Saturday, January 9, 2010

Cold Weather Comfort Food

The kids had their first snow day the other day. I'm pretty convinced that the only reason they cancelled school was because the snow was going to be falling during the morning commute - and therefore the roads would not have been cleared yet. Because, the next day there was much more snow on the ground and school was in session.

I plan the menus for the house monthly - so it was a bit serendipitous that chili was on the menu for that day. I put it all in a crock pot early in the day and we enjoyed the nice hearty warm meal for dinner. I even got a "We love your chili!" comment - which, of course, makes this cooks heart smile.

My super-simple chili recipe (which is probably why they like it as they're not big on fancy stuff)

2 lbs ground beef, browned
1 onion, chopped
2 cans tomato sauce
2 cans chili beans in mild sauce
chili powder to taste

I cooked it on the crock pot on low for about five hours.

Add-ons of choice: mustard, cheese, onions, crumbled saltines, jalapenos, hot sauce

What's your favorite cold-weather comfort food? As I'm fairly certain I'm in for some more snowy days.

(Note: the picture is from Day 8 of my Project 365. There is a link to my flickr set with all of my photos on the sidebar.)


  1. well it's not a meal, but hot chocolate for sure!

    I also like a big bowl of homemade-from-scratch chicken noodle soup, with huge egg noodles... and homemade tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches is always nice too :)

  2. I really like oden, but your kids probably wouldn't eat it. ;)

    Lately I've been making your potato soup recipe that you posted a while ago (that you broke down how much it cost) whenever it gets cold out. Serve that with some crusty bread and nice cheese and I'm good to go. :) (Not the healthiest meal, but tasty.)

  3. I love a good chili. I started making brocolli and cheese soup late last year. It's a fav around here.

  4. I guess I should have called it Brocolli Cheddar soup....cause thinking about my brocolli and cheese floating in soup...ew not what I was going for.