Cold Weather & Comfort Foods

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Thanksgiving has come and gone but not my appetite! I don’t know whether it’s the big meal from the holiday or the cooler weather that makes us crave more warming comfort type foods. But either way, the cookin’ has been goin’ on!

The other day I made pan patties, that is hamburger patties cooked on the stovetop, and served with grilled onions. As a side I pan fried some potatoes in a cast iron skillet. Yummy dinner. But then, the prepper in me couldn’t toss the leftover potatoes … so I saved them for breakfast the next morning.

leftover potato
leftover potato

and reheated them in a cast iron skillet, scrambled a couple of eggs, make some quick cream gravy and voila. A warm, filling, comforting breakfast, fit for a queen.

eggs potato
eggs potato

Which meant that the next morning, I wasn’t going to be satisfied with toast, or cereal or a piece of fruit. Nope. I wanted BREAKFAST!

breakfast
breakfast

Yup, Tuesday brought scrambled eggs, a sliced avocado, buttered whole wheat toast and some tomatillo sauce. Yum City.

Then I made some banana bread….

dry banana bread
dry banana bread

which was a new recipe and turned out dry so I won’t share that recipe with you…

But last night was a wild rice and chicken casserole which was yummy! Recipe below.

wild rice chicken casserole
wild rice chicken casserole

But in the meantime, I know you’ve at least THOUGHT about the ‘what if’s’ of a winter storm but have you prepared? Sure, you can run to the store…. that is IF you get there before everyone else, and IF you can get there before the roads ice over and IF you have cash in case the power is down…

Ice storms and snow blizzards just freeze ya ‘to yer bones’. Making it home from work is the first obstacle. Keeping warm is the second, and having supplies on hand is the third. Most of us here in the south, when preparing for an ice storm (or blizzard) probably only need to worry about a few days worth of water and food (although more is always better.) Northerners and those in parts of the states where winter can linger should always prepare for longer terms.

What else do you need? You need entertainment. Sure, you figure you’ll be busy keeping the fire going… but if you have a family you know that it doesn’t take much these days for the kiddos to be bored. When those batteries die on their tablets and the internet is disrupted…. oh Lordy, you’d better have something to keep them occupied!

Board games go on sale this time of year. It’s a good time to grab a few family favorites (or soon to be favorites). Stock up on good books, think classics like Mark Twain, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew. Keep craft supplies on hand, and get yourself a windup radio!

There’s really so much more you can do to prepare for an ice storm. Rock salt for the driveway (for those with paved driveways), sand or cheap cat litter for traction, snow shovels, sealing air leaks, DOWN comforters, wool blankets, warm clothing for everyone, gloves, mittens, firestarters, a backup heat source.

Good luck is a residue of preparation. Jack Youngblood

May you be ever prepared.

Print Recipe
Wild Rice & Chicken Casserole
chicken rice
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
chicken rice
Instructions
  1. Precook your wild rice according to the package directions. (This is typically a 2-1 ratio.)
  2. In a skillet, heat the oil and add the onion. Cook until the onion is translucent. Add in the flour, salt and pepper and cook until blended.
  3. Add in the chicken broth and stir to combine. When it starts to thicken add in the cream.
  4. Add the pre-cooked chicken, the can of mushrooms and the pimentoes and stir to combine.
  5. When the rice is done, add to the skillet. Pour into a casserole dish and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Recipe Notes

I buy pre-cooked aka roasted chicken breasts as cheap as raw ones. I used one large chicken breast and cut it into small 1/2" cubes.