were devoid of canned tomatoes, produce was denuded of onions! I soon realized everybody in town was home making chili! Buy chili ingredients early!

                                            1. re: woodleyparkhound

                                              Also, after a day or two if you're bored......chili mac!!


                                          2. Not much snow and ice here at Twin Oaks, but on occasion it does get as cold as a well digger's arse in "I-De-Ho" ....On those days Beef/Vegetable Soup or stir up a Gumbo...Sometimes, a beef stew, more often a venison stew. ...Always a pone of cornbread....regardless!!!

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                                            1. re: Uncle Bob

                                              amen to that....my moms been snowed in for days and I asked her if she had enough food and she said "i always can make a pone of cornbread"

                                            2. I don't have a favourite snowed in comfort food as we just eat what we have in the fridge. Although, my favouite is if it snows on the weekend, we take a bottle of champaigne or white wine out, dress really warm and shovel......I prepare the snow seat on the frontlawn while he shovels the driveway and then we sit and take breaks with a glass of wine. It takes longer as we are taking breaks, however makes it so much more fun. After that I'll eat whatever is in the fridge or maybe order.

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                                              1. re: fryerlover

                                                Champagne! Great idea! I have to pass that back to my frineds in Cleveland.

                                              2. Swiss fondue. My mother's recipe.

                                                1. Hubby heated up a nice bowl of Amish Chicken Corn Soup last night & made himself a liverwish (those of you from Philly or Joisey will know what I mean), onion and sharp cheese sandwich on home-made rye. He was a happy camper.

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                                                  1. re: PattiCakes

                                                    That sounds completely good. Oh, liverwish. With sharp mustard?

                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                      He likes it with sharp mustard. Having just been to Bavaria, I am now addicted to butter instead. No mayo, no mustard -- buttah!!! I know, it's a sickness.

                                                  2. This is when I'm likely to defrost some Bolognese. I always have pasta and Parmigiano-R in the house.

                                                    Today I have leftover cannellini, leftover roasted salmon and veg, and stuff to make lots and lots of sandwiches (grilled cheese, plus cold-cut turkey, ham, and Jarlsberg). In fact, I made a grilled cheese in between reading the OP and posting this.

                                                    1. Number one favorite is hot chocolate followed closely by my homemade soups. Then stews of all nationalities and ethnicities. Love 'em! It also depends on how deep the snow is and how long it lasts. In Dallas we don't get a lot of snow, but this one is lasting much longer than usual due to a cold wave sweeping in after the snow. I have three day old icicles hanging from my front porch roof! I'm thinking of tossing some lemonade up there! '-)

                                                      1. Sit around w/ a burlap bag of deer or elk jerky and a case of Colorado Kool Aid (Coors) and watch the snow flakes fall.
                                                        Seriously, w/ previous blizzards and snow days off from school, I have gone out w/ my back pack, tent and snowshoes and practiced winter survival skills. Nothing like it to put live in perspecetive and forget about modern mundane worries.

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                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                          Wow! Am I in awe PDK! Trying out survival skills is a very good idea. I've lost my knack w/ true winter ( Originally from MT and now live in AZ ). But I like the idea of getting it all in perspective.

                                                        2. I was so overcome with nostalgia after reading this thread that, even though it was 60º and sunny out and the palm trees were waving in the breeze, I PRETENDED I was snowed in (after I'd bought a poblano pepper and some Peruano beans) and did a big pot of beans, lamb shanks and sausages, cooked all day in a slow oven, served for supper with some braised kale. Mrs. O was quite happy to participate in the pretend game, especially since she didn't REALLY have to deal with snow. Which, unlike me, she hates.

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                                                            1. re: Will Owen

                                                              I would so love to "pretend" snow; but if it was 60 I'd have a salad outside with lots of citrus and really fresh vegs. As it is, wind chills are single digits, snow is piled high and there's more coming :(

                                                              More beef stew, roasted chicken, hearty soups.

                                                            2. Having just shovelled out the cars and walks from 26" of snow, I was happy to come in to my favorite stick to the ribs (pardon the pun) winter comfort food.
                                                              This morning while it was still snowing hard, a potted a large quantity of beef short ribs with sauerkraut, caraway seed and two large cans of stewed tomatoes. It simmered all days and after a hot bath, I will enjoy this for supper. the lucky dogs will get the bones and some meat.

                                                              I made a pot of broad egg noodles to go with it and have a bag of rye bread heels on the freezer that will toast up in the oven and be used to soak up the gravy/juices.

                                                              I have a hearty glass of deep red wine with this

                                                              1. Snowed in today, and thankfully the office closed. So, I spent the morning make some sauce and meatballs and then decided to go the full route and make a lasagna. We were just finishing up our lasagna and a really nice red wine when the doorbell rang, It was two young men offering to shovel the driveway and walk, bush off the cars for $45. Woo hoo!! Time for another glass of wine.

                                                                  1. Chicken and dumplings (some people call it chicken and noodles - same dish with flat strips of rolled out dough) followed by a movie and a nap. Repeat if desired.

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                                                                    1. re: soonerhound

                                                                      3 day weekend coming up. Gotta find myself a big ol' ham bone -- the gods of comfort food are whispering "split pea soup" in my ear.

                                                                        1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                          Do you have a honeybaked ham store in your town? They give up these huge, meaty bones....totally enough for soup and sandwiches, and they give 'em up cheap.

                                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                                            Wow what a great idea. I am stopping st one today.

                                                                      1. Arroz con pollo; red cooked beef & cellophane noodles; dum aloo; or pea soup using smoked pork or turkey parts.

                                                                        It depends on the state of the larder, how much advance notice I have. I will NOT go food shopping the day before a projected weather "event". I don't give a hoot about bread & milk, but the people become quite rude not to mention a crowded market.

                                                                        The wine/beer cooler is always stocked. Had to downsize from Lagavulin.

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                                                                        1. re: algct

                                                                          Now that I've been to Bavaria for the Christmas Markets, a crockpot of gluhwein simmering on the kitchen counter would be awesome.

                                                                        2. I just got a chuckle. What did I find in my email inbox this morning? Why, an email from my good friend Rachel Ray (grin) with a collection of recipies for a "snow day party". She must have been reading our posts.

                                                                          1. Home made bread is a must to have the house smelling yummy and warm all day. Food is either a big roast with roasted veggies, or a turkey or chicken and noodle soup with thick egg noodles.

                                                                            1. Chili. Cuban Black Bean Soup. Goulash Soup. Vegetable Beef Soup. Split Pea Soup. Tortellini Soup. Seafood Chowder. Cioppino. Gumbo. Shrimp Bisque. Chicken Pierogi Soup. Sauerkraut Soup. Polish Potato Dill Soup. Chicken Noodle Soup. Chinese Beef Soup with Ginger, Soy Sauce, and Sherry. Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage Soup. African Chicken Soup With Tomatoes, Hot Pepper, and Peanut Butter. Pho.

                                                                              Why does anybody eat anything but soup in the wintertime?

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                                                                              1. definitely pho. i love pho on a winter day.
                                                                                also anything that can be braised, as others have mentioned. lamb shanks, venison necks, oxails, short ribs.....
                                                                                oatmeal, regular rolled oats or steel cut.
                                                                                coq au vin or any red wine braised chicken dish is really fantastic
                                                                                i made a huge batch of tomato sauce last week for pasta and whatever else, i love pasta as a winter food.
                                                                                also, cold weather is a great excuse for me to make bread pudding : D
                                                                                oh- i forgot an important one that is a go to dish in my house in winter. braised greens. collard, kale, turnip, mustard... we eat them all at *least* once.
                                                                                additionally, we eat a lot of mashed winter squash : )

                                                                                1. If it is cold and snowy outside I endeavor to keep it warm and comfortable inside. I find reason to use the oven as much as possible for added warmth, and to simmer something on the stove for humidity.
                                                                                  Winter is a perfect time for baking and cooking.

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                                                                                  1. re: condie

                                                                                    Agree so much about simmering and using the oven! Everyone then loves to hover around the area for tasting, snacking etc. and to keep warm. That is the next best thing after the fireplace.

                                                                                    I tend to want to be lazy, though, when it gets so cold, and I would just do a big roast of all the vegetables I have at the moment (there is often a good supply of root vegetables waiting to be eaten, because of the season).

                                                                                    For simmering, if I am feeling lazy and not making soup from scratch, I like to cook some instant ramen in one pot, and "make" the broth in another pot by throwing in a mix of whatever ingredients I find in the freezer or fridge that works, along with the seasoning. And then, watch this, I like to chop up a massive amount of green onions and garlic as topping (among other things), and devour it when everything is still very hot.

                                                                                    The burn from the raw garlic, as well as the broth, really helps with the heating up, as well as make me feel I have done something good to help fight against any colds.

                                                                                    1. re: vil

                                                                                      Oh Yeah! My 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' is really slow cooked rich garlic and onion soup with a bit of chicken thrown in.

                                                                                        1. re: twilight goddess

                                                                                          Okay, you asked for it.. My recipes are always highly versatile, and my onion/garlic chicken soup is designed with winter health in mind. But it is also wonderful. Have fun!

                                                                                          Hearty Chicken Veggy Soup
                                                                                          (Condie's method for 12 quart stock pot)

                                                                                          3 lb chicken, pasture raised*
                                                                                          5 large stalks celery, cut into 1/2 " sticks
                                                                                          5 large carrots, cut into 1/2 " sticks
                                                                                          5 large onions, coursely chopped
                                                                                          6 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
                                                                                          Additional optional veggies may include turnips, parsnips, broccoli, zuccini, etc.
                                                                                          Handfull dried cherries (optional)
                                                                                          1/4 cup salt
                                                                                          1 tbsp peppercorns, slightly crushed
                                                                                          1 tsp celery seed

                                                                                          Water to fill pot.

                                                                                          Fresh herbs and spices can include**:
                                                                                          1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
                                                                                          1/4 cup each: loose rosemary leaves; finely chopped sage; oregano leaves (or marjoram)
                                                                                          2 tbsp leaves of thyme
                                                                                          2 large bay leaves

                                                                                          Wash whole chicken. place in stock pot and cover with water. Bring to simmer until meat is falling off of the bones (about 2 hours). Remove chicken from broth and set aside to cool.
                                                                                          Remove broth from heat and allow fat to come to top. Skim excess fat off top and return broth to simmer.
                                                                                          Add the prepared veggies, salt and pepper to the broth.
                                                                                          When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones. Cut or tear the meat into bite sized pieces and return to pot. Discard the bones. Simmer another hour until the veggies are al dente tender.
                                                                                          Add sufficient water to fill the pot. Bring back to simmer. ***
                                                                                          Add the fresh herbs. Simmer another 15 minutes.
                                                                                          Turn off heat and let rest 15 minutes before serving.

                                                                                          *If chicken, heaven forbid, is grocery store bought, figure 3 1/2 lb chicken. Then trim as much skin and fat as is reasonable.

                                                                                          ** If fresh herbs are not available use dried herbs in smaller amounts (about 1/4th). dried herbs can be added at any time during the cooking process.

                                                                                          ***If this is to become chicken noodle soup, do not top the pot completely with water. Add the noodles along with the fresh herbs.
                                                                                          Noodles do not freeze well with soup. If some of this soup is to be frozen it is best to separate it from the soup that will have the noodles. Rather than freezing noodles with soup, it is better to thaw the soup and then cook with freshly added noodles.

                                                                                  2. When snowed-in nothing better than a braised chuck roast with veggies, a nice bottle of red wine and a home-baked cake.

                                                                                    1. We get snow maybe once every five years so being snowed in isn't something I've ever had to deal with, but cold weather does prompt some cravings. Around here, if you love soups and stews and chili as I do you get used to eating them in warm weather so there's no particular urge to have them when it's cold. During the current cold snap (temps hovering around freezing for a couple of days), I've had a craving for hot dogs. Don't know why but I think maybe some association with football games in the autumn before the days of covered stadiums?? Anyway, this morning I had a Usinger all beef dog on a bun with just Gulden's and grilled onions. With a cup of strong black coffee, the perfect start to the day. Later I had a Wild Boar and Jalapeno sausage from Hudson's. The coarser grind sausage needed a better bun but I didn't have any. Still, it was a very good day Chowwise. Temps heading back into the forties so I guess I'll be back to warm weather foods tomorrow. Got some meatball soup that needs to be finished off.

                                                                                      1. I like to have pureed vegetable soup. My favorites are sweet potato and then yukon/leek soup. I like it with cucumbers on the side and a rice ball with smoked salmon. yum

                                                                                        1. Either split pea or lentil soup. Or soon dubu.

                                                                                          1. When I get snowed in - it doesn't happen very often - I make snow ice cream. My mother taught me how and it is nostalgic for me as she has been dead 30 years.
                                                                                            Take a cereal bowl of snow, add vanilla, cream or milk, sugar and stir it up. Be sparing w/ your liquid at first till you see how much you need to use to make the snow bind into "ice cream". If you wanted, you could probably jazz this up with chocolate syrup, malt powder, or anything...

                                                                                            They used to make this in the 1800's I know, and probably much further back than that.

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                                                                                            1. re: weewah

                                                                                              I really want to try that! How sweet!

                                                                                            2. I have a crockpot of lamb stew going- bought lamb stew meat yesterday at Giant, floured and browned it in hot evoo, removed the meat to the crock, browned one onion with more evoo, deglazed it with beef broth, put contents into crock, added halved baby red potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, herbs de provence. Peas will be added 1/2 hour before serving. Also making buttermilk biscuits...

                                                                                              1. Snow again (I had been so busy at work the last few days, I didn't even realize the forecast for rain had changed to significant snow).

                                                                                                Right now carrot and ginger soup is simmering on the stove. Later I bake some fresh biscuits and smother them in butter. After all, you need the butter to balance the healthy soup ;)

                                                                                                1. Well - last Friday when it was -10 for the high temp - I went with Irish Stew w/Guinness It was even better on Saturday.
                                                                                                  Other times a pot of Pho is hard to beat.
                                                                                                  Thai Green Curry Chicken has worked well on days/nights like that.
                                                                                                  The US Senate Bean Soup is one of my favorite cold weather comfort foods as well.
                                                                                                  Rick Bayless and his Worlds Best Chili ranks right up there.

                                                                                                  1. Snow again so its time for a repost. I went to the fish market before the roads got covered. Today it will be curried fried cod and mashed potatoes with dried black trumpet mushrooms. Dark chocolate to end the night.

                                                                                                    1. Since we're officially snowed in (again) I'd say soup & sandwich. Today's menu chicken noodle soup with toasted scallion naan.

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                                                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                        Another 4ft of snow drifts overnight so it was chocolate pudding, a couple loaves of Challah, oatmeal cookies and butter chicken with brown rice for the gang. I made myself a pumpkin coconut milk shake just to find a little bliss.

                                                                                                      2. Yep, snowed in AGAIN, this time with lightning and thunder! I'll be pulling a big container of turkey barley soup out of the freezer tomorrow and whipping up a very cheesey ham and carmelized onion quiche. Good thing hubby got another load of fire wood and a brand new box o' wine.

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                                                                                                        1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                          Yes, it is snowing AGAIN. And thundersnow at that. We fired up the fireplace, cooked carrot & ginger soup with biscuits. Tomorrow I called a snow day--no working from home, just leave me in my deep snow depression. I think I'll sleep until noon.

                                                                                                        2. Made some Jamaican-style braised oxtail recently. That's going onto the short list. I made a big pot so I can freezer-hoard.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Aromatherapy

                                                                                                            I bake bread. Today it is two loaves of cinnamon raisin whole wheat and a large loaf of a whole wheat/flax/oat bread.

                                                                                                          2. MMm... Pumpkin Chili and Cornbread =)

                                                                                                            1. Buckle up kiddies, most of us are in for a rough couple days.

                                                                                                              Chicken stew here I come.


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                                                                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                for us it's fish tacos, bringing a little warmth to NJ

                                                                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                  As of this past weekend, something new to comfort: White Russians, made ijn the blender with vodka, Kahlua, vanilla ice cream and a touch of vanilla. Teensiest bit of nutmeg on top. Looks just like a little snow drift in a glass, but without the shoveling.

                                                                                                                  1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                    PattiCakes, I love white russians...I like warmed amaretto over vanilla ice cream even more.

                                                                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                      That sounds yummy! I have a third of a stary bottle of Frangelica and might try that tonight.

                                                                                                                2. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                  Once again, beef stew and fresh biscuits for day 1 dinner. Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and asparagus for day 2 dinner. Another batch of carrot and ginger soup for lunches. If this snow and ice pattern continues I may be 300 lbs by spring ;)

                                                                                                                3. Here in coastal Nova Scotia (where all this storm activity is headed next) it is going to be cheese bread, and it looks like a two-loaf blizzard.
                                                                                                                  Then we can
                                                                                                                  -eat it fresh and hot, dripping with butter
                                                                                                                  -dip it in minestrone soup
                                                                                                                  -make it into 3-cheese grilled cheese sandwiches
                                                                                                                  - toast squares of it topped with goat cheese, roasted garlic and tomatoes
                                                                                                                  -make a savoury bread pudding laced with Montreal smoked bacon and served with cider sauce and fried apples

                                                                                                                  Oh, YEAH, bring on the storm-we are stoked!!!!!

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                                                                                                                  1. re: LJS

                                                                                                                    Cheesy bread: a staple of the NFL season and the snow season. We too are ready!

                                                                                                                      1. re: LJS

                                                                                                                        I just read about the big dump we're in for here :(

                                                                                                                        I too found a recipe for a kale bread pudding yesterday that I'm thinking of trying. Otherwise I"m just glad I have oil and popcorn .

                                                                                                                        1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                          If we keep eating everything we have been posting we are ALL in for a big dump.

                                                                                                                          Sorry nomad, could't stop myself.

                                                                                                                          1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                            And for me, in preparation for said big dump, I squeezed in the time today to get a big bag of chicken backs (for $1 at the market, unbelievably), to make a gigantic pot of chicken soup. There was so much chicken that I had to keep adding water, to properly dilute the soup as it cooks, while I take bowlfuls of it.

                                                                                                                        2. Usually some kind of soup, pasta, or breakfast for dinner. But it's been a long time since I've actually been snowed in anywhere, and now, here in Chicago, I guess I'm about to find out if those dishes still appeal. I was a bit lax in my weather reports of late, until the BF's mother emailed me to try to talk him out of a trip to see his daughter tomorrow in Ohio. The weather report wants me to know this blizzard is 'life-threatening'.

                                                                                                                          I am secure in the knowledge that I have the makings of a fine black bean soup, and as much cornbread as I could want. Tomorrow, I will have to brave the (no doubt) aggressively crowded and depleted big box supermarket for a few essentials. I only have four eggs in the fridge, so wish me luck on *that* mission.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                            Good luck OADL! Hate the supermarkets even on a good day and especially on a crowded, out of stock day.

                                                                                                                            1. re: JerryMe

                                                                                                                              Thanks, JM. By the time we got there, the crowds had thinned, and some of the shelves were pretty bare (especially in the liquor department, which made me laugh), but we were able to get not only a parking spot, but the items we went in for. Sometimes procrastination pays off.

                                                                                                                          2. Great idea for a thread PattiCakes! This year I have been on a baked brie kick. Tonight (not snowed in yet but it's comin' I hear) I baked some mushroom brie from wegman's in a TJ's puff pastry with sauted mushrooms with a little bit of onions and garlic. Good thing I made some side salads as the brie was so rich! It looked beautiful on the plate, all golden brown, and smelled so good. I put plenty of mushrooms inside so it was like this really decadent mushroom cheese pie.
                                                                                                                            Last night I baked some brie from Costco (triple cream) in the TJ's puff pastry but added freshly roasted walnuts and pecans and some premade balsamic cherry topping from Wegman's. That was wonderful too and so rich that there were leftovers. The cherry baked brie tasted wonderful cold this morning and quite a substantial breakfast for the last day of january.
                                                                                                                            But my favorite all round food this time of year is hot cocoa with whipped cream. And I am outta brie! /panic

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                                                                                                                            1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                              My daughter gets a wheel of brie, cuts in in half like a layer cake, then spread stuff in the middle before she wraps and bakes. So far, the ojalepeno. We may as well take all of this cheese and just spackle onto our artery walls (ugh).

                                                                                                                              All of you Chowzers in the mid-west: stay safe and warm!!!! And lay off the bean dishes as long as you are cooped up inside.

                                                                                                                            2. Hot cider w/ rum. Eighteen inches w/ subzero temps. in NM tonight!

                                                                                                                              1. Spaghetti and meatballs. Maybe a roast chicken and rice with gravy. Wish I could somebody to have a snowbal fight with!

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                                                                                                                                1. re: gwk222

                                                                                                                                  I have been baking breads and cooking soups. Today, ice covering the county, I think it will be crunchy granola and a few more breads.

                                                                                                                                2. So here's a new question.

                                                                                                                                  I was all prepared for snow, and even ice. I had stewing beef, biscuit fixings, carrot soup fixings. Instead of snow, ice and rain we got ice, ice and more ice.

                                                                                                                                  Up until 6 months ago I lived in the city, never lost power and, even if I had, cooked on gas. Now in the burbs, cooking is electric. No oven, no stovetop, no microwave, no toaster oven--heck, no toaster. Fortunately the power came on around 5:00 (before the house got *too* cold as the fireplace only does so much).

                                                                                                                                  So does anyone have any good meals that can be prepared without cooking on a cold day? I settled on saltines & butter, crackers and cheese, and my guilty pleasure goldfish.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                    Years ago, I remember reheating soup in a fondue pot, and on another occasion using the BBQ....it's always worth a shot. Last winter (or maybe the one before), we had a big ice storm and lost power for a couple of days. I think like you, I ate a lot of bread and cheese / peanut butter, and maybe nuts. If you eat it, canned tuna could also make a meal. The only hot dish you're likely to get though is one you might make over an alternate heat source. Maybe your fireplace?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                      Time to pull out the old Toastite (I know Passadumkeg knows what that is!) and make grilled cheese in the fireplace. Depending on what your fireplace is like, you could use a small dutch oven. How about sucking it up and clearing off the gas grill? Nothin' like grillin' in your down coat and boots.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                                        Ayuh! Cookin' in the fireplace is wicked "authentic".

                                                                                                                                    2. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                      As im_nomad pointed out, canned fish can be a decent source of protein, and I always have tuna, sardine, and smoked oysters on hand. Canned chick peas, jarred peppers, and olives are something else I like to snack on as is, or with crackers. If you have greens in the fridge, you could use any of those things to construct a salad (tuna, soaked in lemon juice with sun-dried tomatoes is a nice addition to a salad). And if you like nuts, you could keep some in the pantry for emergencies. I boil a dozen eggs a week for snacking (dipped in soy sauce). These are all things I made sure we had on hand before the weather turned on us this week. Along with a way to ensure my morning coffee (I have a gas stove, but I made sure to pre-grind some beans).

                                                                                                                                      Though the fondue pot idea is a really good one, as is cooking over the fireplace (this has been mentioned on CH a few times). Because when you're cold, a salad doesn't quite hit the spot, does it. ;)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                                        Right about the salads. Although I love a good salad, if you read through the thread, you'll notice a theme for my snowed-in foods is hot & hearty (stews, soups, roasted meats).

                                                                                                                                        Although I always have canned tuna in the house, it's really just for the benefit of my 2 cats (don't shoot me--my aversion to that food is documented on another thread).

                                                                                                                                        I do have a couple of fondue sets (I'm apparently a difficult giftee) and probably should have broken one out for the cheese.

                                                                                                                                        This is my first house with a fireplace, so I'm definitely going to have to educate myself on the art of fireplace cooking. Maybe Passadumkeg will educate me on the toastite, as I love a good grilled cheese and always have a nice selection of cheese on hand.

                                                                                                                                        I don't have a grill . . . my sisters wanted to buy me one as a housewarming gift, but I only like BBQ done by other people, so I opted for the fire pit instead. Duh . . .I had sausage, kielbasi and the beef that was intended for the beef stew. And you know it just now occurred to me I could have done fire roasted sausages or beef kabobs in the fireplace or firepit? Grrr, I guess as this was my first no-power situation I caved under pressure.

                                                                                                                                        Thanks for your responses . . .typing out my answer just led me to a perfect solution for hot comfort food! (Though I still want the info on the toastite). And I am going to the Army-Navy store tomorrow for some sort of camping solution to making coffee. Who knows, maybe I'll figure out a way to make soup on it too!

                                                                                                                                        Next ice forecast is tomorrow night into Sat morning. No major snow predicted until next Thursday.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                          Toastite is a wire rack w/ a handle for making toasted cheese sandwiches over a fire. Get in a load of fire wood, woman! A Dutch oven in the midst of glowing coals has no limits. Anything on a stick. Light heat and warmth. Our new house in NM has now wood stove or wood heat, A top priority the spring/summer is to install a wood stove. We have a gas stove and heat, w/ back up electric, but I miss the wood for a peaceful state of mind.
                                                                                                                                          I will be building a retirement home up in the NM mountains that will be pretty self-sufficient.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                            Yes, I must adjust to life outside the city--streets were never clear, but always plenty of heat and food could be obtained by walking.

                                                                                                                                            I like the toastite idea--maybe I can get one at Army-Navy or Lowe's? Never knew enough to ask.

                                                                                                                                            And yes, definitely firewood. The house was cold after a few hours, except within that 15 foot range of the fireplace. So glad I received books for Christmas. (And I won't complain about the wine closet and liquor cabinet.)

                                                                                                                                            NM? Not ME? Tsk, tsk.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                              Go on line and get some old fashioned Alladin lamps and lamp oil too. We will bring more winter survival stuff back from Maine this summer.
                                                                                                                                              Me. has too much snow and cold! After 11 years in Norway, Finland and Russia and 20 years in Maine, I retire gracefully.
                                                                                                                                              I'm dreaming about running a B&B in Bahia or Bolivia!

                                                                                                                                            2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                              Toastite is farly common, you might find them at Wally World in summer, LL Beans on line or other camping stores such as Modell's of EMS.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                Thanks Pass . . . A wealth of knowledge for this city dweller . . . as always.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                I had completely forgotten about that thing until you described it, Passa. When I was growing up, we had one that we used for camping (though we cooked other things in it, as it was over an open fire, and not a fireplace, and didn't have to worry about drippings).

                                                                                                                                                And gaffk, you could use the fondue for canned soup, or to reheat your own.

                                                                                                                                                Here on some threads on fireplace cooking:

                                                                                                                                                1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks Lily! I'm just out of my element out of the city ;)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                                                    Nods to Passa, but my toastite is not a wire rack. Mine is made of a heavy metal, and is round. Think pannini maker on a long handle. You grease the inside a bit, center a slice of smushy white bread on the bottom circle, put your fillings on -- usually cheese, but I've even made "apple pies" -- then top it with the second slice of bread. Squeeze that baby shut & secure it with the little slip-ring that keeps the handles together, Trin the excess bread from the outside, then put it on/in yor heat source. What you end up with is a round "pie", with cencentric circle ,arkings and a crspy outer cruster ring. We'd take it camping, but it can also be used on top of the stove or in the fire. You need to be very very careful when you take the sammy out, though. Molten cheese!!!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                                                      I stand corrected. :0) We use a basket as mentioned above. I forget the English name, but in the 4' fireplace, we have these pivot arms that swings out over the fire w/ a Dutch oven dangling from it. Mix up a batch baked beans before bed, hang over the fire and we have beans, eggs, and canned B&M Indian bread for breakfast.
                                                                                                                                                      Since the cabin has only a fireplace for heat, I'd get kicked out of bed (we sleep in the loft) start the fire roaring, put on the coffee and when the cabin had warmed and breakfast was ready Ms. Keg would come down.
                                                                                                                                                      When we had 5 young kids and my MIL lived in an attached apt. on our main Maine house, we'd make great efforts to get away even in frigid winter weather. We'd snow show in, the cabin had gas mantle lights and electricity, but the water was drained for the winter. We' d manage to make some fine meals, w/ toted in fresh foods and stored foods, rice, pasta and canned goods. At night,we'd read, drinking wine, by the fireplace and despite the outside stresses of modern American society, manage to have a fun, romantic weekend in a very primitive style. The winter outhouse in the middle of the night could be a bit rough. I'm feeling very nostalgic.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                        You post made my Monday! Whenever I feel stressed today, I will close my eyes and visit your cabin.

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                                                                                                                                                          re: passadumkeg
                                                                                                                                                          Your winter gettaway sounds so fun and also like you had lots of great times.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                    Now, speaking as someone who doesn't HAVE a fireplace.... but who was a Girl Guide... I also wonder what you can do with plain old tinfoil. We used to make all kinds of things and just toss them in the fire, from baked apples with various fillings, to something we called "hamburger castles" which was basically hamburger meat, vegetables and sliced potato, all wrapped in tinfoil, and baked in the fire. If anything that might leak has to be avoided...I'm guessing regular baked potatoes would also be ok.

                                                                                                                                                    Also, stock up on some jiffy pop :)

                                                                                                                                                2. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                  My power was out too gaffk, happy freaking groundhog day to us! I only had zebra danias in my tank though. :) I love my gas stove, I guess I kind of cheated. My one friend used to make delicious burgers and steaks in the fireplace, he had a wire basket designed for a grill, and rigged up a rod across the fireplace so his arm wouldn't get tired holding the basket. And the steaks were perfect, nice and rare with the great smoky taste of beef cooked over wood.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                                    Sounds good. Just wondering how you keep it from making a mess of the fireplace. Or is cleaning up the mess part of the snowed in/no power charm?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                      Just build a bigger fire! Grease burns, anything will burn if ya get it hot enough!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                        My new favorite comfort food for winter might be the blood oranges I got last week from TJ's. During the power outage I ate one sitting at the window. My house has wide windowsills so I ate it there and looked out at the snow. I didn't notice a big drip from the orange on the sill when I was done. A family member took up the same spot to eat some hot soup and saw the drip. He panicked and thought his nose was bleeding!
                                                                                                                                                        We all had a good laugh about it. Blood oranges! The practical joker fruit.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                                          I just cooked a big pot of Basque chicken w/ blood oranges and pearl onions. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                                            That's funny. I went food shopping today, saw the blood oranges, realized how long it has been since I had one, and bought a bunch. Must be channeling this CH thread.

                                                                                                                                                            So, if it snows Thursday, I will be sitting on the wide windowsill overlooking the backyards, dripping blood on the windowsill and my book. Although if this weather keeps up, I'll need to refresh my supply of reading material.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                        Tuna sandwiches were our go-to no power fallback in the city...now we use the woodstove to heat the house in winter, power or no power. Then we can cook on the top of the woodstove. If you ahve a fireplace (a real, not gas one), you can always tuck a stuffed potato wrapped in tin-foil in there to break the monotony of cold food. And boil a kettle, too, if you have a hook thingy as older homes do.

                                                                                                                                                      3. Late night snowed-in dessert: coffee and Ian's cookie buttons.

                                                                                                                                                        1. The homeopathic approch:
                                                                                                                                                          A Dairy Queen Blizzard, snow cones, and maple syrup over snow (avoid the yellow snow), a flurry of iced vodka shots. A vodka polar: lingonberry liquor and vodka on the rocks. White Russians, Black Russian, by then you've had the cure and who cares?
                                                                                                                                                          Seriously, we've had "summer cabins" in both Finland and Maine and skied out to them in winter conditions to "enjoy the cold".
                                                                                                                                                          Take it from an old timer, it's all about preparation and positive attitude w/ a dash of outdoors skills. Ya got snow make vodka slushies! Enjoy ever day as it is your last.
                                                                                                                                                          El Keggo the Pontificator

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                            So true. You really have to have a positive attitude and find fun in everything. My husband and I love to go out after the snow (once the temp. is back up to close to zero) and have a fire in the backyard fire pit. We put on very warm clothes, lots of layers, make a cheese tray with some meats and head out with a bottle of wine. We usually last about two hours until our butts are too cold and not warming up anymore. Our neighbours laugh at us, but we enjoy it and after some wine, it's not so cold anymore. Positive attitude as you said.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                                                                Our "regular house" in Ellsworth has 2 Vermont Castings wood stoves (plus and old wood stove in the basement), one in the fireplace in the living room and the other the entry, kitchen entrance. As we heat w/ wood, it is normal to cook w/ our Dutch ovens a lot of stews and soups for week day suppers. We usually have six cords of split dry hard wood beside the garage; a electric generator in the garage and a ton (literally) of #10 cans of survival food in the cellar, and a root cellar, thanks to my MIL. Two snow blowers, a roof rake and a bunch of snow shovels.
                                                                                                                                                                Now we're in NM, in a recently purchased house w// no storm back -up and a New Mexico State of Emergency ineffect, as I type. We be ready for next winter!
                                                                                                                                                                I just made a pot of fish chowder as comfort food for my Yankee wife. I can't find oyster crackers though.
                                                                                                                                                                Anyone curious about winter preps. and I'll send photos, just email me.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                  Ellsworth, ME? my favourite American small town! seriously, how you can bear to leave, even for New Mexico??? the Mexx? The Ellsworth American (one of the last of the great independents) Finelli's Pizza? the best bargain linen store anywhere in the world?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LJS

                                                                                                                                                                    Finellis , yes!
                                                                                                                                                                    I used to live in New Mexico and have returned to New Mexico. You must be from the northeast, so I'll be subtle. The Mex is the worst abomination of Mexican food that I have ever eaten! I use to go there every Friday after work for a staff TGIF. I literally had to leave when the food was served. Our youngest came home from college one Thanksgiving and met his high school friends at the Mex. When he returned, he said, "pop, now I see why you called it expensive glop". Nuff said. If you want much better and cheaper, go 8 miles N. on Rt. 1 to The Mexican Restaurant, run, of course, by Guatamalans.
                                                                                                                                                                    The huge amount of snow in Ellsworth gets me down. There is over 4' of snow in my yard now and 2 more storms coming this week. I'm older and a wounded Viet vet. No more! A snow plow just took out my mail box, again.
                                                                                                                                                                    We'll be back in Ellsworth 6/1 for the summer. Email me if you ever come up and I'll give you my opinion of our favorite spots. I'm a wee bit opinionated, so keep that in mind. I also hate the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound with a passion, but that is another story.
                                                                                                                                                                    Main St. Ellsworth is special. Make sure you visit John Edwards wine cellar and art gallery. Our favorite spot.
                                                                                                                                                                    edit. I peeked and see you are from Halifax. I'm a hockey puck and used to hang out w/ the Caanadian diplomats( they were less stuffy and a lot mor fun!), not the American In Helsinki, come visit!

                                                                                                                                                            1. The best comfort food here this week was homemade chili mac. I made it more towards the Cincinnati style of things and baked it in the oven with some sharp cheddar on top. So good. The beef stew wasn't too bad either.

                                                                                                                                                              1. lamb ragu with a full bodied red wine
                                                                                                                                                                smoked salmon with creme freche, chopped shallots and capers on toast
                                                                                                                                                                chili and home made jalapeno cornbread
                                                                                                                                                                mussels in a creamy sauce

                                                                                                                                                                1. Great question! I'm from the South so getting snowed in a rarity, but when it does happen I want hot soups, something fudgey and snow ice cream like we made when I was a kid. I actually blogged about this a few weeks when we had our big Southern snowstorm if you are interested in reading: http://www.timeforgoodfood.com - Snow Daze is the post.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. I try to prepare ingredients for two cooking projects on a snow day: something sweet to bake in the afternoon, and then a stew or braise for dinner. If possible, I get ingredients for ricotta hotcakes and fresh fruit to start off the morning. Of course lots of strong COFFEE too!

                                                                                                                                                                    SWEET** : Like rizzo0904 and CCSPRINGS, I like to make cookies (or blondies) to enjoy with a pot of coffee or cocoa and long afternoons reading, bopping around chowhound, contemplating snowflakes, avoiding shoveling. This year I've made batch upon batch of Deborah Madison's Little Nut Cookie, and my top favorite variation of this = walnut mocha cookies (adding chopped dark chocolate and instant espresso powder to the batter).

                                                                                                                                                                    SAVORY** : I pull out my treasured Le Creuset pot and create something homey, cozy, slow-cooked with inviting scents beckoning/seducing anyone in the house.

                                                                                                                                                                    *chicken paprikash (served with wide egg noodles)
                                                                                                                                                                    *chicken cacciatore (Mario Batali's recipe with pancetta)
                                                                                                                                                                    *velvety lemon chicken soup with tortellini
                                                                                                                                                                    *roasted butternut squash or pumpkin risotto
                                                                                                                                                                    *Greek chicken smothered in onions and feta sauce (served with Israeli couscous)
                                                                                                                                                                    *roast chicken with vegetables -- I usually use just thighs rather than a whole bird, and do it like this:

                                                                                                                                                                    *Bonus: If I am very very organized, I get some ciabatta and ingredients for hot artichoke dip or Michael Field's hot mushroom spread.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. It's been quite a few years since I was snowed in, well if you call it that. Skiing in Tahoe, our condo was pretty far off the main roads so we couldn't go anywhere. This is making me miss snow....

                                                                                                                                                                      I would want for sure - John Besh's zinfandel shortribs and pappardelle - they're just the best most soul comforting food. And then also my French Onion soup, it's perfect for a light dinner or lunch.