Comfort food dinners

If you need some dinner recipe ideas for the cold weather months, here are a few favorites from my recipe archive:

White beans, zucchini and tomatoes over couscous

My veggie version of beef stroganoff

3-bean chipotle chili

Shipwreck stew, which is really more of a casserole

Potato enchiladas to die for

Tortilla soup (so good with crunched up chips and sprinkle of cheese)

Vegetarian cassoulet with chunks of artisan bread

Wild rice-stuffed acorn squash

And the two recipes I hear readers make the most:

Sweet potato and black bean burritos

My easy potato-veggie curry

With a cup of tea and a remote, you’re good to go for winter!

Homemade applesauce

Even after I made apple crisp and caramel apples, our supply of apples was still bursting out of the crisper drawer, so I decided to try making my own applesauce.

I perused a few recipes online and decided on this one from Food Network. It seemed like most recipes were almost exactly the same: peel and core a bunch of apples, cook them in sugar, lemon juice and pie-type spices, then blend them in a food processor or food mill (a kitchen item I don’t actually have!).

I liked this recipe for the addition of apple cider, brown sugar and cinnamon sticks. Although next time I would eliminate the brown sugar. The sugar from the cider is plenty for sweetness.

Though the peeling and chopping took some time, I was impressed by how easy it was to make my own applesauce. Just like the caramel apples, it would make a great take-away gift, poured into a cute jar and tied up with ribbon.