Winter foods are everything to me. My favorite winter comfort foods are found this time of year, so I am always sure to be comforted as much as I can in these short months.
I have five favorites:
1. SOUPS + CHILI
I love all soup; chicken noodle and chicken wild rice are two of my favorites. Chili has a special place in my heart and I only eat it in the fall/winter. This isn’t for any particular reason, but probably because I eat so frequently once the temps dips down that I am sick of it by February. I love it while I love it, though.
2. MONKEY BREAD ROLLS
Who would have thunk that frozen dinner rolls lined up in a bundt pan covered with butter, cinnamon, sugar and cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding would be so good? It’s revolutionary, and that is why I make several pans during this season. The wood stove I use to heat my house makes it so easy to bake so many things (I just flop open a TV tray and let them rise away), so I enjoy these as much as I can.
These are the traditional food of Hanukkah, so it makes sense that this is the time of year I make them. However, I use winter as an excuse to practice them prior to the big show (aka Second Night Dinner). I like to try latkes as many ways as I can: With leeks, sweet potatoes, breakfast latkes, and dessert latkes. I do like to cook, so I use the winter as a great time to experiment with new recipes before the holidays arrive.
4. WILD RICE ANYTHING
I don’t know why I only feel like wild rice in the winter, but I do. Soup is probably my favorite vehicle for it, but I also enjoy a good wild rice hot dish, too–but you have to use sausage instead of hamburger. It’s just facts.
Obviously I eat cookies year-round, but it is only in the winter that I bake them more frequently that any other time of the year. I am partial to just a typical Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip, but I also love Sour Cream Cookies. They are cakey and delicious.
Warm and wonderful, that’s what these treats are to me, so that is why they are my favorite winter foods. What is your favorite seasonal dish?
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