5 Recipes I Totally Need to Make: Cold Weather Edition

Maybe you’re one of those people blessed with air conditioning, but I spent all summer sweating it out and not wanting to cook anything. After a while, there were foods I wanted, but the brain-melting temperatures made turning on the oven the last thing I wanted to do. Now, finally, it’s cooled off here and I’m feeling ambitious.

Apart from amusing myself with photos of cats and Doctor Who-related imagery, Pinterest has been helpful in organizing all those dishes I mean to one day make. And unlike a lot of Pinterest boards (I’m looking at you, crafts and cleaning people), I actually follow through on a fair amount of these pinned recipes. Here are five things that have recently caught my eye:

Homemade Pita Bread

Pita bread
image via Tide & Thyme

I love-love-love a good pita-based sandwich, but I’ve yet to try my hand at making the bread myself. I’ve made decent regular loaves of bread before, so I don’t imagine it being too difficult. This recipe appears simple and doesn’t use any unusual ingredients.

Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Broccoli Cheese Sweet Potatoes
image via A Couple Cooks

When it comes to the cause of sweet potatoes, I am still trying to win over my family. I think they’re delicious, but my husband really only likes them in fries-form, my daughter claims to not like them at all, and my son is somewhat indifferent. Maybe, just maybe, if I cover them in two foods they already like, they will eat them. Come on, eat your Vitamin A!

Oven-Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic

Oven Roasted Cauliflower
image via KitchMe

One vegetable that has only recently received an enthusiastic reaction around here is cauliflower. Most of the time, all of us think we’re going to enjoy it, and then the results are decidedly meh. Then one day I covered the cauliflower in olive oil and roasted it — and we couldn’t get enough. Looking at this recipe with garlic, lemon juice and Parmesan? Yes, please.

Savory Cornbread Pancakes with Roasted Corn and Chives

Savory Cornbread Pancakes with roasted corn and chives
Image via Edible Perspective

I may have audibly said, “Yessss…” when I stumbled across this recipe. I love cornbread, and I love pancakes, but both are foods I usually have to make myself in order to control the lactose content. This struck me as something perhaps a bit fluffier than polenta, but not quite as thin as a savory crepe.

Iranian Jeweled Rice

Iranian Jeweled Rice
image via The Kitchn

Basmati rice is one of my favorite foods with which to cook, and this combination of vegetables, dried cranberries and nuts is really appealing to me. Because it includes ingredients like orange blossom water and saffron, perhaps this dish is a bit more aspirational compared to the previous four in this post. Still, at some point, I’d love to give it a try.


So what have you made lately? What have you always wanted to try?

By Sara Habein

Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

8 replies on “5 Recipes I Totally Need to Make: Cold Weather Edition”

Around here, we love squash sauce on ravioli. Think think butternut squash soup… Anyway, last week in our CSA box, we had a small pumpkin. We roasted it, then pureed it with some veggie stock and milk for a sauce over ravioli – SO GOOD! Roasting it made a huge difference in flavor. It felt like such a fall meal.

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