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    My Comfort Foods

    Here are recipes that are, for me, my Comfort Foods. Some are also good for taking along to folks who are in need of meals.
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    I often make delicious recipe #31207 and recipe #100417 individually, but it just makes sense to combine it all together in one great side dish! Also good as a steak, poultry, or fish topper. I just love it when the leeks are in season here in the Pacific Northwest... :)

    Recipe #246891

    Use this for sandwiches or what have you. :) This is so simple I hesitate to post it, but then again, there are folks for every recipe and I know there are those who’ll appreciate the simplicity of this one. I prefer my egg salad not be sweet, so the recipe uses mayo and dill pickle.

    Recipe #240848

    It amuses me that this outstanding recipe has such an unassuming name. It should be called something like "The Most Excellent Combination of Potato and Other Vegetables You Can Have the Pleasure of Knowing." We made the recipe at our Culinary Communion class recently, and it was so popular at the dinner table that the serving bowl and spoon were licked clean. The serving bowl full was dipped into even before we sat down at the table - you can see how much was missing, already, in my photo. We couldn't remember what the name of it was as it was passed around the table, so we fondly called it "Green Glop." So, here it is. From Chef Gabriel Claycamp comes this keeper recipe for Green Gl... um, I mean Puree Verte. Posted with permission.

    Recipe #122434

    Here’s Paula Deen’s method of making mix biscuits in her own special Southern way. Although titled as "biscuits," these are baked in muffin tins.

    Recipe #117583

    When I travelled to Italy in 1998, I enjoyed the company of a fellow who was also on the tour with his partner. I got this recipe from him, John Karustis.

    Recipe #115863

    In searching what to make for dinner tonight, I took out a package of ground meat (buffalo, specifically) from the freezer, and found a box of elbow macaroni. Looked like Chili Mac makings to me! :) I had never made Chili Mac before (I just remember having it in the cafeteria when in grade school), so I took a look at what was here on Zaar… and was surprised not find many recipes for it. I put together a recipe out of what I found here and elsewhere online, but the below meat chili mac was somewhat adapted from Miss Annie's vegetarian Marvelous Macaroni Chili. Very tasty, very flexible! :) This is a Pantry Challenge recipe.

    Recipe #114926

    An unusual and tasty take on hot chocolate! From the Oregonian FoodDay section, Tuesday, December 21, 2004.

    Recipe #114925

    This is my husband's favorite lasagna recipe, from a cookbook he had before we were married. Today when asking him what he wanted for dinner we went on a kitchen foray to figure out what we'd make, and he came up with lasagna. "But my favorite recipe is pretty complicated, so I don't know if we really want to do that one." We got out the old book, looked at it, and... it's amusing, because the recipe is prior to our marriage he thought of it as difficult (he was a good bachelor cook, mind you), but in these days after several more years of cooking added to his experience, it's not too difficult at all. :) Anyhow, here it is, tweaked to our liking. Although long, it's not really that difficult and the rich and delicious end results are well worth the time. Steingrim says he likes to make the meat and cheese sauces the day before, then assemble the lasagna with less trouble the next day.

    Recipe #114671

    This afternoon I put some broth and cabbage into the crockpot, and when my husband came home he said, "That smells good, what is it?" I chuckled. "Just cabbage in broth. That's it." He hmmm'ed. "You need to come up with some German name for it, instead. Cabbage in broth just won't do." So I looked up what it would be in German, found some similar recipes online, fiddled with the contents of the crockpot a bit, and here's what we had for dinner! :) Really simple, and very tasty! This is a Pantry Challenge recipe, using ingredients that were already on hand at home.

    Recipe #113297

    This simple and flavorful recipe was featured on "Everyday Italian" by Giada De Laurentiis. Goes well with other roasted dishes for dinner such as pork and balsamic pears. The saltiness of the Parmesan goes wonderfully with the sweet, mellow flavor of the roasted fennel.

    Recipe #112681

    Another Pantry Challenge recipe - I was craving pasties, but also had leftover commercially prepared pie crusts from the holidays to use up. So I figured out what else I had in my pantry and freezer, and here's what I came up with! They were very tasty, if I say so, myself. :) If you use curry powder, they're like samosas... without, they're like pasties. Both ways are delicious!

    Recipe #111943

    This is one of my favorite sandwiches! I usually use a wonderful white horseradish cheddar cheese rather than provolone, but it's kind of hard to find and the provolone is tasty, too. :) I've tried it on a lot of different breads, but I think that Oroweat's Carb Counting Multigrain Bread (when I'm being good) and Poulsbo Bread (when I'm bad) are my favorites for this sandwich.

    Recipe #111940

    This is one of those weird but wonderful comfort foods from my childhood. You wouldn't believe how delicious it is!! Although sometimes I make it without the bacon, I really do prefer it with...

    Recipe #105236

    I wanted to make a different sort of meatloaf for dinner last night, and this is what I came up with. This meatloaf is moist and cheesy and oh-so-delicious! Tastes pretty darn good cold, too. :) I often make a double batch and freeze one in a disposable meatloaf pan to give to bachelor friends.

    Recipe #103644

    This casserole is a great use of leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey! Make it and put it into a casserole dish and seal well, then put it in the freezer for a couple of weeks down the line when you're craving the taste of the holidays again. :) It also travels well to potlucks, especially if you use one of those disposable foil casserole dishes! You can even make the bread cubes from leftover rolls, toasted in your oven.

    Recipe #103146

    Once upon a time, my husband told me that he didn't like cooked cabbage. "Ah ha," I thought, "a challenge!" So I made a dish based on my "Simmered Leeks" recipe that works so well, and -- let's just put it this way: he changed his mind. He loves it when I make simmered cabbage! A very simple and tasty way to use this much-maligned veggie.

    Recipe #100417

    Nothing fancy here - just good, old fashioned and delicious scalloped potatoes.

    Recipe #80989

    Julia Child's recipe from 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking.' This makes a wonderful, moist, juicy bird. I think it's the turning technique while roasting that does it. It may sound like a lot of work, but it really isn't much more than roasting a bird any other way. The sauce reduction is a LOT easier than any gravy, and is out of this world! In the book, she suggests serving this with green beans or peas (buttered, of course! this IS French cooking!) and sauted, roasted, fried, or souffleed potatoes, or potato crepes. I have also posted the recipe for brown chicken stock, which can quite easily be simmering away as you cook the bird (you don't need the stock until the very end). Using the homemade stock makes a huge difference in the flavour, but it can be substituted, I suppose.

    Recipe #57199

    This is a recipe I came up with a few years ago when I had a leftover ham bone from dinner, and it's wonderfully tasty. Good for using the leftovers after Christmas or Easter dinners. Serve with good, crusty bread and be ready to provide seconds. :)

    Recipe #52692

    After having celery mashed potatoes in a restaurant, I had to figure out how to make them at home. :) These are wonderfully flavorful!

    Recipe #51201

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