Monday, January 10, 2011

Cold Weather and Comfort Food

Winter in Texas. Not like winter in many other parts of the country, but winter here in S. Texas can be miserable for those of us who are more accustomed to temperatures and humidity in the high 90's. We live in homes with expansive window space and single pane glazing and feel the chill in our less-than-perfectly sealed homes.

In winter, my out-door living lifestyle moves indoors and, while the wind is whipping that cold rain against those expansive windows outside, I'm pulled toward the kitchen and food. It's the right time of year to roast chicken, make a crockpot stew, bake cookies, any kitchen activity that heats an appliance and heats up the kitchen.

Problem is, I'm also pulled toward all the food groups that are not good for my health or waistline. Fortunately this is Houston Marathon month, so the calories get readily burned: An eleven mile run will handily take care of 7 or 8 freshly baked cookies. But then, once the marathon is behind me, the cookie craving still persists. It's a vicious cycle. Good thing there are other marathons - and other reasons to train and, therefore, burn calories - in other cities.

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