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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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After reaching Stage 4 last week of Austin Public Health's risk-based guidelines, Austin-Travis County is now at the Stage 5 threshold with a seven-day average of 50 hospitalizations and dwindling ICU capacity.
While unenforceable under Gov. Greg's Abbott order against local mandates, vaccinated individuals are asked to choose drive-through and curbside options, outdoor activities, social interactions with limited group sizes, as well as social distance and wearing masks indoors. Partially or unvaccinated individuals are asked to avoid gatherings, travel, dining and shopping, choose curbside and delivery options, as well as wear a mask on essential trips.
Flashing back to early-pandemic times, hospitals are at critical capacity—the 11 county Trauma Service Region of 2.3 million people is fluctuating at 16 staffed beds, according to APH.
In a statement on behalf of Ascension Seton, Baylor Scott & White Health and St. David's Healthcare, a spokesperson said that hospitals are asking residents to "help us and each other" by getting vaccinated and continuing to utilize safety practices to slow the spread of the virus.
According to the statement, a "longstanding" nurse staffing challenge combined with the recent COVID-19 spike is putting "extraordinary pressure" on hospital systems.
Along with the unmitigated spread of the virus in unvaccinated, the more contagious Delta variant is also to blame for the spike in cases. The seven-day moving average of COVID hospitalizations in the Austin area reached the Stage 5 threshold of 50 on Friday, triggering local health officials to ask residents to take action.
Local hospitals have a "surge plan" that includes utilization of "all available patient care space and employees within our hospitals and in other settings" that will go into effect when capacity is hit, according to the statement.
The hospitals are working on sourcing supplemental staff and emphasized that emergency care will still be available but it may involve patient transfers "in order to provide the most appropriate care."
Healthcare systems have hit this threshold previously during the pandemic: the city held an alternate care site at the Austin Convention Center from January to March of this year.
"Our responsibility during this pandemic continues to be balancing our readiness to care for patients with COVID-19, while making sure patients who depend on our hospitals receive needed and timely care," the statement said. "We do not want to see necessary non-COVID care delayed as it was during the early stages of the pandemic."
This story has been updated to after publication to include that Austin has reached the Stage 5 threshold.
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Austin legend Willie Nelson will perform at the Texas Capitol today, his first large performance since the pandemic began, closing out a four-day long march across Central Texas to build support for federal voting protections.
Organized by The Poor People's Campaign, the march began in Georgetown on Wednesday and will end with a 10 a.m. rally at the Capitol featuring appearances from former U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke and Rev. Dr. William Barber.
Willie Nelson (with Charlie Sexton & friends) will play a free concert at the Poor People's Campaign march for democracy & justice in Austin this Saturday! https://t.co/zZSA0BpbWA
Sign up to join us and see Willie at 10am Saturday: https://t.co/KrDPIFIvST
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) July 29, 2021
The rally calls on Congress to "stop attacks on democracy" by ending the filibuster, pass all provisions of the For the People Act, restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act, raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour and pass permanent protections for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Nelson denounced election law proposals gaining traction in red states, such as Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 3 in Texas, which 55 House Democrats foiled by fleeing to Washington, D.C., on July 12.
The bills would require additional ID verifications for mail-in ballots, allow partisan poll watchers "free movement" and prohibit elections officials from sending absentee ballot applications to voters who didn't request one.
"Laws making it more difficult for people to vote are unAmerican and are intended to punish people of color, the elderly and disabled," Nelson said. "If you can't win by playing the rules, then it's you and your platform–not everyone else's ability to vote."
The march is in the spirit of the Selma to Montgomery March of 1965, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which protested the blocking of Black Americans' right to vote by Jim Crow laws.