Ahh, winter. It’s here! When putting together my little seasonal round-up (see summer and fall, spring to come!), I realized that winter has many mini-seasons within. We have the cozy days, where big bowls of comfort are on everyone’s mind. There’s that post-new year’s month where everyone is trying to be as healthy as can be…before it’s interrupted by the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, Oscar/Golden Globe parties and a good ole Fat Tuesday before spring makes itself known. That’s a lot of food ups and downs for one season to contend with, so rather than breaking up this recap of sorts by meal type, I’m breaking it up by type and mood, if you will. When going through my recipe index, I realized that these are, for the most part, my faves because it’s comfort food galore! This list is by no means all-inclusive, so take a browse through the categories if you’re looking for something more specific.
red rice millet & oat bake | cardamom spiced baked oatmeal | five-spice granola | muesli | roasted beet hummus | roasted fennel salad | karnabeet (lebanese cauliflower) | pho | algerian shorba (chicken soup) | cauliflower soup | cock-a-leekie soup | smoked salmon chowder | pumpkin tomato soup | vegetarian tortilla soup | hot and sour salmon noodle bowl | mole-Q chicken tacos | shakshuka | lamb biryani bowls | chicken tagine | tandoori chicken | chickpea wat | spiced stuffed squash | spicy kimchi tuna pasta | chili taiyo | fish cakes with dill yogurt | chicken with saffron and almonds | cinnamon poached pears | apples baked with prunes and honey | sugar plums
It’s a Super Ball!
african spiced meatballs | sweet and sour meatballs | green curry chicken wings | jerk chicken wings | pineapple black bean guacamole | sfincicone (pizza) | roasted spiced nuts | korean beef kimchi nachos | elote dip | liptauer cheese dip | coconut truffle kettle corn | slow cooker pulled pork | carnitas | beef chili | chicken taco chili | dark chocolate banana coconut brownies
And the Oscar goes to…
hot french onion dip | tomato & goat cheese dip | roasted squash hummus | coconut truffle kettle corn | drive-in movie popcorn | maple walnut fruit dip | roasted grapes with labneh | ropa vieja plantain bites with avocado cream | spanikopita meatballs | sfincicone | margharita pizza | swiss milk chocolate brownies | chocolate chai truffles | drunken mint chip ice cream | baklava
Love is in the Air!
lobster & gruyere scrambled eggs | lemon raspberry grilled cheese | double chocolate babka | crab cake benedict | french mushroom toasts | semolina pancakes | roasted mushroom soup | french onion soup | roasted fig & hazelnut salad | steak frites | beef bourguignon | red wine dark chocolate raspberry cake | baci ice cream | tiramisu parfaits | chocolate cheesecake cups | chocolate chai truffles | white chocolate raspberry cookies | white chocolate strawberry champagne cocktail | a hasty devonshire
A Big Ole Bowl (or plate, or mug) of Comfort
cafe con miel | beer bread | cardamom rolls | chocolate hazelnut belgian waffles | biscuits & gravy | apple bacon pancakes | bubble & squeak | cassoulet | beef chili | mustard soup| pork & sauerkraut stew | sri lankan beef curry | arroz con pollo | mom’s lamb curry | tikka masala | lamb tagine | la bomba risotto | butter chicken | ham & lentil soup | bobotie | macaroni au gratin | scalloped sweet potatoes | spaghetti & meatballs | beef rendang | feijoada | cabbage rolls | guinness lamb shanks | hasenpfeffer | meatloaf | slow-cooker short ribs | veal paprikash | chicken paprikash | apple brown betty | chocolate bread pudding | sticky toffee pudding | cape brandy pudding | boozy coffee
Whew, we’ve got a lotta eating to do this season. Let’s tuck in!