Food. Mmmm. I do love to eat. I always try to eat things that are healthier for me, but once it starts to get colder (read: snow, sleet, and rain) around here, I can’t help but love some of my old staples.
1) Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup
My grandma taught my Mom, who taught me, how to make this chicken soup. It ends up being more like a bowl of noodles with a little bit of chicken and some broth, but making it from scratch is so satisfying and delicious. It really is the best bowl of soup you can have, and I crave it when I’m sick or when it gets chilly.
2) Apple Cider
While not really a food, a cup of hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick can always chase the chill away. If you are trying to avoid all the coffee shop calories that come with a suger-laden cup of apple cider, you can get organic versions at the grocery store, or buy some apple tea and enjoy it at home by the fireplace.
3) Pumpkin Pie/Lemon Meringue Pie
I love pumpkin, and pumpkins, and everything you can make with pumpkin. Pumpkin Pie is the only pie I can make, and one of my favourites to eat. My fiance jokes that because he doesn’t eat pumpkin, every year I end up making a pie entirely for myself. He’s not making that up.
But the pie that takes the cake (haha, I’m so funny) is my Aunt Sharon’s lemon meringue pie. Made from scratch and lovingly presented to me at any holiday or birthday, it is the most delicious dessert on the planet. Nobody makes a pie better than Aunt Sharon.
4) Stews (formerly chili)
I would say that chili is one of my favourite fall foods, but since being diagnosed with my severe allergies, anything chili is no longer an option. Ever. Ever ever. And without chili powder or pepper, chili becomes stew. Therefore, I’m embracing the stews!
5) Creamed Spinach
Taking me back to my Hungarian roots, and my Dad making dinner, is a creamed spinach recipe passed down generations. I make it often (usually when I have a box of spinach I can’t figure out how to use and don’t want to throw away), and it is SUCH a comfort food. With two slices of bread, a little milk, some garlic, and spinach – you can make a deliciously healthy dish and top it with some egg (or sausage). So, so good.
Things I’m craving right now (aka honourable mentions): pan fried mushrooms with tomatoes (another shout out to my parents), and squash anything.
This post made me realize how much I value family recipes, and how cooking is really something that can hold a family together. Tell me all about your fall favourites.