Wintertime brings to mind warm, comforting dishes. Spaghetti sauce, pot roast, macaroni and cheese, kale chips and apple crisp recipes will all warm you up. Before you cook, remember to put on one of Best Aprons’ aprons for women so that the ingredients stay in the dishes and not on your clothes.
Tomato sauce looks better on spaghetti than on your shirt, so before starting on this recipe, put on one of Best Aprons’ aprons for women to protect from splatters. Sautee brown beef or pork ribs and some Italian sausage in olive oil and then remove from the pan. Add four cloves of minced garlic and 6 ounce can of tomato paste. When these are browned (don’t burn the garlic!), add two 28 ounce cans of tomato puree and one 28 ounce can of tomato sauce. Add a tablespoon of Italian seasonings and taste for salt. Return the meat to the pot, add some meatballs if you want, cover it and turn the heat down to medium low. Serve over pasta with the meat on the side.
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Start this dish before work and dinner will be ready when you get home. After donning one of your aprons for women to protect your clothes, brown a chuck roast on both sides in a tablespoon of oil. Chop a large onion and place in the slow cooker along with some celery and carrots. Put roast on top of the vegetables, add water or broth halfway up the sides. Add bay leaf, peppercorns and salt. Put the lid on and set to low for eight hours or high for four. When the meat is falling apart, remove to a platter and cover. Strain the vegetables from the juices and make gravy. Serve with potatoes and vegetables of your choice.
Mac and Cheese
This winter classic involves a white sauce flavored with cheese that is mixed with macaroni and baked. You can do many things with this dish: add some browned hamburger and a bit of ketchup for macaroni cheeseburger bake; experiment with different cheeses, such as gruyere and a touch of roquefort; or toss in some chopped spinach, sauteed mushrooms or other vegetables. Whatever you try, don’t forget to tie on one of the varieties of aprons for women from Best Aprons to keep the cheese in the dish and off of your clothes.
A new favorite winter snack is kale chips. Remove the tough stems from a bunch of dry, washed kale, chop the leaves and place them on a baking sheet. Toss with a tablespoon of olive oil and some seasoned salt and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until crispy, but not burned. Try adding garlic and parmesan cheese to a batch!
Winter calls for desserts and apple crisp fits the bill perfectly. Place peeled, sliced cooking apples in the bottom of a buttered baking dish. Top with a mixture of butter, brown sugar, oatmeal and cinnamon, pour in a ½ cup of water or apple cider and bake for 30 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with vanilla ice cream. Whatever you get into in the kitchen, don’t forget quality aprons for women from Best Aprons.