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5 favorite winter recipes

This week we experienced the first day of winter. It was dark, cold, and icy. On the plus side, now is the perfect season for warm soups, roasted veggies, and a sweet stack of pancakes. (Though isn’t it always time for pancakes?)

In spirit of the season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite winter recipes. Warm up with the five favorites I listed below!

Butternut squash soup. Butternut squash soup is one of my all-time favorite meals! I’ve tried a number of recipes in the past (and they’re all good — you really can’t go wrong with this one), but one of my favorites is Cookie and Kate’s roasted butternut squash soup. Go crazy on the toppings! We like cayenne pepper, bacon, parmesan, and/or pepitas.


Lemon garlic chicken. Something about a big old roasted chicken makes you want to cozy up on a cold winter’s night, right? I just made this lemon garlic chicken for the second time the other day and was reminded how tasty it is. Serve with roasted root veggies for a seasonal dinner!


“Ultimate” cream of tomato soup. Another favorite from the Cook’s Illustrated genius team — the “ultimate” cream of tomato soup. It’s a little labor intensive (you have to roast whole canned tomatoes and then puree them) but Smitten Kitchen’s adapted version takes slightly less time and tastes just as good.


Pumpkin pancakes. Fun fact: I don’t like peppermint! I know it’s the flavor of the season, but I’ve never been a peppermint fan. One fall/winter food I can get totally on board with, though, is pumpkin. Never get tired of it! Pioneer Woman’s pumpkin pancakes are the best — I sub in half whole wheat pastry flour and they turn out great. I haven’t made her maple syrup whipped cream to go with them, but it sounds amazing. 


Wild rice and mushroom soup. Rice and mushrooms sound  boring, but I promise this vegetarian soup is full of flavor. The key is the wild rice (not just regular rice) because it has a wonderful nuttiness to it. I also recommend splurging on some shiitakes! Top with parmesan and sour cream. I follow a Cook Smarts recipe for my soup, but this one from The Kitchn is pretty similar.


Stay warm out there!