The Cooking Chronicles: Cold Weather Comfort

It’s a little comical to me that every time I seem to get to posting about cold weather comfort foods, it actually ends up being unseasonably warm outside. Not that I’m complaining or anything – I’d welcome a continuation of such mild weather well into December! Anyway – should the temperatures start to drop again, I’ll likely be drawn again to dishes similar to the two below.

Potato and Leek Soup

A recipe for Molly Katzen’s potato and leek soup was a recent recommendation from Marilyn, and easily incorporated mostly local produce – leeks from Kuhlmann’s, potatoes from Greens, Eggs and Ham, carrots from Sundog Organic, and, well, celery from Superstore.

Potato and Leek Soup

Pureed soups look so much nicer in the pre-blender stage

I loved the consistency of the soup, achieved from the addition of milk instead of cream, and the ratio of the liquid to puree in this recipe. Sometimes I crave the stick-to-your-ribs kind of soup, but not on that night.

Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and leek soup

Chic Macaroni and Cheese

Though our favourite macaroni and cheese recipe is courtesy of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, I was curious about a recipe for chic macaroni and cheese that was printed in the Journal a few weeks ago – not only did it call for eggs, but evaporated milk instead of cream. The only modification I made was doubling the amount of pasta – it seemed a little absurd to use just 1.5 cups of macaroni to 6 cups of cheese.

Chic Macaroni and Cheese

Chic macaroni and cheese (I’ve got to get a new brand of panko – it never seems to brown for me)

The addition of eggs meant the macaroni and cheese resembled a casserole. It was cheesy, but not in the creamy, saucy way that I prefer (I realize it may also have had something to do with my cheese-to-pasta shift). It was all right, but next time the mac and cheese craving hits, you better believe I’ll be “Triple D”-ing it up again!

4 thoughts on “The Cooking Chronicles: Cold Weather Comfort

  1. Great recipes, Sharon!! I’ll definitely be trying them out – I love homemade soups!

    Btw, I’ve been a long-time fan of your blog and I just wanted to let you know you inspired me to start my own 🙂

  2. I’m so glad you liked the soup! I’m trying out a roasted veggie soup next with my winter market purchases (acorn squash, carrots, & parsnips from Khulmann’s & some other things from Safeway & Save-On). I’m sort of making it up, so wish me luck.

    What did you think of the market @ Churchill? I was there kinda early and it felt dead in the square itself…but Twitter made it seem much livelier close to the tree lighting. The closed white tents on that light-coloured stonework made it seem a little sensory-deprivation to me. I wish we could have a real Christmas market like in Germany.

  3. tricotmiss – good luck with your soup – with good produce, you can’t go wrong :).

    I’m going to write about the market this week – but I agree with you, I’m not a huge fan of the closed tents. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t want to be a vendor standing outside for 8 hours in the Edmonton winter either! Mack and I both thought all of the vendors would have easily fit inside City Hall though (even if it isn’t the ideal venue).

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