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.
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.
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
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