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.
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.
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.)