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    January TOTM - Perfect Comfort Food

    Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:48 am
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    What a delicious change good old Comfort Food makes after all the festive meals that we have recently enjoyed celebrating the holidays right through to New Years Day.

    Everyone loves the old favorites from warming soups to meat loaf, pot pies and stews plus desserts and puddings so come and join us for some great ideas

    To Die for Crock Pot Roast
    Easy and Tasty Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches in the Crock Pot
    Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

    Comfort food. It even sounds warm and welcoming - like cuddling up by the fire on a cold winter day. Comfort food trends have seen a real resurgence in recent years and our desire for comfort food seems to be holding strong. So what is comfort food? Generally it's the food we have good memories about, the food we think of when we hear the word homemade, and that reminds us of simpler times. 

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    Chinese Fried Rice
    Weight Watchers Chicken Pot Pie
    Spanish Comfort Food (egg & Sausage Casserole)
    The list of favorite comfort foods can be different for each of us. While homemade macaroni and cheese and meatloaf with mashed potatoes have been staples for many of us, for some of us comfort food may include a delicious cheesy lasagna, or yummy sweet potato pie. We all tend to love the food that takes us back to our roots - the foods we grew up with.

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    Blueberry Pie
    Granny's Banana Cream Pie
    The Best Apple Pie Muffins Ever

    Do share your ideas of comfort food and recipes please.

    Last edited by JoyfulCook on Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:59 am, edited 1 time in total
    Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:03 am
    Forum Host
    By now, most of those who know me also know that I am a brown-meat, skin-on type of chicken girl!

    My top-of-the-pops comfort food is a roast chicken -- preferably with potatoes baked in the same dish. I have no idea how prices compare, but in South Africa it is more economical to buy a whole chicken than chicken pieces.

    Here are some of the top roast chicken recipes on, although putting "roast chicken" in the search line brings up dozens of recipes:

    Mermaid's Tender Roast Chicken
    Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken
    Roast Crock Pot Chicken
    Easy Honey & Lime Roast Chicken
    Roast Chicken with Spiced Yogurt

    One picture to illustrate:

    Sides which go well with roast chicken are the already-mentioned baked potatoes, a simple steamed green bean dish, steamed butternut squares -- any fresh veggies, actually. And a sliced-tomato salad with thinly-sliced onions and some sliced basil is almost a must!
    Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:48 pm Groupie
    I have grown into the Arabian culture although I still love the saying of a Pakistani shiek (religious scholar) who once told my Dh "culture is under our feet", referring to the 'bad' things cultures have.

    My Dh's family background is Iraqi and this is there comfort food,

    Iraqi Stuffed Zucchini (Cousa Mashi)

    Does comfort food always look ugly?
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:22 am
    Forum Host
    i LOVE roast chicken. actually roast anything is good....because then you make gravy! Zurie, same here with whole roasts costing less than parts.

    My ultimate comfort food is macaroni & cheese - actually the cheese sauce. mmmmMMMMM! it's also very good on broccoli & cautliflower. icon_smile.gif and potatoes. and rice! yeah...cheese sauce.
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:21 pm
    Forum Host
    I love grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. So comforting. I also love a good broccoli cheese soup in the winter. Macaroni and cheese is another winner. I see a cheese theme emerging.
    Hot chocolate is also comforting.
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:34 pm
    Forum Host
    Sharon123 wrote:
    I love grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. So comforting. I also love a good broccoli cheese soup in the winter. Macaroni and cheese is another winner. I see a cheese theme emerging.
    Hot chocolate is also comforting.

    yes indeedy on the cheese theme! you also reminded me...chocolate pudding! actually ANY pudding....and CUSTARD!! omg, baked custard...i can't make enough of the stuff - it goes instantly around here!
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    Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:44 pm Groupie
    To me in the winter time, soup is a comfort food.
    And I created this recipe last night, and posted the
    photos in the Food Photo Forum. Zurie suggested that I post
    the recipe & photo here,so I am. icon_lol.gif
    Quick Bean and Bacon Soup
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:56 pm
    Forum Host
    BACON! baked in the oven smothered in hot sauce... drool...
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:12 am
    Forum Host
    Zurie I have saved Roast Chicken with Spiced Yogurt as with spices like that its just up my ally. Yes, browned meat - oh yum specially served with lovely vegetables and gravy if its a roast is real comfort food.

    Cheese makes any meal into a comfort food as it just seems to add that extra something.

    Soups are just out of this world and there is a thread on soups that will be out in a couple of days

    UmmBinat I do agree that sometimes comfort food can look unattractive and a bit stodgy but the flavour is great.

    We love tagines as well they are a great comfort food and one that I use quite a lot is Best Chicken Tagine its delicious and also is cooked in the oven as I cant use a tagine as I have an induction cooking top and cant use pottery.

    Elmotoo - hot puddings on cold days - yum!
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