Archives: Comfort Food

Caramelized Carrot Risotto

March 11, 2011 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Comfort Food, Italian, Main Dish, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Spring, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

Recently, I was looking for carrot recipes and ran across this one for Caramelized Carrot Risotto. Since roasted carrots are one of my favorite winter side dishes and risotto is my favorite rice dish, I knew I had to make this recipe. While not a quick dish to make, it is definitely comfort food. The • Read More »

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Grand Central Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

March 4, 2011 | By andrea | 11 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Chocolate, Comfort Food, Cookies & Bars, Dessert, Kid-friendly, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

One of my weaknesses is a good, chewy chocolate chip cookie. It’s like my kryptonite. I’m not proud of it, but I’m pretty much defenseless around them, which is why I don’t make chocolate chip cookies very often. Recently, though, I was thumbing through the Grand Central Baking Book (from the popular Grand Central Bakery located • Read More »

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Turnip and Potato Mash

January 13, 2011 | By andrea | Comments Off on Turnip and Potato Mash | Filed in: Christmas, Comfort Food, Holidays, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

Mashed potatoes are one of my favorite comfort foods, and it’s hard to improve on this classic dish. I made a new recipe the other night that just might be my new standard mashed potato recipe: Turnip and Potato Mash. Now before you turn up your nose (okay, bad joke), hear me out on this one. These mashed • Read More »

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Pennsylvania Dutch Corn and Chicken Soup

January 4, 2011 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Chicken, Comfort Food, Main Dish, Recipes, Soup/Stew.

When it’s cold and blustery outside or I’m feeling under the weather, I want a big, steaming bowl of something like this Pennsylvania Dutch Corn and Chicken Soup. It’s easy to make, and simply flavored with corn, celery and onion. No fancy ingredients…no complicated methods…just good, old-fashioned comfort in a bowl. Pennsylvania Dutch Corn and Chicken Soup -recipe from Cook’s • Read More »

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Ranchero Beef Stew

November 6, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Beef, Comfort Food, Recipes, Soup/Stew.

Beef stew is always a favorite at my house. Sometimes I like to change it up by making Ranchero Beef Stew, a Spanish-inspired dish that features beef simmered with carrots, green chilies, tomatoes and green olives. It’s hearty, filling and and a nice change from traditional beef stew! The recipe states that the stew only needs • Read More »

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Really Good Lasagna

November 2, 2010 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Beef, Comfort Food, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes.

Really Good Lasagna may be a goofy name for a recipe but it’s true…it really is good! Instead of using ricotta cheese like many lasagna recipes, this one layers lasagna noodles with a meat sauce, a creamy Parmesan white sauce, and Fontina cheese.  The resulting lasagna is creamier than the version most of us have had. It’s • Read More »

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Italian Sausage and Wild Mushroom Risotto

October 2, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Comfort Food, Italian, Main Dish, Pork, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Turkey.

If you like mushrooms, you’re going to LOVE this risotto! Like all risotto recipes, it does take some effort but, boy, is it worth it: it’s hearty, earthy and delicious! I basically followed the recipe with a few minor substitutions. I used turkey Italian sausage and substituted Marsala wine for the Madeira. For the mushrooms, • Read More »

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Chocolate Sour Cream Cake

September 21, 2010 | By andrea | 10 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Cakes, Chocolate, Comfort Food, Dessert, Kid-friendly, Recipes.

One of my kids recently requested (verbatim) chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles for his birthday treat. After doing a quick recipe search, I decided to make him a Chocolate Sour Cream Cake. The very moist, very chocolatey and very delicious cake was a hit with the Birthday Boy! Is there anything better than that? I • Read More »

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Pan-Roasted Chicken with Spinach and Smashed Potatoes

September 16, 2010 | By andrea | 14 Comments | Filed in: Chicken, Comfort Food, Main Dish, Potatoes.

This recipe for Pan-Roasted Chicken with Spinach and Smashed Potatoes is definitely comfort food. Plus, it’s a simple enough meal to pull together on a weeknight…you’ve got to love that! Husband was delighted when he walked in the door from work and was greeted with the wonderful fragrance of roast chicken. I pretty much followed the recipe except • Read More »

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Chile Mac

September 13, 2010 | By andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in: Beef, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Main Dish, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

Now that we’re heading into Autumn, it’s time to start hauling out the comfort food recipes!!! Chile Mac, a simple and comforting dish, is nothing fancy but it is a good, quick weeknight dinner. Plus, it’s fairly inexpensive to make and can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd. I usually use beef broth instead of chicken broth, and • Read More »

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