Blizzard = comfort food

Recent blizzard conditions in the DC area have prompted us to cook a lot of comfort food during the past few days. First on the list was Mushroom and Barley Soup with Meatballs, and that was quickly followed by the Rich Chicken Stew from the Eating Well web site. Both recipes perfectly fit the definition of comfort food since they are hearty, and use very basic ingredients. A bonus is that each recipe makes a large quantity, and the leftovers can be frozen for another time. The chicken stew is made in a crockpot with the sauce finished on the cooktop. The addition of lemon slices (removed before serving), lemon zest, and lemon juice adds a bright taste to the dish, and we decided that we prefer the stew over whole wheat couscous rather than the noodles suggested on the web site.

Shopping during constant dire storm warnings has been interesting. At first, the stores were much better stocked than we anticipated, but as days went by, and the SuperBowl loomed, more and more shelves were emptied. As the next storm approaches, we walked into one store to find the staff hosing down the entire produce section – which was completely bare.

The blog photographer has been busy taking photos of the 28+ inches of snow in the area instead of the usual food photos. Since we are expecting another eight inches of snow over the next day or two, there may be even more comfort food in our immediate future, along with more photos of the record-breaking snow.

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