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Comfort and Comfort Food 
Nov. 30, 2010 5:09 am 
Updated: Dec. 5, 2010 5:25 pm
Its nearly time for our quarterly shopping trip. This time with limited funds, due to a recent visit to California family.
Its cold, in the 20's and when the wind blows the chill factor is sub zero. Our heater is in Boise, being repaired so its a tad chilly inside the little rock house here at the ranch.

There is pork, beef, chicken breasts, some lamb and some venison in the freezer. The numb chilling cold has frozen my brain, so I am looking for some suggestions for comfort food for the next several weeks. A second trip MIGHT be in order due to current finances, as much as I hate the 4-5 hour drive to the grocery store!!

Of course soups, stews, chili and bread are on the list. What else do YOU make, when its beyond cold out?
Nov. 30, 2010 6:08 am
Bread, bread, and more bread! Gumbo too!
Nov. 30, 2010 8:26 am
Chicken and dumplings and chicken pot pie...
Nov. 30, 2010 9:00 am
When it's very cold, I'll fix a summer style meal. If the wind isn't too bad, I'll charbroil some steaks or kebobs. Family has questioned my sanity but is very willing to reap the reward.
Nov. 30, 2010 9:57 am
I LOVE kebabs...but its only about 18 degrees outside and Randyman objects to my sending him out there to BBQ LOL
Nov. 30, 2010 9:57 am
chix and dumplings sounds good today
Nov. 30, 2010 9:59 am
homemade bread will be frequent fare!
Nov. 30, 2010 1:42 pm
Do you have a fireplace? When my kids were younger and it got really cold we'd have an indoor picnic. We'd make a roaring fire and have hobo pies, hot dogs, s'mores, baked beans, potato salad whatever we had on hand. Then we'd eat in the livingroom enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Nov. 30, 2010 2:17 pm
no, unfortunately we don't. In fact, at the moment, we don't even have a heater! I have been wearing long johns and gloves in the house until the boss picks one up and brings it home tomorrow!
Nov. 30, 2010 6:17 pm
Oh I feel for you and the roads in Boise are so bad tonight it's probably a good thing you didn't have to make that drive today. I do hope you get warm soon.
Nov. 30, 2010 8:25 pm
Oh man Petey, I know that cold and it's miserable. It was like that here last week and over the holiday I was in the Seattle area and it was cold and snowy out at my brothers place. Lovely to look at but just a might bit chilly when we had temps in the 80's a month ago. How about a big pan of enchiladas in this cold? Nothing like a little heat from the inside to warm things up.
Nov. 30, 2010 9:28 pm
Nothing like home made meat sauce and spaghetti. After reading your blogs, I am sure you have a FANTASTIC recipe.
Dec. 1, 2010 2:19 am
Enchiladas sound so good right now!...spaghetti and garlic is pretty enticing as well. I might just eat a lot then hibernate this winter!
Dec. 4, 2010 1:44 pm
Oh my gosh! I'd go nuts if the nearest grocery store was that far away!
Dec. 5, 2010 5:25 pm
Baked sweet potatoes that can be topped with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon Chicken pot pie Waffles with hot syrup and coffee
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