Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Best Winter Menu...aka Comfort Food

You're looking at it.
This is my favorite meal to make and to eat in the winter.
I like lots of food, don't get me wrong.
But Sukkot comes, I make this meal for our Sukkah party,
and then I love every wintry opportunity to make it. Oh, and it's super easy.

Vegetarian Chili
I don't have a recipe. I do something like this: open cans of beans, all varieties. Rinse. I usually use "chili" beans, preferably the organic ones. Small can of chili peppers. Can of refried beans. Corn? Sometimes. Spinach? Usually, although it appears not in this photo. (package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed) Oh, don't forget the canned tomatoes. The really big can. Sprinkle in some chili powder. Let simmer.

Go to Costco. Buy the cornbread mix (Penguin brand), follow directions on package plus add one can of creamed corn. Bake it.

Macaroni and Cheese 
all measurements approximate. just dump it in.
1 (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni
(or whatever shape pasta you have on hand)
8 oz shredded sharp
Cheddar cheese
1 (12 ounce) container cottage cheese
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350. Make noodles. Drain. Return to pot. Dump in cheeses and stuff. Mix well. Add salt, pepper, seasonings to taste. Spray nonstick cooking spray in a large baking dish. Spread mixture into pan, bake for about 30 minutes until crusty on top. Sometimes I sprinkle wheat germ on top but don't tell the kids, k?

If you're feeling healthy or the Queen is coming to visit, serve a salad with it.
 What's your favorite comfort meal?


Anonymous said...

An Italian staple (well at least in my husband's southern Italian family), Ova Cassula - "egg in a pot". You poach eggs in marinara, and serve it over spaghetti and grate lots of parmesan cheese over it. Warm and comforting! From my own childhood, my mother used to make us creamed tuna on toast on snow days off of school - sound gross, but it's really good :-)

Anonymous said...

I made chili tonight. It is more or less similar to you but I added "red tofu", tofu prepared with tomato and herbs.

Liz Wood said...

Trader Joe's makes this artichoke tortellini that's to die for. If you take olive oil and soy sauce and mix it together, drizzle it on top of the tort....oh yes, my ultimate comfort food!!! I'll make it for you some time...