January is the time of year when it's too cold for things to grow. This is not limited to just leafy greens but most anything is too scared to pop up, even leg hair! January is the time of year for "stick to your ribs" food! I like to make rich stews and soups. I like to bake hearty breads. I like to make casseroles. I like to make good, old fashioned European foods that channel my inner Greek and French roots and also foods that give a nod to my husband, Russell's, German and Irish roots. I also enjoy making Pennsylvania Dutch treats this time of year. What about you, Dear Readers? What do you make when it's cold outside? If you're long on energy but short on ideas, here are few stick to your ribs meals to try. Some are more complicated but it's always fun to try to dishes and learn new methods.
1. Irish stew made dark and flavorful with Guinness beer. Start the stew on the stovetop and finish it in the oven if you like and warm the house in the process. Stew is made fancy when topped with puff pastry that is baked to crispy yumminess.
2. Spanikopita and/or Tiropita. These dishes are only complicated because some people find filo a challenge. (It's not)
3. Schnitzel with Noodles. This dish is quick and fun to say.
4. Give anything a French theme with the addition of cream, herb and attitude.
5. Funnycake (Visit my Recipe page) or Moravian Sugar Cake is fun also.
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