Best Winter Dishes
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$10–15 at Avanzare Italian Dining, 1908 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-567-3463, avanzareitaliandining.com
Literally every single ingredient that goes into Chef Tony Garcia’s lasagna is something to write home about. The reason behind this is simple: it’s all made fresh at the restaurant. This classic Italian favorite combines freshly made Italian sausage with homemade lasagna noodles and Garcia’s famed homemade red sauce. There’s also a generous spread of Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses involved, and it’s all lovingly piled up to create a dish that’s been a favorite item for years. Served with tomato cream sauce, it’s a super-indulgent meal that’s made with love.
The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Bake
Dutch ovens are the perfect partner in the kitchen if you’re in the mood for soups, stews and roasts. This winter, try using it to bake some tasty bread instead.
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
½ teaspoon active dry yeast
1½ cups lukewarm water
1. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, salt, 1 tablespoon of rosemary and yeast.
2. Add water, and stir until dough has just formed.
3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let sit for at least 12 hours. The dough will rise and turn bubbly.
4. Preheat oven to 450°F. Once the oven has warmed up, place the Dutch oven inside for 30 minutes.
5. Flour a flat surface, place the dough over the flour, and form it into a ball. Let dough rest while Dutch oven warms.
6. Flour your hands, then place the dough into your Dutch Oven. Cut slits into the top of the loaf. Sprinkle with remaining rosemary and a little coarse sea salt.
7. Place the lid on your Dutch oven, and bake for 30 minutes.
8. Remove the lid, and bake for an additional 10 minutes or so uncovered, until the crust is nice and brown.
Kimchi Chigae Soup
$7.95–8.95 at Soo’s Korean Restaurant, 3644 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-889-2220
This soup arrives at your table so hot that it’s actually boiling—like a little cauldron of bright red broth with big cubes of tofu and tender chunks of kimchi bobbing in the bubbles. Every bite offers a pungent kick that warms you from the inside with both spice and heat. You have your choice of adding pork or beef if you want, but here’s our secret: Ask for some rice cakes instead. They add a fun, chewy texture and cool down the soup’s heat. And like all entrees at Soo’s, this soup is served with fun little side dishes called banchan.Edit ModuleShow Tags