Warm Up With These Winter Comfort Foods
Soups, stews and pies always taste better when someone makes them for you, so when you want to comfort someone (including yourself) with food on a cold winter day, here are a few dishes worth seeking out.
All photography by Erin Brooke Burns
When it comes to soaking up soup, a flimsy slice simply won’t do. The multi-grain and Yukon sourdough loaves from Prairie Mill, an Alberta company with Calgary origins, have just the right amount of chew to handle hot stew. They’re also great on their own — slathered in butter, of course.
129, 4820 Northland Dr. N.W., 403-282-6455, prairiemillbread.com
This hearty soup has been a staple on the menu for years at Cilantro (part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts group). Now available to grab and go from CRMR’s Urban Butcher shops, you can serve it at your own table, or eat it on the couch, wrapped up in blankets.
Is there a more comforting dish, especially in Alberta, than tender beef slowly braised with bourbon? Pair it with some mashed potatoes to catch the drips and there’s really no need to leave the house.
Vital Greens organic farm near Lethbridge makes a 52-per cent heavy cream that is pure decadence. Drizzle it over your pie or keep a bottle on hand for any time you need to add richness to soup, coffee or anything else.
The apple pie of your dreams is at Bite in Inglewood — extra-deep dish with bronzed apples and a flaky crust just waiting for a scoop of vanilla (luckily, they sell Made By Marcus ice cream there, too).