Cold weather, warm meals

Chicken and rice casserole

Much of the Northern Hemisphere has basked in a long, warm fall. But the warm days won't last forever, as indicated by the upcoming forecast for cold and snow in much of the northern US. The Rocky Mountain states have already had a taste of winter with snowstorms dumping several inches of snow on them in recent days. When it's blustery outside, there's no better way to keep warm than with a hearty casserole, says The New York Times.

Their collection of casseroles proves that one dish does not mean the foods are one-dimensional. The offerings range from an Indian-Spiced Tomato and Egg Casserole from Melissa Clark, described as "one of the most fragrant and vivid casseroles you'll ever see," to a Green Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce and Bechamel from Julia Moskin. The latter dish is more involved, but the fresh pasta ensures the dish will hold together.

The EYB Library is also chock full of hearty stews and one-pot meals, including over 450 casseroles. Try one of these highly-rated recipes to keep you warm on the next cold evening:

Chicken and rice casserole from Food Network Magazine (pictured at top)
Ratatouille (Eggplant casserole) from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volumes I & II
Vegetarian quinoa & squash casserole from EatingWell Magazine
Spanish-style chicken casserole from The Food I Love
Crowd-pleasing Tex-Mex casserole from The Oh She Glows Cookbook
Guinness, beef & chestnut casserole with leek colcannon from The Hairy Bikers' 12 Days of Christmas

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