Several months ago I started looking for some creative inspiration just in case . . . if I ever cook again. I actually found quite a few recipes that I thought might give me a bit of motivation to try something new, so I pinned them on my Pinterest page. One of our favorites was the Broccoli Cheese Soup which is a copy cat version of the creamy, yummy soup that you can get at Panera Bread restaurants. My whole family loves it, and it really is pretty easy to make. You just have to be very careful not to scorch the milk / cream base while getting it hot enough to melt the cheese. I think I’ve gotten that one down, as we now make it every couple of weeks. It is perfect for a cold, winter night with a big loaf of French herb bread. It has broccoli in it so there’s really no need for an additional vegetable, but the other night we had a couple of fresh zucchini in the fridge so we sliced them up and steamed them. They were great . . . except one of my girls (not telling which one!) put a little bit too much garlic on them, but they were still really good. #ColdWeatherMeals #HomeMattersParty
So this week I thought it would be fun to find a few more new ideas for cold weather meals / winter soup recipes for the Home Matters Linky Party #172, since my last daring adventure in cooking had been so successful. Here are some of my favorites! One is another version of the tried and true winter chili, which is another one that I’ve made for a long time and I’m pretty good at it, but maybe it’s time to add a little more pizzazz to my chili. And then when I found the skillet spiced apple and cranberry crumble, well I couldn’t pass that one up, even though it’s not soup. But I’m thinking it will be pretty easy and apples are easy to come by all year long, and it looks delicious!
If you are growing a little weary of cooking the same ol’ same ol’ stuff week after week, here are a few ideas that might pull you out of your cooking slump . . . so come on and join me, and I just might decide to cook again!
One of our favorite dishes, all year long, is my old fashioned cornbread taco bake. This one looks similar, but with a little different twist, so it will be fun to give this one a try soon. There are about a million different ways to fix hamburger, and I’m glad for that! It is easy to pull out of the freezer in the morning and by supper time I can whip up a batch of spaghetti, or shepherd’s pie, or cornbread taco bake or, now, I can also make this cornbread hamburger pie. If you want the recipe, please visit She Knows where you’ll find this recipe as well as a bunch of other great one-pot winter meals.
Now here’s a winter soup that reminds me of what my mama used to call “Slumgullion” or some sort of thing, meaning you open up the fridge, take out all of the leftovers that haven’t spoiled yet, and make soup out of it. This one has a whole bunch of stuff it it (and I’m pretty sure you could substitute whatever you find in YOUR fridge!) in a creamy white soup base that is similar to the base that I use for the Broccoli Cheese soup. Toss in some cauliflower, chopped onion, potatoes, mushrooms, and whatever else sounds good or is handy, and top it with some shredded cheese and croutons, and there you have a brand-new soup from all the stuff that was just sitting there all alone in the back of the fridge. Pop on over to AllRecipes for this recipe and lots more winter recipes.
I’m thinking this one is yummy to eat as it is pretty to look at! A simple combination of winter fruits with some spices, all tumbled together in a skillet until it is warm and toasty. Over ice cream, wouldn’t that be the perfect ending to your next winter supper? We need to give this one a try on the weekend, maybe with one of the soups or even that cornbread hamburger pie. Can’t wait for Saturday night! If you want to try this Skillet Spiced Apple and Cranberry Crumble visit the Organic Authority website for this and lots of other winter recipes.
However you make chili for your family, there’s always a new idea that might spice things up a bit. Even if you’ve made yours the same way for years and years, or you might have even won first prize at last year’s Chili Cook Off, why not try something new next time? I’m definitely going to try this one out for my family – add some shredded cheese and a spoonful of sour cream, and they will all be happy! We like to serve corn muffins with our chili, but whatever your family likes best, they will have fun with a new twist on an old-fashioned recipe. You can find the complete recipe for this Hearty Winter Chili and lots of other winter recipes at The Spruce.
I hope you can join us this week for the #Home Matters Party and connect with some of the other bloggers who participate. Visit some of them, make new friends, and find lots of new creative inspiration for your home and family. Hope to see you there!
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