Category Archives: comfort food

Planning for the oncoming wreck…

This is the time of year that cooks everywhere look to the dairy aisle for help and inspiration because there is nothing like fat to make something taste fabulous. As the French figured out long ago, if you add enough butter and cream to almost anything, it tastes better. I am by nature a lighter […]

The countdown begins…

We are less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving and already my internal clock is counting down the minutes to the Big Meal. Thanksgiving dinner has so many moving parts and pieces that warrant (and demand) my complete attention: the turkey itself, the fabulous sides, the multiple desserts, and most importantly, the guests that I […]

Preparing for the Thundering Herds

I don’t know what happens at your house during Thanksgiving, but we are over-run. We always manage to have at least one, if not two, houses brimming with guests. The strange thing is, this happens without our even realizing it. The phone calls sort of dribble in: “Can we come?” “Are you around?” Oh, and […]

Boys will be boys

Wednesday night I had five men over for dinner. It was, of course, a business dinner for my husband. And, it was super easy to cook for. Because, truth be told, men are just big boys and they love the comfort food of their youth. And, if you can spice it up a bit- give […]

Comforting Conclusions

We had a wonderful fall weekend filled with friends, good weather, pumpkin carving and sports. But, while all of it was wonderful, the true high point was watching Harrison’s 5/6th grade football team advance in the playoffs. This was football the way it’s supposed to be: kids on the grid, playing their hearts out on […]

Dear Dinner Dilemma…

This morning I returned home from a zillion errands to find the following email waiting for me: Dear Dinner Dilemma: I have a little challenge for you- I made a baked risotto last night from the Food Network. It intrigued me… risotto that you don’t have to stir and is rated easy? I had to […]

Cozy Food for Adults

The weather has turned blustery and fall is firmly upon us. This week it has been cold and rainy and the sky has been filled with turmoil. The grayness outside is a taste of the many months to come, no doubt. With weather like this, I think of cocoon food- warm and cozy and hopefully […]

“Now, THAT’S blog worthy…”

As I mentioned earlier this week, I recently discovered that we had a dangerously low supply of cookies in our freezer. I have been in a baking frenzy to fill our coffers ever since. And, because of all you faithful readers, I have branched out and tried new cookie recipes. Today I took a crack […]

Try, try, try again…

Let’s talk Cauliflower Gratin. What can you say about a vegetable that is merely a vehicle for cream and cheese? No much bad, I think. And, because Cauliflower Gratin carries the moniker of “vegetable”, it does no wrong, has no fouls, causes no heart attacks, and contains no calories. At least, that’s my position and […]

All mashed up

There is nothing better than a serving of good mashed potatoes. You know the kind: all white and fluffy and loaded with a buttery, creamy richness that is irresistible. That said, there is nothing worse than a serving of bad mashed potatoes. Sadly, I am sure you also know them: all gloppy, starchy and thick […]