I may not have grown up in a part of the country that had snow days (or even days below freezing, for that matter), but we did have gumbo weather. It began as soon as you could see your breath and the tip of your nose began to numb. From November to March, the best way to get toasty was a pot of gumbo (of course), but any hearty stew would do.
Slow, low simmers deepen flavors of simple ingredients like carrots, chicken, or chickpeas, so that each spoonful warms you up like a furnace. It's the feel-good food equivalent to cuddling under a thick blanket. If you’re experiencing winter snow advisories or maybe just (a little bit balmier) gumbo weather, cozy up to one of these 15 stews tonight.