Posts Tagged ‘Comfort Food’
Thursday, February 20th, 2014
I remember the first time I saw a Monte Cristo on a menu. I was feeling completely grown-up and oh-so-worldly eating at a fancy café downtown with a friend. Where we had driven our 16-year-old selves.
Anyway, the name of the dish caught my eye and as I read through the description I was curious…and captivated.
Always a fan of the savory/salty/sweet combo, I ordered it. (more…)
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
I’m no stranger to Indian food.
In fact, ever since one of my very best friends introduced me to the cuisine in college it’s been a favorite of mine. She started me off on Chicken Tikka Masala (of course thinking that it would be the most certain dish to win me over), but not long after first trying it, my affection for Indian food branched out to any Indian-spiced dish I could get my hands on.
My friend’s father offered to set up a daily food delivery for my friend from a local Indian restaurant. My eyes widened in jealousy and then narrowed in disbelief when she said she turned him down flat. I can’t eat Indian food from a restaurant every day!, she exclaimed. After spending time with her, cooking together, and later visiting home with her where we feasted on her mom’s cooking nightly, I understood what she meant.
Like most cuisines, restaurant-made Indian food doesn’t hold a candle to homemade Indian food. (more…)
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Thank you to I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter® for sponsoring this post. I am happy for the opportunity to share products that I enjoy with my readers, and I hope you like my recipe for Stovetop Tuscan Mac and Cheese.
There are the obvious sources of mealtime inspiration, like cookbooks, food magazines, and food blogs. There are friends’ recommendations, and remakes of restaurant favorites.
But how often do we really go to our moms for recipe advice? (I mean after college anyway…my mom was my cooking guru during undergrad!) (more…)
Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
First of all, Happy New Year, Dear Readers! I hope you had a beautiful holiday season and that the New Year holds much happiness for you.
And now for something hearty… (more…)
Monday, December 9th, 2013
I love a beautiful pot roast as much as the next girl (who occasionally enjoys meat and always enjoys a home-cooked meal). There’s just something about pot roast that says comfort food on a cool fall evening.
Did you ever notice how pot roast leftovers tend to dry out? (more…)
Friday, November 29th, 2013
I never knew the difference between Shepherd’s Pie and Cottage Pie until recently; I found out, Shepherd’s Pie uses lamb and Cottage Pie uses beef.
To my knowledge, both are classic British fare, and decidedly wonderful comfort food. The kind of food that makes you want to pull up a chair to a rustic wooden table in front of a crackling fire in a cozy pub and stay a good long while as you thoroughly enjoy your meal.
It’s also the kind of meal you can easily whip up the day after Thanksgiving using all kinds of fabulous leftovers, and then enjoy at the end of the day after you’ve braved the craziness of Black Friday. (Because anyone heading out into the crowds on that day is certain to need comfort!) (more…)
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Recently finding myself with a lone sweet potato in my fridge and hoping for some inspiration, I did a quick search on my site to see what sweet potato recipes I’ve shared with you.
Friends, I am hanging my head in shame. (more…)
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Until I made this soup, I have never had Borscht in my life, which is strange because my dad has Russian roots…but what’s even stranger is that I had been craving this soup for a good month before I caved in and made it.
I’ve always been a fan of beets, even as a kid, so Borscht was a natural fit for me. I love how beets stain everything in this soup with their lovely deep red color. No matter what’s in your spoonful, it looks like beets. Of course the beets also stain your cutting board and your hands, but no matter, it doesn’t last long. Wear it like a badge of honor for making this glorious soup. (more…)
Friday, October 25th, 2013
This soup is full of surprises.
For starters, if you’re not crazy about cauliflower (no worries, we can still be friends…I had a bad experience a while back and I went through a cauli-averse phase myself…so I get it), this soup might win you over. The broth is off-the-charts flavorful, and by association the cauliflower is pretty fantastic too.
Another surprise, if you’re a big meat eater, you might not miss meat even a little with this hearty soup. The herbed chickpea dumplings are not only rich in fiber and protein, but they kind-of look like meatballs so your eyes might start to play tricks on you. (more…)
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
When autumn rolls around, there are little things more comforting than a flavorful, hearty bowl of soup. This one is thick and rich, but also veggie-laden with olive oil-roasted cauliflower, onion, and garlic as the base. (more…)