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What are your Fall/Winter comfort foods ?

LotusRapper Nov 14, 2013 09:55 PM

Any foods that you'd love to savour while vegging on the couch in front of the fireplace (or that fireplace channel) ?

Me (random listing):

- miso soup
- cream of corn soup
- any creamed soup (butternut squash, tomato, asparagus, mushroom, celery)
- French onion soup
- cinnamon & brown sugar oatmeal
- grilled cheese sandwich
- cinnamon bun
- pumpkin pie/apple pie/rhubarb pie
- roasted squash/yam/sweet potato salad
- roasted brussel sprouts with shaved almonds (or pecans)
- boeuf bourguignon (or any old beef stew will do)
- congee
- zongzi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zongzi
- chicken pot pie/beef pie/shepherds pie

'Nuff for now. And you ?

  1. mamachef Nov 19, 2013 06:00 AM

    Big bowls of anything warm and creamy: especially soups of any kind, but potpie soup is a front-runner. For that matter, chicken potpie itself is always a winner. I also like many Winter root veg., just roasted and glazed, with braised meats accompanied by noodles or potatoes. BUT my favorite Winter dish is my ol' braised (or crockpot) cabbage standby: just throw wedges or shredded green cabbage into your crockpot w/ onions and carrots and let it cook down all the livelong day. At suppertime, make good egg noodles and butter them, and serve the cabbage atop: silky, delicious, meaty-tasting cabbage over nice, soaky noodles, topped with a dab of sour cream. OH yeah.

    1. Kate is always hungry Nov 18, 2013 10:31 PM

      Chicken pot pie
      Hot beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy
      Grilled cheese sandwich, old school
      Egg nog
      Thanksgiving dinner and cold turkey sandwiches the next day

      1. m
        MRS Nov 18, 2013 06:38 PM

        just made food and wine's roasted sweet potato and wild mushroom "salad" with miso dijon dressing. A huge hit!!!

        1. j
          JayL Nov 18, 2013 05:37 PM

          Barbecue...as in whole hog...pig pickin' style...

          1. j
            JayL Nov 18, 2013 05:36 PM

            Chicken Bog

            1. j
              JayL Nov 18, 2013 05:36 PM

              Steamed Oysters

              1. l
                laliz Nov 18, 2013 03:26 PM

                Hot Chocolate
                Pumpkin Pie
                Baskin Robbins Pumpkin Pie ice cream
                Soup ~~ French Onion, Split Pea, Black Bean, Tomato
                Beef Stew
                Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

                1. c
                  CDouglas Nov 18, 2013 11:13 AM

                  My new favorite is birria - essentially chile-stewed protein, served on corn tortillas, topped with onions/cilantro/radishes and scented with freshly squeezed lime juice. This taco is then dipped into the strained chile stewing liquid before each bite. This stuff will cure your cold and hangover at the same time.

                  Solid recipe here (I sub white onion, cilantro and radishes for the pickled onion):

                  Short ribs are tremendous but you can use pork shoulder, lamb, goat, other cuts of beef etc...

                  1. j
                    JayL Nov 18, 2013 08:59 AM

                    Chicken Pastry

                    98% of the people here probably won't even know what that is...

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                    1. re: JayL
                      LotusRapper Nov 18, 2013 10:57 AM

                      I've heard of it. Southern dish, right ? Like this:


                      Sure looks like it'd sticks to the ribs and warms yer soul.

                      1. re: LotusRapper
                        JayL Nov 18, 2013 05:35 PM

                        Yep, that's it. Nothing simpler to make. Pastry and baked sweet potatoes (potatoes served room temp) were staples of my younger years.

                    2. juliejulez Nov 17, 2013 08:22 PM

                      Mac & Cheese

                      Casseroles or pasta dishes with sausage (versus chicken or other "lighter" proteins)

                      Meatloaf & mashed potatoes

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                      1. re: juliejulez
                        Dirtywextraolives Nov 17, 2013 09:25 PM

                        Oh yes, gotta include meatloaf on my list too!

                        1. re: juliejulez
                          LotusRapper Nov 17, 2013 10:07 PM

                          Meatloaf & mashed yams FTW :-)

                        2. gaffk Nov 17, 2013 06:34 PM

                          Soups. In the last few weeks I've made butternut squash, pumpkin, french onion.

                          Stews: So far beef stew and chicken cacciatore. A good chili is on the horizon.

                          I've been heavily indulging in apple cider lately and baking will ramp up in the next few weeks.

                          ETA: martinis and tropical drinks have given way to manhattans, scotch and whiskey.

                          1. t
                            tastesgoodwhatisit Nov 17, 2013 06:17 PM

                            Interesting - I always associated zongzi with summer. The dragon boat festival is usually about the point when summer is getting stupid hot and staying there, so making them is my un-air conditioned kitchen is a sweaty process.

                            Hot alcohol drinks - mulled wine, milk with brandy or rum and spices, grog - to warm up before bed.

                            When it cools down, I start going more for casseroles, braised dishes, stews, and pureed vegetable soups served hot rather than chilled.

                            Orange salads - the local oranges are hitting the markets now.

                            1. f
                              Florida Hound Nov 17, 2013 05:47 PM

                              Another vote for French Onion Soup.
                              Also, Squash apple Bake
                              various Sweet potato casseroles
                              Mulled spiced apple cider (no alcohol, thanks).
                              "Skater Stew," a soup/ stew recipe we found years ago on a Bean Council (or similar trade promotional org) website. It has various beans, legumes, sliced turkey kielbasa.
                              Cornbread, corn muffins
                              Norwegian Julekake at Christmas
                              Crockpot overnight steel-cut oatmeal
                              Crockpot overnight grits

                              (Mind you, this is Florida- we don't sit around watching the fireplace much. Sometimes a good outdoor bonfire or chiminea, though)

                              1. d
                                Dirtywextraolives Nov 16, 2013 11:34 AM

                                Braised short ribs with mashed potatoes
                                Thanksgiving meal
                                Macaroni & cheese
                                Spaghetti & meatballs
                                Lasagne bolognese
                                Au gratin potatoes
                                Pot roast w potatoes, carrots, onions & spaghetti
                                Pork vindaloo with samosas, garlic naan & basmati rice

                                1. fldhkybnva Nov 15, 2013 08:10 PM

                                  Soup lots of it, including chili
                                  Holiday food - mashed potatoes, gravy, macaroni and cheese, all foods I rarely eat at any other time
                                  Chinese food - I get weird cravings for the good ol' Americanized stuff
                                  Roast chicken

                                  1. fracklefoodie Nov 15, 2013 07:01 PM

                                    Troughs of pho.
                                    Like you, LotusRapper, all the cream soups. Wild mushroom and leek is a favorite.
                                    Celery root puree.
                                    Hot cider with bourbon.
                                    Warm chocolate pudding on the stovetop.
                                    Baked mac and cheese.
                                    Braises of all kinds.
                                    Daals of all kinds.

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                                    1. re: fracklefoodie
                                      LotusRapper Nov 15, 2013 08:59 PM

                                      I forgot to mention Indian foods. Thx FF. Daals of all kinds are good. Esp. with some fresh-out-of-the-oven naan to mop up the sauces.

                                      You're in Seattle eh ? We used to frequent Cedars in U Dist. when our lives revolved around UDub (Go Huskies !). It wasn't life-changing food but quite decent AFAIC. I loved their cozy house-y ambiance and the bottomless chai they offered :-)

                                      Is Flowers still on the Ave, still have those scrumptious AYCE for $10 or something ?

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                                      AlexRast Nov 15, 2013 06:50 PM

                                      For me it's definitely a list of English classics:

                                      Steak and kidney pudding (untouchably top on my list)
                                      Oxtail soup
                                      Treacle pudding
                                      Steak and kidney pie
                                      Jam roly-poly
                                      Warm custard (the real stuff, not Bird's)
                                      Mushroom barley stew/soup

                                      1. tim irvine Nov 15, 2013 05:33 PM

                                        Boeuf Bourguignon and paparadelle Bolognese top my list, always. Others include most roasts, braised short ribs, osso buco, cottage fried potatoes, beef Stroganoff, and, one I associate with my childhood...I remember Mother cooking it on winter nights when Dad was at sea and the snow was deep in NY...a ground sirloin patty on a buttered English muffin, maybe drinking Sherry while it cooks, as she did. (It was 1960. I didn't get the full experience.)

                                        1. s
                                          sedimental Nov 15, 2013 05:24 PM

                                          Butternut squash soup
                                          Mushroom anything
                                          Soba noodles
                                          Pork tenderloin
                                          Chicken pot pie
                                          Pot stickers, pork, with orange zest
                                          Cabbage and egg noodles with Hungarian sausage

                                          1. f
                                            ferventfoodie Nov 15, 2013 05:08 PM

                                            Braises - osso buco, lamb shanks, short ribs
                                            Creamy carbs - polenta, risotto
                                            Winter squash, root vegetables (parsnips, turnips,
                                            celeriac, etc.) - roasted, pureed, in soups

                                            1. m
                                              MRS Nov 15, 2013 04:50 PM

                                              Chicken and Dumplings
                                              maple roasted brussel sprouts
                                              turkey chili
                                              braised Asian short ribs

                                              1. t
                                                Ttrockwood Nov 15, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                May not be a food but hot spiced wine (like glogg) is a must.
                                                I look for hot brothy meals that are very pungent- sticking my face into a steaming bowl of polenta with wild mushroom ragu to smell it is half of the comfort factor for me.
                                                Miso soup here too
                                                Veggie stews with lots of garlic
                                                Pungent chili with cornbread
                                                My mom's gingerbread (she bakes it in an 8x8 so its like a cake)

                                                1. HillJ Nov 15, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                  Nice list, LotusR.
                                                  I'll take one of everything you're having and add
                                                  lamb stew
                                                  stuffed peppers
                                                  baked potatoes topped with lamb stew
                                                  egg, peppers and potato parm subs

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                                                  1. re: HillJ
                                                    LotusRapper Nov 15, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                    Well I'll "top" your baked potatoes with butter, sour cream & chives; or chili :-)

                                                    Mmm, lamb stew !

                                                    1. re: LotusRapper
                                                      HillJ Nov 15, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                      Go on...gild that lily!

                                                    2. re: HillJ
                                                      mamachef Nov 19, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                      Maypo! I LOVE you!

                                                    3. LotusRapper Nov 14, 2013 10:51 PM


                                                      (but not on the couch)

                                                      1. carlee134 Nov 14, 2013 10:26 PM

                                                        miso soup as well.
                                                        Wonton soup.
                                                        mashed potatoes/shepards pie/chicken pot pie
                                                        a big bowl of white rice with butter and soy sauce.

                                                        carb heavy...

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                                                        1. re: carlee134
                                                          LotusRapper Nov 14, 2013 10:39 PM

                                                          Butter AND soy sauce on rice .... seems a bit of contradiction ;-)

                                                          Yeah, the winter brings out the cravings for carbs.

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