Beating the winter BLAHS ..

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2004/01/03 20:42:31 (permalink)

Beating the winter BLAHS ..



OK-- Christmas is over-- and hopefully you aren't still suffering from New Years hangovers-- now.... It's January.. and I'm wondering what it is that you do to beat the winter blahs?? I know this is a food forum - so I guess I'm wondering what are your winter blah beater foods...
I would have to say mine is any kind of chocolate or home baked goods!
Now lets hear some of yours!
And by the way-- Spring will be here soon!! Hang in there!! :)
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    olphart
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/03 21:37:37 (permalink)
    I had the "winter blahs" yesterday, so I went out and mowed the grass!
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/03 21:43:49 (permalink)
    As long as we have lots of snow and in Alaska, we don't get the winter blahs! We can ski, snowshoe, showmachine, cross-country back country ski to Public Use Cabins, ice fish and then there's Fur Rondezvous (two week winter festival with parades, ice carving competitions, fireworks) and then there's the Iditarod! It's a 1,050 mile sled dog race from Wasilla (official start is here in Anchorage) to Nome. It's one of the most grueling races on the planet, takes them across barren tundra, mountain passes, the wind-swept Bering Sea.
    After a day spent outside I like some of the following to warm up:
    Coq au Vin
    Chili
    Clam chowder
    Boeuf Bourguignon
    Chicken Stew
    Homemade bread
    Italian lentil soup
    Halibut chowder
    Cinnamon rolls

    Bring on more winter!!
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/03 22:13:13 (permalink)
    We're working out the details for our Winter Roadtrip to begin later this month. It has been tough to get the Winter Blues this season, We've only had a couple of little snowfalls and the temp for the past few weeks has stayed in the 50's or better daily. Now if we get back to the normal Hoosier winter soon..We will make an effort to speed up the roadtrip process.
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/03 22:28:46 (permalink)
    I had the winter blahs today because I had to stay home and clean out the garage while GF played golf.
    Damn Texas weather!
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/04 06:43:15 (permalink)
    One thing that lifts my spirits in winter is making homemade vegetable beef soup. I actually make a pot roast with vegetables and have it for a meal or two, saving part of the meat, pan drippings and bone for the soup stock.

    My mom once told me, "if you want good (vegetable) soup, use plenty of onions and cabbage". So, I do.

    As for the geographical cure, come February, I will be somewhere in the deep South or Florida.
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/04 21:39:59 (permalink)
    I'll beat the winter "blahs"- I'm leaving for places "where the climate suits my clothes" on the 10th and wont be back to the slushy Hudson Valley 'till March!
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 09:59:51 (permalink)
    We just had our first decent snow in years here in Chicagoland so it was a snowy Sunday staying home and making a pot roast yesterday. Lots of garlic and horseradish rubbed on to it while braising and 4 hours of good smells in the house while slow roasting.
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 10:19:33 (permalink)
    I beat the winter Blah's just yesterday !! It got up to 80 in South Carolina !!!!
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 10:22:47 (permalink)
    Like any good mid-Atlantic Road Fooder, switching to:

    hot dishes at my favorite seafood haunts like a clear broth, hot Maryland Crab Soup at Cantler's in Annapolis, Maryland;

    comfort foods like roast turkey and mashed potatos, etc. at the Coach Stop in Middleburg, Virginia;

    and just a tad more horseradish in the Bloody Marys at the Old Ebbitt Grille in Washington, D.C.
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 11:34:01 (permalink)
    I wish we had more cold weather down here. I ran my air conditioning all weekend.

    Rain, heat and humidity.
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 12:53:40 (permalink)
    Three words: Split Pea Soup!
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 13:06:43 (permalink)
    One word: Martinis.
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 13:24:09 (permalink)
    I don't get the winter blahs. There are too many things to do in the winter, not the least of them being bowhunting for deer, grouse hunting, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, camping, trap, skeet and sporting clays, and, of course, putting my tackle boxes in order (including getting rid of that slice of cherry pie that I put in one box last summer), refilling my reels, replacing rod guides, and general maintenance.

    But is it in the winter that I make kielbasa with boiled potatoes and sauerkraut, venison stew with confetti dumplings, venison chili, lasagna, and pot roast of venison, elk, bear, moose, caribou -- whatever I have in the freezer.
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 13:28:57 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Grampy

    One word: Martinis.


    Two additional words : Great Idea !
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 13:43:49 (permalink)
    Whenever we get a big snowstorm, I make a pot of soup, fill one of those plastic baby sleds with quarts of it, and pull it around to drop them off at our older neighbors' houses. Then I come back home and eat a big bowl of it.

    So far this year, the weather has not been that bad.

    We also try to have some kind of a fun party around the end of February when the blahs really start hitting. Last year, I had a slumber party for my female friends - beef, cheese and chocolate fondues, Greatest Hits of the Girl groups karaoke, tearjerker movie Imitation of Life and the 10 best I Love Lucy episodes video.
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 14:23:15 (permalink)
    Ruby, I want to come to your next sleepover!

    Maybe Grampy could mix up a bunch of martinis...
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 15:19:09 (permalink)
    Have shaker, will travel.
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 15:25:40 (permalink)
    Though it's not exactly "food-related", here's how we're kicking OUR winter blahs...

    [url]www.ayacanora.com[/url]

    best vacation I've ver had (and some of the best food I've ever eaten!)
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 15:49:53 (permalink)
    I haven't suffered the blahs nearly as much here in the Louisville area, compared to the hellish winter's up in COSMOS country. I was a SoCal boy whose first teaching job was in a small town in WAY-Upstate N Y . I was there 6 years (slo-learner) and we had our first snow flakes in September every year...and snow days out of school AFTER Spring break each year also. I never understood what 'Cabin-Fever' was until my first winter there. 'Blahs' are tough, but the real problem is when 'blahs' turn to 'fever' Then people really suffer !!
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 17:26:53 (permalink)
    I know the winter blahs hit me when I sleep later than usual or end up dozing off or taking naps when I really shouldn't do. Craving for starchy or sweet foods also signal the winter blahs setting in.

    What I do is force myself to take a long walk when I can and when I lived close enough to the local community sports centre, I used to make myself go for aerobics and yoga classes as well as swim sessions. It helps cut through the Seasonal Affective Disorder (fancy pants scientific name for Winter Blahs, I guess).

    One good thing is that I stave it off by holding potlucks and dinner parties so cooking in a bright and warm kitchen and eating with friends keeps me perky
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 18:04:02 (permalink)
    I'm finding winters in Maryland pretty easy after most of my life in Toronto (not quite the true frozen north, but cold enough!), but it still gets a wee frosty down here, and at those times I like to make and eat:

    Chicken soup (a simmering pot of chicken stock does wonders for the blahs)
    Any other hot soup, really, especially borscht, split pea, lentil....
    Thai curries w/ lots of rice
    Fried noodle dishes
    Pasta w/ tomato sauce & meatballs and/or sausage
    Cooked greens
    Big pot of beans w/ some corn product (tortillas, cornbread etc)
    Roasted root veggies
    Pork chops w/ sauerkraut
    Beef stew
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 19:03:10 (permalink)
    The Sundancer shops. I love to spend money I do not have this time of the year. I love to go to the mall and buy crap that I do not need. More sweaters, leather jackets, pants, shirts and liquor.

    I love to go to the Five Oaks Outlet Mall in Pigeon Forge, TN and I directly go to the Polo shop and buy what I could not afford last year. I go to the Allen Edmonds shoe store and buy shoes that I cannot afford. There is something about buying this time of the year that improves my attitude. Not food related but it is what gets me going.

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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/05 22:02:42 (permalink)
    Stocking my deep freezers with the great after the holiday buys at the Grocers here. Smithfield Spiral Sliced Hams are featured at one store for 69 cents a pound, 8 half hams now have a new home with me. Frozen Turkeys were at another store for 19 cents a lb(store brand) 6 of these came home with me. 1 lb cans of Jumbo lump crab were going for 3.99 a can, bunches of those landed up in the cart. Perdue Boneless Chicken breasts for79cents a lb. Smokies, brats, Italian Sausage all running 99cent or under a lb, and frozen shrimp as low as 2.99 lb. for fairly decent sized shrimp. A stuffed freezer is a happy freezer. I've also been hoarding cheese balls, cheeses, crackers, baking supplies and all the lovely candies that dive down in price. Post holiday is a much better time for me as a culinary bonanaza. I'm seriously thinking about going back tomorrow and grabbing a couple whole beef tenderloins that are going for 4.99 a lb and having them portioned up into filets and smaller rosts....mmmmmm mmmmmmmm
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/07 11:26:48 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Cosmos

    Three words: Split Pea Soup!

    ------nuff sed!
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/07 11:53:36 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by booboobirdie

    Though it's not exactly "food-related", here's how we're kicking OUR winter blahs...

    [url]www.ayacanora.com[/url]

    best vacation I've ver had (and some of the best food I've ever eaten!)


    Yep. that would do it for me!
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/07 20:14:19 (permalink)
    Our winter blahs here on the sw coast of Oregon are a bit different, but no less depressing, than ice, snow, and cold - we just get lots and lots of rain. And of course the sun is usually absent when it's raining - in fact, the sun is absent even when it's not raining! Today we got a rare break from the rain; it hit nearly 60 with lots of sun - first such day in over a month. However, I've been experimenting with some Asian greens that will grow right through our winters and have done well with two such this year: something called Tah Tsai and another called Komatsuna. Although they almost drowned, they really are growing, and we are eating them, mostly in stir fried noodle dishes which absolutely meet the criteria of winter comfort food. And I've done so many variations on Pad Thai this winter that it often resembles the original only in name and taste, but it's still damn good!
    jm
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/08 08:10:42 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by booboobirdie

    Though it's not exactly "food-related", here's how we're kicking OUR winter blahs...

    [url]www.ayacanora.com[/url]

    best vacation I've ver had (and some of the best food I've ever eaten!)


    My God, did anyone else check-out the "Crew" link on this site?

    The female half of the boat's two-person crew is a certified chef (Culinary Arts cum laude Masters graduate), certified ship captain (USCG) and a former restaurant owner. If she can make even a mediocre Stalini, I may just have to challenge Captain Mike to an on-deck duel for her honor.


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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/08 08:19:59 (permalink)
    Soup, soup, and more soup!
    Navy Bean and Cream of Tomato are definite favs. Also, a big pot of Kielbasa and sauerkraut really warms me up!
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    RE: Beating the winter BLAHS .. 2004/01/08 08:32:18 (permalink)
    And I should add....Chef Roberta can knock back some Painkillers and Bushwhackers like a true sailor, and STILL manage to whip up a 5 star meal like you can't imagine. Don't know how she does it!

    [url]www.ayacanora.com[/url]

    best vacation I've ever had (and some of the best food I've ever eaten!)

    My God, did anyone else check-out the "Crew" link on this site?

    The female half of the boat's two-person crew is a certified chef (Culinary Arts cum laude Masters graduate), certified ship captain (USCG) and a former restaurant owner. If she can make even a mediocre Stalini, I may just have to challenge Captain Mike to an on-deck duel for her honor.



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