With El Niño barreling down on us, coupled with unseasonably cold weather here in San Francisco, I want to spend all my time at home, snuggled under lots and lots of warm blankets. Reality is, I press snooze way too many times, then wake up to make my daily commute, praying it doesn’t start storming while I’m outside.
I have to admit, there is something romantic about this dreary weather. As I walk from the office to the bus, the cable car is making its way through the city, lights are glowing, and strangers are all bundled up in their warm city coats. Then I hop on the bus and it’s gritty, it’s real life, and it smells terrible. Finally, when I make it home, I just want to cuddle with Buttah and eat something warm and delicious (and preferably, easy to make). Want to join me? Take a look at these 10 recipes that I’ll be making this winter.
1. Spaghetti Squash with Butter-Roasted Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs: a fabulous low-carb alternative to pasta. And if you’re not on a low carb diet, well, you should try it anyway ’cause it’s really damn good.
2. The Whole Shabang Shrimp Boil: Why wait hours for Boiling Crab when you can make it at home? Yup. You’re welcome.
3. Miso-Roasted Broccoli: Once I started roasting broccoli, I couldn’t go back. You will love this. It’s so easy and never gets old.
4. Buttermilk Roasted Chicken: This is actually one of my most famous dishes. Chicken is marinated in buttermilk overnight, then popped in the oven for a juicy, crispy whole chicken drizzled in paprika. Drooling just thinking about it.
5. Garlic Roasted Cauliflower: I started making this in college and haven’t stopped. A hint of mustard adds that extra kick of flavor, and really, how can you deny anything garlic?
6. Samyeopsal-Gui (Korean Grilled Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps): You might be thinking, lettuce wraps? Doesn’t sound very wintery to me. Trust me on this, it’s perfect for winter. Grab a few friends, light up the portable stove and cast iron, it’s time to grill. Together. It’s a great bonding type of dinner for those rainy days.
7. Tomato Baked Eggs with Mozzarella: Having people over for brunch? Serve these baked eggs, inspired by a classic Caprese salad.
And of course, I can’t forget about the sweets…
8. Dominique Ansel’s Banana Bread: The man behind cronuts gives banana bread a spin. And it is delicious.
9. Cookies and Cream Cookies: Need we say more?
10. Spiked Mulled Cider: Warm cider with some booze? Sign me up!!
Which are you going to try first? Share it on Instagram using #cultcooks— we’d love to see what you make!