Posts Tagged ‘comfort food’

Stealing Recipes

April 11, 2008

I’ve tried my hand at “stealing” a few recipes from restaurants. I started with something simple a few years ago, mango quesadillas from Agua Verde. Later I stumbled upon Penne alla Sorrentina from my family’s favorite restaurant, Vince’s. It’s fun, kinda like a puzzle, to try and recreate your favorite dishes.

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Cheesey Carb-y Goodness

February 28, 2008

Sorry for the tardy post on the topic of comfort food, but I was just invited to contribute and couldn’t pass up writing a few words about my favorite foods….

Like most Americans, “comfort food” means three things to me: carbs, cheese and more carbs. Some of my all time favorites have been with me since I was a little kid. From my mom’s potato salad she makes for every family gathering (no matter the season) and her scalloped potatoes with extra cheese on top (that she still makes every time I go home for a visit), to my grandmother’s mashed potatoes and turkey gravy. Other favorite comfort foods I discovered a little later, like gnocchi, baked macaroni and cheese, chicken and dumplings, read beans and rice, carbonara, and gratinĂ©.

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I can no longer drink vinegar direct from the bottle

February 16, 2008

When I was a kid, my mother would make this simple cabbage and noodle dish with any leftover ham. And I really liked it. But when I was twelve I stopped eating meat. And then I asked for the cabbage and noodle dish. “But you don’t eat ham anymore,” she said. “Well, make it without the ham.” She wasn’t sure it would work, but she made it anyways. And it was good. (more…)

Eine Kleine Nachtramble

February 16, 2008

Between 1980 and 1989, my family made a two-hour trek, twice monthly, to my maternal grandmother’s house for Sunday tea. My grandmother, an extraordinarily gifted cook of the Julia Child mould (J.C. from now on) would present “a quick little spread” for the family. Grandma was a Seriously Practical Rhode Island Yankee who swore the meals existed solely to use up the leftover produce from the farm stand she and my grandfather ran. The teas were eloquent and impressive affairs, and though nobody believed Grandma’s insistence that the “quick little spread” had been assembled casually, nobody challenged it for fear of being disinvited. (more…)

Cold comfort

February 15, 2008

My first assumptions about comfort food: 1) warm 2) starchy 3)bland. Why? Maybe thinking about what I think would comfort others, maybe things I would offer someone needing comfort. Except, I wouldn’t. “You look sad, let me make you some nice mashed potatoes…” No. I would make you a cup of tea or pour you a nice tot of rum or whiskey or brandy if there were any left. But the question is out there, waiting – what is my comfort food? What thing do I love to eat, and love to make, and always wish it were available and waiting for my spoon? (more…)