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Blizzard Weather,
Cooking Weather


By Mary Emma Allen

Cold, snowy weather, "blizzard weather,"often mean delicious aromas in the kitchen when we came inside from snow clearing tasks, skiing, and sledding.  This might be a lunch, snacks, or cocoa and goodies as you warm before the stove or fireplace.


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One day when the temperature dipped, my daughter and I were inspired to do  some cooking between writing and quilting.  The aroma of pizza bread, cranberry bread, and  homemade soup filled our kitchen. This reminded me of winter cooking on the farm when I was growing up.
 
Favorite Winter Recipes
 
Do you have favorite winter recipes?  These will vary depending on the part of the country, or the world, where you live. 
 
*In northern climates, they often consist of hearty fare such as soups, stews, slow cooker meals.
 
*For  southern areas, warmer weather favors salads, chilled soups, and even barbecues.
 
*Somewhere in between, we find a mix of the two.
 
*Busy folks, coordinating work, cooking, and family may rely upon prepared or from freezer to microwave to table fare.
 
Soup Pot Stock
 
The question, "Do we throw these peas out?" when a family member was sorting through the refrigerator reminded me I needed to get my leftovers pot started again for making soups and stews.  A friend once told me she had a container in her freezer.  Into this went any leftover vegetables and meat, even if it were a spoonful or two.
 
Then when the container was getting full, it was time to make a winter soup.  She also saved meat stock and gravies to add to the brew.  What may be considered economical use of our food, particularly leftovers, also can result in tasty meals.
 
Hamburger Rolls for Variation
 
Hamburger Rolls - Mix a package of packaged stuffing as directed on the package.  Stir together, one pound lean ground beef, 1 tablespoon catsup, 1 tablespoon mustard, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, pinch of onion salt, sprinkling of salt and pepper.
 
Shape this mixture into 6 fairly large patties.  Add some stuffing in the middle of the patties.  Fold over and seal the edges.  Place in a casserole or baking dish.  Pour 1 can golden mushroom soup mixed with 1/4 to 1/2 cup evaporated milk or regular milk over the roll-ups.  (Use low fat, low sodium soup if desired.)
 
Put any extra stuffing into a buttered casserole dish and bake until heated through and top is crisp.
 
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. 
 
(c)Mary Emma Allen
 
(Mary Emma Allen enjoys researching food ideas around our country and the world.  Some recipes also are handed down through her family. She and her daughter Beth compile family recipes for family members and future generations.  Mary Emma also teaches classes in Writing Your Family Stories.   E-mail: me.allen@juno.com )
 
 



 

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