The snow is piling up. The cure? Tasty beer, of course! Here’s some fine libations you can treat yourself to that will have you singing "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!" in no time!
Great Divide Hibernation Ale — The name says it all. Hibernation is an Old Ale with nice toasty malt and nutty flavors balanced by moderate hop bitterness. Perfect for when you want to fall asleep until springtime.
Stone Double Bastard — "Ye shall know the Bastard, and the Bastard shall set you free," from caring about shoveling snow, in this case. With aggressive hops accompanied by a massive malt bill, you’ll be pondering the arrogance of this beer until everything thaws out.
Trappistes Rochefort 10 — It’s been said that Belgian quadrupels were originally brewed by monks in the winter months to keep themselves sustained and slightly numb to the cold. It is wise to follow their example here. 10 is the strongest of Rochefort’s beers, dominated by rum, brown sugar and raisin flavors, with a distinct yeast profile.
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout — It’s a classic. Thick and warming, with chocolate, vanilla, roastiness and booze integrating and getting seemingly more complex as it warms. Like a little bourbon in your hot chocolate, only better. And at 14.2% abv, you’re likely to simply forget about the winter.
North Coast Old Stock Ale — The perfect fireside beer. Slightly sweet with bready, fruity and nut flavors. Be sure to save some for next year, too: aging Old Stock brings out dark fruity, vinous, and port-like flavors that you won’t want to miss, smoothing it out even more.
Foods you can make with snow
If you're in the parts of the U.S. that may see historic snowfalls this weekend, you might be wondering what to do with all the white stuff.
Here's an idea: Why not cook with it? Yep, it turns out that snow may be nature's most versatile ingredient.
When it comes to recipes, we're not just talking snow cones here.
Check out some of favorite recipes with snow -- but just remember avoid any yellow patches.
1. Maple Syrup Snow Taffy
The Canadians know a thing or two about snow so leave it to them to have created one of the most unusual -- and fun -- snow day treats around. To make these maple syrup taffy lollipops, heat up some syrup like you would with candy, pour over snow and watch the magic happen. Some choose to roll their taffy strands onto sticks, others just pick it off the snow with sticky fingers. Delight kids and dinner guests with this relatively simple sweet.
Folding snow into pancake batter will give you a light and fluffy result every time. This recipe from Katherine Grossman, aka Granny Miller, looks pretty simple -- but the key is to gingerly fold the snow into the batter. Also, these pancakes are baked not fried. and remember the fresher the snow, the better the pancake.
There are a lot of variations on this classic recipe but the end result should be a smooth, creamy cold treat that closely resembles regular ice cream. Whether you use heavy cream or milk or real sugar or Truvia, kids or all ages will have fun whipping up this fluffy stuff.
4. Slushy Snow Margarita
If you’re stuck without power, it’s safe to say you deserve a cocktail. Simple to make, these frozen margaritas will have you dreaming of warmer times. If you’re more of a daiquiri fan just substitute the lime and tequila for a little strawberry juice and rum.
Slushy beer doesn’t usually sound very appetizing but this unusual recipe will have you thinking twice about this adult beverage. Take advantage of sub-zero temperatures and let Mother Nature do the work instead of taking up room in your freezer. This might be one of the most unusual snow cone recipes we’ve ever so have fun knocking one of these back.
Okay, so these adorable little cookies might not actually incorporate any real snow but if you’re somewhere unseasonably hot, something reminiscent of a snow day might sound good right about now. This chef uses almonds, but these versatile, crumbly cookies can incorporate any type of nut you prefer. Dusted with fine powdered sugar, this little balls are almost too pretty to eat.
8 Super Easy Recipes for When You’re Snowed In
The weather gods have spoken, and there’s a snowstorm (or worse, a blizzard) on its way. But before you flock to the nearest grocery and start stocking up on bags of potato chips, Marshmallow Fluff and cookie dough, take note. There are plenty of healthy options, including fresh produce, worth picking up, instead. In fact, eating a well-balanced meal can help you stay warm and boost your immune system, protecting you from catching a cold or the flu.
Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com and author of Read It Before You Eat It, says, “You can’t always plan for emergencies, but when possible, it can make the difference between whether you’re safe or in danger.” Taub-Dix recommends picking up plenty of bottled water, canned foods, veggies and fruit and small-sized jars of mayo or mustard to avoid excess waste.
Here are a few snowstorm all-stars to add to your grocery list:
- Hearty grains. Oatmeal, farro and brown rice, cook up quickly over stovetop, keep you warm and provide lasting energy you’ll need. and stews. Grab a couple cans, or the ingredients to make some ahead of time and store in the freezer, so all you have to do is re-heat them.
- Canned tuna and salmon. Trust us, these will make it easy to get a hit of protein and omega-3 fatty acids (which will help boost your immune system!).
- Leafy greens. Superfoods like kale and Swiss chard have a longer shelf life than Romaine lettuce and spinach, and are brimming with nutrients. , apples, bananas and avocados take time to ripen and come in handy for simple breakfasts and snacks.
- Starchy vegetables. Winter squash and sweet potatoes don’t go bad easily, and when you’re in a serious pinch, high-quality protein powders can give you nutrients, minerals and vitamins when fresh food isn’t available.
More pro tips? If the power goes out, keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. “An unopened, full freezer can hold foods safely for about 48 hours. A refrigerator will keep your food safe for about four to five hours,” Taub-Dix says.
Another thing to note: While a hot toddy or cuppa spiked wine hot chocolate sounds like the perfect way to stay toasty, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend avoiding alcoholic beverages or caffeinated drinks. Alcohol and caffeine can cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. With that said, here are some easy, health-boosting recipes when a snomaggedon hits.
8 Super Easy Recipes to Fill You Up During a Snowstorm
1. Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
On the night before a snowstorm, make ahead a week’s worth of these deliciously filling overnight oats. Simply mix unsweetened almond milk, chia seeds, peanut butter and maple syrup in a Mason jar. Slowly add in rolled oats until they’re all immersed in the almond milk. Leave the jars in the fridge overnight to let the mixture set. In the morning, add whatever fresh berries you have and chopped nuts. If your nearest grocery is out of milk, you can make your own nut milk at home. Just follow this simple guide. Outta peanut butter, too? Check out these DIY nut butter and fruit jams you can make with leftover nuts and fruits. Recipe and photo: Dana Schultz / Minimalist Baker
2. Curried Sweet Potato Soup
Sweet potatoes are great starchy vegetables to keep on hand because they don’t need to be refrigerated, and last a few weeks. Plus, they’re packed with beta-carotene, the secret ingredient to healthy skin and eyes. This recipe also features red curry paste to bring on the heat, immune-boosting ginger and garlic, which has allicin, a compound that helps fight infection. Photo and recipe: Colette Dike / Food Deco
3. Avocado Tuna Salad
No stove? No problem! If the gas isn’t working, consider whipping up these easy yet flavorful open-faced sandwiches. Instead of mayo, we swap in creamy avocado to prepare the tuna salad. Be sure to purchase unripe avocados a few days before you plan to use them so they ripen on time. Top with halved grape tomatoes, crumbled goat cheese and black beans on toasted whole-grain or sprouted bread. Photo and recipe: Monique Volz / Ambitious Kitchen=
4. Banana-Coconut-Maca Shake
When snow strikes, so do the sugar cravings. Cue that box of Oreos looking more appealing than ever. But if you’ve got a couple of overripe bananas sitting on your counter, this mouthwatering shake is just what you need to satisfy those sweet rumblings. Bonus: It has other good-for-you ingredients, including extra-virgin coconut oil, nut butter, chia seeds, maca powder and freshly grated nutmeg and cardamom to spice things up. Photo and recipe: Alison Wu / Wu Haus
5. Farro, White Bean and Preserved Lemon Salad
Switch up your grain game and try incorporating farro into your dishes. It’s similar to long-grain brown rice but has a chewier texture. This satisfying farro salad includes cannellini beans, which are an excellent source of plant protein when beef, chicken and fish are out of reach. Garlic, parsley, leeks and lemon juice add refreshing flavor. Photo and recipe: Brandon Matzek / Kitchen Konfidence
6. Ginger Molasses Granola
A bowl of this sweetly spiced granola with milk beats the cereal box any day. Unlike the store-bought stuff, this ginger-spiked granola is lightly sweetened with blackstrap molasses (a good source of potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium). Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and unsweetened dried fruit are also in the mix. Photo: Alan Weiner Recipe: Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky / Run Fast. Eat Slow. Cookbook
7. Spicy Brown Rice Seared Tuna Roll Bowl
Poke bowls actually make flavorful, nutrient-rich meals when the power is out because you can do all the prep work in advance, and there’s not much to cook. Clean out your fridge by using leftover fresh herbs, veggies and fruits to make a zesty sauce, like the mango chimichurri in this recipe. You can also make the brown rice ahead of time and just store it in Tupperware. Tuna cooks up super quick, requiring only about a minute of searing per side before you slice it thinly. Photo and recipe: Tieghan Gerard / Half-Baked Harvest
8. Cleansing Kale Salad
We call this a “kitchen sink” salad because it features a colorful variety of seasonal produce. Kale outlives other leafy greens in the fridge, which makes it super versatile. Meanwhile, delicata squash roasts up quickly, so you only need about 15 to 20 minutes for it to caramelize. Add some walnuts, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries, and you’ve got a fiber-rich meal that’s ready in minutes! Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn
What Do You Cook When You’re Snowed In?
“In anticipation of the 15-18 inches of snow headed our way, I stopped this morning to get fresh vegetables & stew beef,” says elfcook. “If I am going to be snowed in tomorrow, I want the aroma of a good beef stew slow-cooking all day as I sit by the wood stove. That, plus I’ll make some biscuits, because I just don’t see how you can eat beef stew without them.”
“Definitely a good beef stew full of root vegetables served with homemade biscuits—I won’t even eat the stew if I can’t have the biscuits too,” agrees gaffk. “Then a nice roasted chicken with mashed potatoes. (That way, if stuck for more than 2 days, there’s hot chicken sandwiches and potato cakes.)”
“We have lots of snow on the ground for a good six consecutive months of the year so are pretty good at comfort foods,” says chefathome. “I have so many favourites: coq au vin, pot au feu, cassoulet, chicken and dumplings, chili, Yorkshire pudding and prime rib, steak and ale pie, homemade pasta and gnocchi, slow baked beans, lentil stew with sausage, bangers and mash, braised short ribs with rosemary and chocolate sauce, chicken mole, sticky pork ribs, fried buttermilk chicken, shepherd’s pie, fish en papillote…”
Passadumkeg‘s snowed-in magic: “Throw elk jerky w/ pinto bean, red chile, onions and garlic in my Dutch oven and set on top of wood stove.”
Cook Up a Storm1/22/16 By Alison Spiegel
A looming snowstorm is the perfect excuse to pull out that time-intensive recipe you've been sitting on for a while, but haven't been able to try. We're talking about the braises, confits and ragus that require hours of simmering, or that ambitious baking project you've been putting off.
Here's what to cook when you're stuck in the house with tons of time on your hands.
C&aposmon, you know you want to. And frankly, it doesn&apost get much simpler than this biscuit-based cinnamon roll recipe. You asked for a baking project, and my friends, you&aposve got one. If you&aposre going to be stuck inside your house all day, you might as well make it smell like the Auntie Anne&aposs store in the food court at your local mall, right?
This muffin is everything you want in a warm baked good𠅌rispy on the exterior, and light and fluffy on the interior. The crunchy, cinnamon oat streusel topping doesn&apost hurt either. If you don&apost have blueberries on hand (because, I don&apost know, you didn&apost manage to stop at the grocery store in the middle of a polar vortex), go ahead and sub in whatever fruit you might happen to have. And if you have literally no fruit (nice), just throw in some chocolate chips and be done with it.
Snowstorm Prep Pantry Staples
Stock your pantry with healthy, high-energy foods. Keeping a running list of items, and check expiration dates every six months.
Bottled water: You&aposll need it for drinking, cooking, and washing up. Theꃎnters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests a gallon a day for each person and pet. Don&apost skimp: Dehydration zaps your energy and can even be fatal.
Canned soups: The classic comfort foods, soups, and chili provide liquids and important nutrients. Look for low-sodium varieties.
Applesauce and other low-sugar fruit cups: "Single serving, ready-to-eat items are key," says Lemond.
Granola and protein bars: They&aposre easy to stash, last for months, and provide energy-boosting carbohydrates. Some are high in added sugars, so check labels carefully.
Pancake and baking mixes: Even if the electricity goes out, you can still cook if you have a grill or gas stove. Stock up on just-add-water mixes for pancakes and biscuits.
Rice, oats, and other grains: They&aposre easy to cook and can stretch other foods into a whole meal.
Peanut and other nut butters: They fuel you up with healthy fats and protein.
Whole-grain crackers and tortillas: Use them as snacks, wraps, and mini-sandwiches. Whole grain delivers fiber, which helps you feel full and keeps you regular, while carbs provide energy.
Canned tuna, salmon, chicken, and turkey: They provide protein and will last for two to three years in your pantry. Vacuum-sealed pouches are another good choice, but they have a shorter shelf life.
Canned beans: They&aposre an excellent source of protein and fiber.
Honey: It never goes bad.
Sports drinks: They help keep you hydrated and replace lost electrolytes and carbs. Just watch out for added sugars.
Shelf-stable almond or soy milk: Get them in single servings, Lemond says.
Low-sodium canned vegetables: They&aposre cheap, last for years, and provide many vitamins.
Dried apricots and raisins: Loaded with fiber and antioxidants, they make a naturally sweet, healthy snack.
Dry and canned pet food: Buy more than you think you&aposll need.
High-heat oils like peanut, avocado, and sesame oil: "With the right pans and grilling baskets, you can do a ton with just a gas grill," Lemond says. "Asian udon noodles can be ready in two minutes when you throw them into a stir fry." Caution: Never use a grill indoors — you could start a fire or risk asphyxiation from toxic fumes.
What You Should Drink While You're Snowed in This Week
While anxious weirdos were sprinting to the Piggly Wiggly to stock up on Wonder Bread and milk before the impending snowstorm hit, savvy folks focused more on their looming dipsomania. (That's a craving for booze, y'all.) So, with "Dangerous Winter Storm Stella"&mdashthat's what we're seriously calling it?&mdashis here, it's time to batten down the hatches and open up our liquor cabinets.
You can't drink "wrong" when you're snowed-in all weekend, catching up on all those Netflix shows you should have already watched. But you can certainly drink a whole lot better. Here's how:
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Pretty easy. Brew some coffee in whatever way you prefer, then add cream and the booze of your choice. Adding whiskey makes Irish Coffee. Adding tequila makes Mexican Coffee. And adding vodka makes Shitty Coffee. No matter the spirit, it will keep you toasty and toasted.
Though it sounds like a warm drink for fancy-pants alcoholics of yesteryear, a toddy actually isn't all that hard to whip up. Mix a dark liquor with boiling water and honey, and perhaps toss a few winter spices in for good measure (cloves, cinnamon, allspice, probably not paprika). Or you could just, like, microwave a mug full of rum if you're lazy.
Imperial Stouts and Barleywines
Plowing through a case of beer is never not wise, but now is not the time to focus on ice-cold pilsners. You need a warming beer, one that you don't mind consuming at room temperature. Imperial stouts are a great, boozy option, but barleywines are even better. The
10 percent ABV beers have strong toffee- and liqueur-like notes and make for a helluva classy way to get blotto.
Place a bottle of your favorite bourbon and your nicest rocks glass on the coffee table. Pour, drink, pour, drink, pour, drink until the bottle is up-ended. By the time you wake up, the snow will already be melting and you can head back to work with a wicked 48-hour hangover. At least you avoided shoveling the driveway.
This calls for a celebration! Pop the cork on that bottle of champagne you've been saving and celebrate finally having a snow day this year. Wait, you're working from home and you won't miss a single goddamn day of work? Hmmm. maybe you should have saved the vintage Dom.
Sometimes it's smart to go the other way drinking-wise when it's gross out. Whipping up a tropical drink like a Mai Tai, a piña colada, or even a simple rum punch can mentally take you to a place where it's a whole lot warmer outside. And, no, I'm not talking about Houston.
Danger Winter Storm Stella Iced Tea
Of course, maybe you forgot to plan ahead in picking up alcohol and instead are one of those weirdos more concerned with stockpiling bread and milk in your bunker. In that case, you'll have to get crafty. Take literally any intoxicant you have lying around the house&mdashwine, cupcake-flavored vodka, even Scope in a pinch&mdashand shake it up together. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
11 perfect recipes for when you're snowed in
Ah, snow. It's always a little bit magical (until it gets stomped into black slush).
A snowstorm is also the perfect opportunity to hunker down and cook up some comfort food. Let us plan the menu. All you have to do is stock up on the ingredients ahead of time. From casseroles and mac and cheese to cozy soups and chili, here are 11 recipes to make the next time you're snowed in.
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Bonus Recipe: Randall Beans Soup Base
It’s not quite a meal, but this easy recipe for a great soup base with Randall Beans is a great way to help stretch out meals while you are snowed in. Easy to prepare and store away in the fridge or freezer, this soup base is all you need to get started to whip up an amazing soup recipe. Whether you plan ahead by picking up some chicken and veggies to add with it or you are just trying to find a good way to use up some leftovers from the night or two before, tossing whatever you have on hand into this soup base is a great way to get started.
Make your meal prep for time spent snowed in easy and stress-free by planning meals that will last you a couple of days, not just the day you make it.
Whenever you are looking at an incoming snowstorm, don’t forget to load up on all the ingredients you need to prepare a hearty pot of soup! Soup is the ultimate food for making it through a snowstorm. Grab your free copy of our Sensational Soups cookbook for lots of great recipes.