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Cold Weather Comfort Food

Posted January 16, 2007

Help me out here, please. What am I missing? I've compiled a list of cold weather comfort foods. We're in for a lengthy bout of chilly weather. We will need some foods that stick to our ribs. A comedian once said: "Men are like lasagne. They dress in layers." We like to eat food in layers as well especially this time of the year. So I will begin with my Italian favorite. What about you? Please share your cold weather comfort foods. Here are my great eight:

1. Lasagna
2. Shrimp & grits
3. Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
4. Broccoli casserole
5. Spoon bread
6. Chicken pot pie
7. Pecan pancakes
8. Tex Mex Chili

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  • packandcanesfan Jan 24, 2007

    I have to agree with the country style steak and mashed potatoes as mashed potatoes are a must for comfort food. Also, pinto beans are a comfort to me. No Luck's for us..My mom soaked the beans and cooked them with fatback. I remember as a child coming home from school when it was warm and the windows were open, I could smell them cooking as I started down our driveway. I am a soup monger so any soup is comfort food for me.

  • Been there once Jan 17, 2007

    Hot chili with beans place in skillet, cover with cornbread mix and bake. One pot to clean.

  • ktday5 Jan 17, 2007

    my mom always made beef-vegetable soup...even though the ingredients were usually out of cans (Bunker Hill beef, Lucks pinto beans, Hunts tomatoes, etc) it "feels" like the thing to have. I make mine from scratch now, but have to have it when it gets cold!!! (had the chili last night!)

  • Silver loves Rebel Red puppies Jan 17, 2007

    I've had a few winter favorites over the years, but these have endured. Everyone had some good ideas!

    1. oyster stew (milk and butter variety)
    2. New England Style Clam Chowder (with lots of clams and catfish nuggets)
    3. tomato soup with a toasted peanutbutter sandwich
    4. cream of mushroom soup with a toasted cheese sandwich
    5. meatball soup made with stir-fry veggies
    6. chicken baked in cream of mushroom soup with seashell macaroni and cheese on the side.

  • oldrebel Jan 17, 2007

    Plain old Quaker Oatmeal, a large bowl, a little sugar , pat of butter and a dollop of skim milk. As for the skim milk, one does have to cut back where one can. ;)

  • bandejohnson Jan 16, 2007

    baked potato soup. No doubt about it the most comforting part of winter. If we must have winter then we must have BAKED POTATO SOUP!!!

  • WhatEver Jan 16, 2007

    Try adding shrimp to your tomato soup. My dad spoiled me on that growing up. Some of my fav's are salisbury steak w.mash potato's, venison stew, cream chicken & biscuits, pizza always.
    How about some hot cocoa with marshmallows, hot tea, coffee w. a little irish cream.

  • thefensk Jan 16, 2007

    Other people have mentioned chili and beans and such, but my favorite is 15 bean soup, slow simmered for hours, along with some steaming cornbread.
    For a cold weather breakfast I prefer either biscuits or plain muffins -- fresh made of course. This goes back to an old garage apartment with poor heat I once had. A good batch of biscuits really helped warm up the place. Mmmmmmmm.

  • Movin On Jan 16, 2007

    Bread pudding or rice pudding....yum, yum

  • CestLaVie Jan 16, 2007

    I think you should add some macaroni & cheese to your list. Yummo!! - as Rachel Ray would say. My husband likes to make a pot of homemade veggie soup with veggies from the freezer when we get caught at home unexpectantly during ice or snow storms. It tastes great with grilled cheese sammies too. Also, how about a pot of homemade spaghetti with sauce?? All these suggestions are going to drive us to the stove when we get home tonight!! Wish there was some snow or ice mixed with this rain and cold weather. Now that's winter.




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