Arts and Culture

Winter Recipes

By Sophie Ashley


   The wind is blowing outside, the temperatures are dropping below 50, and winter is finally here. A delicious cup of hot chocolate and a flavorful bowl of vegetarian chili are the perfect recipes to make you feel warm and cozy.

   Have you ever had hot chocolate but all you taste is the cocoa powder clumps? This recipe avoids those clumps to make a warm, rich, and delicious hot chocolate for the wintertime. 

Rich Hot Chocolate: 

  1. To avoid the powdery clumps, hand chop up your favorite kind of chocolate, and then microwave it for 30 second intervals, stirring after each time, until melted. 
  2. While the chocolate is melting, heat up your milk in a saucepan, and you can add a small amount of sugar if desired. Bring the temperature to 180 degrees, or when little bubbles start to form, but it should not be boiling. Be sure to not let the milk come to a boil because that may make the end result more grainy. 
  3. Next, turn off the heat and add the melted chocolate into the milk. The melted chocolate will whisk in perfectly, creating a creamy and smooth texture. 
  4. You can also add marshmallows or whipped cream to the top of the hot chocolate for an extra tasty drink!

   I decided to try the recipe myself, and I was certainly not disappointed. It was creamy and delicious, but the best part was that when I got to the end of the cup, there were no powder clumps to overwhelm my palette. The smooth, melted chocolate allowed for the rich flavor to be evenly distributed throughout every sip. 

   Another recipe to help you feel warm and cozy on the inside is a tasty vegetarian chili. Personally, I am a vegetarian, but the other meat eaters in my family loved it too. 

Vegetarian Chili:

  1. Sauté one chopped onion, one chopped bell pepper, two chopped zucchinis and two chopped stalks of celery for about five minutes. 
  2. Combine one can of condensed black bean soup, one can of kidney beans, one can of garbanzo beans, one can of baked beans, one can of chopped tomato puree, one can of whole kernel corn, sauteed vegetables, one to two chopped jalapeños, and one can of diced chilies in a slow cooker. 
  3. To add even more flavor to this dish, season with two chopped garlic cloves, one tablespoon of chili powder, two teaspoon of cumin, one tablespoon of dried parsley, one tablespoon of dried oregano, one tablespoon of dried basil and if desired, one tablespoon of cilantro. 
  4. Cook for about six hours on low heat and enjoy. 

   This tasty recipe is perfect for a Super Bowl party, so everyone can go up and grab a bowl of soup while they watch the game. It is also delicious on top of nachos, adding more flavor to the classic food of the Super Bowl. Go give these recipes a try, and do not forget to share them with your friends and family as well.