Snow Day Food

Friday morning I was lucky enough to receive a text telling me that school was closed due to SNOW!  I promptly fell back to sleep for another hour then got up and started the work that I had brought home with me.  Even though I didn’t go into work, didn’t mean the work stops, sigh…..

Anyhoo….the husband went out in the minus 2 degree wind chill weather to snow blow and I figured he could use a hearty and warm meal when he was done.  I put on a pot of coffee and made steel-cut oatmeal.  Real stick to your ribs food.

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I stirred in a little brown sugar and topped it with a sliced banana and chopped walnuts.  Perfect cold weather breakfast.

I was able to get all of my work done by 3pm so I made a batch of pizza dough and some homemade soup.

The soup was truly a clean out the fridge and pantry affair.  I had potatoes, leeks and carrots from my CSA, milk leftover from when the nieces and nephews came over, a single ham slice leftover from another recipe, half a cup of white wine and two containers of stock in the freezer.

Here is how I put it all together…..

Cream of Potato Soup with Ham

4 Leeks, Sliced

8 Carrots, Sliced

1 Onion, Diced

4 Stalks Celery, Diced

3 Cloves Garlic, Minced

8 Cups Chicken Stock

Salt and Pepper

2 Bay Leaves

1/2 Cup White Wine

8 Potatoes, Diced

1 Cup Milk

1 Ham Slice, Diced

I sautéed the leeks, carrots, celery and onions, seasoned with salt and pepper until softened, about 8 minutes.  I added the garlic and cooked it for another minute.  I added the wine and let it reduce by half, then added the stock, bay leaves and potatoes.  I brought it to a boil, reduced it to a simmer and cooked it until the vegetables were soft, about 45 minutes.   I added the milk and ham, let it heat through and serve.

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The pizza I simply rolled the dough to fit in a 15 x 10 pan, docked the dough and par baked it at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, until lightly golden.  I topped it with sauce, seasonings, and mozzarella cheese, lowered the temperature to 350 degrees and cooked it until the cheese was melted, about 10 more minutes.

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It was a wonderful meal for a windy and down right frigid night! My father remarked that it was a carb filled dinner, and yes, you are right, carbs with some more carbs, finished off with some carbs.   I need all of those carbs to keep me warm in these ridiculously cold winter days!

Happy Winter Eating!


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