How To Chase Away A Cold Utah Winter Day
I'm impatient, no doubt about it. Once the Winter Solstice hits, and maybe Christmas, once that's come and gone it's time to not be winter anymore. I know, that's unreasonable. The hottest days of summer happen weeks after the solstice there. And there were days past where the cold weather was not an issue for me, but now, middle of February and I want it gone. I mean is it asking too much to throw us a 50 degree day one in a while?
But, despite my desire there are plenty of cold days still to come. This morning it was in the teens as I came here to work. It was also a whopping 1 above at Bryce Canyon City. So for those of us in the higher elevations of southern Utah, we will likely cope with cooler temperatures for at least a few more weeks.
Fortunately, there are lots of options for us to enjoy that can chase the cold away in the way of heart and body warming consumables.
Yesterday, when I got home from Sunday services, there was only one thing that I wanted to have, at that was a good old reliable bowl of soup.
Soup reigns supreme as the ultimate winter warmer. Whether it's a classic chicken noodle, a rich and creamy tomato bisque, or a spicy bowl of chili, soup provides instant comfort with every spoonful. Brimming with vegetables, protein, and flavorful spices, it's both soothing and satisfying, making it an ideal choice for a chilly day.
I tend to lean towards the tomato soup choice, but a good chicken noodle soup is as comforting as anything imaginable.
And chili is always a winner for me. But while some consider chili as a soup, I think it tends to be better classified as a stew, which is another great winter warm you up.
Stews are another beloved cold-weather staple, offering a hearty and substantial meal that warms you from the inside out. Tender chunks of meat, paired with hearty vegetables and simmered in a savory broth, create a dish that is as comforting as it is delicious. There's something undeniably comforting about a bubbling pot of stew simmering on the stove, filling the kitchen with irresistible aromas.
Casseroles offer a convenient and comforting option for busy winter days. Whether it's a classic macaroni and cheese, a cheesy potato gratin, or a hearty shepherd's pie, casseroles are the epitome of comfort food. With their layers of flavors and textures, they provide a one-dish meal that is guaranteed to warm you up on even the coldest of days.
And of course we can't help but to mention the warm beverages to chase away the cold. While not for me, the morning cup of coffee is more than a ritual on a cold winter morning, it's a jump starter. For those who don't drink coffee, hot drinks like hot chocolate, mulled cider, and spiced tea are the perfect way to warm up from the inside out. Not only do they provide warmth and comfort, but they also offer a delightful treat for the taste buds. While I will usually opt for the hot cocoa, my morning show partner has come to accept the fact that I will also have a hot cup of Tang on cold mornings.
And one more comfort food to warm up a cold day. Let's not forget about baked goods! Freshly baked bread, muffins, and cookies straight from the oven are a true indulgence on a cold winter day. The aroma of baking fills the house with warmth and anticipation, while the taste of a warm slice of bread or a gooey cookie is pure bliss. Plus, the ovens can help warm the house.
You know, looking over this list, maybe I've got this whole winter situation wrong.
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