With another cold week ahead, it's time to stay home, cozy up and eat all the comfort food you can.
If you're looking for completely different recipes than what you're used to, this trip around the world might help you achieve that.
Here are nine comfort food recipes eaten around the world:
The famous Canadian dish is a preparation made with fries, gravy and cheese curds, proving to be an essential comforting dish in Canada. This delicious dish is the perfect snack to munch on while watching your favorite holiday movie, but make sure to use a fork since it's very messy. This recipe will take about one hour of your time and is guaranteed to warm you up during a chilly night. For any potato lovers, poutine could be your next go-to dish.
You can find the recipe for poutine here.
Polish Pierogi (Polish)
If you've never tried a pierogi, you're missing out. These filled dumplings can be customized with savory or sweet fillings and are a perfect comfort dish for the holiday season. Originally associated with Central and Eastern European Cuisine, pierogi have been adapted in many ways but are a major comfort dish in Poland. You can fill your pierogi with potato, cheese, sauerkraut, cabbage, spiced meats or even fruits for a sweet treat. This recipe will take about 30 minutes to make, and can be frozen for easy snacks throughout the coming weeks.
You can find the recipe for homemade Polish pierogi here.
Chicken congee (Chinese)
The ultimate Chinese comfort dish, ji zhou, or congee is a type of rice porridge. An adaptable and easy dish to make, congee is the perfect snack for curling up and watching a movie. This recipe is simple to make but a little time consuming, as the rice takes about one and a half to two hours to make. This recipe is so good that once you've tried it, there is no going back to plain old grilled cheeses.
You can find the recipe for chicken congee here.
If you're looking for a healthy alternative for comfort food, moussaka might be the best meal for you. This Greek lasagna is a comforting and low carb dish that will seriously have you addicted. With eggplant instead of pasta and the usual use of lamb over beef, the Greek dish is a bit more time consuming yet totally worth it. This recipe will take one hour and 10 minutes to make and uses simple ingredients you can find at your local grocery store.
You can find the recipe for Moussaka here.
Hungarian goulash (Hungarian)
Meat lovers will be overfilled with joy when trying this Hungarian goulash. This Hungarian comfort dish is a beef stew with deeply seasoned broth. Perfect for any cold day, this warm comforting meal is guaranteed to warm you up. Pair your goulash with some bread and you'll enjoy your dinner, Hungarian style. This recipe will take up one hour and 30 minutes of your time and will ensure a comforting night in.
You can find the recipe for Hungarian goulash here.
Do you love Indian food? This comforting vegetarian dish is made with rice and lentils and could easily become your favorite comfort food. Although it is a common meal for babies in India, if made correctly, it is deliciously protein packed and nourishing. With so many different versions and adaptations, it can be challenging to make the perfect Khichdi. Using one pot, this recipe will take 55 minutes to make and is the perfect Indian comfort dish to try next.
You can find the recipe for Khichdi here.
Matzo ball soup (Ashkenazi Jewish)
A staple dish on the Jewish holiday of Passover, matzo ball soup is a delicious tasty take on chicken noodle soup. With many benefits and a comforting taste, this soup is the next meal you should make. Matzo balls are Ashkenazi Jewish soup dumplings made from matzah meal and other ingredients. The soup itself is simple to make but the recipe is time consuming. Depending on whether you would like your matzo balls to be fluffy or more chewy, this recipe has all the instructions to make this wonderfully comforting soup.
You can find the recipe for matzo ball soup here.
Classic Nigerian jollof rice (Nigerian)
Although most people are used to eating rice as a side dish, this Nigerian jollof rice will be the main star of your dinner. This spicy rice dish is beloved in Nigeria, south of the Sahara and along the coast of West Africa, so much so that Aug. 22 is considered a holiday for jollof rice. With unimaginable flavors and a colorful look, this rice is guaranteed to comfort everyone in your home. This recipe takes one hour and 30 minutes, and the smell alone will overpower your senses. If you're a fan of rice, this is a must-try.You can find the recipe for Nigerian jollof rice here
Hot chocolate with cheese (Colombian)
We know what you're thinking. Chocolate and cheese, together? As strange as it sounds, this comforting snack is a staple in many parts of Colombia. The sweetness of the chocolate with the savory cheese pairs perfectly together for a wonderful evening delight. Easy to make, unique and filled with intense flavor profiles, this take on hot chocolate could become your favorite snack ever. Pair this recipe with a slice of bread for an afternoon snack or curl up on the couch for a tasty way to warm up and get cozy.
Whether you're interested in international cuisine or looking to spice up your cooking skills, these international dishes are perfectly comforting during a cold week in Austin.
Head to @austonianews on Instagram at 6 p.m. Wednesday where Austonia's Isabella Lopes will recreate one of these mouth-watering recipes on IG stories.
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So you want to buy a house?
To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.
Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.
Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.
So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.
Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.
Holland says that while the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is often mentioned in the media, the most popular loan that he's seeing now is a 7/1 adjustable rate mortgage, which has a fixed rate for 7 years and then adjusts every year based on market rates, with a limit on how much it can increase each year. The interest is amortized over a 30-year period. Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) offer lower rates than fixed rate loans.
Here are the numbers, which are examples. In practice, exact numbers vary with a buyer's credit rating and overall financial situation, and with the rate, which can move up or down at any time.
- $650,000 home purchase price
- 7/1 ARM at 5.875%
- 5% down payment, equals $32,500
- 95% financed, equals $617,500
- $4,990 payment, including principle and interest (P&I), insurance, and property tax
- Typically, a borrower's debt to income ratio needs to be at or below 45%. So for this mortgage, a borrower, or borrowers, would need income of roughly $11,100/month, or $133,200/year. That number could be higher, depending on the buyer's outstanding credit balances on things like credit cards and car loans.
Holland says he's had a lot of clients approved for loans who were house hunting but have put that on hold, hoping prices come down.
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Fall promises to be a one-of-a-kind camping experience. From Sept. 16 to Nov. 24, weekends will be packed with fall-themed activities, including special Halloween weekends in October. Campers can enjoy activities like fall crafts, campground trick-or-treating, costume contests, site decorating, outdoor movie nights, and more!
Packages and Ways to Stay
Camp Fimfo Waco
Located just 5 miles from McLane Stadium, Camp Fimfo Waco is the perfect place to stay during home game weekends. Skip the stuffy hotel room and embrace the great outdoors before cheering on the Baylor Bears! Campers can purchase a Baylor Tailgating Package that includes a pre-game meal from Executive Chef Sean Kelley and transportation to and from the game! Chef Kelley will also be cooking up delicious, elevated tailgating meals near the stadium so make sure to check out The Plaid Plate food truck before the game.
Stay in style and comfort, no matter your camping preference! At Camp Fimfo Waco, there are multiple ways to stay. Red Carpet RV sites come with a concrete pad and patio, full hook-ups, cable hook-up, a charcoal grill, fire ring and fire pit. Back-in or pull-thru options are available, as well as coveted spots tucked along the Bosque River!
Don’t have an RV? Not a problem, Camp Fimfo Waco has cabins too! Book a Riverview Firewheel Cabin if you’re looking for an air-conditioned oasis for the whole family. Complete with a kitchen and private bathroom, this cabin can fit up to 10 people. Elevate your stay by adding on a golf cart or snag a private cabana by the pool for guaranteed shade. With wifi available throughout the park, you can stay connected during your stay!
Amenities and Activities
Camp Fimfo Waco
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