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Delicious Soup & Stew Recipes To Keep You Warm All Winter Long

Chris McBride

It was with a heavy heart yesterday morning that I watched Midtown Manhattan become enlaced with delicate white snow flakes. I realize there's nothing popular about not liking snow - I've been called a Grinch more times than I can count in my lifetime. You can blame it on my Texas roots or my inability to wear the proper shoes for trekking on ice, but it is something that I dread. There are certain things that make me forget about the bitter cold in the bleak midwinter though, and, in fact, bring me a smile when the world becomes icy. It will come as no surprise to friends, family and coworkers here at Alta Editions that these "certain things" involve food. Namely, soups and stews. 

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If there's one thing that makes a rough winter worth it, it's the excuse to indulge in a rich, creamy bowl of soup or to fill up on a hearty, purposeful stew. I would like to share eight soup and stew recipes that will warm you to the bone - and will certainly make even the pickiest eaters salivate. Pair these recipes with a crusty loaf of country bread to soak up every last drop. If you need further advice on how to enjoy soup perfectly, add a roaring fire, a John Hughes film and an heirloom quilt, and you'll be at peace. I guarantee it.

Pappa al Pomodoro: A rustic Tuscan tomato stew thickened by bread and enhanced by freshly cracked black pepper and fruity extra virgin olive oil.

Pappa al Pomodoro: A rustic Tuscan tomato stew thickened by bread and enhanced by freshly cracked black pepper and fruity extra virgin olive oil.

French Onion Soup with Roasted Bone Marrow: French onion soup with gruyere livened up with the unctuous, indulgent flavour of roasted bone marrow.

French Onion Soup with Roasted Bone Marrow: French onion soup with gruyere livened up with the unctuous, indulgent flavour of roasted bone marrow.

Crabe à la Toulonnaise: Decadent and buttery crab pairs well briny mussels, white pepper and a touch of cayenne.

Crabe à la Toulonnaise: Decadent and buttery crab pairs well briny mussels, white pepper and a touch of cayenne.

Pork and Tomatillo Stew: Packed with vegetables, this stew holds bright, deep flavors.

Pork and Tomatillo Stew: Packed with vegetables, this stew holds bright, deep flavors.

17 Generations of Maine Lobster or Fish Chowder: A creamy, rich chowder with potatoes, onions and salt pork.

17 Generations of Maine Lobster or Fish Chowder: A creamy, rich chowder with potatoes, onions and salt pork.

Butternut Squash Soup: A smooth, rich soup made with chicken stock and a whisper of Tabasco.

Butternut Squash Soup: A smooth, rich soup made with chicken stock and a whisper of Tabasco.

Mediterranean Fish Soup: A light, yet rich fish soup spiced with red chili flakes and saffron threads.

Mediterranean Fish Soup: A light, yet rich fish soup spiced with red chili flakes and saffron threads.

Tomato Consommé with Basil and Lemongrass: A light-bodied and pure blend of simple flavors, at once sweet and acidic.

Tomato Consommé with Basil and Lemongrass: A light-bodied and pure blend of simple flavors, at once sweet and acidic.

Have other soup or stew recipes that bring warmth to your household? Share them with us! 

And for more recipes to get you through this long winter, check out The Journey and Laurent Gras: My Provence. (I am currently obsessed with Katy Sparks' Mac and Five Cheeses with Cauliflower and Pumpkin Seed Crust in addition to Laurent Gras' Pork Chop en Papillote. Truly the only two things I cook for a pot luck as of late.)

 

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