The crazy weather today has certainly made things interesting, as a lot of folks are staying home and hunkering down. While a lot of places in the nabe are staying open (see my Where to Eat Now: Snow Part Deux piece on We Heart Astoria), people are also looking forward to cooking at home. I thought to hook you up with a few suggestions for comforting, warming dishes.
Apricot Lamb Stew - A combination of sweet and savory is perfect for a winter storm. I love this recipe because unlike a lot of stews, it only takes about an hour to cook.
Lebanese Beef Stew - For a little taste of the Middle East, I highly suggest this beef stew, which makes use of simple, lean ground beef and a homemade mix of spices. Serve it up with a side of hummus, yogurt dip and pita chips.
Pesto Bean Soup - An easy soup to make with ingredients you have on-hand, it's nothing fancy, consisting of white beans, roasted red peppers and green olives. A fresh homemade pesto ties it all together to create an earthy, comforting medley.
Homemade Chicken Soup - There's nothing like a homemade chicken soup from scratch. Staying indoors creates the perfect opportunity to stew some homestyle flavors of chicken, veggies and herbs. You can always reuse the chicken carcass for stock.