While a New Year brings a sense of rejuvenation and hope, it also means we are in the middle of winter. While it will be spring in just a few months, we have to get through the cold and gloom of the winter first. Luckily, we have a few comfort food ideas to help you to get through those winter blues. Stop by The City Market to purchase the ingredients you will need to try cook these recipes at home, and we guarantee you will feel right as rain in no time.
Everybody has a favourite chili recipe – and there’s no better time than winter to pull out your go-to chili recipe and cook up a batch for your household. While the foundation of chili consists of tomato or chili sauce (whichever you prefer), chili beans, meat (ground beef or chicken work great), and chili powder, the beauty of chili is that there is a lot of flexibility when it comes to cooking chili to your own liking. Want to make it a little spicy? Consider adding chopped jalapenos or your favourite spicy pepper. Want it to taste a little saucier? Add a combination of tomato and chili sauce to truly bring out the flavor.
Prefer a garlic taste in your chili? Add minced fresh garlic. Like a variety of meat in your chili? Consider implementing ground beef, turkey, and chicken to the mix. No matter what you add to your chili recipe, it’s hard to make chili taste bad as long as you include your chili foundation. Use this winter to perfect your chili recipe!
Another staple of winter comfort food, there’s nothing like a warm plate of meatloaf to warm your spirits. If you are looking for the perfect meatloaf recipe to cook at home, the blog Real Simple has an amazing meatloaf recipe that you are sure to cook more than once this winter season. Utilizing bacon to bring out the best in meatloaf along with jalapenos to give it a bit of spice (if you don’t like spicy food, it’s perfectly fine to omit the jalapenos), it may be the last meatloaf recipe you will ever need.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Try this recipe at home, and you will see why it has been a staple of the southern portion of the United States for generations. Country Living has a buttermilk fried chicken recipe that is to die for – and if it doesn’t help you to feel better about the winter season, nothing will! Using only buttermilk, eggs, sweet onions, chicken (obviously), self-rising flour, and canola oil, these few, simple ingredients yield one of the most delicious chicken dishes you will ever eat. While the recipe states adding bacon drippings is optional, we urge you to add them as they are a delicious touch to an already amazing dish!
The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
We featured this recipe last month in our Perfect Cookie Recipe For Santa post, but that doesn’t mean this recipe should be pulled out only at Christmas. Food blog Not Without Salt proclaims this recipe is the last chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever need, and after tasting these amazing cookies, we’re pretty sure they’re correct. Read last month’s post to learn everything you need to know about how to bake this amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s the perfect tasty treat to help you endure the winter season; with one bite, we think you will agree!