Catch the trend with winter recipes –

Catch the trend with winter recipes –

I love reading the predictions about hot food trends for the new year. So just for fun, I’ve sprinkled a few recipes below in a nod to what’s trending for 2022, including seaweed, mushrooms and a spicy, sloppy Southeast Asian noodle soup called laska.

Catch the trend with winter recipes –
Mushroom Soup with Shiitake Bacon, photo by Peter Taylor

Top of the list of popular foods is seaweed because it is not only good for us, but it is a sustainable food that we should all learn to love. An easy way to add it to your diet is with this seaweed salad with kale and cucumber flavored with roasted sesame oil, ginger and soy.

It’s not hard to see why food forecasters think Laska Coconut Curry Soup will be popular in 2022; this velvety soup is spicy, creamy (from the coconut milk) and filled with blurred rice noodles, plus optional proteins, all seasoned with lime juice and cilantro.

To continue the popular theme, it’s time to add more mushrooms to your menu, including this tasty vegan mushroom soup with Shiitake Bacon. Double up on the shiitake bacon as you tend to find yourself sipping these addictive pieces well before sprinkling them on top of the soup for garnish.

The new year came with a beaded row of damp days followed by snow, and I have turned to citrus and sour flavors to light up my palate and dinner plate. Enjoy this beetroot and citrus salad with a pine nut-like vinaigrette. For a hearty January lunch or dinner, you can gather the treats in My Big Fat Halloumi Salad, which includes fresh mandarin, chickpeas, dates, nuts, arugula and more (plus with this recipe there is an educational video and link to another pile-it – on salad).

Butternut pie with bacon and cheese

Whether you are a mountain skier or not, treat yourself to this audience-friendly, après-ski-inspired recipe for tasty butternut pie with bacon and cheese. And do not miss the two bonus recipes – Butternut Soup with Miso, Ginger & Maple and Butternut Squash Hummus – to use the remaining butternut squash.

It’s football playoff season, which in our house means time for wings. And again this year we will increase the competitive spirit with a playoff between Sticky Pomegranate & Black Pepper Chicken Wings and Sticky Fish Sauce Chicken Wings with Peanuts & Herbs. Both use a dry brine before baking, and the resulting wings are crispy but tender and filled with finger-licking sticky sauce.

Other options for playing time (or anytime) include tasty Pajeon pancake with soy dipping sauce. Or treat everyone to fried Oyster Tacos using sustainably farmed Fishers Island oysters. Fry the oysters coated in a cornmeal mixture, wrap them in hot tortillas and add remoulade sauce as suggested in the recipe or any other taco topping that inspires.

Winter weather calls for slowly cooked braisers that warm the house and body, like this recipe for red wine braised short ribs. Serve the ribs and sauce over hot buttered egg noodles or creamy polenta. Another perfect winter warmer is the popular Indian curry Butter Chicken made with aromatic spices including garam masala (which is a blend of spices), cumin and turmeric. The recipe is a 30-minute version, so even though it is not completely traditional, it is easy enough for evening meals.

Also add this Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash to your weekly repertoire. The filling requires quinoa – mixed with dried cranberries, pepitas and scallions – but you can use just about any grain in the pantry, including farro, brown rice, barley or wheat berries.

At the end of the dinner menu is a delicious pasta that brings us back to the trendy mushrooms with Mushroom Marsala Pasta Bake. Delicious in itself, but consider adding a fried egg on top to add a little protein and extra richness.

Enjoy these Chewy Brown Sugar Maple Cookies for a sweet treat at the end of the main meal. Or, when you’re in the baking mood and want to go beyond cookies, you can enjoy Dorie Greenspan’s cardamom crumb cake for dessert or breakfast or anywhere in between.

And finally, if you are looking for more light citrus for dark winter days, make a batch of this super simple rosemary citrus syrup and use it in cocktails, mocktails or with hot water like a tisane to warm you all the way through. Have a good and healthy 2022!

Rosemary Citrus Syrup, photo by Chip Riegel

Genie McPherson Trevor is the founding editor of Edible Rhody magazine, a quarterly food magazine that pays homage to Rhode Island’s local, seasonal generosity. Edible Rhody is a member of Edible Communities, the award-winning James Beard publishing group with over 80 local Edible magazines in print throughout the United States and Canada.

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