Cozy meals to make you feel good – Buffalo Rising

Cozy meals to make you feel good – Buffalo Rising

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Winter cooking should be comforting, warm and comfortable from start to finish. Soups and casseroles rule in my household during the winter months, and recipes with one casserole become a staple throughout the week.

We have two dishes to share today, both are an original classic. First, a creamy twist on a French onion soup, and the second is a hot bid on a traditional cold salad.

Cream of mushroom french onion soup


  • 1 red onion
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 white onion
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Your favorite mushroom mixture
  • Mushroom fund
  • Beef Fund
  • Heavy cream
  • 1 cup dry white cooking wine
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese
  • French bread for topping

We will start by cooking all our sliced ​​onions, shallots and garlic down with the butter in a Dutch oven. Once they have boiled down for about ten minutes, slowly start adding the white wine until it is boiled off by the onions. From there, add your mushrooms and cook for another five minutes.

Season the mixture with salt and pepper and add three cups of mushroom broth and three cups of beef broth. Add Worcestershire sauce and increase the heat to simmer for about ten minutes, then reduce the head and add 1 cup of heavy cream. Let cook for another 10-15 minutes.

From there, you can top with sliced ​​French bread and grated Gruyere cheese, toss in the broiler and get a beautiful cheesy soup!

Solid winter salad with a mixture of baked and fresh ingredients

For this dish you will need:

  • Kale
  • Spring mix
  • 1 apple
  • 1 bulb
  • 1-2 sweet potatoes
  • A jar of artichoke hearts
  • 1 red onion

This is one of our favorite and simplest dishes to put together. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees ahead of time. Add your washed kale to a baking sheet and massage the pieces with olive oil and garlic powder. We need to bake it for about 5-7 minutes or until it is a little crispy. Add your sweet diced potatoes to another baking sheet, cut artichoke hearts and sliced ​​red onion with a dash of olive oil. Let the mixture bake for about 20 minutes.

While everything is baking, start cutting the apple and pear into cubes. We also need to put together a very light basil dressing that includes:

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • Fresh garlic
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

For this dressing, we just put everything in our blender and add olive oil as needed to get the desired consistency.

To build the salad, start with the spring mixture, layer the baked kale in layers, add the chopped apple and pear, portion the sweet potato, onion and artichoke mixture on top and top with the basil dressing.

Now that the snow is hanging here in Buffalo, try experimenting in your kitchen with these recipes. They will be sure to warm your home and your body in the coming cold days. Besides, nothing completes a snowy day like a hot bowl of soup!

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Written and hosted by Alyssa Nicotera
Photography and editing of Vin Berbano
Produced by Jessica Marinelli
Special thanks to Artisan Kitchen & Bath

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