Ask the audience: Favorite chilly weather food?

Ivy says:

Yesterday Mr. Ivy made a divine potato soup for lunch. It was thick and creamy and rich and fabulous. And no, you can’t have the recipe, because he won’t even give the recipe to me. But there was cheese and celery and fabulous and win in there, I can tell you that much.

Anyway, it got me to thinking about how that’s just about my favorite meal for cold weather. I mean, there are plenty of other things like chili and hot chocolate, but my very favorite is a thick potato soup. So, Home Eccers, what is your favorite food for chilly weather?


  1. Nancy on October 29, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    One of the local restaurants here makes an excellent soup called Wisconsin Chesse soup. There are potatoes, bacon, cheese and beer in it. I have yet to replicate the recipe. My first attempt was disastrous.
    I also like Porkolt (hungarian pork stew) with Galushka (hungarian egg noodles).
    Chili, beef stew, chicken and dumplings round out my list.

  2. Kendra on October 27, 2008 at 1:45 am

    My taco soup, steak and gravy, chicken fried steak, chicken and dumplings, pot pie….the list is long. So many yummy hearty foods my family likes.

  3. monsteratemy on October 24, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Pork stew from the crockpot or almost anything warm made with potatoes. Maybe I should just say potatoes!

  4. JimK on October 24, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    I do a slow-cooker corned beef & cabbage (w/onions, potatoes & carrots). I add a cheesecloth bundle of pickling spices to the broth. My wife thinks I’m some sort of culinary genius for this recipe. I’m like “It’s meat & veg boiled in flavor for six hours, of course it’s going to be delicious!” It’s what I made her on our first date and it…uhh…let’s just say it scores me points and leave it at that. 😉

  5. Charity on October 24, 2008 at 10:53 am

    I like a nice beef stew, with dumplings on top! :0)

  6. Trixie on October 24, 2008 at 10:44 am


    What a good topic. We’ve been eating chilly weather food here now for the past month. So delicious! Nothing says comfort like a pile of mashed potatoes.

    I absolutely love to cook, so I’m sharing a list of my favorites with links to the recipes for you all.

    Comfort Ham and Mac Casserole

    Hearty Chicken ‘N Noodles

    Best Mashed Potato Casserole



  7. Margo on October 24, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I’m with pretty much everyone else – soup, soup soup! And it’s really about the only time of the year I indulge in hot cocoa.

  8. Keter on October 24, 2008 at 12:48 am

    I made cream of broccoli-potato soup the other day when the temps finally dropped below 70…mmm.

    Absolutely chili and pot roast are winter staples, also hunter’s stew (with venison, pork, or lamb), ham-n-beans, thick soups, roasts…and who could forget pumpkin and pecan pie with ice cream and hot coffee???

    But this evening – temps in the 50s! – I made the decadent one: oven baked macaroni and cheese. Let’s just say it isn’t diet food. And yes, I made it with real cheese. ;o)

  9. Angela on October 23, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Hot coffees, chocolate and teas also any thing that warms the house. I live where it is cold and windy from Sept-June. During that time you can find lots of baked goods in the house and either the crock or the oven full of something for supper. Stew and frech white bead is the favorite cold weather meal and it is only made when it is cold out.

  10. Carol on October 23, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Yummy, I love potato soup. I make a baked potato soup and it is perfect for a cold weather dinner. I also enjoy chicken pot pie, stew, vegetable barley soup, and hot chocolate and popcorn 🙂

  11. Windows Wide Open on October 23, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    MMmmMM Tater Soup!!

    I just started making Tater Soup about 2 years ago…a creamy, wonderful recipe with bacon n cream cheese n sharp cheddar…MMmmMM! Naturally, ya tweak it to fit!


  12. Alice on October 23, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Broccoli & Cheddar soup & french bread w/blackberry jam

    Just had this the other night! I had been freezing all day, too. It was great.

  13. Stacey Crew on October 23, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    I LOVE chili when it’s chilly! There’s nothing better than eating HOT chili outdoors near a fire when it’s cold outside. I also enjoy making stew and homemade spaghetti sauce too, but chili is my fave!

  14. traci on October 23, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    i am so stealing “full of fabulous and win” now. 🙂 my favorite is hot chocolate, but i use about 4 times the amount of powder called for. oh! and apple cider + caramel syrup.

  15. Sonshine on October 23, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Homemade Chicken rice soup and homemade bread! Yummy! 🙂

  16. Lisa- Domestic Accident on October 23, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Mmmmm, potato cheese soup. I also like French onion soup. Stew. Roast chicken. Fish chowder. Lobster stew. I could go on but now I’m really hungry.

  17. Pam on October 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Potato soup,,,,,boil potatoes, while they are boiling fry a package
    of bacon (crisp) keep most of the bacon dripppings,,,,,cook finely
    chopped onions and celery untill onions are carmelized….drain on paper towel. When potatoes are cooked to the texture you enjoy
    drain the water,,,,,,cover with milk, 1 cup of cream and add the
    onion, celery and crumbled bacon…..bring to a slow simmer,,,,,serve with warm biscuits. You can also add a couple of cups of corn
    and a splash of hot sauce. God Bless, Pam, South Bend

  18. Stephanie on October 23, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Homemade chili. Homemade cornbread! Warm all over!

  19. Mathew Ballard on October 23, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Chili FTW!

  20. Cheryl Smithem on October 23, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Always homemade soup. I love all kinds, but probably tomato vegetable with lots of okra and made with a smoked neck bone for flavor. And my homemade biscuits. OK–I’ll brag, I make the best. I will
    only use Adluh Self Rising Flour and whole buttermilk. I do use Crisco–but prefer homemade lard if I can get it, but that hasn’t happened in years. My biscuits are light and really flaky. Last week I went on soup binge and made lentil (with a chicken stock base) and then this past weekend chicken and rice. I also like to have cornbread and use my friend John Martin Taylor’s cornbread recipe. See his Hoppin’ John’s Guide to Lowcountry Cooking. No sugar, just great cornmeal and slathered with butter. YUM!

  21. Eyebee on October 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Lamb Stew and Dumplings.

  22. Simon on October 23, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Oh, lovely thoughts! I really like a chickpea+potato curry, preferably with good naan bread.

  23. Brian Wilder on October 23, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Definitely She Crab soup!

    From either Saffron or Poogan’s Porch…

  24. AA on October 23, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    I love love love potato cheese soup, but the restaurant with my favourite recipe is now defunct. Tomato soup (with a dash of dill) and grilled cheese is a staple during the winter months as is chili and spaghetti. Goulasch soup is another fav and is a great way to make leftover roast into something new and yummy.

  25. Armchair Housewife on October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Mmm… I agree with the “gorilla cheese” as we call it and tomato soup. As for an idea for the Butternut squash soup, I like to make a flat bread with some chutney and a bit of cheese baked on top, to go with mine. Mmm.. .yummy.

    But I do so love a pot roast, or a good beef stew. I am finally happy with a recipe I found for beef stew, you can read about it here:

    And let’s not forget Starbucks lattes… they are good anytime but most especially when it’s blustery outside. 🙂 Good question!

  26. Heather on October 23, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    I’m judging and I’m judging hard! Velveeta?! You poor, poor dear, who taught you that was actual food?

  27. Mom of three on October 23, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    None, I prefer to live where the temp doesn’t drop below 72F. Since I can’t afford that, I just turn up the heat and pretend.

    (Definitely fighting off the current cold spell. I hate winter)

  28. Taylor on October 23, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Mmmm….beef stew served over mashed potatoes!

  29. Meagan DeLong on October 23, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    I definitely want soups with grilled cheese on a cold night. Pumpkin chowder is my FAVORITE! Here is a link to the recipe:

    I pretty much like anything with apples, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin in the fall/winter 🙂

  30. badger on October 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Sandy’s (at Cadillac’s) taco soup. OMG, sooo good.

  31. Kelliente on October 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Butternut Squash soup! Although I can’t ever find a good accompaniment for it, in the way grilled cheese works so perfectly with hot tomato soup (my #2 favorite chilly weather food combo).

    I also love sweet potatoes in any fashion.

  32. Michelle on October 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Homemade soups, chowders, and stews. Lasagna. Pumpkin bread.

  33. newscoma on October 23, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Chili then butternut squash soup.

  34. jag on October 23, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Grilled cheese made with Velveeta (don’t judge, it’s the meltiest) and Campbell’s tomato soup made with milk.

    Preferably eaten while sitting at the table with a blanket wrapped around my legs and lots of napkins laid out so slurping and dipping mess is no concern. And a book. And nobody around to distract me.

  35. Morgan on October 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Soups! I want that potato soup recipe so badly 🙂

    I’m a vegetarian now but when I was a kid, my mom made the typical crock pot roast with potatoes and carrots and that was my absolute favorite. That and shepherd’s pie.

    Now, my favorites are black bean soup, split pea soup and plain ol’ mashed potatoes. And squash. Spaghetti squash, butternut squash (soup too!), mmm. And a good tomato soup always hits the spot, although I’m still searching for a great recipe that doesn’t use dairy.

  36. JayMonster on October 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Oh geez, I have several:

    Escarole and White Bean Soup

    Lentil Soup

    French Onion Soup

    Stuffed Peppers in Tomato Sauce

    Grilled Cheese Sandwich w/ Chicken Noodle Soup

  37. ZenOfJazz on October 23, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Chili (home-made or Skyline from Cincinatti)
    Chicken Noodle Soup (homemade, just ask for the recipe)
    Kielbasa Soup (homemade, ask for the recipe)
    Vegetable Beef Soup with Barley (you guessed it!)
    Chicken & Dumplin’s (yeah…)
    Gumbo ( but of course… *grin*)
    Beef Stew (…)

    there’s a week of cold weather comfort… Enjoy!

  38. Jamie on October 23, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Hmmmm I do love to make a big pot of chili. I also love to make a pot roast with lots of veggies. Meatloaf is another good cold weather food although I can’t get my kids to eat it.

    OK. Now I’m officially hungry and going to eat lunch! 😉

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