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Comfort Food on a Cold Winter Day

2/3/2010 12:23:31 PM

Tags: Pie crust, Lard, Potato soup, Whole wheat bread

A photo of Lori Dunn with pet squirrelsLarge snowflakes are falling heavily, quickly turning the world outside to a sparkling, clean winter wonderland. It is the kind of day that one simply needs to grab a good book and snuggle into a warm throw blanket to be content. These kind of days call for hearty comfort food!

A great start is homemade wheat bread with buttered crust! YUM! I make my breads using my bread machine. It makes life easier. I use the dough setting to mix all the ingredients, and then I remove the dough from the bread machine, punch it down, and form my loaf in whatever shape I feel like. I then put it on my baking stone and let it rise in a warm place, and bake. There is nothing in the world like the smell of home made bread baking! I try to use as many of the whole grain flours as possible in my cooking and baking, so I sometimes do some experimenting with ingredients. Here is the whole wheat recipe I used. This is for a 2 pound loaf.

Homemade wheat bread with a buttered crust

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup cottage cheese
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups white flour
2 teaspoon active dry yeast

This is stiffer and firmer dough because it uses more whole wheat flour than regular flour. I baked mine at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, but you might need to adjust that a bit for your own oven. It could probably be baked at a higher temp for a darker crust. When it’s done, I like to rub the crust with butter while it is still warm. You will hardly be able to wait for it to cool enough to cut!

Homemade potato soup

Now, how about some home made potato soup to go along with that bread? I peel and cut my potatoes into cubes. I then fry them in lard. Yes, I said lard! See Jean’s recent post. There is nothing like fried potatoes done in lard! Fry them to whatever level of softness you like them. For this particular soup, I seasoned the potatoes with pepper, parsley, and chicken seasoning. While the potatoes were frying, I put a can of cream of chicken soup in my slow cooker, and added milk. I had some leftover chicken that I added also. I turned that on low to start heating. When the potatoes were done, I added them to the cream of chicken base I prepared, and left that heat through. Once it is heated all the way, it’s ready to eat.

Apple pie crust made with lard

What shall we have for dessert? I think apple pie would hit the spot!

My grandma used to use lard to make her pie crusts all the time, and they were delicious! I decided I would use some lard to make my crusts, but I wanted to try something new. What would it be like to use some whole wheat flour and a little bit of ground flax seed in my crust? I was about to find out. This is the pie crust recipe that I used.

1 cup of white flour
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1/4 cup of ground flax seed
2/3 cup of lard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold water

Piece of apple pie using wheat flour and lard

For the apples I used my own home canned apple pie filling. The results may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I was very pleased. The crust has a fuller, heartier flavor. I will use it again.

If you have any special recipes that warm you on a cold winter day, please share. I’d love to hear them!



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florencebarb
12/13/2011 1:37:08 PM
Hello there I was reading your blog and find it very enjoyable... I saw a blog in ther from Ashton about your mom's tomato sauce ..any chance of getting that recipe to all of us??:)

Lori
2/16/2010 1:31:22 PM
Nebraska Dave, I'm happy to hear you are finally going to have a blog of your own here at GRIT! I can't wait to read it, and what great things you'll have to tell us all about! This trips sounds like a great adventure! I hope you have a fun and productive time, and stay safe!

Nebraska Dave
2/16/2010 10:35:53 AM
Lori, yes, I know it’s over due that I should request a blog here on the Grit website. I’ve been coat-tailing the blogs here long enough. Thank you for encouraging me to get with and apply for one. I applied for a blog and if accepted it will be out soon. I will be leaving in just a couple hours on an eleven day trip to Nicaragua so I won’t be able to respond to comments if it appears on the website before returning. A friend of mine bought a van to give to a mission church with an attached school there in Nicaragua. We will be driving the van through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and into Nicaragua. It’s about a 2500 mile trip from where I live. It should be quite an interesting trip for sure. I hope it’s not as exciting as shooing off a bear from a tree stand. Keep those recipes coming. I did find some Smart Balance peanut butter and right next to Smart Balance was Smucker’s Natural peanut butter which by reading the labels was almost better than the Smart Balance. When I get back home, I am definitely going to make the peanut-oatmeal balls in you blog entry. The simple recipes are usually the best. Thanks so much for sharing all the good eating in your life.

Mountain Woman
2/10/2010 12:08:17 PM
Oh my goodness, I'm watching the snow fly around the windows and thinking your wonderful goodies are just what I need to stay warm. Thanks so much for sharing the recipes and the photos too! Yummy.

Lori
2/5/2010 1:09:17 PM
Nebraska Dave, I will take some of the credit for my daughter's cooking abilities, but I can't take all the credit. My mom is a very good cook, and my Grandma is known around these parts for being a wonderful cook. Her favorite past time is feeding people! Ashten's mother-in-law is also a wonderful cook, so I can't take all the credit!

Lori
2/5/2010 12:56:09 PM
Ashten, Don't worry, you aren't the only person having a few problems with the submit button lately! Thanks for sharing all the recipes! You've made me hungry for spaghetti squash! You mention the cookbook you just brought me (on the list of one of my best all time gifts). I was just sitting here deciding which recipe I was going to try first! They all sound so yummy! I think it's going to be something from the dessert section! I'll let you know what I decide, and how it turns out!

Nebraska Dave
2/5/2010 12:14:52 PM
Lori, did Ashten learn her cooking skills from you? Goodness you folks eat well. I copied those recipes to my recipe folder. Who needs a cook book just hang out on the Grit blogs for awhile. Your idea with the cook stove is great. One of my friends lives in rural Iowa and had to deal with an electrical outage for five days. It was right in the heart of a cold spell. They had installed a real good cast iron wood heat stove in the living area. During the power outage not only did the stove keep the house at a tolerable 50 degrees, but since it had a slate top served as a cook stove. Surviving without electricity is just better with a nice hot bowl of stew or a fried egg. Granted cooking was a little slower than usual but hey what else is there to do with out TV, computers, or cell phones. We had about five more inches of snow. It covered up all the dirty snow and I’m back to enjoying the Winter again. It was a wet snow so it stuck to the trees in the most beautiful way. My backyard looks just like an expensive Winter painting. Those weather guys are promising more over the next couple days. I’m ready for Spring but I do enjoy the scenery right after a new snow has fallen. Everything is so clean and fresh.

Nebraska Dave
2/5/2010 12:13:59 PM
Lori, did Ashten learn her cooking skills from you? Goodness you folks eat well. I copied those recipes to my recipe folder. Who needs a cook book just hang out on the Grit blogs for awhile. Your idea with the cook stove is great. One of my friends lives in rural Iowa and had to deal with an electrical outage for five days. It was right in the heart of a cold spell. They had installed a real good cast iron wood heat stove in the living area. During the power outage not only did the stove keep the house at a tolerable 50 degrees, but since it had a slate top served as a cook stove. Surviving without electricity is just better with a nice hot bowl of stew or a fried egg. Granted cooking was a little slower than usual but hey what else is there to do with out TV, computers, or cell phones. We had about five more inches of snow. It covered up all the dirty snow and I’m back to enjoying the Winter again. It was a wet snow so it stuck to the trees in the most beautiful way. My backyard looks just like an expensive Winter painting. Those weather guys are promising more over the next couple days. I’m ready for Spring but I do enjoy the scenery right after a new snow has fallen. Everything is so clean and fresh.

Ashten
2/5/2010 12:11:40 PM
This is the last recipe I promise! I recently bought mom (Lori) and I this wonderful cookbook called "Healthy Choices: No sugar, No white flour. No artificial anything." It was put together by a group of women who call themselves the "Keepers at Home." The recipes are healthy and delicious. In flipping through the book, I found a Shoofly Cake recipe...I LOVE shoofly cake because it's so moist and flavorful...it's the way cake should be...as I tell my mom, "cake should stick to your insides on the way down" :D I just made this last night for supper dessert and Deron and I both really like it! Susan's Shoofly Cake Ing: *3 C. whole wheat flour *1 C. oat flour (I didn't have oat flour, so I used old fashioned oats instead and that worked fine...just added a little texture!) *1/2 C oil *1 C sucanat (I didn't have any sucanat either, so I just used organic sugar) *3 tsp baking powder *1 C milk *1 C molasses (I used the blackstrap molasses...o so rich!) *1 C boiling water *1/2 tsp salt *vanilla Dir: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 cake pan. Mix first 5 ingredients. Save 1 cup for topping. Then add the rest and mix well. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon to the topping before sprinkling on cake. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy! I did two separate smaller cakes since it's just Deron and I. And I froze one for later. That will be a nice treat someday soon when I don't have time to bake but have a hankerin' for something sweet and thick!

Ashten
2/5/2010 12:09:20 PM
I'm so sorry, that last one didn't give the little green message it usually does to say it had been published so I kept pushing the submit button! So sorry!

Ashten
2/5/2010 12:07:54 PM
This is the last recipe I promise! I recently bought mom (Lori) and I this wonderful cookbook called "Healthy Choices: No sugar, No white flour. No artificial anything." It was put together by a group of women who call themselves the "Keepers at Home." The recipes are healthy and delicious. In flipping through the book, I found a Shoofly Cake recipe...I LOVE shoofly cake because it's so moist and flavorful...it's the way cake should be...as I tell my mom, "cake should stick to your insides on the way down" :D I just made this last night for supper dessert and Deron and I both really like it! Susan's Shoofly Cake Ing: *3 C. whole wheat flour *1 C. oat flour (I didn't have oat flour, so I used old fashioned oats instead and that worked fine...just added a little texture!) *1/2 C oil *1 C sucanat (I didn't have any sucanat either, so I just used organic sugar) *3 tsp baking powder *1 C milk *1 C molasses (I used the blackstrap molasses...o so rich!) *1 C boiling water *1/2 tsp salt *vanilla Dir: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 cake pan. Mix first 5 ingredients. Save 1 cup for topping. Then add the rest and mix well. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon to the topping before sprinkling on cake. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy! I did two separate smaller cakes since it's just Deron and I. And I froze one for later. That will be a nice treat someday soon when I don't have time to bake but have a hankerin' for something sweet and thick!

Ashten
2/5/2010 12:07:53 PM
This is the last recipe I promise! I recently bought mom (Lori) and I this wonderful cookbook called "Healthy Choices: No sugar, No white flour. No artificial anything." It was put together by a group of women who call themselves the "Keepers at Home." The recipes are healthy and delicious. In flipping through the book, I found a Shoofly Cake recipe...I LOVE shoofly cake because it's so moist and flavorful...it's the way cake should be...as I tell my mom, "cake should stick to your insides on the way down" :D I just made this last night for supper dessert and Deron and I both really like it! Susan's Shoofly Cake Ing: *3 C. whole wheat flour *1 C. oat flour (I didn't have oat flour, so I used old fashioned oats instead and that worked fine...just added a little texture!) *1/2 C oil *1 C sucanat (I didn't have any sucanat either, so I just used organic sugar) *3 tsp baking powder *1 C milk *1 C molasses (I used the blackstrap molasses...o so rich!) *1 C boiling water *1/2 tsp salt *vanilla Dir: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 cake pan. Mix first 5 ingredients. Save 1 cup for topping. Then add the rest and mix well. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon to the topping before sprinkling on cake. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy! *I did two separate smaller cakes since it's just Deron and I. And I froze one for later...that will be a nice treat someday soon when I don't have time to bake but have a hankerin' for something sweet and thick!

Ashten
2/5/2010 12:07:02 PM
This is the last recipe I promise! I recently bought mom (Lori) and I this wonderful cookbook called "Healthy Choices: No sugar, No white flour. No artificial anything." It was put together by a group of women who call themselves the "Keepers at Home." The recipes are healthy and delicious. In flipping through the book, I found a Shoofly Cake recipe...I LOVE shoofly cake because it's so moist and flavorful...it's the way cake should be...as I tell my mom, "cake should stick to your insides on the way down" :D I just made this last night for supper dessert and Deron and I both really like it! Susan's Shoofly Cake Ing: *3 C. whole wheat flour *1 C. oat flour (I didn't have oat flour, so I used old fashioned oats instead and that worked fine...just added a little texture!) *1/2 C oil *1 C sucanat (I didn't have any sucanat either, so I just used organic sugar) *3 tsp baking powder *1 C milk *1 C molasses (I used the blackstrap molasses...o so rich!) *1 C boiling water *1/2 tsp salt *vanilla Dir: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 cake pan. Mix first 5 ingredients. Save 1 cup for topping. Then add the rest and mix well. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon to the topping before sprinkling on cake. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy! I did two separate smaller cakes since it's just Deron and I. And I froze one for later. That will be a nice treat someday soon when I don't have time to bake but have a hankerin' for something sweet and thick!

Ashten
2/5/2010 12:06:54 PM
This is the last recipe I promise! I recently bought mom (Lori) and I this wonderful cookbook called "Healthy Choices: No sugar, No white flour. No artificial anything." It was put together by a group of women who call themselves the "Keepers at Home." The recipes are healthy and delicious. In flipping through the book, I found a Shoofly Cake recipe...I LOVE shoofly cake because it's so moist and flavorful...it's the way cake should be...as I tell my mom, "cake should stick to your insides on the way down" :D I just made this last night for supper dessert and Deron and I both really like it! Susan's Shoofly Cake Ing: *3 C. whole wheat flour *1 C. oat flour (I didn't have oat flour, so I used old fashioned oats instead and that worked fine...just added a little texture!) *1/2 C oil *1 C sucanat (I didn't have any sucanat either, so I just used organic sugar) *3 tsp baking powder *1 C milk *1 C molasses (I used the blackstrap molasses...o so rich!) *1 C boiling water *1/2 tsp salt *vanilla Dir: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 cake pan. Mix first 5 ingredients. Save 1 cup for topping. Then add the rest and mix well. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon to the topping before sprinkling on cake. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy! *I did two separate smaller cakes since it's just Deron and I. And I froze one for later...that will be a nice treat someday soon when I don't have time to bake but have a hankerin' for something sweet and thick!

Ashten
2/5/2010 12:05:55 PM
This is the last recipe I promise! I recently bought mom (Lori) and I this wonderful cookbook called "Healthy Choices: No sugar, No white flour. No artificial anything." It was put together by a group of women who call themselves the "Keepers at Home." The recipes are healthy and delicious. In flipping through the book, I found a Shoofly Cake recipe...I LOVE shoofly cake because it's so moist and flavorful...it's the way cake should be...as I tell my mom, "cake should stick to your insides on the way down" :D I just made this last night for supper dessert and Deron and I both really like it! Susan's Shoofly Cake Ing: *3 C. whole wheat flour *1 C. oat flour (I didn't have oat flour, so I used old fashioned oats instead and that worked fine...just added a little texture!) *1/2 C oil *1 C sucanat (I didn't have any sucanat either, so I just used organic sugar) *3 tsp baking powder *1 C milk *1 C molasses (I used the blackstrap molasses...o so rich!) *1 C boiling water *1/2 tsp salt *vanilla Dir: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 cake pan. Mix first 5 ingredients. Save 1 cup for topping. Then add the rest and mix well. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon to the topping before sprinkling on cake. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy! *I did two separate smaller cakes since it's just Deron and I. And I froze one for later...that will be a nice treat someday soon when I don't have time to bake but have a hankerin' for something sweet and thick!

Ashten
2/5/2010 11:56:59 AM
Recipe #4: Chocolate Applesauce Cake :) One of my FAVORITES! Ing: *1 1/2 C sugar *1/2 C oil *2 eggs *2 C. applesauce *2 C flour (I use whole wheat) *1 1/2 tsp baking soda *1/2 tsp salt *1/2 tsp cinnamin *2 Tbsp cocoa *1 C. mini chocolate chips Dir: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 cake pan/dish. In a large bowl, mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients. Pour into cake pan/dish. Cover top with layer of mini chocolate chips. Bake 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. This is one of my most favorite recipes...it's sentimental because it's one of the desserts my husband's mom used to make when we were dating; but I also love this recipe because it is SO easy, SO fast, and SO delicious! It doesn't require icing, so if you're having company and need a quick dessert, this is a very yummy substantial one! And I'm not a big icing person...but I love cake...so this is right up my alley. I hope you'll try it, you won't be sorry!

Ashten
2/5/2010 11:42:46 AM
Recipe #3: Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti :) Ing: *1 Spaghetti Squash *1/2 head cauliflour *1 head broccoli *1 qt. spaghetti sauce (I use my homemade sauce made according to my Grammy's AMAZING delicious recipe) *1 6oz can tomato paste *parmesean cheese (opt.) Dir: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut spaghetti squash in half (this can sometimes be a chore-make sure you're using a good knife!). Remove seeds from core of squash halves. fill a jelly roll pan with about 1/4" full with water. Place squash halves, fruit-side down/skin side up in the pan. Bake in oven 1 hour or until squash can be easily scraped from rind using a fork or large spoon. Place squash "spahetti" in a bowl and set to the side. In a large skillet, steam cauliflour and broccoli until softened. Drain excess water. Pour spaghetti sauce and tomato paste in skillet stirring well to mix in tomato paste. Let simmer on low heat until sauce is warmed. Add spaghetti squash, mix well. Top with parmesean cheese. Enjoy! Very easy and DELICIOUS vegetable delight! Goes very well with the baked chicken dish!

Ashten
2/5/2010 11:31:12 AM
Recipe # 2: Easy Baked Chicken Breast: Ing: *Boneless chicken breast (as many as you need for your family) *olive oil *lemon juice *Montreal chicken seasoning Dir: Preaheat oven to 400 degrees. In baking dish(es) that will be used for baking chicken, coat bottom of dish with thin layer of olive oil. Add thin layer of lemon juice. Sprinkle with Montreal seasoning. Lay chicken breast flat on cutting board, press down with hand, cut in half length-wise so you have two thinner chicken breast pieces. Lay thinned pieces in baking dish. Top pieces with thin layer of olive oil, thin layer of lemon juice, and Montreal seasoning to taste. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked. This recipe is so delicious and easy. It makes normally-dry chicken breast nice and juicy and it's a quick meal idea. We've also used the olive-oil, lemon juice, Montreal seasoning mix as a marinade before grilling. Enjoy!

Ashten
2/5/2010 11:20:47 AM
O boy to I have some wonderful comfort food recipes for you!! DELICIOUS CREAMY mac and cheese: Ing: *1 2/3 C dry small elbow whole wheat macaroni, cooked and drained *2 Tbsp cornstarch *1 tsp salt *1/2 tsp dry mustard *1/4 tsp ground black pepper *1 12 oz. can evaporated milk (this is the ing. that makes it so wonderfully creamy!) *1 C. water *2 Tbsp butter *2 C shredded cheddar cheese, divided Dir: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 2 quart casserole dish. Combine cornstarch, salt, justard and pepper in medium saucepan. Stir in evaporated milk, water, and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese until melted. Add macaroni; mix well. Pour into prepared casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and light brown. *My husband, Deron, and I like french fried onions on top too...and we always serve this with stewed tomatoes...Deron's fave! :)

Lori
2/5/2010 7:16:40 AM
Cindy, The cream of asparagus soup would be yummy! Any cream soup would work. I love mac and cheese and spaghetti. Chances are if it contains pasta, I'm going to love it! The only reason we don't grill in the winter is because we don't have covered porches. We keep our grill in the basement, and it would just be to much of a pain to pull it out. Someday when we get a roof over the porch, that will change. We are supposed to be getting a hefty amount of snow starting later today and going into tomorrow late afternoon so I'll be making more comfort food for this weekend. Who knows, maybe someday I'll bundle up and brave the cold to try you're skiing. After eating a hearty meal, the cold might not feel so bad! How hard is it to ski with a camera hanging around your neck?? :)

Cindy Murphy
2/5/2010 6:36:40 AM
Oh! That homemade bread and potato soup looks oh-so-good! And the soup sounds so easy to make - much easier than some of the potato soup recipes I've tried in the past. Thanks for the recipe, Lori! I'm going to have to give it a try, but will probably substitute cream of asparagus soup for the cream of chicken - I don't care for the little fake tasting chunks of chicken in the latter. Same mixture - cream of asparagus soup, left-over chicken, and a mix of veggies go in my chicken pot pies too, definitely another comfort food. Mac and cheese, Hubs' chicken soup, spaghetti are other biggies in the comfort line. And a big, juicy hamburger with the works, of course. We are winter-time grillers, (Hubs has steaks thawing for this weekend). Our side porch is covered, so it's not too bad unless there's an east wind blowing. Keith has been known to shovel a place to stand around the grill. Our neighbor has the best set-up....he pulls the grill right up to the sliding door on his deck, and grills from the comfort of inside, while the grill is still outside!

Lori
2/4/2010 5:54:43 AM
Nebraska Dave, When I first got my bread machine, I baked the bread in it as it calls for. Like you, I wasn't altogether pleased with the way it baked but the recipe book that came with it has some wonderful bread recipes that are delicious. For me, the messy and time consuming part of making bread is the mixing of the dough, so I thought why not let the bread machine do the hard part, then just pull it out and bake it myself. The wheat bread recipe above is from that book, but I made some adjustments with the flour types. The weather man is calling for snow in our forecast. 5-10 inches, or 6-12 inches, depending on who you listen to. Looks like I'll be baking some more bread! We are thinking about putting in a cook stove. We have a wood burning fireplace in our family room, but it is more for decoration purposes than practical ones. It isn't a good heat source, so we're considering taking it out and putting a cook stove in it's place. I'm very excited about it because I love cooking on a cook stove. I will have to learn how to regulate the oven heat to bake in it, but home baked bread done in a cook stove...I can smell it now! Thanks for your well wishes, 2010 has been good to us thus far!

Nebraska Dave
2/3/2010 6:38:44 PM
Lori, Oh my word can I come live at your house? I’d work for food. Just kidding. Bread, potato soup, and apple pie are all my favorite foods. I’ve been looking for a bread recipe with cottage cheese and honey in it and, what do you know, here it is. I thought it interesting that you used your bread machine to mix the dough and then let the dough rise and bake the bread the old fashion way. I had a bread machine once and really didn’t like the way it baked the bread but didn’t think to just use it to mix the dough. That’s a great way to use technology to make life easier. Makes me wish I had the machine back. We had another inch of that lovely white stuff here with the promise of several more inches on the way. The saving grace is that there’s only 42 days until Spring which would be exactly 6 weeks until Spring. I guess the hog (Punxsutawney Phil) got it right. From the looks of old Phil, they need to restrict his caloric intake a little. Did someone mention grilling out. There are those here in Nebraska that don’t let a little snow or cold weather keep them from searing a steak or barbequing chicken on the barbie. I don’t happen to be one of those, but I have friends that do and on occasion I get invited to partake. Oh and by the way, Lori, I don’t think I could ever get sick of your blogs. It is good to see you back blogging again. I really hope this year is much much better than the ending of last year.

Lori
2/3/2010 5:03:40 PM
Caleb, There is nothing like the taste of food done on the grill, and the smell is to die for! So what if it's cold outside. The heat from the grill can help keep you warm!

cregan
2/3/2010 4:31:27 PM
Mouthwatering. Your photos are beautiful. Food that warms on a cold winter day, hmmm ... my friends usually give me grief when it starts to warm up because, even if there's snow on the ground, I've been seen standing over the charcoal grill in temperatures just above freezing. Whatever the weather, some squash and zucchini with olive oil and various meats cooked over charcoal always comfort me. I like the taste, but the smell is unmistakable. With falling snow, though, that might be pushing it. I think I just found a new potato soup recipe.



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