It’s COLD in most of the US — went from a warmish fall to icy winter in just a day!! It’s time to pull out my favorite cold weather recipes — foods that take a while to cook, warm up the boat, and stick to your ribs. Soups and stews are great and “warming up the boat” is always a good excuse for making a batch of cookies or loaf of homemade bread.
Here are some of my favorites, both on the website and in The Boat Galley Cookbook:
- Jambalaya — one of my favorite cold weather recipes, as it can cook for a while and the spiciness will warm up your insides, too. Also see The Boat Galley Cookbook, pages 183, 184 and 320 for other variations.
- Split Pea Soup — you can make it in a Thermos to take with you (click here or page 73 of TBGC) or cook it on the stove (same ingredients, simmer for an hour or more). For a real treat, serve with homemade bread.
- Homemade Bread — TBGC pages 386 to 404 contains many of my favorite recipes along with step by step instructions. I’ve also put together “Yeast Bread Making 101” (click here) here with 40+ photos to show the steps in detail. Don’t be intimidated — it’s really not that hard and the results are delicious!
- Whole Roast Chicken — I typically think of this as a boat-friendly substitute for a whole turkey on holidays, but the reality is that roast chicken with all the fixings — mashed potatoes, gravy, and so on — is wonderful on a cold day. Recipe here, TBGC page 278.
- Tuxedo Soup — black and white beans and chicken (maybe left over from that roast chicken??), slightly spicy — get the recipe here or TBGC page 168.
- Chili (TBGC page 169) or White Chicken Chili (TBGC page 180) — chili is a traditional cold weather favorite, and for good reason. One of our favorites! I particularly like the white chili as it’s a little bit different from “the usual” — great for guests!
- Homemade Spaghetti Sauce — with pasta or use it to make lasagna, a real cold-weather favorite! TBGC page 261.
- Roast Veggies — one of my favorites any time, but we have it probably three times a week when it’s cold out. Also makes a great (and healthy!) lunch. Here’s the recipe for making them in the Omnia Stove Top Oven and directions for doing them in a conventional oven are in TBGC page 193.
- Having guests over for happy hour? Think about a warm appetizer, such as Buffalo Wings Dip (recipe here or TBGC page 138 — it’s called Buffalo Chicken Dip in the cookbook), Reuben Dip (TBGC page 137) or Artichoke or Mushroom Dip (recipe here or TBGC page 141)
Don’t forget “boatmeal” (oatmeal on a boat — see here for an easy way to make it) for breakfast, and TBGC has recipes for many cakes and cookies that are designed to be made by hand — they are all wonderful in cold weather!