It’s cold outside. I get it. I literally threw on my ski coat, ski pants, and long underwear to take out my dog for her morning walk. I looked insane but at least I was warm. I can sympathize with those of you who don’t like cold weather. For me, it’s fine–I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it. Here’s the thing, I love curling up by the fire with a steaming cup of hot chocolate or apple cider. I’m also a major fan of crockpot recipes and let’s face it, nothing is more satisfying than coming home to warm soup that’s been simmering all day long. In honor of the cold weather, I’ve gathered my favorite recipes that pair best with pink noses and chattering teeth.
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1. Hot Chocolate: If you read my last post (click here if you’re interested), you know that I love a good cup of hot chocolate. But if you’re looking for variations beyond the simple recipe. I have you covered here with the thin mint variety, here for those aching for something with cinnamon, and here for those who have extra time for something fancy.
3. Hotty Toddy: for the sick and the tailgaters alike, this cold weather drink is a favorite amongst many individuals over the age of 21. Click here for a recipe.
1. Vegan/vegetarians: I’ve been a vegetarian for about a year and I’ve come to the realization that soups are a culinary creation to be enjoyed by everyone! The following are my favorite concoctions… click here for the vegan’s take on Guinness Stew, or here for mom’s not-chicken noodle soup, here for my FAVORITE vegetarian split pea soup, and here for a yummy “creamy” soup.
2. Meat Eaters: The one food I miss the most since becoming a vegetarian is prosciutto… Click here for an Italian soup filled with pasta & prosciutto and for something savory & a bit sweet, click here for Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Prosciutto. If you love your soup hearty and heavy, click here for Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes and click here for Slow Cooker Chicken Soup. When you’re in the mood for a fancy seafood chowder, click here or a wonderful soup with a variety of seafood, click here to make Bouillabaisse with Spicy Rouille.
No dinner is complete without a fresh loaf of bread and butter. Click here for a gluten free version of French Bread and here for Very Basic Bread (but not exactly basic when it comes to baking it). Or click here for Skillet Corn Bread. And if you’re like me, you like your soup in a bread bowl so click here for an Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Bread Bowl.
When it comes time to make dessert, I often opt for store bought cookies. However, if you’re a talented baker, give these warm, ooey, gooey, yummy treats a try. Click here for Banana Shortcakes, here for Sicilian Fried Dough, and here for a Chocolate Torte with Calvados-Poached Figs.
**Christina Colosimo is the author of this post. She is the social media manager at Oak Lawn Toyota and she handles customer service issues–both complaints and compliments. All views expressed in Christina’s writing reflects ONLY her opinion. Christina’s views do not necessarily represent the views of Oak Lawn Toyota and its employees.