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Washington Forest and Hot Stew

Although Washington has seen fit to freeze me to my bones this week, it really is a most beautiful place to live.  There are few things as invigorating as an Autumn trek along trails in the woods, breath coming in great clouds, admiring sunbursts shining through the trees.

I love how the sun glimmers down through the branches, setting mossy fronds aglow.

I think my favorite bit is after the hike, finding a view-o-licious spot along the coast and watching the sun set over the San Juan Islands.

Such beauties are especially enjoyable when you get to sit down to a dinner of hearty stew with dear folks afterward. On a particularly cold night, my friends Art and Donna invited me over for succulent boeuf bourguignon served with simple boiled potatoes, sweet cornbread and red wine. It was heavenly.

What is your favorite warming food?

PS – I’m so delighted to have one of my Germany photos featured at Velva’s Tomatoes on the Vine today! Click here to view a lovely alpine lake.

PPS – This is my contribution to Wanderfood Wednesday.

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Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Those are amazing pictures in the forest. As for my favourite warming food, I just commented on another blog saying what my favourite stew was and I described pretty much what you have pictured here!

Nancie - Gorgeous photos. I love the look of that stew. Soup or stew are always dishes I gravitate towards in the colder weather.


Alina - I am under the spell of your bewitching photos, this is a fairytale forest.
A beef stew is truly conforting and warming, although I would start with a bowl of steaming wild mushroom creamy soup.
Enjoy your weekend!

Anna Johnston - Krista. Your photos are brilliant, love them so much, they always manage to capture the feelings your describing, I was there on the walk through your wonderful Washington and saw the light coming through the trees with you and sat down to dinner and gobbled all this amazing food up… 😉 Excellent

Food Lover Kathy - I’m farther south than you (CA), but it’s COLD here, too. Pasta with ragu is my go to comfort food, but soup and any kind of braised beef works well, too. Those photos of the forest are gorgeous!

mlleparadis - Oh Krista! You totally nailed it in that first photo. Outstanding! Love also the photo of the birds from your Mexican trip. Wow! OK I guess I’m catching up here so bear with me – cannot EVEN contemplate the b. bourguignon on the day before Thanksgiving even if it is one of my alltime faves – but I could sneak into the kitchen and get away for some quick-ey cornbread, no? Thanks for all your nice little notes this week. Glad to hear it’s been a good, if chilly one! Are you doing TG? If yes, have a GOOD one!

Katie@Cozydelicious - Yum!! It is sol cold out today, and the air so crisp, that I’m craving stew. This looks wonderful and warm and perfect.

Stephanie - Wow Krista, beautiful photos (as always), and the food looks delicious! Now I’m in the mood for some boeuf bourguignon… must make it soon! My favourite cold weather food is just a good soup or stew and a glass of red wine – a no fail winter warmer. 🙂

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Tanya - I have to say that your photos are beautiful. The only problem is that I’m completely starving right now and looking at the lovely photo of the boeuf bourguignon is killing me.

Absolutely wonderful! Thank you for the food inspiration!!!

LindyLouMac - Your photos are beautiful, even the food 🙂
My favourite warming food has to be a bowl of soup, not very original but it works.

Tuula M - Yum! Boeuf Bourguignon is one of my favorites & for good reason – such perfect fall food…hearty & sure to warm you up! Glad to see you’ve got a few rays of sunshine 🙂 & have a wonderful Thanksgiving Krista! xo

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