We got a little snow yesterday! My dog Ruby had the chance to experience snow for the first time, and she loved it as much as I do. My friends in NY would probably give me the evil eye for saying this, but I miss snow. We sometimes get a little bit in Seattle, and I enjoy every 1/2 inch of it. I know, I know, there is something about too much of a good thing, so I won't blame all of those who've had more than their fair share of snow this year for thinking this is a ridiculous statement. But before you attempt to throw something at me, just here me out.
I fully admit to having a strong desire to hibernate in the winter. Snow always seems to make things quieter and prettier (at least at first), and (other than playing in it for a little while), it's a great excuse to stay inside and curl up with a good book and a blanket. It's also a really good excuse for me to make some of my favorite cold weather recipes. For me, cooking is easier in the winter mostly because I'm okay with being inside cooking, but also because it's colder so working up a sweat in the kitchen is far more comfortable than it is with high summer heat and humidity. I have my favorite summer foods and traditions too, but winter is for warmth and comfort.
Of course, Haiti has a tropical climate, so these dishes do get eaten in warm weather. However, I prefer some things in the winter, and there are a couple of soups and drinks that make my list as winter comfort foods. I think I've mentioned my mom's pumpkin soup before, but I'm not quite ready to share a recipe on that one yet. Some of my other personal favorites are Bouyon (beef stew) and hot chocolate, both of which will be making an appearance on this blog in the next few weeks.
I know it's the middle of winter, and most of you are way past over it, but hopefully the recipes will give you some new reasons to appreciate the cold.