Winter might not be the ideal time for planning a picnic, but once a year I like to dust of the grill and invite friends to join me for a meal in the cool outdoors. The key to a successful picnic, no matter the season, is to plan ahead. Most of the food should be made in advance, and when it's going to be cold out, the menu has to have at least one warming dish like soup. I've looked back at all our amazing recipes and rounded up the best ones to create a meal that's perfect for enjoying outside. Be sure to pack your jackets and blankets!
I like to build flavor by first sautéing the aromatics, then adding a small amount of curry powder, which foils the natural sweetness of carrot with earth and smokiness. If you're not in the mood for spice or simply don't like curry, you can omit the spice; it tastes great with or without it. A healthy, satisfying Winter soup, right this way!
The height of snowstorm season couldn't be a better time to go back to cooking basics and making more meals in the comfort of your own home. A soul-satisfying bowl of soup isn't just a remedy for the Winter blues; it also fills your hearth with a sense of warmth that can't be replicated with anything else. If you're a soup lover, here are 10 seminal recipes to get to know.
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I am stuffed to the max from rich holiday foods. Even though I was successful in avoiding gluten and grains, the salt really catches up to me. Puff city. And after a week of heavier foods, salads, fish, and brothy soups just sound so right to me.
While these recipes aren't new, I thought you might appreciate having a few ideas for taking it down a notch this week. Above is one of my favorite salads, Grilled Salmon with Greens and Avocado. Warm salmon, cool greens, and a mustard vinaigrette hit the spot in any season.
Oooh, a Minnesota blizzard! Despite a reputation for otherwise, blizzards don't happen all that often 'round these parts, so it's rather a big deal. And fun! At least if you're inside, well-stocked, with a stack of good movies or books.
I happened to have chicken, chicken stock, and a few vegetables in the fridge, so made up this hearty chowder.
It's topped off with crisped cured pork, crunchy homemade croutons, and a coddled egg. What could be more soul-satisfying? Make it tonight when you read more.
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