Wisconsin is lovely in January! Ok, not really. It’s actually miserably cold, grey and dreary. But Wisconsinites must look at the bright side of Wisconsin winters or the abominable snow man will get us.
What is the bright side of a Wisconsin winter? Having an excuse to cook a comforting meal and enjoy a relaxing night on the couch under the blankets. Here are some ideas for foods to enjoy while you hibernate until March… or maybe April.
Beer Cheese Soup – January is National Soup Month and this is Wisconsin, so beer cheese soup totally deserves the top spot. Make it extra special by adding some bratwurst or vegetables.
Chicken and Dumplings- This is more of a Southern staple then a Wisconsin one, but if you haven’t tried to make it, head over to the kitchen right now! I feel like I’m being wrapped in a blanket that just came out of the dryer when I eat the fluffy dumplings, and the chicken and vegetables have the healing power of chicken noodle soup. If I haven’t convinced you yet, here’s one more little known fact about chicken and dumplings, it’s EASY to make! At least with the recipe I use, check it out here.
Macaroni and Cheese– I’m obsessed with food so it’s hard to pick a favorite, but mac and cheese is certainly a contendor. My friends suggested I start a mac and cheese blog, and since there are so many ways to make it, I’d never run out of ideas, but I would probably run out of pants that fit.
Snowy Wisconsin Brownies- Bake up some warm, chocolatey brownies and enjoy with a tall glass of Wisconsin’s official state beverage (milk, not beer!) and you have the cure for the Wisconsin Winter blues. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top to symbolize the snow. This snow trick also works for pancakes, waffles and donuts.