“Winter blues can be cured with a potato gratin paired with a roast chicken”
A cold front has swept in from the North with winds that stings your face and chase you back to the warmth of home. The snow is set to arrive this afternoon. On days like this I understand why our ancestors spent most of Winter near the hearth; the kitchen is always the warmest room and I’m busying myself making a pot of Chili Mac n Cheese while the north winds whistle through the stove vent.
I was surprised to look outside last night and see a dusting of snow on cars and trees; February seems to be the month of snow on the coast although we did get a rare white Christmas this year. I enjoy snowy days (as long as I don’t need to leave the house), they give me a reason to slow down and enjoy things like making my yearly 5 gallon bucket of laundry detergent, slow cooking a cozy meal or tackling the books I keep meaning to read.
It’s time to start planning the spring garden. I stored last years seeds in the fridge. I’m looking forward to Spring and the anticipation of freshly picked veggies and herbs. They make such a difference in flavouring meals.
Today I’m going to share 3 soup recipes. What is cozier on a cold winter night than a bowl of soup and a chunk of toasty garlic bread? So, grab a pen and paper and lets get cooking.
Butternut Squash Soup with Tahini and Toasted Chickpeas
The recipe HERE
Chilli Mac n Cheese
The Recipe HERE
Tuscan Soup with Sausage and Kale
The Recipe HERE
For all of my soup recipes including my PNW Chowder, From-Scratch Chicken Noodle and Non-Dairy Cream of Mushroom HERE
And as the chilly days of winter come closer to an end, what do you look most forward to? Perhaps sunnier days? working in the garden? planning Summer vacations?
For now I enjoy the slow rhythm as I cook comforting food in my warm kitchen.
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