Simple Recipes for Chilly Weather

Do the cold months of late fall and winter have you down? Pick up the mood with some home cookin'! When the weather starts to turn, so does our taste for food. We begin to crave those special foods that seem just right during cold temperatures. Apples, pumpkins, stews, turkey just sound so desirable. In this article, I'd like to share some of my favorite simple recipes for the season for those cold weathered days when you need to warm up your house and your heart with something aromatic and flavorful.

Pumpkin Fritters Recipe

Sounds like a great treat doesn't it? It is. These are warm, festive and finger-licking good.

You will need:

1 1/2 cups shredded pumpkin
2 cups buttermilk
3 eggs, whisked
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
oil for frying
confectioners' sugar for garnish


Whisk together the eggs, milk, pumpkin, salt, flour and baking powder.
Preheat the oil for frying to approx. 350F. Deep fryer is best, but if not using one, make sure to fry all sides of the fritters evenly.
Drop large spoonfuls of batter into the oil.
Cook for no longer than 5 minutes.
Remove from oil and set aside on paper towels to drain.
Plate and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve while still warm.

Simple Beef Stew Recipe

Nothing better than a savory beef stew for those cold nights. This will make a simple dinner to feed an entire family.

You will need:

1lb. beef of your choice, cubed
1 small onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
10 chopped baby carrots or two carrots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, shredded
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp. rosemary
1 tsp. cayenne
1 beef bullion cube
1 bay leaf
2 potatoes, cubed
1/2 cup flour
3 cups beef broth
2 cups water


In a large pot, brown the beef, onions, salt and garlic over medium heat for approximately 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the flour and stir until blended.
Add the liquids, bullion, spices, bay leaf and potatoes.
Bring to a boil.
Cover and reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes.
Add the celery and carrots.
Cook for an additional 10 minutes.
Ready to serve!

Oven Roasted Turkey Recipe

How to make a simple Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey!

You will need:

1 turkey (approximately 18 pounds)
1/2 cup butter (unsalted is best), melted
salt and pepper to taste
at least 1 1/2 quarts turkey stock
8 cups stuffing, prepared


Preheat oven to 325F.

Place rack in the lowest position of the oven.

Remove the turkey neck and giblets, rinse the turkey, and pat dry.

Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in the roasting pan. Fill the turkey with stuffing without cramming.

Brush melted butter all over skin and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Loosely cover the turkey with aluminum foil.

Place turkey in the oven, and pour 2 cups turkey stock into the bottom of the roasting pan.

Baste the turkey every 20 minutes or so with pan liquids (This is important to ensure your turkey comes out moist).

Add more stock when your basting liquid is used up.

Remove foil after 2 1/2 hours.

Roast until a meat thermometer inserted in the meaty part of the thigh reads 180F (about 4 hours later).
Transfer the turkey to a serving platter, and let it stand for 30 minutes before carving.
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