Like it or not, it's finally winter -- and you've got to eat. Winter Storm Jonas is expected to batter the Northeast this weekend, dropping two feet of snow and driving people indoors. It's the perfect chance to make that recipe you've been saving or whip up some of your favorite comfort foods.
Need some inspiration for some warm meals you can eat next to the fire or curled up under a blanket? Read on for five ideas for snow day food.
Snow pancakes. In a bowl, combine 2 cups of flour with 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 1 1/2 cups of milk and two eggs and stir well. Then fold in 1 1/2 cups of fresh snow and cook. The ice will make the batter fluffy, Granny Miller writes.
Beef stew. Here's a cold-weather classic that's easy to make. Just throw 1 1/2 pounds of beef stew meat, three diced potatoes, one diced onion, a bunch of baby carrots and some mushrooms into a crock pot. Add salt, pepper and a jar of gravy, then simmer for about eight hours, according to Betty Crocker's instructions. Serve when everything is tender.
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Cream biscuits. You'll eat so many of these hot off the tray it'll be impossible to feel cold. The Kitchn's recipe says to preheat the oven to 425 degrees, then combine 2 cups of flour, 2 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon of salt. Pour in a little over a cup of heavy cream, mix, and then add 1/4 cup more and mix again. Knead the dough, cut and cook for 15 minutes. Serve with jam or butter.
Macaroni and cheese. You'll want to lick the pasta pan. The New York Times recipe recommends you preheat the oven to 375 degrees, then get out your blender or food processor. Blend together 1 cup of cottage cheese, 2 cups of milk, 1 teaspoon of dry mustard, cayenne, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Mix the puree with most of a pound of grated cheddar cheese, saving a bit to scatter over the top at the end. Stir the puree-cheese into a half pound of macaroni noodles, put it all into a pan and cover with foil. Bake for a half hour. Pull it out, top with the extra cheese and some butter and cook for another 30 minutes. Let cool and dig in.
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Roasted chicken. This is complicated, but worth it. Using this FoodieCrush recipe, rinse and dry a whole chicken, then preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Mix together 4 tablespoons of softened butter, three minced garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons of lemon zest, salt, pepper and rosemary. Spread the mixture all over the chicken, making sure to put some under the skin. Season with salt and pepper. Stuff the chicken with half of a lemon, quartered onions, garlic and rosemary. Truss, or tie, the chicken according to these instructions. Put it in a roasting pan with a half cup of white wine, then roast for 30 minutes, baste and flip, then roast for 20 minutes, baste and flip, and roast for 20 more minutes. When the internal temperature is about 160 degrees, you're good to take the chicken out, remove the stuff from inside and carve.