Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Oh, Won't You Comfort Me?

I feel as good as I look / This is Today 71

Look at me. I'm pitiful. Won't you go lend me your comfort food recipes? Over here or over there. If you have recipes with lung-clearing properties, that would just be a bonus.

If I could make chicken and dumplings without standing up, I would soooooo be doing that right now. It has been raining for years here, and the gray weather fits my grey mood. I need a hearty stew.

Good news is, Biaxin is kicking the gunk out of my lungs. And Alex's and Bella's. We should all be uber-healthy super-people by the end of the week.


  1. Do you have a crock pot? Stew is actually very easy to make (I know, I say that with every recipe I give you). You just brown some floured beef cubes in a bit of evoo until they have a nice crust, then put them in the crockpot with chopped potatos, celery, mushrooms, carrots, and dump in a bag of frozen peas. Add a can of tomato sauce, a couple of heaping teaspoons of curry paste, some salt and pepper to taste, a nice big cup of red wine, and cook the crap out of it in the crockpot on high. The flour from the beef cubes thickens the sauce, as do the potatos. If you use a waxy potato they won't lose their shape.

    What about a nice tuna casserole. That's the comfort food I had last night. Again, simple.

    Boil noodles. In baking dish mix one can of cream of whatever soup (mushroom, celery, asparagus...). Dump in a good helping of frozen peas for green veggies. Mix in a nice big dollop of Old Bay and some garlic powder to taste. Add the boiled noodles, mix it until all the noodles are coated, then top with a nice layer of panko, matzoh meal, or crushed crackers, and then top with a nice gooey layer of cheese. Bake for 30 minutes.

    Of course, there's always chicken soup. That's MY comfort food. Make a big pot, put the chicken back in, add a bag of egg noodles, leave in the cut up veggies. YUM

  2. My prescription?

    Three large ass cans of Progresso chicken noodle soup and some crackers. You only have to stand for 3 minutes and the soup is pretty good.

    What do I know, I'm a princess. I don't cook...I dial out.

    Won Ton soup is good for the lungs...as long as you add the hot sauce stuff. And you might get a good fortune as a bonus!

    Feel better, babe.


  3. If you haven't seen it already, this is our favorite comfort food:


  4. Feel better! I can't believe all 3 of you have pneumonia! Sucky!

    I should make you a pot of stew.

    And, I er, uh, have an easier recipe for stew. :)

    Stew meat, bouillon (I use chicken in everything), chopped onions. Cook in crock until done.

    Put a big pot on the stove.. dump in whatever canned veggies you have on hand - lots of tomatoes are a must, but the rest is up to you: peas, lima beans, potatoes, carrots, corn, green beans - add done meat to pot. Add salt, whatever spices. Simmer for 30 minutes - hour. Add cornstarch to thicken.

    Instant delicious soup! And all you had to do was stir! haha

  5. Comfort food? Try these glazed carrots from Everyday Food magazine, which I have copied here verbatim, and feel like a genius:

    9 carrots, quartered & cut into 2-inch lengths

    1 tbs sugar

    2 tbs butter

    1/2 tsp coarse salt

    fresh ground pepper

    1. In a skillet, bring carrots, sugar, butter, salt, and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, partly covered, 6 minutes.

    2. Cook uncovered, over high heat, tossing often until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with pepper. Serves 4.

    Also, when I want comfort, I want mashed potatoes. Or rebaked (also called twice baked) potatoes.

    If you like shiitake mushrooms, I have a fantastic side dish or snack recipe for them.

    Did you see the pictures of the No-Knead bread I made on flickr? And did you notice it was called 'No-Knead?!' You can make fresh bread with relatively little effort. I promise. Don't believe me? Check my flickr. :)