Giveaway: The Fresh Girl’s Guide to Easy Canning and Preserving

Easy Canning and Preserving

I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve had two copies of this book in a pile on my desk for nearly a year and a half. I’m not sure what kept me from looking at it more closely, but those two copies got shuffled to the very bottom of a large stack and there they stayed. It wasn’t until Scott and I decided to do a bit of cleaning out recently that I finally sat down and took a look at The Fresh Girl’s Guide to Easy Canning and Preserving by Ana Micka.

Easy Canning and Preserving

Once I sat down with it, I was annoyed. With myself. I’d had this terrific book sitting around my apartment since September 2010 and hadn’t made anything from it or shared it with you guys.

Easy Canning and Preserving

The primary reason I’m so delighted to have this book in my canning library is for its pressure canning section. There are a number of books out there that will help you invent delicious jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys and other high acid preserves. These are useful books and I reference a great number of them regularly. However, the thing so many canning books seem to leave out is an in-depth section on pressure canning.

Easy Canning and Preserving

This book is different. It includes a substantial pressure canning section. You’ll find recipes for things like roasted tomato sauce, chicken and corn stew, borscht, minestrone and even ropa vieja. If you want to start filling your pantry with pressure canned, shelf stable soups, stews and sauces, this is a book you should check out.

It also comes with a DVD, should you be the type who learns best by watching. I’ve not viewed it myself, but I’m sure it might be helpful to some.

Easy Canning and Preserving

At the beginning of this post, I mentioned that I had two copies of this book. That’s because I was sent one to keep and one to give away to a Food in Jars reader. So let’s do that. Here’s what to do for a chance to win.

  1. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and share your favorite wintertime meal. Whether you cook breakfast for dinner, pull homemade soup from the freezer or have the wherewithal to make a meat sauce from scratch on a Wednesday, I want to hear about it.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Friday, February 3, 2012. Winner will be chosen at random (using and will be posted to the blog on Saturday, February 4, 2012.
  3. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents.
  4. One entry/comment per person, please.
Disclosure: As stated before, I was sent two copies of this book, one to review and one to give away. All opinions remain my own. 

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872 responses to “Giveaway: The Fresh Girl’s Guide to Easy Canning and Preserving”

  1. Sausage, potato, and white bean soup. Cook it in the crock pot all day, eat it all week. Just toss in some kale when it’s time to reheat. Perfect winter comfort food with minimal fuss. Plus, it makes the kitchen smell wonderful.

  2. Thanks for opening this up to Canadian residents!

    My favorite wintertime meal, hands down, is minestrone. We make big batches and freeze it, then after defrosting swirl a bit of homemade pesto into it before serving. And serve with a big hunk of bread and a glass or two of red wine.

  3. My favorite winter meal is butternut squash and apple soup with honey drizzled on the top, and a piece of dark rye bread with salted butter to counter the sweetness of the soup, sometimes sauteed kale. I love anything with butternut squash or pumpkin, either sweet or savory.

  4. Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! I really want to do some more pressure canning.

    I think my favourite winter meal is cassoulet. I soak and pressure cook, then pressure can white beans, so they are ready to eat from a reusable jar–no the wasteful can.

  5. My favorite winter time meal is anything from the crockpot. It’s so great to walk in the door after work and smell good food cooking and be able to put together dinner by throwing together some side dishes.

  6. Ooh, I am excited about the pressure-canning recipes. The soups in the Presto pressure-canner manual and the USDA site sound rather unappealing. I’d love to hear if you (or any readers) have taste-tested the end results.

    Our favorite winter meal is gumbo. We make big batches and freeze off 2- and 4-serving containers for easy weeknight meals. We cook a pot of brown rice (even easier if we remember to put it in the rice cooker in the morning and set the timer) and make a green salad and that does it.

  7. I agree thanks for opening this up to Canadian residents!

    I had an amazing Bean Minestrone soup that “Santa” put in my stocking this last Christmas, but honestly, nothing is better than home made bread with home made strawberry jam in the middle of winter. A nice thick slice, still warm with a good helping of jam and a hot cocoa to keep you warm. Mmmm… I think tomorrow will be bread day 😉

  8. My favorite dinner for a cold winter evening is a loaf of homemade peasant bread and it’s a toss up between a pot of roast beef and barley or roast beef and lentil soup.

  9. I’ve finally grown into a really good bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Granola is my go to summer breakfast, fried eggs and toast in the fall, and softly scrambled eggs in the spring. But in winter give me a bowl of oatmeal with maple syrup, dried fruit and nuts.

  10. Wintertime makes me crave beef stew. Making it in the crock pot is easy and delicious, plus I love the anticipation of coming home to a yummy smelling house.

  11. Beef Stew. My go-to “chase away the winter blues” meal.
    It’s comforting, substantial and the leftovers are just as good, if not better!

    I’ve water-bathed canned with my mother and sisters for years now, but this summer I really want to try pressure canning.
    Perhaps a batch of beef stew pressure canned in the pantry will be a perfect treat for next winter 🙂

  12. My favorite wintertime meals are soups or stews with homemade bread. I tend to do them on the weekend when I have time to bake bread. For example, this weekend I made a Chicken Tortilla Soup with homemade bread and a pear crisp:)

  13. squash is on the top of my favourite winter meals. baked squash, stuffed squash, squash soup, delicata, turban, kabocha, gem, festival, pumpkin…. and, my dog appreciates my love of squash – she eats the skin.
    happy us canadian folk can get in on this give away! thanks.

  14. My favorite wintertime meal this year has been dessert. I canned some brandied peaches and when I put them up, I remember thinking to myself: these will be amazing warmed up over ice cream when it’s bitter cold out.
    And just recently, my husband and I enjoyed this treat and tasted summer as the snow fell. Granted, I also love toast, biscuits or even just crackers with the variety of canned jams I made.

  15. Soup, soup and more soup!! Those are our favorites. My daughter doesn’t like beans (she thinks) but I love them. Whenever I make my favorite, Tuscan White Bean, I use the immersion blender to puree them so she doesn’t know they are there.

    I’m a newbie to pressure canning and would LOVE to have a copy of this book. Fingers crossed!!

  16. I love a good soup on a winter day, made of course in the slow cooker. Although french dip sandwiches (also in the slow cooker) are also a standby…but year round, not just in the winter. 🙂

  17. I freeze roasted butternut squash, tomatoes and blanced greens in the summer and fall. I love to put these into a soup, chili or stew with lentils, whole grains or beans to make a lovely filling winter meal. I vary the seasonings to create a variety of flavors from around the world.

  18. Broccoli cheese casserole that we eat on special occasions only in the winter! But soups of all kinds always hit the spot when it’s cold and in Seattle, miserable outside!

  19. I love cooking a roast in the crock pot all day then having a wonderful meal then turning the leftovers into a delicious vegetable beef soup!

  20. I LOVE to bottle EVERYTHING! I found a Apple Pie Jam recipe just before Christmas and that was the gift to everyone we know. My favorite winter dinner to make/serve is baked potato soup with all the fixings.

  21. Soup…Stews… favorite winter food…..with of course homemade rolls or whole wheat bread out of the oven….yum.
    this looks like a great book

  22. I have two favorite wintertime meals. My chicken and dumplings or my chicken and sausage gumbo!!!
    This book looks and sounds great!!! 🙂

  23. Clam chowder, hands down. My recipe isn’t overly thick and could be made mostly year-round, but it’s just so perfect when the weather is wet and muddy outside (we’re in Oregon).

  24. At the beginning of winter I make a gigantic pot of clam chowder base from a recipe shared by my favorite seafood restaurant in my hometown (Market Street Broiler, Salt Lake City.) The recipe is awesome because it makes the thick, roux type chowder base that you then add half and half to for the finished chowder. I separate it into (8 four-serving!) ziplock bags for the freezer.

    Every two or three weeks I grab some fresh bread bowls from the bakery, pull out the base, add the liquid (I substitute milk when I don’t have half and half, without sacrificing the flavor too much:) and we dip and sip and devour. I have 2 left…maybe that’s on the menu this week.

  25. i’ve recently started thinking about getting a pressure canner so this would be perfect to give me guidance and suggestions. my perfect winter meal is a hearty veggie chili topped with cheese served with cornbread. mmmmmm…..

  26. My favorite wintertime meal is definitely chili. I make it with fresh cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. When I was in college I would walk over a mile in the snow to get fresh produce in Boston to make this chili in the winter.

  27. My favorite Winter time meal is not a meal but a side, I can my green tomatoes with peppers and dill in the fall before the ice kills the plants and then make it through the Winter by eating these wonderful tomatoes until Spring.

  28. I have so been wanting this book! My favorite winter food is ” Venison Chili” and I’m so pleased when I have it canned.

  29. Oden, which is a Japanese winter time stew made with root vegetables, fish cake, yam cake, hard boiled egg, and whatever else. The broth is sweet salty made from fish, kelp, and/or shitake mushrooms. Eaten with spicy yellow mustard while hot and steamy. Either that or hot homemade cinnamon buns fresh from the oven with a cup of coffee.

  30. My uninformed american take on colcannon, absolutely. Potatoes, boiled with the skins on, sauteed spicy sausage and cabbage. All mixed and mushed up in a big pot. So satisfying and easy. Plus, I mean there’s cabbage, that’s good for you right?

  31. We are so on Paul Bertolli’s 3-ingredient cauliflower soup accompanied by kale salad. At least once a week! (A huge feat for an ADD cook like myself)

  32. We had fish tacos tonight. I have to say they were better than any soup, stew or chilli I’ve had so far this winter. I probably just need some better recipes.

  33. My favorite winter meal is chili with buffalo and stew meat. Its really hearty, spicy, and pairs with cornbread for filling meal.

  34. My new favorite wintertime meal is a fabulous hearty, tasty crock-pot quinoa casserole, full of filling quinoa, tempeh, figs, tomatoes, spinach, feta, and a bunch of my favorite spices like cinnamon, cumin and coriander. You know a recipe’s good when you’re eating leftovers for most lunches and dinners all week, and you still are disappointed the first time you go to the fridge and realize you’ve finally finished it all!

  35. I love to make a huge pot of vegetable soup. It freezes well, fills you up, and it doesn’t pack on the calories like some other heartier winter foods

  36. Cabbage rolls:
    Cabbage, onions, and ground beef all cooked together, wrapped in bread dough and baked in the oven. The key to making this meal is making the bread dough in advance. Bread dough:
    6C water, 3tablespoons each of non-iodized salt and yeast, and 13 cups of flour. You let it rise for three hours, punch it down, and then put it in the fridge for future use. It lasts up to two weeks and can be used for everything from pizza crust to bread bowls for soup! MMmmmmm!

  37. I wish I loved beets. There was some sort of beet-loving gene that was switched off at birth. But I found a beet recipe, a borscht recipe actually, in my Simply in Season cookbook that is TDF. Yummy!

  38. Rye bread with cumin seed and raisins fresh out of the oven with havarti cheese and a deep ruby red beet soup. Mmmmmmmm……

  39. Soups are wonderful for the winter, and my favorite has to be a good homemade clam chowder. I want to try making it with homecanned potatoes for a quicker start.

  40. My favorite cold weather dish? Spaghetti with meat sauce. I could eat it for weeks at a time. I wish I could pressure can. I have a pressure canner…but currently have a glass-top stove. Blah. Still would love the book.

  41. My favorite wintertime meal is any pasta smothered in my homemade red sauce that I canned last summer. It was my best garden ever and I was blessed with more than 80 quarts of red tomato sauce and my first pressure canner. It was a match made in heaven. Thank you for your great blog. I have gleaned insight from you more than a time or two. I’d love to win that awesome book. You have a great week. Thank you.

  42. Southwest Bean soup! I make it in big batches and get to use it forever. I the spices are perfect and the sweet potato makes it taste rich. It’s got so many vegetables in it. I put in lots of sweet red peppers, zucchini, and any other bits of squash I need to use. I also add fresh ribbons of kale just a few minutes before it’s done so it’s really nutrient rich. Even better–it’s vegan and no one has a clue unless I tell them.

  43. White bean & chicken chili! So tasty, easy to make in the crockpot and freeze for reheating in crockpot for another meal! And healthy! Makes the whole family happy.

  44. Cuban black beans and rice. My mother in law visits a couple times a year and makes a huge batch of beans that is frozen in single dinner portions. Love the flavor and really love that all I have to do is make rice.

    Now if only someone would come up with a Cuban black bean pressure canner recipe (hint hint). I am excited to see this book has Ropa Vieja.

  45. A cold winter’s day calls for a big pot of chili with some macaroni on the side. Smother the whole thing with chopped sweet onions and a lot of pepper jack cheese and you have the perfect meal.

  46. Favorite winter meal is chili con carne and cornbread. I’ve started making it with black beans and a can of yellow corn, after I discovered “southwest-style” black bean and corn salsa.

    We just got a pressure canner last summer, so we’ve been experimenting with canning soups, and have some dungeness crab that came out of the sample locker at Mrs. Drang’s office that we want to can, as well.

  47. For winter, I love my mother-in-law’s barley mushroom dish with plenty of cheddar melted in. Borscht would be spectacular right now, though!

  48. My favorite meal this winter is Pasta with Marinara sauce that was made in the summer using San Marazano tomatoes and basil grown in our garden.

  49. I’ve always been terrified of pressure canning, but I just bit the bullet and bought a pressure canner, so I’m ready for this! My favorite winter meal is a bowl of tomato soup with oyster crackers – it would be lovely to make my own instead of eating Trader Joe’s.

  50. It’s gotta be the soup that I canned at the end of the summer. There’s nothing better than opening up a jar of something that you made and preserved from the things you grew yourself!

  51. Brown rice with peanut butter and dried fruit. A friend of my moms used to call it ehr power breakfast. Whole grains, protein and fruit. Yum. These days I use a spoonful of jam or two instead of dried fruit…

  52. Cold winter nights call for soup!
    From chicken noodle matzo ball soup, teriyaki meatball udon noodle soup, and variations of Thai inspired coconut milk soups, I keep my family warm and bellies filled with tasty, savory soups that combat these long chilly nights.

  53. Stew, preferably with some recently acquired venison, but leftover roast beef is great too. Let it slow cook for hours with plenty of rosemary, thyme, cumin, and bay leaves, then serve it with my Hot Madras Curry Powder Muffins with a melty chunk of cheddar baked inside.

  54. Lots of soup—-just made mushroom rice soup with crimini mushrooms and brown rice. …served with cornbread. Totally vegetarian! Cookbook looks interesting–can’t wait to buy yours soon too.

  55. My favourite wintertime meal without a doubt is soup. Any kind of soup. There is nothing in my opinion as warming as a bowl of home-made soup dished up with a chunky slice of freshly baked bread, spread with real butter. If I had to pick a favourite it would be Potato and Leek, with lashings of sour cream, sea salt, cracked pepper and fresh dill. I love it’s simplicity and homeliness. And it reminds me of childhood. And the bread… it’s got to be a true dark rye with caraway seeds.

    This year will be the first that we’ve had a winter crop of vegies to cook with. Yay! The potatoes are in the cellar, but the leeks aren’t yet in the ground. We’re still on the Summer Harvest here. I have a heap of tomatoes that I’m just about to preserve.

    Thanks so much for the tomato posts (small and large). We have a tonne of each and your recipes are at the top of my list today! In fact tiny yellow pear tomatoes are slow roasting in the oven as I write. Roast tomato soup sounds delicious. I still have to make the leap to pressure cooking. It makes me a bit nervous but I am keen to learn.

  56. I completely gravitate towards soups during the winter time but homemade potato corn chowder or chicken tortilla soup are my favorites to have when it’s cold outside!

  57. I would love to win The Fresh Girl’s Guide to Easy Canning and Preserving. It sounds like a great book to help me get going. I am 65 and have never canned but really want to try it out.

  58. My family’s “new” favorite winter meal treat is Fannie Farmer’s mac n cheese. I modify a little (1/2 & 1/2 instead of cream, whole wheat pasta) so our arteries don’t clog instantly and make the portions small. Serve with tea or seltzer to drink, a salad & fruit for dessert. P.S. my niece is new to canning and would LOVE this book!

  59. My favorite winter meal is anything I cook in the crockpot! Throw it in and it’s ready when we get home from work!

  60. I’m really wanting to learn how to can foods, I would love to make and can some beans rather then just storing them frozen in the freezer; how about some ready rice too. I spend so much time cooking and making sure they taste good. But we had a power outage 2 winters ago and I was BBQing out in the freezing Snow and ice! (A Freak Rarity in Texas Here!) There was no heat her for 13 days and my 83 year old Mother suffered alot. I have a camping stove and some useful pots to control how much goes for cooking; but I had to use up all of my frozen food that I stockpiled; because everything in this house is Electric! Food prices are getting higher too, to waste it. That book would do fine for me.

  61. I don’t qualify for the giveaway (I’m Canadian, but live in Germany), but wanted to comment anyway.

    I have lots of winter favorites – like many it is soup. Especially pumpkin soup. This is great in the evening with some scrambled egg and smoked salmon when I’m in a ‘normal’ eating mood, or with tofu either blended in or smoked chunks on top when I’m in my regular ‘vegetarian’ eating mood.

    Winter time is also Indian time at our house. In very little time I can create a varied and nutritious meal which suits even super picky little daughter – especially a dal, Gujarati carrots, creamed spinach and butter rice.

    Another one I discovered recently was black beans mixed with cumin and fried mushrooms (especially portobello) with either some canned tomato chutney on top or some fresh made salsa.

  62. Yummy bread with homemade apple butter always hits the spot. I am also a soup fanatic. I could be happy eating soup multiple times per week in the winter–lentil, minestrone, butternut squash, leek and potato…

  63. My favorite lazy day winter treat is instant miso soup. My favorite real meal winter meal is braised chicken thigh stew over mashed potatos. YUM.

  64. Gotta love a steaming bowl of Julia Child’s french onion soup in the winter! This book sounds great. Hubby gave me a pressure canner and I need to use it!

  65. My favorite winter time dish is Broccoli and Cheese Soup. It uses my frozen broccoli and has tiny noodles, milk and cheese. It will warm you up. Comfort food. 🙂

  66. I love all soups and stews in the winter. Butter chicken is a family favorite. I recently enjoyed a corned beef and sauerkraut soup, but the kids turned up their noses. What a great book. I make meat sauce with a pressure canner, but haven’t reached beyond that.

  67. I echo the Thanks for opening this up to Canadian residents!

    Soup and more soup, preferably with hot biscuits, rolls or bread. Rotate between beef barley, minestrone, pea and chicken noodle regularly, with a few ‘new’ ones periodically. Not a fan of freezing it, so have been thinking about the pressure canning.

  68. Homemade red gravy! I love my Sunday pasta w/ meat-a-balls & sausage (also in the process of learning to make homemade pasta)! I do have a pressure canner however, terrified to use it. Marisa, I would really love if you’d consider a class using a PC? Because of you, I have done apple sauce & jellies, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten ;(. With that said, a more detailed instruction book / DVD on it would be a great help for this “chicken”.

  69. Soup, soup, and more soup! With fresh baked bread of course. Our favorites are corn chowder and country mushroom. Yum!!

  70. Sigh. I need to can more often.

    My favorite winter meal is chili. Just cubed chuck ( or venison), onions, & spices braised in a mix of stock & beer. Then later diners can add beans, cheese etc. as desired. I serve it with beer, unless I am using chili as a topping for my breakfast eggs when coffee is the beverage.

  71. my favorite winter time meal is oatmeal. i know its not exactly winter time only but i eat so much of it then i that i don’t eat any all summer.

  72. My favorite wintertime meal is always pasta fagoli – using my canned tomatoes! Which I have run out of – and planning a bigger garden this year so I will be able to can even more this summer! Thanks for offering the book. I would love to win!

  73. I love venison and black bean chili!!! When it’s cold out, this is what I think of to make. Add a little cheese and crackers and I’m ready for the cold! I am even going to try growing black beans this year.

  74. My newest favorite winter meal is beef and noodles. I recently started canning beef and I LOVE how easy it is to make quick, delicious meals!

  75. Yay, it’s open to Canadians!!! Thanks!!

    My fave wintertime dish is a toss-up between a fab homemade lasagna, and ANY homemade bread. Wish homemade jam, of course 😉

  76. My favorite winter meal is Beef Burgundy Stew (using carrots I canned over the summer, plus onions I’ve saved, and thyme dehydrated), homemade French baguettes, and a crisp salad of greens with homemade vinaigrette dressing. It’s warming, filling, and makes the house smell wonderful while cooking.

    (This year I hope to make the wine that goes in the stew, as well, if weather and grapes cooperate. This year I had enough grapes for grape juice–canning it of course–but not enough for wine.)

  77. My favorite wintertime meal is spaghetti and meatballs. I make and freeze the meatballs ahead of time. When I am ready to cook, I just pop open a jar of home-canned pasta sauce from the summer and mix it with the meatballs to simmer while the pasta boils. It is so easy and good, and best of all, it tastes like a little bit of summer in the middle of winter.

  78. Love us some pot roast with lots of carrots. I bought a pressure canner 2 years ago, its never seen the light of day yet (sigh)….

  79. We have ‘souper’ Sundays that will feed us lunch for most of the week. Every week it is different (so far) and it’s an extra hit with homemade bread/biscuts. The other winter favorite is meat loaf that I mix up about 5 lbs at a time and freeze in meal size packages. Into the oven with a potato to bake and dinner is done without any fuss or muss. ;>

  80. Split pea soup with fresh ham bone. Add potatoes, carrots, onions top with a bit of swiss cheese. Just what is needed on a cold winter day.

  81. This is on the top line of my “Honey I’m going to do this this year” list. I have always wanted to preserve and “put up” like my Mom did but never took the time. This is the year! My favorite winter meal is a tradition in our house, Deer Chili with cornbread. Being married to a hunter-fisher-gatherer it’s kindaa no brainer.

  82. We love both soups and stews this time of year! I’m really hoping to start pressure canning soon, so this book would be a most welcome addition to my shelf.

  83. I’ve roasted more chickens this winter than I can count. Not only do I get a meal that feels like Sunday dinners, even if it’s Tuesday, but I also get to make tasty broth to carry me through the rest of the week.

  84. I love making chili and pot roast or pork roast in the crock pot. Sometimes I start it in the evening – before bed – and let it cook all day until dinnertime. The meat gets really tender; but, the smells drive you insane. I also like to make french onion soup in my crock pot – we had that 2 weeks ago – it was fabulous; especially the next day. I also love roasting sweet potatoes, regular potatoes and acorn squash in the oven. My daughter who is very fussy even asked me what the other potatoes were – they are now her new potato favorites. Thanks for the chance to great giveaway. I am always on the lookout for new recipes.

  85. Any time I make a roast, which is often in the winter, I use the leftovers to make boiling beef & noodles that I serve over mashed potatoes. I make the noodles myself from free-range eggs I buy from the lady down the street & those noodles are good enough to eat on their own! No sauce. No butter. Just boiled noodles. It’s making me warm just thinking about it!

  86. My favorite meal in the winter is a big pot of beans served with sliced onions and buttermilk cornbread! Simple and heavenly. Y’all have a great day!

  87. On any cool, rainy day I want a good hearty homemade soup – either vegetable beef & barley, or chili, and fresh, warm, crusty homemade bread to go with it. We get warmed twice – once from eating the soup, and the cooling, open oven door.

  88. I think my all time favorite wintertime meal is…do I have to choose one? I really have three I think…I love a bowl of homemade tomato soup with a grilled cheese on homemade bread. I think if I HAD to choose just one that would be it. But…I also love coq au vin and nothing beats a good brinner (breakfast for dinner) like an apple pancake with maple syrup and some homemade bacon. Oh and I love chicken pot pie too. Now I’ve given four so I’ll stop. I’m getting hungry now.

  89. Hi there! I am neither US nor Canadian resident so I am not eligible, but wanted to ask a question anyway.
    Also would you point me to material that would give reference on canning oil based pickes, is that even possible? I make this mean garlick pickles that take both oil and vinegar, and am looking for a safe way to make tham last longer and outside the fridge. Thanks so much!

  90. My favorite wintertime meal is spaghetti with homemade spaghetti sauce using tomatoes canned from my garden. I love the smells throughout the house all day while cooking the sauce. One of my favorite meals and favorite comfort foods.

  91. My favorite is my husband’s beef stew. So meaty and good!… I’m looking to start learning to can things and this book looks perfect.

  92. I love cooked rutabagas, turnips and parsnips all mashed up together with a little butter, salt and pepper. Comfort food good for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

  93. Well Lately, My favorite has been a homemade vegetable stew with venison that I canned earlier in the season. The meat has 1/2 an onion added to each quart jar to make it very flavorfull! Mixture of different veggies from the garden each time I make it, although we add about a quarter of cabbage and a quart of homecanned tomatoes and 1 of tomato juice each time. It comes out perfect every time!

  94. My favorite by far is chicken cacciatore made with my own canned tomatoes, dried porcini mushrooms, and roasted peppers from my garden.

    I love your site! It’s my go-to site for when I can in the summer! Sorry I’ve never commented before!

  95. oh my! This is right up my alley! I bought a pressure canner this summer but with toddlers, an electric stove and the newness of my canning hobby, I was a little intimidated. Now that winter is here, I wish I’d plowed through my nerves and made minestrone, corn chowder, etc for these cold winter nights. I’d love to use this book! (And the illustrations are so modern!)

  96. A cold winter’s night just invites a big pot of homemade soup, my fav is 15 bean with ham base (since I can’t have enough ham bones leftover), and a pan of cornbread with butter.

    I’d love to win this book. I used to can a lot in my younger days, and am starting over again in my older days!! and never too old to learn, I say!

  97. Our favorite is Spli Pea soup with ham. Just love this as a comfort food.
    Started canning last summer and plan to help several folks this summer with their gardens. Would love to win his book as an alternative to other books since it has a larger pressure canning section.


  98. Longtime water bath canner. Would love to learn about pressure canning. We have really enjoyed bean and ham soup this winter. Thanks for your site.

  99. My favorite winter meal is a nice, homemade spicy chili and fresh baked cornbread. The house smells wonderful, it can sit on the stove and bubble away if I need to go out and shovel, and it warms me up fast when eating it.

  100. My favorite winter meal is a new addition to our dinner rotation. I canned tomato soup last summer, and am so glad to have it, every time (with a little milk or cream to make it a creamy tomato bisque), with a hearty slice of sourdough bread.

  101. If I could win one giveaway in my life I would hope it was this one. I have bought many many canning books only to find the pressure canning section worthless or non exsistent.
    Soup is my favorite winter meal. Soup of any kind. My current favorite is sausage, potato, and kale soup. And I want a good pressure canning book so I can start pressure canning my favorite soups!
    Love your blog so so much; recommend you to everyone I know who likes canning.

  102. My new favorite dish is Chicken in Coconut milk. It contains star anise, cinnamon sticks, lemon grass, cilantro, garlic and coconut milk. You roast the chicken with these ing., then remove chicken, cut up, remove solids from sauce, add chopped spinach, return chicken and serve all over basmati rice – yum!

  103. Our favorite this winter is a
    Hearty While Bean and Chicken Chili with lots of Cilantro and Jack cheese.
    Mmmm, I can tast it now!

  104. I have discovered a great one pot chicken stew that you roast in the oven and use chicken thighs. My family loves it and the leftovers are better than the first night!!

  105. A grass fed beef roast, mashed potatoes with gravy and creamed corn. I have had an American pressure canner for 13 mths and have not summed up the courage to learn to use it. Maybe this book and DVD can do the trick.

  106. My favorite winter meal is anything using the bounty of the summer – pasta with our own tomato sauce or sauerkraut and sausage or meatloaf with our chili sauce. Makes all that work in the summer so worth it!

  107. Soup & bread. During Winter month, I try to have a weekly soup night where we also serve homemade bread. So far, our soup menu rotates between an awesome roasted eggplant soup (has to be a favorite), chicken & dumplings, beef & vegetables, chicken soup and toscana soup (hubby makes this one with a very yummy garlic bread on the side). I was never a soup person until I decided to do this.

  108. Maybe …vegetable stew over polenta. I’m excited that I just started pressure canning stock! (it’s great to make the stock in the pressure cooker too!)

  109. It has to be soup! I use a 20 quart stock pot and make what we call “Farmhouse Soup.” (we live on a a farm) Ideally, I include chickens I’ve raised and vegetables I’ve grown, but the point here is an abundance of vegetables. I literally try to find as many kinds of fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables and put them in. As many as 34 kinds of veggies! Then we freeze it in individual portions (about 60-80) and have one for lunch everyday through winter. This soup keeps us healthy, nourished, and warm all Winter.

  110. We do have breakfast for dinner a few times a month – can’t go wrong with omlettes! There is a soup recipe I love to make, roasted garlic soup: bake a potato and roast a couple of heads of garlic at the same time. Combine them together with chicken stock and get out the Evinrude (my term for the hand-held blender). Good stuff! Even my picky kid likes this soup.
    I just bought a new gasket for my pressure canner and have wanted to get going with it again. This book sounds fantastic!
    You’re an inspiration, Marisa –

  111. My favorite thing to cook in the winter is a braised pork shoulder.

    I got a pressure canner last year and haven’t used it much yet. I could definitely use a book with lots of pressure canning recipes!

  112. I would love to win this book! I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface with pressure canning. I put up lots of tomatoes last year and the canner was scary to use at first, but really easy. Those soups sound delicious!

    I used those tomatoes in my favorite winter meal: turkey chili. Start with winter vegetables from our CSA (onions, garlic, carrots), add spices and ground turkey, and then just start adding jars: beans, pickled jalapeños, tomatoes, roasted red peppers. Best served with cheesy cornbread and a cool, crunchy salad.

  113. We like a good pot of chili and cornbread, but also favor a good pot of “garden fresh” soup that I froze last summer or fall. Last night it was broccoli carrot. Would love to learn more about pressure canning.

  114. In the winter, I love a big bowl of meaty chili that I’ve slow cooked all day – the pot of chuck roast and beans and tomatoes will feed me for a week, and I enjoy all of it.

  115. I’ve been teaching myself how to make Indian food, and my new favorite winter meal is a dal made from split peas and seasoned with coconut, chili and other pan fried aromatics. Soooooo good!

  116. Hi Marisa,

    This book sounds fabulous! I cook beans in my pressure cooker several times a week, and am just starting to explore ingredients other than tomatoes to can.

    My favorite wintertime meal to make is Spicy Chickpea stew. It’s hearty, uses canned tomatoes from the summer, and has a little zing from ginger for a bright taste.


  117. This winter is the season of soup recipes in our house. I even canned the leftovers we had from our homemade vegtable soup and pressure canned for the first time…now I’m hooked!

  118. We’ve been loving whole chicken in the crock pot this year, tender, delicious and easy. I just got a shiny new pressure canner for Christmas and would love some new inspiration from this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  119. My new favorite is skillet mac and cheese with bacon and peas. It’s fast and filling and very nummy! Although, generally a really good beef stew would be at the top of the list – I can’t seem to master this recipe so I would love some great suggestions! (no tomato please).

  120. My favorite winter meal is chili, hands-down! I make it with chipotle peppers, green pepper, onion, garlic, and a miriad of chili spices! Ooooo it’s soo good! Often make a double batch in the crockpot and freeze the rest for another meal. Husband agrees, it’s his favorite too!

  121. In winter, my family and I really love anything that is cooked ‘low and slow’. The flavours are always so rich and deep and the smell fills the house. Meat sauce for pasta, stew, pot roast, borscht, sauerbraten, braised cabbage.

    Thanks for opening this up to Canadians.

  122. I make my own lasagne sauce. My brother-in-law likes it so much, that he sneaks a bowl of it to eat with bread before I have even put the lasagne together. Now I just make extra for those who can’t wait for the meal to come out of the oven.

  123. Wintertime favorite is pierogi – I make them around Xmas time because it would be intolerable to take on in the Texas summer. They are the ultimate comfort food for winter in my mind – dumplings stuffed with onion, potato, and farmer’s cheese, parboiled, slathered with melted butter, and either frozen or eaten immediately fried in MORE butter. And then once sliced open – pour even more butter over the golden deliciousness. I have a stockpile in my freezer that I am closely monitoring, and I will pull some out when I need a bit of my Polish grandmother’s warmth to envelope me.

  124. A spicy turkey chili with white beans is a big go to on winter Sundays in our house, but all these delicious sounding comments make me want to try some new things!

  125. Roasted vegetables: squash, beets, onions, red peppers, garlic, fennel, etc. tossed with a little kosher salt, olive oil and herbs.

  126. I found a pressure canner on sale & got it at the beginning of last season…got 40 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts on a huge sale & did a raw pack (put raw meat in sterile jars, add a little salt, wipe, lid & process) and am in love. I turned leftover Thanksgiving into stock in the crockpot & canned it…so easy. But to branch out, I was going to be googling. A book would be fun.

  127. The one meal thatican count on to make everyone happy in the winter is chili. We use several different recipes and each one is a hit for the whole crew.

  128. We have a winter favorite of tater to hot dish with frozen sweet corn and canned beans. Except for the tatertots everything in the meal comes from our farm!

  129. My family’s favorite wintertime meal is homemade chicken noodle soup with crunchy, toasted, garlic parmesan bread… Yum Yum!

  130. we love hot and spicy anything for wintertime. I would love this book! Since my husbands heart attack in November, I have to cut the salt dractically, and make all my own soups from scratch for the most part now. and I have to use no salt added tomatoes, for all tomato sauces. This would help a lot to have things canned and have quick to fix meals handy.

  131. Oh, this would be a terrific add to my collection of dusty books! 😀 It might even make up for the Ball Blue Book of Preserving that wandered off somewhere … now wherever did I put that book?

  132. Roasting Chicken…and the several meals that come from it after. I don’t roast in the summer (too hot) so this comfort meal in the cold months is always so satisfying with root vegetables.

  133. Chili with fresh homemade bread! (My husband and I have to make separate batches of chili–spicy for him and mild for me.) We recently canned some of our chili for later!

  134. Winter is relative in SoCal. We’re already on to early spring dishes. (and fall bled into spring produce). I’d have to say one of my standard winter dishes is a pumpkin (or butternut squash) and apple risotto.

  135. I love making soups in the winter – creamy or pureed, something with hearty substance… like smokey black bean soup from Fine Cooking…. mmmmm. So long as I remember to soak the beans the night before we can have it for lunch the next day. Some cheddar biscuits with it and we are a happy family! : )

  136. My favorite food to warm me up on a cold day is pasta bolognese. It’s a long-simmering sauce, but I love being next to the warm stove. Add some garlic toast from homemade bread and a big glass of red wine and I am completely warm and content!

  137. By the time cold weather comes around, I have one thing on my mind: chicken and dumplings. It is both too hot to cook and to eat in the Texas summer, but it is so yummy. That is consistently the main food I crave by the time winter gets here.

  138. I got a pressure canner this summer, but was too intimidated to try it. I’ll have to pick up a copy of this somewhere. Our favorite winter meal is Lebanese rolled grape leaves. It would be interesting to see if I could pressure can them. (Though I imagine *that* recipe isn’t in this cookbook. 😉 They are so labor-intensive you just want to make a huge batch at once and forget about them. They freeze well, but sometimes freezer space is at a premium. Anyhow, thanks for the giveaway!

  139. hamburger soup – slow cooked all day and put into canning jars for lunches at work during the week. with a slice of french bread, a smear of butter, my hubby is a happy man!

  140. my favorite winter meal is avgolemono, with frozen artichoke hearts and enormous pieces of chicken that I can pick out but keeps my boys super happy. That and some crusty bread, and . . . .
    now if we’d just have winter.

  141. Navy bean and ham soup…our own beans and ham…big loaf of bread with honey…again homegrown wheat and honey….and a nice slab of peach cobbler…Greatma’s peaches from a 70 year old peach tree planted by her, here at the ranch canned by me in August. Yummy!

  142. Oooh… Definitely a big pot of soup of just about any variety. I love filling up my crock pot in the morning, setting the bread machine, and coming home to hot soup and fresh bread.

  143. Around the holidays we buy several turkeys when there’re cheap and stash ’em in the freezer. Every so often we’ll take one out, thaw it, and cut it up – breasts, thigh quarters – for use in several meals. But – here’s the kicker – I take what’s left, pop in in the pressure cooker, and cook it down to an excellent basic poultry stock. And since the left over bits include a decent amount of meat, it’s a meaty stock excellent for soups, stews, “turkey and dumplings”, any where you need a good homemade stock. I can this in quart jars and dilute 1:1 when we use it.

  144. Our favorite wintertime meal is chili! But not just chili, of course. First, layer in Fritos corn chips in the bottom of the bowl, then some shredded sharp cheddar, the chili, a dollop of sour cream, and a few green onions. hmmm…might just be the menu for tonight!

  145. Either roast chicken or roast pork with carrots, celery, and onion, done the way my grandma always cooks them; a pot of basmati rice; homemade rolls. And thanks for the giveaway!

  146. I have been searching all over for good new pressure canning recipes!

    My favorite winter meal will always be a nice, simple homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich. It just screams comfort.

  147. Beef stew! We use our canned tomatoes from this summer, add the root veggies we’ve been storing, and some local beef. Cook it low and slow, and the meat gets really tender. Yum!

  148. My favorite wintertime meal is pot roast. There’s something about the meaty richness, the smell, the unfussiness, and the melty, buttery results that is magic!

  149. I love roasted chicken with rice and peas. I make a white gravy out of the broth and put that over the rice. Yum!

  150. We don’t get cold during the ‘winter’ months so my favorite thing to eat is roasted root vegetables. Thanks for the giveaway!

  151. I make breakfast for dinner all the time – it’s the only meal that no members of my family complain about! But for wintertime specifically, I love pretty much any good roasted meat – pot roat, pork loin, brisket, whole roasted chicken. Yum! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

  152. My favorite winter time meal is a big crock pot full of chili that has been simmering all day, with a fresh bake loaf of bread.

  153. Beans and greens (usually kale cooked with some mild salsa I canned in the summer) and cornbread. We live in the South after all. And this is food that is better the next day so we get more than one meal out of a short day’s cooking.

  154. I made Seitan and Sauerkraut and Dumplings. My grandmother made it with pork roast, but I’m veggie. It’s really really good stuff, and a pot of it lasts me a week.

  155. My favorite is hot roast beef sandwiches. Whatever kind of beef we have left over plus whatever kind of bread we have left over. Stick to your ribs good!

  156. there is something about a big bowl of chili while watching football that makes the world right, but once football is over — give me a chicken pot pie and a fork!

  157. I love Taco Soup in the winter. It’s super easy to make and super delicious! Also, I just got a pressure canner for Christmas, and this book is just what I need to figure out what to make with it. Thanks!

  158. Favorite fast/easy homegrown winter dinner: eggplant parmesan with frozen breaded eggplant and home canned tomato sauce (and lots of cheese!).

    Favorite slow winter dinner: Soup or stew or braised meat, cooked for a long time on a cold day making the house warm and smelling extremely good for hours 🙂

  159. My most memorable meal this winter was Smitten Kitchen’s adaptation of boeuf bourguignon to have mushrooms be the star rather than beef. We had it at our house’s big Christmas dinner. So, so good! Herby, winy earthiness to warm us all up and make us feel fortified and secure from the cold outside. My housemate and I were just talking about how great it would be to put up our own soup and beans instead of relying on plastic-lined cans for emergency meals, or freezing, so it would be absolutely lovely to get our hands on this book!

  160. I have a lot of favorite winter meals, but right now I’m eating my way through a big pot of Vietnamese chicken soup like my mother always made, with chicken, rice, green onions and cilantro. Pretty basic, but warms you to your bones and feels like home.

  161. I’ve been loving the soups I make with homemade chicken stock! Paired with some parmesan garlic bread (with my homemade bread). . . Lots of dinner winners!
    Hoping to begin canning this year!!

  162. I guess my favorite go to meal is Spaghetti Carbonara, not the healthiest thing in the world with butter sauteed mushrooms, a white cream sauce and oodles of bacon, but when everything outside is yucky, it’s the best dish to curl up with.

  163. I get immense pleasure from pulling individual servings of roasted tomato soup out of the freezer. That bit of extra work in September really brightens the winter for me.

  164. Our fave wintertime meal is soups. My husband takes soup to lunch everyday which means it would be super helpful to learn to pressure can them.

  165. I love casseroles in the winter time – doesn’t much matter what variety. Something about the creaminess of the sauce and the heartiness of the starches and meat warms me through and fills me up!

  166. In my house, we love some homemade pot pie – beef or chicken or turkey – or a big Dutch oven full of beef stew with doughy dumplings floating on top.
    Would love to add this reference to my canning library!

  167. I guess I’m your typical girl having grown up in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country – my favorite winter warm-me-up food is ham bean soup with rivoles!

  168. Last week I made a taco soup in the crockpot with my homecanned tomatoes, home frozen roasted tomato candy, pinto and black beans, and lots of fresh cilantro sprinkled on top. The whole house smells wonderful. I would love to have the canning book!

  169. I’m definitely the type to make a meatsauce from scratch on a Wednesday, annoying, I know, but I keep it simple. However, it would also be nice to have one at the waiting, and I do have a pressure canner. My favorite winter meal is black bean and butternut squash soup. Very easy and soooo good.

  170. My favorite go to winter comfort food is chicken pot pie, whether made with frozen veggies and biquick biscuit topping or made my mom’s made from scratch with homemade pie crust recipe. It’s a must have on a cold day.

  171. Our favorite winter meal around here is turkey or chicken pot pie…. Made with canned meat and stock! Just got a pressure canner last year and I’d LOVE to learn more about using it!!

  172. This looks like a great book. My favorite cold weather meal would be
    Katerina’s beef shank stew from Daily Unadventures in Cooking over mashed potatoes.

  173. Best thing in winter is Homemade Bean Soup flavored with the ham bone from Christmas, New Years or some other porky celebration meal. Usually serve it with Cornmeal Fritters. Really easy, really good and thrifty too.

  174. My son absolutely adores chili in the winter. I really like cooking up a big pot of chili because I can sneak veggies he normally wouldn’t eat into it. Add some homemade cornbread and it’s a wonderful, warm dinner.

  175. I love soups of all kind. My new favorite is the Tomato Basil from the Daily Soup Cookbook combined with grilled cheese sandwiches on freshly baked bread. PERFECT!

  176. Hate to admit it, but my all time favorite wintertime meal has got to be the one “cheat” meal I allow in my household: Trader Joe’s Latin-Style Black Bean Soup. My boyfriend and I have a clockwork routine of preparing our two separete doctored up versions of the soup – his non-vegan with sauteed andouille, onion and frozen mixed vegetables, mine vegan with with frozen chopped spinach, okra, TVP, and uncooked garlic. Serve with shredded vegan or non-vegan cheese and voila! A ten-minute dinner of the biggest warmest most comforting bowl of soup-your-way you could ever want 🙂

  177. My favorite wintertime dinner is something that I can throw in the crockpot in the morning and pair with freshly baked bread at night.

  178. My favorite winter meal is a hearty soup with diced tomatoes, white beans, andouille sausage, greens, and cornmeal dumplings!

  179. My favorite winter time meal is roasted butternut squash risotto with pancetta and a side salad with a simple dijon vinaigrette. Oh and some warm chocolate chip cookies for dessert! I guess I can’t put any of that in a can, but this still looks like a great book!

  180. I agree, thank you for opening the giveaway to Canadian readers! My favourite Wednesday meal is macaroni with [canned] meat tomato sauce topped with cheddar and grilled in the oven. Fast and delicious!!! I would LOVE that book to extend my pressure canning knowledge. I know 2-3 recipes that I do over and over, but I would like to know more stew recipes for the pressure canner. THak you for the giveaway!

  181. Hmmm…Chili…any kind. Black beans, kidney beans, or great white northern beans, cinnamon, cayenne, or adobo, beef or no beef. YUM! Growing up we always ate it with a dill pickle on the side. Still do. I have no idea why but it works for me.

  182. My favorite winter meal is my grandmother’s spaghetti. The meatballs cook in the sauce so it has to simmer all afternoon and by the time you eat it its like epiphany. Its been a constant challenge to recreate it since her death but everytime I’m a little closer to the real thing.

  183. Beef stew. Good, old fashioned beef stew cooked slowly on top of the stove with plenty of carrots and onions in it and with lots and lots of thick, tasty gravy . I like to serve it over mashed potatoes, so I don’t put any in the stew itself. If I have a warm loaf of homemade bread to serve with it, even better!

  184. I would have to say my favorite will always be my family’s recipe italian sauce with meatballs. It is the kind that simmers on the stove all day until by dinner time you are craving it. Yum!

  185. I love red beans & rice, my NOLA grandmom’s reciepe, now thats comfort food!!
    I must admit I’ve never tried pressure canning, I am alittle intimadated…this sounds like a great book to get started!! thanks for the oppertunity.

    I just realized that last post had my old email address!!

  186. I am way too disorganized to have a favorite wintertime meal (or, rather, to remember what it is, assuming that I have one), but I have recently rediscovered minestrone as a bright winter staple. I had always thought of it as a strictly summer soup (probably because of the zucchini . . .), but if one uses canned tomatoes and loads in the cabbage, it’s pretty wintery after all.

  187. Favorite? hard to pick a favorite…I love to make soup, chili, spaghetti, home-made chicken pot pie…..and many more!
    (I just ordered a pressure canner last week….cant wait for it to come to start on my new adventure of canning!!)

  188. My favorite wintertime meal would be tied between chili and cornbread or chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. Comfort food.

  189. I’m a vegetarian so I always enjoy the change of seasons and now the abundance of winter veggies. Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, etc. There are plenty of ways to make them into complete meals.

  190. My favorite wintertime meal, hands down, is soup, stew, chowder, or beans. The way I make it special is by using smoked turkey stock out of my freezer made with last Thanksgiving’s turkey. The pot of fish chowder I made last week was a hit!

  191. I love spaghetti & meatballs when it’s cold outside. I’ve been cooking the pasta along with the sauce in a skillet and then I add the browned meatballs toward the end of cooking time.

  192. I love making turkey chili for my family and creating a chili bar, from which they can pile on the toppings of their choice. Add in some mugs of freshly mulled cider, and we feel cozy!

  193. I’d love to try pressure canning!! It’s not very wintery here in Houston, right now, but we love to eat beef stew when it’s cold.

  194. My favorite food this winter has been making different soup recipes. I’m not a vegetarian but all the soups I have tried have had no meat and we didn’t miss it at all.

  195. favorite wintertime meal is a really, really hard thing for me to determine. today i’m leaning towards, um, venison chili and cornbread. Lots of cornbread. And a big glass of milk. Hot dog, I know what I’m doing for Superbowl Sunday!

  196. I make a wonderful vegab “beef” stew. It is rich, hearty and warm. Perfect for those chilly nights with a fresh loaf of crusty bread.

  197. my favorite wintertime meal? Hearty herby lamb stew with a side of dense, chewy bread. Also, buttered and honeyed toast with a steaming mug of milky coffee.

  198. I’ve been obsessed with a lentil soup from Super Natural Every Day – it’s a basic lentil soup (or you can make it with yellow split peas), but it’s topped with this magical curry browned butter that is SO DELICIOUS. It’s just the thing to warm up a chilly gray evening.

  199. I love making brisket in the crock pot in the winter. 6 chopped onions and a bit of homemade stock and you wind up with meat that falls apart with a fork and a fantastic gravy!

  200. My favorite all-time winter meal is an old-fashioned pot roast, really anything braised if I’m being honest. Sear a big chuck roast on all sides, sweat carrots, celery and onion, add homemade stock to the pan with all that meat and veg, cook low and slow until the meat just melts. Instead of adding flour to the cooking liquid, I like to puree all the used-up veg to thicken the gravy. I’ll serve it with crusty bread or roasted potatoes and keep myself warm all winter.

  201. I love to make beef carbonnade — basically a pot roast stewed in beer and onions. The downside is that my house smells like onions for days afterward!

  202. My favorite winter meal is ham and navy bean soup… so creamy and smokey and hearty! But I won’t make it unless I have plenty of smoked pork neck bones on hand! And I basically put kale in everything, so if I have that on hand as well, I’ll throw some fresh chopped kale to finish it and add additional nutrients. 🙂

  203. I made a beef shank posole recently that came out good. Did it in a slow cooker and included a jar of vinegar pickled green tomatillos that I whizzed in a mini processor. It was hearty and zingy and I’d like to repeat it before the winter is out. It felt extra special because I had grown the tomatillos in my city garden plot.

  204. My favorite winter meal would definitely be soup! I am stuck on 2 favorites right now. A rich multi bean with ham … or the chunky potato soup with bacon. I love a warm bowl of soup on a cold day! Let the wind howl and the blizzards fly! I have SOUP!

  205. My favorite wintertime dish is Lentil Soup. In particular, the one that Heidi wrote for 101 Cookbooks. It’s amazing!! I have shared it so many times. It’s hearty but still very healthy.

  206. My favorite wintertime meals are roasts, soups, and stews with veggies. I’m trying to get in the habit of making those long-cooking meals in big batches on the weekend so I have leftovers to eat either through the week or to put in the freezer for another day. It’s working out good so far 🙂

    I’m gonna go check out this book. I got a pressure canner for Christmas, and I need to read up about it before spring and summer hit.

  207. My favorite wintertime recipe/meal is when I make a spicy black bean soup in my crock pot… which, coincidentally, is at home cooking right now while I’m at work. Always so nice to have dinner waiting for you, even when you’re the one who gets home first…

  208. I love this website….My goto winter meal has to be my good for the soul, mind and body homemade Chicken soup with onions, garlic, peppercorns, carrots, peas, celery, spinach, orzo pasta with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and of course shredded chicken. And a slice of my homemade crusty artisan bread. so good. This book looks great, would love to have one.
    I aspire, to inspire before I expire.

  209. Anything made in the crock pot. It’s so great to take a hunk of any kind of meat, saute it to get a nice brown crust and through it in the crock pot in the morning with lots of vegetables and spices. Nothing like walking in the house after work to the aromas of a great homemade meal. Add some bread and a salad (and a glass of wine) and everyone’s happy! I’m so excited for a chance to win this book. I love to make soups and broths and I’d love to learn how to safety can them. I’m always afraid the power will go out with a storm and I’ll lose all my frozen goodies!

  210. My family loves beef stew in the winter, a typical wintertime meal. My favorite though, is Avgolemono soup. It is a Greek soup made with orzo (or rice) and chicken. At the end of cooking, the broth is mixed with an egg and lemon mixture, which is heavenly!

  211. In the winter time I like a hot bowl of soup with a big slice of bread. Soup in our house is generally comprised of whatever squash and veggies are on hand. Sometimes we fancy it up with beans. 🙂

  212. I love anything that can be made in a crock pot – soups, stews, curries, you name it! Nothing like coming home to a house warmed by the smell of something delicious cooking.

  213. This book looks great! Thanks for finding it 😉 My favorite cold weather/comfort food is green chile stew made with green chile, potatoes, onions and pork. Add in some garlic and salt and you’re set. It’s like magic 🙂

  214. Living in cold and snowy Montana winter is all about soups in my house…pretty much throw anything in a pot and add some homemade stock!

  215. My favorite winter recipe is my homemade tomato sauce (we call it gravy) passed down from my Italian Great Grandmother! It is made with meatballs and sausage. I have never tried pressure canning because i usually freeze this recipe but it sure would free up space in my freezer…..because i make a HUGE pot!!

  216. This is one of my favorites. It can be done in crock pot or oven. If you make in oven it should just take about an hour on 375 degrees.
    Salsa chicken
    boneless chicken
    taco seasoning
    1/2 jar salsa(about 2 cups)
    chicken broth (about 1 cup)
    2 small cans of rotell tomatoes with green chillies.
    Put boneless chicken in bottom of crock pot, no need to chop.
    Place taco seasoning on top of chicken, next add the salsa, chicken broth and tomatoes.
    Cook high 4 hours or medium 6-8 hours
    Take the chicken out and shred add to crock pot. My daughter likes it as a soup. I serve on whole grain soft tortillas and garnish with cheese and sour cream.
    Garnish with cheese and sour cream.

  217. Favorite meal is my friend’s minestrone soup. Lots of beans, some sausage, little pastas – with some homemade sourdough bread – perfect!!

  218. I love the fresh tomato soup that I made last summer from the tomatoes, garlic, and onions I grew in my garden. It is so good and warms me on a cold winter day. I would love a copy of this book. Thanks for your great posts.

  219. For me, it’s green chile. I make a HUGE batch, mostly because my husband loves green chile, but also so I can save some to make things like the enchilada casserole that my kids young and old love. The teenage boyfriends usually feel the need to make a special trip to our house when they find out this is for dinner.

  220. I love really thick soups – a good, home-canned (of course!) stock – ham or chicken or turkey – lots of chunky veggies and a load of legumes. You can toss all the ingredients in the slow cooker first thing in the morning and come home to a wonderfully fragrant home with dinner sitting there begging to be eaten!

  221. Tomato soup! It so versatile: plain, with crackers, with cheese, with fresh basil, etc. It’s the blank canvas of the soup world to me. And that’s before you add a ooey, gooey grilled cheese sandwich on the side.

  222. Our winter fave is a kielbasa stew made with cabbage, potatoes and carrots thrown into the crockpot. It is soooo easy that there is plenty of time to make a loaf of pumpernickle bread to go with. Yum!

  223. Hearty soups with lentils and beans and lots of winter veggies are my go-to winter meal. I usually make a bit pot at the beginning of the week so I can savor it all week long!

  224. My favorite winter meal, and it’s super quick, is making pasta de ceci. It’s the chickpea soup with rosemary that Jaime Oliver talked about on NPR’s kitchen window a few years back. The soup is delicious and is crazy easy to make.

  225. One of our favorite winter time meals is grass-fed local beef hotdogs (next to a pile of fresh-picked greenhouse grown kale, sauteed with onions) , which is really just an excuse to get out all the preserves we made over the summer: relish, pickles, dilly beans, and sauerkraut. Yumm!

  226. I love making beef stroganoff from my pantry! It is a staple in my house using canned beef, rice, homemade condensed chicken soup, freeze-dried sour cream and a packet of onion soup mix!! Paired with some homemade wheat bread….DELISH!

  227. My mom’s chicken a la king! It is so creamy and filling and she ladles it into puff pastry shells. (I munch on the tops while she finishes the cooking).

  228. My winter favorite is soup. Esp. roasted root veggies or beef. Yum! Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win such a neat looking book!

  229. My favorite winter meal is definitely soup from scratch with homemade bread. I especially love a slow cooker recipe because the whole house smells good all day and it helps keep us warm. In fact since we live in the Los Angeles area when the slow cooker and oven are on during the day we don’t even need the heater. Some of our favorite soups are gumbo, lentil, cheesy broccoli potato, and black bean with sausage.

  230. Roasted Eggplant Soup is the best way to “preserve” eggplant to enjoy it in the winter! In fact even though I took my county’s Master Food Preserver class, and helped teach classes for that extension program for awhile, the reason I got a pressure canner initially was to can that soup.

  231. Oh how I love a hot bowl of my Spicy Sweet Potato, Tomato, and Lentil Soup. I could eat this and hot oatmeal, with lots of toppings, every day for the entire winter season!

  232. Homemade soups and stews are finding themselves on our winter menu at least twice a week. They smell great, taste great, and are easy to make.

  233. My favorite winter-time meal is a “gourmet” pot roast with porcini mushrooms that is much better than what my Mom would make. The sauce is made with porcini mushrooms, red wine, onion, garlic and fresh thyme and rosemary. It is so comforting on a cold day and I could eat the sauce on an old shoe it is so good!

  234. I love making a big pot of soup on Sunday and then savouring it for lunches through the week. Nothing beats hot, homemade soup during the workday!

  235. I recently made an oven braised brisket with mushrooms recipe that my family went crazy for. It was soooo good. That is my new winter favorite.

  236. Bean soup. vegetarian or not. and I don’t care what kind of beans. It’s hearty and hot and so good for the soul. I really want to start canning it so I can eat it on work days too!

  237. My favorite cold weather meal is a deep rich seafood file gumbo, (my cajun french grandmother made the absolute best I have ever tasted) . This would be served with white rice and accompanied by garlic bread and potato salad. Yum-C’est bon, chere.

  238. I’m loving winter vegetables right now. Butternut squash soup is also great this time of year too! I also just roasted my first eggplant last night. I love veggies and my goal this year is to experiment more and try to cook new ones each month. Next up is acorn squash. 🙂

  239. My favorite winter meal is white bean and kale soup with home-canned tomatoes!

    Also, I’ve taken classes with Ana Micka before here in Minneapolis! This is a great book and I’d love to own a copy!

  240. Having lived in the Bay Area for a good chunk of time, I love a great cioppino. It’s been on my mind for a couple of weeks now and I need to make some. With some sourdough, such a great winter meal.

  241. Oh man, winter cooking for me means leftovers we can eat the next day or all week. So winter time means big batches of soups and stews, and casserole-sized dishes!

  242. Oh, I would love a book that focuses on pressure canned soups! Right now, my favorite wintertime go-to is a sausage potato kale soup, with homemade chicken stock. Yumm!

  243. Since we can always count on having an excess of kale or tree collards in the garden during the winter, one of my favorite cold-weather meals is Caldo Verde (Portuguese kale soup) with a homemade loaf of no-knead bread.

  244. My grandmothers chicken soup is a must in the wintertime. I have not tried to can it yet, though. I also love making cassarols (sp) in the wintertime too.

  245. My two favorites are:

    Hoppin’ John (which we made twice the week of New Year’s)

    Korean curry – prepackaged curry mix with chicken, potatoes, onion, carrots and peas over rice – very very comfort foody

  246. My current favorite is homemade pizza (we’ve been making cheese). Love it, but it’s my favorite right now because no one ever complains about homemade pizza, unlike other delicious things I cook. 😉

  247. We would love to add pressure canning to our repertoire and this book seems like it would be a great resource in that direction. Of course winter= chili! shhhh….adda bit of cocoa powder!

  248. One of our favorite winter meals is sausage in a tomato, pepper, onion stew…served over mashed potatoes. And a nice homebrew and a crisp, acidic salad and you’re in business.

  249. Since it’s winter and I live in Southern California, I’ll readily admit that my favorite wintertime meal is anything with citrus or avocados. My favorite dish I’ve had this season is this great salad my husband’s aunt made this weekend — toasted pumpkin seeds, local tomatoes, slices of avocado on leafy greens with a tangy lime-based vinaigrette. Heaven!

  250. My favorite thing to cook lately has been soup, soup, and more soup. Especially ones with beans or barley in them. 🙂

  251. Mmm, chicken pot pie, I think. My Mom’s recipe calls for a biscuit crust instead of pastry, so it’s a bit more filling. Perfect for a snowy day.
    I’m very excited about this book – I could use a little more guidance for getting the most out of my pressure canner!

  252. My favorite winter meal this year seems to be spaghetti all’ubriaco – or pasta noodles boiled in red wine, then served with sauteed garlic and butter. It’s pretty fantastic!

  253. I love a good chili in the winter. I make mine with 2 kinds of beans, lots of cumin an ancho chile powder, and an ounce of unsweetened chocolate.

  254. Really, soup of any kind. I tend to improvise with whatever happens to be on hand. These days I’m lucky to have plenty of home canned turkey stock on hand, so I don’t have to worry about the sodium in commercial broth.

  255. So many favorites! The two top contenders are minestrone (which requires tomatoes, stock and beans from my pantry) and lentils monasticas (which also takes tomatoes). Serve these up with a piece of hot, homemade parmesan bread and we’re happy!

  256. I so want to learn more about pressure canning….I am a hot water bather now, but want to expand to other things! Our favorite winter meal…..soups. We cook roasts/roasters and make soup with the leftovers adding our favorite winter veggies and kale or spinach. Fresh bread on the side….YUM!

  257. Despite my best efforts resisting, my husband’s bean soup has become one of my favorite winter meals (I used to hate beans). I would love to learn more about pressure canning some of our best soups so they can be out in the pantry where we will see and eat them. As much as I love all of our homemade soups, we tend to forget then when they’re buried in the freezer 🙁

  258. One of my favourite wintertime meals is good stew with fresh homemade baked bread. I bought a quarter of organic grass-fed beef from a local farmer last year, and the stew made from that meat is the best I’ve ever tasted. Especially with in-season local root vegetables and a jar of my home-canned summer tomatoes 🙂

  259. My favorite, fairly easy wintertime meal is chicken or turkey soup make with homemade bone broth/stock, meat, herbs, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, potatoes, and anything else I might have on hand. I love it’s cozy-ness and immunity boosting qualities!

  260. My favorite, fairly easy wintertime meal is chicken or turkey soup make with homemade bone broth/stock, meat, herbs, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, potatoes, and anything else I might have on hand. I love it’s cozy-ness and immunity boosting qualities!

  261. Lentil soup from the Original Moosewood cookbook served over brown rice with a little red wine vinegar sprinkled over the top. Yummy.

  262. I have yet to use my pressure canner. I’ve had it for atleast six months. I really -want- to use it but am not sure of how to start.

    My favorite winter time meal to make is a shrimp and potato creamy soup in the crock pot.

  263. I love winter foods, as winter squashes and greens are my favorite vegetables of all time. But in the cold months, nothing beats a good beef stew with herb popovers on the side, or chilli with cornbread.

  264. Moose bourguignon, cooked low and slow, infusing the house with the rich smell of braised game meat. Freshly made rolls to wipe up the plate. Cranberry sorbet for dessert.

  265. I would so love to win this book. I’m terrified of my pressure canner to the point that it has never been out of the box. I still remember the green beans raining off my mother’s ceiling tiles when I was a child.

  266. We recently made homemade chicken noodle soup using fresh, homemade egg noodles, chicken we had butchered from our farm and eggs from our laying hens. We really enjoyed it on a cold winter evening.

  267. Oh, that book sounds just like the type of book I need right now! I am presently disabled and I would love to pressure can meats, soups and sauces that can be readily available for quick/easy cooking for those bad pain days that seem to happen too often…

    Can someone suggest websites/resources that I can access and learn about pressure canning meats, soups and sauces? I could really use the help…thank you!

  268. shepherd’s pie is my FAAAVORITE wintertime meal. i just make the Moosewood Cookbook’s super simple lentil soup and throw mashed potatos on the leftovers and bake. that book looks awesome!

  269. My favorite wintertime meal is soup! Since my husband is an anti-soup person, so I spend some weekends making a pot and freezing it for lunches. Now during the week I get to eat delicious soup (not from a can!). He does eat chili, so I make that every few weeks. So good & delicious!

  270. My idea of a chilly night dinner is braised short ribs or osso bucco. I had some short ribs in London at Barbecoa, the Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry Lang restaurant in the shadow of St. Paul’s Cathedral; they were so melt-in-my-mouth delicious, I cried. I cannot make decent short ribs but I keep trying. It’s so depressing. At least I live in California now, so I don’t really have to deal with winter.

  271. I usually love some kind of hearty bean-dish. Lentils and sausage, red beans and rice, maybe white bean soup, or garbanzos espinacas. Can’t get enough of that stuff!

  272. OMG! i JUST received a pressure cooker and would LOVE this book! fave winter food? Gumbo! Chicken, sausage, crawfish, shrimp, i don’t care! Delicious!

  273. I really enjoy smoking just about everything out in our garage. The other day I made stuffed jalapenos and before we baked them we smoked them for an hour. They were absolutely delicous!.

  274. A delicious homemade soup with home baked bread is the best meal most any time of the year, not just in the winter. I make a big batch of soup and freeze some for later.

  275. Lentil and root vegetable soup with freshly baked bread is a winter standby.

    I have a pressure canner, but I haven’t been brave enough to use it yet!

  276. My favorite Wintertime meal is stew or soup. I make soup just about every other day, and at least one stew type meal weekly. These are all so much better when they are cooking in the crockpot while fresh bread bakes in the oven.

  277. Hard to pick just one favourite. But homemade tomato soup made from tomatoes picked and canned in season is an all time favourite! This is highly appreciated when the tomatoes in store are looking rather pale!

  278. My favourite winter meal is anything I’ve already canned…chili, soup, tomato sauce, pork and beans, etc. I began pressure canning two years ago and I now know how much I DON’T KNOW.

  279. This sounds like just the canning book we need to add to our to shelves. DH and I were just discussing how little really know about pressure canning and how Ball Blue book is really the only one on the shelf to address it! My favorite winter food has to be a tie between soups (especially those made in a pressure cooker – so quick to full flavor) and curries.

  280. My favorite right now is a tortellini soup made special by a jar of my roma tomatoes and a basil ice cube from last fall. Throw in some italian sausage and grated parmesan-reggiano and you have a lovely and tasty meal.

  281. No doubt, my favorite winter dinner is roast pork loin with caraway seeds, and roasted potatoes. Brings back family dinners from childhood.

    My favorite easy winter dinner? Mushroom, roasted pepper, and leek quiche with a simple salad or tomato soup, and a glass of something red. Mmmm.

  282. I think my favorite wintertime meal would be meat loaf. I am just beginning to study about canning. I am so glad I found your blog.

  283. Favorite winter meal… hard to pick just one, but last night we had a coconut-curry squash soup with grilled cheese sandwiches on homemade bread. And of course, some hot chocolate to drink.

  284. My favorite is mushroom risotto. It’s such a creamy, satisfying meal on a cold night. Top it with cheese and serve with a fresh salad, and voila! Plus, there are plenty of leftovers to freeze and take for future lunches. Yea!

  285. I love to make Chicken Piccata because lemons are plentiful and help me think of summer, while still being nice and warm and filling.

  286. My favorite wintertime meal has to be a good hot bowl of chili!
    I am very new to canning and I’m so excited to try some of these recipes 🙂

  287. I love soups in the winter. Butternut squash bisque, creamy corn chowder, lentil, etc. Nothing like a warm bowl with some fresh or homemade bread!! Or better yet, in a bread bowl!!

  288. Right now we are enjoying Pear Butter with Ginger n Cinnamon, we use it nightly on our Greek yogurt. Who needs ice cream? Our other discovery this year was freezing roasted tomatoes in a ziplock, and just throwing into various slowcooker recipes.
    They add an indescribable richness.

  289. Soup! Any kind of soup, really, although I do have a special soft spot for the creamy cheesy ones… I recently made a meatless black bean and quinoa chili that was quite delicious (with pumpkin cornbread) and I often make homemade chicken noodle when I’m sick (the simmer all day, starting with a chicken carcass variety). Even the smell of it cooking makes me feel better.

  290. I use my winter weekends to make huge batches of food to last throughout the week. My personal favorite is a giant pot of 4-bean chili made super spicy, along with a pan of macaroni and cheese. Homemade chili mac!

  291. A really good beef stew over rice. Have some in my freezer now, but what we’re lacking is the wintery weather! Low 60s when I got up at 5 this morning.

  292. Chili with loads of onions and kidney beans, served on rice.

    I was so excited to hear ropa viejo was in the book. I haven’t had it since visiting my Cuban relatives!! To think that it could be canned!!! Win or lose, I’m getting this book!

  293. Soup! All supper I make soup from the CSA and garden spoils and throw it in the freezer for winter. I like cornbread and honey, or fresh bread with it.

  294. I love making ham and bean soup from scratch. I soak the beans overnight and add them with the rest of the ingredients to the crock pot in the morning… so easy.

  295. i can honestly say, i have never used my pressure cooker. and i bought it for canning. embarrassing, this book would be perfect to teach me how to use it!

    I love cream of mushroom soup. any kind of soup. I love also to use my crock pot for a beef stew with pot barley after a long day. With a simple home french bread. I could eat that everyday. and watch the snow outside under my blanket!

  296. I’ve been wanting to get a pressure cooker for years. I’ve canned fruit, jellies and jams for years, and it’s time to move onto some new things.

    We love to make a simple soup with onion, potato, kale and Spanish (as opposed to Mexican) chorizo. Water works as a base as does any good veggie or chicken stock. Add a hunk of a good bread, maybe a side of cheese and some olive oil for dipping and dinner is ready!

  297. Honestly, I’m a huge fan of variations on the humble yet magnificent lentils and rice! Wine braised lentils, curried lentil stews with coconut milk, and more. My latest venture was Heidi’s (of 101cookbooks) red lentil soup with lemon, served with sauteed greens, brown rice and yogurt. So comforting and nourishing!

  298. What a lovely book! We’re not having much of a winter here in San Francisco, but cooking patterns still shift of course. My all-time favorite is pasta with bolognese sauce. but any hearty legume/bean soup will come in a close second.

  299. It’s a toss up between yankee pot roast from the crockpot with fresh baguette. Or the comfort food supreme – mac and cheese.

  300. Homemade soup of any kind with some freshly baked bread. Also some pear halves broiled with a little butter and brown sugar. The book looks very interesting. I use my pressure canner, but it looks like this would help me expand my horizons.

  301. Favorite winter-time meal? roasted sweet potatoes and sauteed kale

    This book sounds great – I’m still trying to psyche myself up for buying a pressure canner, and some guidance in that regard would be awesome.

  302. OK, so I DONT’T appreciate the Canadians! How am I ever going to win a contest with all these interesting entries???:) I remember when I first started to enter your contests, there were only like 50 entries–my, how you’ve grown!

    My family loves bratwurst stew on cold Wisconsin nights!

  303. My favorite winter dinner is a roasted garlic, butternut squash, and kale galette. It’s got a creamy ricotta and roasted garlic sauce, a bit of bitterness from the kale, sweetness from the squash, and flaky deliciousness from pastry crust. So many great winter flavors. Also, any leftover slices are lovely topped with a fried egg for breakfast the next morning.

  304. When it is cold and gloomy here in northern california I source local ingredients, as well as my own canned heirloom tomatoes and make chicken caccatore. This dish along with a crusty loaf of french bread from Artisan Bakery (I just cannot beat their gold medal breads,-try as I may), a crackling fire and a Jane Austen movie is all I need for a lovely evening.

  305. I’m so happy to have found your blog today! This is my first time reading it, and I love it!
    I’d love to win the canning book! We love to fix breakfast for dinner during the winter… Biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage…. yum!! And almost any type of soup is a must in our home during cold weather.

  306. I am all about the veggie soup. For a week I may use the same veggies I have in my fridge but with my overflowing spice cabinate I can have a different soup every night.

  307. I’m going with last nights dinner, which was simple and winter-y and wonderful. Roast chicken, with a hefty side of chard braised in a little balsamic. Yummm…. I will have tasty chicken meals all week, and look forward to my next bunch of chard.

    I’m a pressure canning newb, so I’d love some recipes and a little how to.

  308. I make a killer Russian Vegetable pie layered with cabbage, leeks, mushrooms, hard-boiled eggs and cream cheese. It’s a rib sticking veggyfest. Goes great with pumpkin gratin or minestrone soup (or both if I’m really hungry!) . I canned the pumpkin from pumpkins I gathered from neighbors who were tossing them after hollow e’en. I canned the soup from canned tomatoes I put up this fall. I’d like to learn how to do the pressure canning. That would be sweet.

  309. Creamy cabbage soup. It’s a really easy recipe from my mom and it warms you up on a cold winter night. I am just beginning to dabble in canning and would love to win this book.

  310. My favorite wintertime meal is definitely homemade lentil soup. It’s so easy and hearty; perfect for a cold day’s night. I also feel like it’s extremely flexible, you can basically throw in whatever veggies and spices you have lying around!

  311. My favorite winter comfort food is homemade beef stew, although I also love lentil stews for their versatility and easy preparations.

  312. I take my summertime meat chicken and make some chicken soup using the stock, legs, and plenty of veggies with Italian spices. Pressure can in pints for easy serving and no room taken up in the freezer. Service with just a hint of Shitaki mushroom. Easy to bring to work, use while sick, or snowed in.

  313. My favorite winter meal is fondue. It is a once-in-a-while celebratory treat that is both decadent and delicious, and involves everyone to participate. You can’t watch tv, text, read, or do anything but talk and laugh or you will make a big mess. Bring out the fondue and the fun begins.

    We especially love Beer & Cheddar fondue with a little fresh garlic. Dippers include big cubes of rustic bread, sausage rounds, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, pretzels, apple slices, or whatever we want to experiment with. I have a classic “70’s” fondue pot that is avocado green which makes it ever more nostalgic.

  314. I usually roast a duck for the new year because I like to have duck fat on hand to make my favourite winter foods. I made a cajun duck and dumplings this year that I was particularly proud of!

  315. I looove my crock pot! I often do venison roasts in the winter, since my husband fills our freezer every fall. I love trying new seasoning combinations to go with the wild meat flavour.

  316. I love soup. Pretty much any kind of soup. I make homemade soup at least once a week, often more. One of my recent finds that I love is Stuffed Pepper Soup and it tastes exactly like stuffed bell peppers! Tried and true long timer stand bys include soups like: corn chowder, split pea, lentil, white chicken chili…one can never have too much soup! Especially in the rainy Pacific Northwest where I live! Mmmmm.

  317. hard to say what’s my favorite. Winter meals at my house often include jars of home made food. Tonight were having turkey soup (canned last fall), home made bread and applesauce cake. The house sure smalls good!

  318. Split pea soup. I sautee a little burdock and onion, and then add the peas and cook until tender, use an immersion blender until smooth with a few chunks. Soul satisfying!

  319. Soup, for sure! Soup (not usually freezer soup, although that would be convenient) and fresh bread. I implemented a “one soup night a week” project this winter, and am slowly winning my husband over with it. : )

  320. I make my own chicken stock and freeze it so I can pop out a tub of stock any time and make soup. That’s the ultimate winter meal for me. Any soup (usually chicken noodle or carrot) will do!

  321. risotto and roasted chicken with herbs de provence (sp?). yum. would love to know more about pressure canning- and I love the DVD aspect. thanks!

  322. I have been trying different recipes on and off now for about a year and my favorite so far is Autumn Soup. Beef stock, ground beef and an assortment of favorite veggies. So far I’ve tried only potato, carrot, celery, green bean and corn, however we are joining a CSA soon and I’m looking forward to trying alot more! Also with the CSA this will give me the opportunity to use the pressure cookers I have inherited from my aunt and grand mother. This book will help! Thanks!!

  323. Having recently put any effort into cooking, I’ve become something of a soup guru (to my wife at least)….

    One favorite is a sausage and cabbage soup… another real crowd pleaser which I do for just about any social event we host or attend is a ham, potato, beer cheese soup.

    Cheers! Matt

  324. My favorite wintertime meal is chicken and dumplings… with fresh root veggies, homemade stock, natural chicken, and buttermilk biscuits baked on top…. so warming!

  325. A hearty beef or venison stew with fresh hot rolls or corn bread is really satisfying- even if we live in Florida where the weather isn’t harsh! Thanks for writing your blog- I’ve made several of your recipes and look forward picking up the preserving pace. The offered cookbook looks like a treasure!

  326. Ooooh, I love the look of this canning book! My favorite winter (or anytime) meal : I go upstairs to my light garden and snip off a plateful of fresh organic greens, usually a mesclun type mix. I go to the fridge and cut off chunks of chicken that I cooked the day before…our moist tender home raised free range happy chickens. I go to the greenhouse and pick off a few small leaves of kale, which doesnt mind being repeatedly frozen and thawed in a canadian winter. The kale gets finely chopped and added to the plate. I go to the cupboard and peruse my stock of home canned fruits and berries and open something, pears, plums, blackberries whatever, and add some to the chicken salad. I get an apple and a carrot from the cellar and chop and add. Finally I make a dressing of 3 parts olive oil, one part balsamic vinegar and one part maple syrup and drizzle over. SOOOO healthy and SOOO yummy!
    Kathi Dunphy, NB Canada

  327. Right now it seems to be homemade whole wheat bread with any of the jams and jelllies we put up last summer. Carmael apple jam seems to be the favorite.

  328. This winter? Definitely pot roast in the crockpot with carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic, a couple bay leaves and a bottle of beer. We purchased 250 pounds of beef with a friend which silly me thought would come cut up so you could tell what it was. Well, the ribs, the liver and the heart are recognizable — apparently everything else is slab cut — that way you don’t pay the butcher’s fee and the meat is much cheaper! Believe me — I was not happy when my husband brought it home piled in a couple ice chests. I thought, “I’ll cook it, but I’m not gonna like it!” As it turns out, it’s the best pot roast I’ve ever tasted!

  329. Grew up in South America so cold winters, although I’ve spent the last many in America, and have been finding comfort in making homemade stews in the last few years. But because lentils are such a big comfort food from growing up–I’ve been loving and diving into as many lentil stews, lentil & rice, etc. Yay for lentejas! And my Texan Grandma just passed on her pressure canner to me… intimidating and exciting.

  330. We are loving a crock pot baked potato soup this winter! My family protests when it’s gone! It’s great to come home to on a rainy Sunday!

  331. My fav is beef stew, in a bread bowl, all from scratch. My recipe, which isnt really a recipe, is mostly stuff I have on hand. Using everything from parsnips, turnips, peas and potatoes, it’s generally whatever’s on sale at the market. It’s all kinds of meaty vegitable-y, slow cooked yumminess.

  332. OOOh exciting!! I got a pressure canner for x-mas and it would be nice not to have to wait until summer abundance veggies to start pressure canning-some soup recipes would be amazing!

    My favorite winter meal is a good beef pot roast in the crock pot with carrots and potatoes….or maybe creamy sausage and butternut risotto.

  333. Cranberry Fluff Salad, I know it’s supposed to be just a side dish – but I end up eating it as breakfast and lunch! Homemade tomato soup with crusty hot bread is a family favorite dinner.

  334. I have been trying to eat/make our meals using seasonal produce.
    For Winter, the crockpot comes off the shelf and gets used more often so that can mean a roast of some sort and from the oven, some roasted kale which has become my favorite. Tonight it is a slow roasted ham in homemade bbq sauce.

  335. My favourite meal is pasta with pesto and green beans. I freeze both during the summer and using them in winter welcome reminder of warmer temperatures. It comes together quickly too: I cook the pasta, thin the pesto out a bit with some of the pasta water, and I pop the beans to cook as pasta is nearly finished – drain and combine.

  336. My favorite winter food is soup, definitely! Specifically a butternut squash soup or a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup! Yum! Such comfort food…

  337. I think my favorites are chili (with lots of beans) or lamb stew. I guess lamb isn’t very seasonable, but I just love it so much that I make an exception.

  338. A giveaway open to us Canadians! So exciting!
    My favourite winter meal is this simple, amazingly delicious, hearty and healthy meal that involves brown rice, chick peas, kale, a lot of caramelized onions and a punch garlic-lemon-tahini sauce. It sounds like it could be bland, but it SO isn’t. The first time someone made it for me I expected not to like it, being a junk-foodie at the time, but now I make it all the time. I crave it regularly. Recipe is here: in an old blog post of mine!

  339. Our favorite winter meal is All Day Vegetable Beef Soup that my BFF’s mom used to make when we were growing up. So comforting with a loaf of home made bread.

  340. Soup and more Soup! All kinds. My favorite is a slow cooker beef barley made with soup bones. But the most frequent are either black bean or red lentil curry both are souper easy and fast!

  341. Kabocha pumpkin-vanilla risotto. I really need to work on my risotto skills though; I tend to wind up with something more like jook than risotto.

  342. My favorite winter dish is pot roast (eye of round), mashed potatoes and green beans!!! Reminds me of Sunday dinners with my grandparents.

  343. I’m blessed – wintertime is farmer’s market and fresh veggie time in my region because the summer is too hot and humid for most veggies to be happy. My favorite wintertime meal is often a soup that I’ve put together from whatever is freshest among the produce at market. One of my go-to recipes is to roast a crucifer of some kind (it’s a great way to use broccoli stems!), add in some soaked cashews, garlic, onions and other seasonings for a great vegan cream-of-something soup! (planning on using up MANY broccoli stems this weekend!)

  344. Frozen homemade soup is my go-to meal in the winter. I usually cook up a batch on a Sunday, have some for dinner and then lunch for the next 2 days, and then freeze a couple of quarts. It’s the perfect meal for when I get home late and don’t want to think about what to make!

  345. I love anything I use my canned tomatoes for, chili, cabbage rolls, spagetti sauce…
    Tomatoes, fresh, are one of my faves in the summer so it’s a natural progression. I always run out of canned ones by late spring, so they are def a winter staple here!

  346. I admit I am the baker its my sister who is the amazing cook. She is the queen of roast chicken. Since we live down south winter is all about the citrus. My favorite is when she uses the kumquats we get from the farmer’s market and candy whole. It makes the most delicious glaze!

  347. I love to make split pea soup in the crock pot- so easy and delicious! And if I’m feeling crazy, I’ll bake a loaf of homemade bread to go with it 🙂

  348. A chuck roast slow cooked with onions and carrots is delightful inf the winter. Creamy mashed potatoes made with butter, sour cream, and cream cheese puts the meal over the top!

  349. I love making soups, but being able to learn to pressure can them instead of freezing will save my freezer space and defrost time. Hopefully I get picked!

  350. I keep soup I canned in the summer, roasted tomato, corn chowder, in the freezer. Then I just bake some bread and dinner’s set!

  351. How cool! I have a pressure canner that I’ve only used once for that very reason. None of my canning books cover pressure canning! As for my favorite wintertime meal, that’s easy: MACARONI AND CHEESE!!! I haven’t made it yet this winter because my husband doesn’t love it as much as I do. Probably good, because I’d eat it every night if I could!

  352. Soup! Since I cook 99,99% of everything I eat (lots of allergies) a streamlined, no-fuss, easily-adaptable-to-what’s-in-the-fridge, freezable recipe is crucial. The stock is usually made from soaking a handful of dried shiitake mushrooms for at least an hour (or just while I prep all the other veg), then chopping them up and adding them in once the liquid is needed. The soup is usually heavy on the turnip and carrot, with (precooked) tan/green lentils or leftover meat. The best part is fresh greens added in at the end, usually kale or collard greens. Mmmmm.

  353. Yes! Me, please 🙂 I just got a pressure canner for Christmas and I really would love to know how to use it to its full potential. That would make the overly acidic tomato sauce I made (w/ added lemon juice for safety) taste even better for spaghetti, lasagna, or pizza sauce…which are the favorite things I’ve made w/ it so far.

  354. My favorite is Ham Split Pea Soup…I had a nanny when I lived in England as a kid and she used to make *the best* Ham Split Pea Soup. Everytime I eat it, I think of her and smile, she was the best! RIP Mrs Shelley!

  355. I love cooking in the winter as it forces you to get creative with the ingredients. Cooking in the summer and fall is easy as there is such an abundance of delicious produce to choose from, and they taste fabulous just the way they are. I must say though my favorite thing to cook in the winter is roasted root vegetables/squash. They’re a comfort food for me.

  356. Make a buttermilk belgian waffle recipe and add partially cooked crumbled applewood bacon to the batter. Prepare the waffles according to your normal routine. When done top with either a poached egg or eggs over easy. Amazingly delicious breakfast for dinner!

  357. I love my mom’s homemade french lentil soup with sausage- especially in a thermos the next day 🙂 I just started following you blog and it looks great!

  358. I can’t pick a favorite, but I do love breakfast for dinner. Nearly set off the smoke alarm in a pancake-tastrophy tonight.

  359. My husband invariably makes Cheese Fondue right around New Years. We steam vegetables to use as well as using mushrooms, pickled corn, and sweet tiny gherkins.

    My favorite late winter/early spring dish is rice with a melted mix of feta cheese, peas, spinach, dill and lemon juice.

  360. Garlic soup! I love it on a cold, snowy winter day with a good loaf of bread and maybe a cucumber salad. Chases all the demons away! Recipe I use is from Jacques Pepin and it’s divine!

  361. Mmm I think a risotto! Something about standing over the pot and feeling the nice warm steam on my face while I just stir and stir – feels wonderful at the end of a winter’s day!

  362. I have three favorite winter meals: homemade chilli and cornbread, spaghetti with homemade sauce and meatballs, and breakfast for dinner.

  363. I love creamy tomato soup (made with tomatoes I canned over the summer!) with a crispy, gooey grilled cheese sandwich. Yum!

  364. I love to make potato & onion soup with the delicious “german butterball” potatoes we grew this summer… add a little sour cream and some garlic sautéed spinach… heaven in a bowl! I agree that so many books skim over pressure canning. I’m excited to check this one out. Thanks for the chance.

  365. My favorite meal (any time of the year) is anything my family makes together. Most recently we had Fakesgiving – roasted turkey, dressing, homemade cranberry jelly and mixed roasted vegetables. Also awesome: sauteed mushrooms, bacon and kale and roasted garlic pesto on buckwheat crepes. YUM!

  366. My favourite winter meal would be homemade soup (Hamburger Barley is always a favourite) and some bread…..mmmmmmm soup!
    Thanks for opening this up to Canadians!

  367. My absolute favourite winter meal is traditional Hungarian Chicken Paprikas. I use the recipe my grandmother always made and I just love the way my house smells as the paprika hits the hot pan. I am very close to my Granny (who is still canning at age 86) and I get my love of food from her. I have childhood memories of going into her cold storage room and staring, in wonder, at the rows and rows of preserves. I am well on my way to following her canning tradition. Chicken Paprikas with home made dumplings always feels like a warm hug from Granny.

  368. This winter I’ve been really into chickpea “frittatas.” They’re fast, hot, and I can make one and eat it for a couple of days and just saute up fresh veggies every night.

  369. This winter I’ve been hung up on making a white pizza with a chiffonade of collard greens and red onion, made with a half whole wheat crust made in my bread machine! With…my canned spicy chow chow (veg from my garden) on the side….YUMMM!

  370. I don’t eat a lot of red meat, and eat lots of vegetable soups all winter long. But a real treat is a wonderful pot roast cooked with rosemary and root vegetables in a slow cooker. Yum!

  371. Etouffee! My soon to be husband is from Louisiana and his mom’s etouffee recipe is one of the best fringe benefits of our relationship. It’s warm, thick, and a nice break from the standard soups.

  372. Love to be able to use the oven to warm the house in winter so amongst the myriad baked goods I actually like to do, when i force myself to cook some real food I’m happy to throw a chicken and some potatoes in!

  373. I love to make a big pot of homemade chicken soup and serve it with a crusty loaf of homemade freeform artisan bread with lots of sweet butter!

  374. I love making french onion soup with fresh crusty bread and gooey cheese- YUM! I’ve also been eating tons of thin crust pizzas that I pile with tomatoes, italian pickled peppers, onions, mozzarella, and any other veggie I can lay my hands on!

  375. Plain and simple split pea soup is my favorite winter meal. With crusty bread, lots of butter and jam and a pile of spaghetti squash. Yum.

  376. Soup- I love ALL kinds… my tastes fluctuate SO much with the seasons, and I really do need comfort foods this time of year. I made chili the other day, which is kind of a soup, but a seafood corn chowder, cream of mushroom & potato leek (all dairy, soy & gluten free) have graced my le creuset as of lately…

  377. I love to eat warm fragrant soups in winter, my favorite is a split pea and ham made in the slow cooker. I love to come home to that smell after work!

  378. I usually crave very simple lentil stew over rice in wintertime. At least half my meals end up being soup or stew! This book looks great and I will probably check it out from the library for the pressure canning info. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!

  379. i gravitate towards pancakes and other breakfasty stuff for dinner in the winter. maybe because it’s cozy, quick, and always delicious?

  380. My favorite meal is beef stew with homemade bread. I pressure can many jars and whenever the temps drop I pull out a jar and start the bread. The entire family runs to the table when the bell rings.

  381. I would so love to win this book! I started canning last summer & we have really enjoyed our bounty this winter. We are addicted to my canned beets now! I only canned 11 lbs & we only have 2 jars left out of 9! I gave 1 jar to my 10 yr old DGD, lol She loves the sweet tart taste of them too. We need to quit gobbling them down, lol Yesterday I took stock of my empty jars & dreamed they were full, if only it was that easy,