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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Stepping Out
Winter cuisine
Cozy up in the kitchen and bring our your chef skills
By Karen Bloom
A savory, hearty stew is a satisfying and healthy winter meal that can be made without too much fuss and will tempt everyone’s palate.

Winter’s recent blast reminds us that home is often the best place to be this time of year. So settle in for some cozy winter nesting and find some inspiration in the kitchen. Gather family and friends for some conversation and great food.
Bring everyone into the kitchen and see who has the chops to be a ‘Top Chef” in your group. Get inspired with some tasty, comforting foods to warm body and soul.
Keep warm with hearty dishes that satisfy appetites and comfort food cravings. By using natural ingredients, relying on veggies and lean proteins, you can create many tempting meals that are tasty and healthful.
The potato, for example, can be used as a starting point for a creative meal. From russets to reds, fingerlings to purples, the hearty potato comes in many beautiful varieties that add color and texture to beloved comfort dishes.

One Healthy Spud
Think beyond the French fry. Potatoes also boast many benefits to your diet. Here are few reasons to add this versatile vegetable into meals:
Potassium: Potatoes are a great source of potassium, which may help lower high blood pressure, making them a heart-healthy choice. In fact, potatoes contain more potassium than a banana or spinach.
Vitamins: A spud a day may keep the cold germs away. One medium-sized spud has nearly half the recommended daily value of vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin B6.
Dietary fiber: Potatoes are also a source of dietary fiber, a complex carbohydrate, which is known to increase satiety and help with weight loss.
Gluten free: Potatoes are a naturally gluten-free food, so those with gluten sensitivity can enjoy this flavorful vegetable.

Try out these recipes for inspiration.

Country Stew
5 pounds bone-in short ribs, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 cups water
1 1/3 cups Zinfandel wine
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 beef bouillon cubes
6 large potatoes, washed, peeled and
quartered
1/2 pound small fresh mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed
1 package (10 ounces) frozen whole green beans
1 can (16 ounces) peeled whole tomatoes, undrained

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