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Every season has its advantages and disadvantages. Where I live, in the northern Hemisphere, winter means cold, snow, and ice. That means you need to stay indoors more often. Make the most of it! The foods I choose to make this time of year are comforting, warm, and hearty. And easy to make! These are the best recipes for the cold weather season. They use the crockpot, winter fruits and vegetables, pasta, meats, cheeses, and long cooking times. Enjoy homemade pizza, tarts and pies, savory slow cooker casseroles and stews, and simple recipes you can make using pantry ingredients when you can't leave the house! Enjoy.

1. Best Winter Recipes

Mexican Pizza
Mexican Pizza
These are the recipes I really only make in the winter. They are delicious, satisfying, hearty, warming, comforting, and easy to make. Many of them are crockpot recipes, of course. Because there's nothing better than coming home to the fabulous aromas of wonderful food that has been cooking for hours.

2. Favorite Comfort Foods

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
Comfort foods are made for winter! When the wind chill is -40 degrees F and it's snowing so hard you can barely see across the street, you want hearty and comforting food that's delicious too. These comfort food recipes are perfect.

3. Dinner From the Freezer

Pierogie Mac and Cheese
Pierogie Mac and Cheese
These delicious and warming recipes are all made with ingredients from the freezer. You can keep the ingredients on hand and never have to venture outside during a winter storm when you know about these winners!

4. Keep Warm Weekend

Crockpot Orange Curried Chicken
Crockpot Orange Curried Chicken
One winter weekend, make sure you have all the ingredients for these wonderful recipes on hand in the house. Then you won't have to step a foot outside! All of these recipes are special, fast to make, and satisfying. Yum.

5. Soup, Soup, Beautiful Soup

Sweet and Sour Meatball Stew
Sweet and Sour Meatball Stew
Soup and winter go together like ham and cheese (ooo - ham chowder!) These excellent soup recipes will keep you warm, inside and out. And some of my favorite bread recipes are included too!

6. Top 10 Winter Crockpot Recipes

Chicken Supreme
Chicken Supreme
Your slow cooker really becomes important during the cold winter months. There's nothing like throwing some foods into the crockpot, turning it on, and forgetting about it for the rest of the day. Except for the wonderful aromas that will fill your house!

7. Top 10 Winter Pasta Recipes

Tortellini with Three Sauces
Tortellini with Three Sauces
Pasta recipes are so satisfying during the cold weather months. And you can make a simple pasta with a fast sauce, or a complicated casserole with layered flavors. Try all of these great recipes this winter!

8. Best Meatloaf Recipes

My Mom's Meatloaf
My Mom's Meatloaf
I have always thought of meatloaf as a winter food, perhaps because it's usually served with mashed or scalloped potatoes! And the leftovers from these great recipes are wonderful.

9. Pantry Meals

Chicken Risotto
Chicken Risotto
If you keep a good selection of ingredients in your pantry, fridge, and freezer, you can prepare lots of meals if you're snowbound! No braving long lines in the grocery store for you when a winter storm is approaching. And these recipes are easy and satisfying.

10. Best Winter Chicken Recipes

My Mom's Baked Fried Chicken
My Mom's Baked Fried Chicken
Chicken is popular all year round. But there are certain ways of preparing it that are best for the cold winter months. These ten recipes are fabulous.

11. Chicken Casseroles

Creamy Chicken and Veggies Casserole
Creamy Chicken and Veggies Casserole
A rich and bubbling casserole, straight from the oven, will warm you through like nothing else. Well, maybe cuddling a puppy or kitten. These easy recipes are all luscious and hearty.

12. Delicious Dumplings

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
Dumplings and winter belong together. They were originally developed to stretch a meal, usually a meat meal, so are commonly served with chicken and beef. Dumplings aren't hard to make, but there are some rules to follow.

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