The wet El Nino winter the weatherman has been promising us for months is finally here in San Diego! I might be one of the only people here that loves this kind of weather according to my Facebook page of people complaining that their backyards are now lakes and they’ve finally got the pool that they’ve always wanted. The last time we had a crazy El Nino winter was almost 20 years ago and to this day it’s still one of my favorite experiences with weather that I’ve ever had. Something about bundling up and watching the rain pour outside, splashing out of the gutters, flooding the planters and sidewalks, rushing down the embankment is oddly comforting to me. It makes me want to drink hot cocoa, and bake cinnamony things. It makes me want to create simple, rustic meals that warm you up on the inside, like this delicious stew.