Sunday, December 25, 2011

Winter Wonderland

While it's not exactly a winter wonderland here in Toronto - yet - we've never had a winter without one and I kind of look forward to the first big snowfalls.

Sure, it turns slushy and annoying after the first week, but the initial blanketing of the land gives such a magical hush. You almost don't want to walk in it, to keep the pristine nature of the snow.

For those of us in snowy winter climes - now is the time for some serious comfort food. Long braises, roasts, stews, casseroles, and lots of starch. Hot chile, hot chocolate, and anything else with the word hot in it is also appropriate.


But not all of us intrepid I♥CCers live in snowy locales, in fact some of us live in downright warm places.


For them I have two messages - a) please make up the guest bedroom for me, and b) feel free to make a dish that reminds you of ice and snow. Something ice cold like gelato or ice cream would be perfect.


So grab your Tessa Kiros cookbooks, whip something up with Winter Wonderland in mind, and post on or by Sunday, January 1st.

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I Heart Cooking Clubs *Winter Wonderland* Participants

1. Kim - Finnish Mustard
2. Heather~ Finnish Mustard & Baked Ham
3. Donna- cheese hand pies
4. Deb in Hawaii--(Vegan) Sausage & Potato Goulash
5. Natashya - Lasagne!
6. Andreas - New Year's Cake

13 comments:

Kim said...

I'm in the mood for a winter wonderland. Can't believe it hasn't snowed yet. Love that first pic.

Heather Schmitt-González said...

I know! I want it to snow right now for the next two weeks while the kids are off of school. It's definitely NOT a winter wonderland around here, yet. But I will pretend it is!

Kim said...

Linking up my Finnish Mustard. Getting ready to hit the road and visit some friends and family. See you all when I get back!

Heather Schmitt-González said...

Loved the Finnish Mustard...and the Baked Ham!

luckybunny said...

We just got our first real snow and cold temps to go with it. I made cheese pies this week and I'm in love with the Finnish mustard. I'm off to make the garlic and black peppercorn broc gratin Kim made for the potluck, for dinner tonight :)

Deb in Hawaii said...

We don't get much in the way of a Winter Wonderland here but with the cooler weather, I made a vegan version of Tessa's warming and delicious Sausage & Potato Goulash. Yum! ;-)

Jamie said...

This sounds like fun! Since I found you a little late for this week's Winter Wonderland recipe I'll jump on board for next week's. Just ordered a couple of Tessa's books! Oh, and your picture at the top of the post..I'm finishing up a jig saw puzzle of that same picture, as we speak!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Man - this took me almost as long to post as to cook - but my lasagne is up!

Heather @girlichef.com said...

@Natashya- OMG...DROOOOOOOL! That is beyond fabulous.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Jamie - welcome! Jump in anytime with your Tessa dishes!

Heather - thanks so much, chica! Makes for an excellent breakfast, too. ;-)

Kim said...

Natashya- That is one fantastic lasagne! I love how hearty the ragu is with the beef, sausage, mushrooms, and kale. It really does look amazing. I'll have to add that one to my list.

Andreas said...

Happy New Year to everyone.

Post is up.

Kayte said...

Still determined to make all the themes that I missed so here is my Winter Wonderland post for Finnish Meatballs...oh so delicious! http://grandmaskitchentable.typepad.com/grandmas_kitchen_table/2012/01/ihcc-tessa-kiros-finnish-meatballs-with-allspice-sour-cream-and-lingonberries.html