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Snowstorm? Let’s eat. | Blue Palate

Snowstorm? Let’s eat.

by Lindsay Sauve on December 20, 2008 · 0 comments

Of my first three blog posts, two have started with descriptions of the weather. It’s what a lot of people talk about in Portland, and it makes sense for weather to be a theme in a blog about food. The weather often determines what we cook, where we go out to eat and what we crave.

My plan today was to finish the last of my Christmas shopping, but we woke up to this:

Our neighborhood under snow.

And immediately all my favorite winter time meals were racing through my head. Lentil soup with crusty bread. Spicy chili sprinkled with cheddar cheese. Stewed chicken with fennel, carrots and white beans. I brought the cookbooks to bed and made a shopping list while we drank our morning coffee.

Winter meals are all about comfort and warmth. Peter talked lovingly about kapustnica (CAP-oos-nit-sa), a traditional Slovak Christmas soup of smoked pork sausage, sauerkraut and potatoes. We made it a couple of years ago at my mother’s with canned sauerkraut and Safeway’s sorry excuse for smoked sausage, pathetic compared to my in-law’s version with homemade kraut and authentic Eastern European sausage. We’ll try again – maybe Otto’s Sausage Kitchen will save Christmas this year. (I’ll publish the recipe in my Christmas day post.)

Tomorrow is Sunday and expected to be the worst day of the entire, week-long bout of winter weather. The cabin fever has obviously made us crazy – our plan is to brave the storm for a walk to Peacock Lane, Portland’s famed street of quaint, ornately decorated homes. It’s about three miles from our house. Along the way we’ll be stopping by a few coffee shops and bars for snacks and happy hour drinks (hot toddies, anyone?) and, of course, Zach’s Shack for dogs and brew. Hot dogs – the ultimate winter comfort food.

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