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Old Man Winter

01/02/14 00:00 AM CST

The Arctic blasts of Old Man Winter require hearty soups, slow-cooked meats and stews from family recipes - yes, indeed, just what we all need: comfort food.

Our local winter-weather cuisine reflects Texas' colorful heritage: Southwestern posole, ranch-style chili, Cajun gumbo, Vietnamese pho, East European goulash, and even the humble and tasty dish of chicken & dumplings. The real beauty of these dishes is apparent in their simple use of readily available ingredients (whatever is on hand in your kitchen!).

If you've got a pot, slow-cooker or a Dutch oven, then you're always just a click away from a steaming bowl of coziness. For starters, try this delicious Tomatillo-Braised Pork Loin with Herby White Beans  or this recipe for minestrone soup with crusty Italian bread, pain au levain or a bolillo roll. Mmmm…

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