Friday, February 4, 2011

Cold and Easy Comfort Food

News Flash: It's cold! 

But what's worse, about this time last week it was sunny and upper 60s to low 70s.  Will even spent an afternoon on our patio in shorts and sandals.  The temperature has now been below freezing for about 3 days. Last night we got around an inch of dry snow and the weather man said today we may see more later in the week.   We've already had about 3 rounds of the white stuff.  As you would suspect this is rather unusual for East Texas. 

Penny needed some cold weather gear.  Here she is looking cute in her new sweater. 

This morning we let her test it out.  She didn't seem to be bothered by the snow.  As a matter of fact, I think she quite enjoyed it.  I enjoyed that it was dry and didn't stick all in her hair.  Easy cleanup.  :)

This weather just begs for nice warm comfort food.  Below are a couple super easy versions of some of our favorite comfort foods.  You probably have most of these ingredients around so they don't even require a trip to the store.  Enjoy and stay warm.

Skillet Stroganoff


• 1 lb ground beef
• ½ large onion, chopped
• 1 can beef broth
• 1 can mushrooms, drained
• 4 oz egg noodles, uncooked
• 1 ½ cup water
• ¼ c ketchup
• ¼ t garlic powder
• 1 cup sour cream

Preparation Instructions

Brown ground beef and onion in skillet; drain.
Stir in broth, mushrooms, noodles, water, ketchup, and garlic powder.
Heat to boiling; reduce heat and simmer until noodles are tender, about 30 minutes.
Stir in sour cream and heat just until hot.

Sausage – Cheese Chowder


• ½ lb ground turkey or pork sausage
• 2 cans of cream of potato soup
• ½ c frozen corn
• 2 c milk
• 1 c shredded cheddar

Preparation Instructions

Cook/crumble sausage in soup pan; drain.
Add soup, corn, and milk.
Heat for 5 minutes; add sausage. Stir in cheese until melted.

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