It has been freezing in Houston the past few days, literally freezing, frozen and iced over, the city has hardly moved in days. This type of cold is rare for here, and while all the shutdowns, delays and closures can be annoying, it’s been kind of nice to be able to slow down and cozy up in a city that usually moves at the speed of light. Although, if you talk to my cousin who was stranded here she might feel differently. That’s a story for another time…
I talk about Ohio so much down here that people often think I’m originally from there. I’m not. I only lived there for three years, but our life there gave me a different outlook on winter and the cold. Even though it was so bitter cold during the winter season, a cold I wasn’t even used to growing up in New Jersey, life didn’t stop in Ohio, it just retreated inside to warm living rooms, inviting homes and maintained a kind nostalgia that’s becoming harder and harder to find.
My sweet cousin was visiting us, stuck an extra day due to the snow and ice which gave us all additional family time we miss living so far away. Hunkered down for the night and with my little one at my feet, I prepared one of my all-time favorite comfort foods, potato bacon soup.
It is such a hearty soup, and something I loved about making it in the past was that I could find all the ingredients at late fall farmers markets in Ohio. It was such a treat to prepare it with all local and fresh grown ingredients. While living in the pretty rolling hills of Northeast Ohio, it just seemed so fitting to venture out to a beautiful market and spend the evening cooking it in my quiet kitchen with the company of my boys.
Now, while I enjoy the sun, the warmth and the energy of Houston, when those infrequent cold nights roll in, I love to settle into a good meal that brings me back to other places I’ve loved too.