Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cold Weather Comfort Food Tips

Even in the desert it is cold this time of year. There are several places that are even colder. BRRR! We all like some comfort food to make it feel better. Here are some tips that I use to make that easier.

Baked potatoes - I always put extra in when I am making bread or cooking anything in the oven.  Once baked they can be stored in the fridge for a few days. Great for cottage fries! I also will peal them when cold and then cube them to add to soups or stews.  I will also freeze some of the cubed potatoes. And they make a great potato soup!

Mac and Cheese.  Who doesn't like homemade Mac and Cheese? A quick  B√©chamel sauce is easy to make. I add several kinds of cheese.  Whatever you have on hand will work.  Some of my favorite are Cheddar - both white and yellow; Swiss and American. Asiago and Parmesan are good to add with any of these.  I also will use a touch of Bleu Cheese - but just a touch to give the mac and cheese a little zip. Try a different combination and don't be afraid to add some Bacon or other meat if you like.

Soups - if you have been saving chicken parts or left over vegetables now is the time to use them.   A Simmering pot of soup is easy and you can add more protein such as rice or beans.  Economical and practical.

Bread - this is the time to make bread. Any kind you like.  Give it a try. If it does not turn out as you wanted, turn it in to bread crumbs.

Pot Roast, Baked Chicken, and casseroles all add that special comfort. So try something different. Experiment and see if you can make a recipe "yours".  Then share it with all of us.

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