WARMING WINTER STEWS
Now that the cold rainy days of winter are here, it’s time to start preparing hearty comfort foods. I love preparing dishes that require the soaking of legumes overnight or long hours of simmering to soften the meat and expand legumes.
Even days that start out sunny can quickly become cold and stormy. As soon as the first winter storm hits, I scurry to my pantry and check my stock of basic stew ingredients and make a list of everything I’ll need for the season to cook filling soups and stews for my friends and family.
I love gathering all the colorful lentils, grains and pastas. Some of my favorites are buckwheat, dried peas, beans and chickpeas. When I arrive home from the store, I immediately pour all the different legumes into glass jars that I keep on my kitchen counter all winter long, so that I can see the entire assortment of colors and textures. This makes it easier for me to pick what I want when planning a soup or stew.
The following are a number of recipes that will keep you warm and toasty this winter.