February 19th, 2016

Classic Comfort Foods

Food is life to me.

Is it to you?

Classic Comfort Foods

It’s memories and smells and tastes and feelings and the sounds of silverware clanking and laughter.

Basically, it’s all the senses rolled into one. And it’s magical.

Food is what your grandma offers to make you feel better. It’s what you share with your loved ones to start the day and to end it.

It’s connecting. It’s love.

And there are just some foods that are more comforting than others. Classic comfort foods.

I suppose we all have our own definition of what “comfort food” is. My choices are pretty straightforward.

Meatloaf is one. A good roast. Chicken fried steak. Ribeye steak. Beef Wellington. I love that flaky crust enveloping the tender beef.

Chicken Wellington

But have you ever tried different versions of your classic comfort foods? Chicken fried chicken? Chicken Wellington? Even Lobster Wellington?

Lobster Wellington

Oh, how comforting a new twist on an old favorite can be.

Make it a point to just step a pinky toe out of the box and create new classic comfort foods for you and your family.

It might be Lobster Flatbread. Or Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese, you know, made with a cheese other than Velveeta. (Is that really even cheese?)

Or what about Chicken Stuffed with Lobster? So delicious. Two tastes in one.

A good beef chili is comforting, too. Try it with chicken – or shrimp!

Have fun creating memories that will stick with your family forever. But be careful with the recipes. I made a “memory” for my family once attempting a Salisbury Steak that has gone down in family lore for all of eternity.

And not in a good way. But you knew that.

In this case, a heat and serve option might be best. And perfectly delicious!

Happy comfort fooding to you and yours!

October 10th, 2014

Top 10 Comfort Foods

Top 10 Comfort Foods

The weather has taken a turn and it’s comfort food time! Can you believe it?

Here’s my personal list of Top 10 Comfort Foods…

1. Roast. The aroma while it’s cooking is absolutely heavenly.

2. Anything with cheese. Homestyle mac and cheese, cheesy creamed spinach and on and on!

3. Beef Wellington. This is one of those bake in the oven and devour by the fire meals.

4. Brisket. It’s great any time of year, but is so satisfying in cooler months.

5. A full turkey dinner. Total comfort food.

6. While we’re at it. Let’s add ham. Oh yum.

7. Stuffed pork chops. So warm and filling!

8. Twice baked potatoes. Again with the cheesy stuff. I can’t help it!

9. Wine! Okay, maybe it’s not technically “food,” but it sure is comforting!

10. We can’t forget dessert. Molten chocolate cake? Yes, please!

Make your own list and see how it compares to mine. I’ll bet we’ll have some duplicates!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

November 1st, 2012

Post Halloween Comfort Food

It’s “The Day After.” Maybe you trounced around the neighborhood all night last night and your feet still ache today.

Or perhaps you stayed up all evening answering the door to ghosts and goblins.

Either way, it’s November 1st and this date is officially in the “comfort food zone.”

If you want to make it easy on yourself, you can go the bake and serve route with a lovely Beef Wellington (see above) that you can simply pop in the oven and serve.

Or . . . you can try this recipe for a Beef Pot Pie that’s even gluten free! Click here for more details on that.

Come down from that Halloween high with a beefy meal that’ll bring you back to earth. It’s a great place to be . . . the holidays are just around the corner!


Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.