Posts Tagged Comfort Food

Vegetable Chili

This is a staple in our house – unfortunately it looks like the pictures are broken in this old post, but you guys know what chili looks like, right?  It’s chili.

The only major change I made this time around was to use pinto beans instead of kidney beans.  Otherwise, this is the same chili I’ve been making for years, the same chili that my mom made for me as a kid.  Every year around this time, I pull out my fall jacket and long sleeved shirts, and start to crave this chili.

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Roast chicken over leeks, carrots, and fennel; Brussels sprouts

Roast chicken, leeks, carrots, fennel, brussels sprouts

What Sunday nights should look like

There are few foods that offer more deliciousness per time invested than a roast chicken.  Especially if you’ve foregone the roasting rack and instead laid your bird over a bed of carrots, leeks, and fennel.  And especially if you also happen to have a lemon and some fresh thyme to put in the cavity.

Five minutes to assemble, a little over an hour to roast (but no worries if you leave it in a bit longer – it can take it), and you have dinner.  It’s so hands-off you can even decide halfway through cooking it that it’s such a lovely evening you may as well stroll over to Juice Box for a bottle of pinot noir.

(The bread you can either purchase fully baked or do like I do and buy frozen parbaked baguettes to keep in the freezer in case you feel like having bread one night.)

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Roasted Tomato Soup; Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

It’s a comfort food-y kind of Sunday evening here.

Soup & Sandwich

Noms

Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.  I like this recipe from the first season of Top Chef, and it’s simple enough that it’s not worth changing up.  It’s all over the internet, so go have a Google.

Dylan was in a helpful mood today, so I let him be my sous chef.  Fun!

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Seat-of-my-pants Lasagna

I say “oh, no recipe, I made this up” and it sounds impressive, but really, if you know how to make spaghetti sauce from scratch, you also know how to make lasagna.  And since my mother makes the best spaghetti sauce in the known universe, this was pretty much a no-brainer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chicken Fajita Chili

My brain is too fried to say anything funny or interesting about this chili.  It’s a chicken chili, with bell peppers in it, hence “fajita chili.”  It’s from a magazine, don’t know which one.  Been in the index card box a while, and we make it pretty often because it’s quick and easy and tasty and falls nicely into the “spicy bowl of stuff over rice” genre that we love so much.

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IKEA Meatballs, Roast Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts

…aka “stuff from the freezer” night!  Originally I was thinking this would mean a FreshDirect pizza or leftover pasta e fagioli, but then I remembered I had potatoes in the fridge I needed to use up, and half a bag of IKEA meatballs in the freezer. (And brussels sprouts, which I had because they were on sale this week.)

The potatoes and brussels sprouts got tossed in more of the same garlic oil as last night’s broccoli, plus a smidgen of mustard.  Then I roasted them in a 400-degree oven until they were browned and crispy.  NOM.

The meatballs I tossed in the slow cooker with two packets worth of IKEA meatball sauce – just a couple of hours on low to heat everything through.  ALSO NOM.

Meatballs, potatoes, sprouts

"Can I have another meatball?"

As for Dylan, I believe the picture speaks for itself.

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Spaghetti Zucchini Pie

Yet another recipe from No Whine With Dinner – I’m on a roll, what can I say.  Actually what happened was we’d originally planned on leftovers tonight, but then I couldn’t schedule the groceries to be delivered tomorrow morning like I wanted (note to self, just reserve the damn timeslot already) so I had to push everything for next week over one day, and then yesterday I was flipping through the book looking for the chicken stew for last night and I saw this recipe and was like “dude, I already have most of these things!” so I decided to add in another meal this week instead of trying to stretch the leftovers an extra day.

Anyway.

  • As with everything, I messed with the proportions and made a few other changes, so what’s below doesn’t match what’s in the book, should anyone be inspired to buy it based on my cooking.  (Ok, in the grand scheme of things I didn’t change all that much.  I doubled the zucchini, made my own pasta sauce, used fresh basil instead of dried.  And probably upped the cheese, though I couldn’t say by how much since I didn’t measure it.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

Ironically, my last post on this dish was almost exactly two years ago. Click for the recipe:

http://kitchen.creepyturtle.net/2009/01/30/tuna-noodle-casserole/

Do not be tempted to gussy up this stuff with anything fancy or homemade – this is strictly a too-tired-and-broke-need-comfort-food kind of dinner.  And it makes great leftovers.

(No pictures tonight on account of I forgot to take any.  But this is one of Dylan’s favorite meals, and he even eats the vegetables.)

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Braised Lentils w/ Kielbasa

I have no idea where this recipe came from – it’s been in my box of “recipes from magazines I’ve taped to index cards” box for ages.  Cooking Light, possibly, judging by the font.  Points in its favor include short active cooking time (less than 20 minutes) and hearty flavors for the abysmal weather we’ve been having.  Points against it include Freshdirect not reliably carrying turkey kielbasa, thus necessitating a trip to Foodtown (where impulse purchases were made, totally blowing my weekly food budget).

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Chicken Pot Pie with Whole Wheat Crust

This is a very standard recipe, and a successful one.  The crust could use a bit more flavor, so if I make this again I’ll up the salt and maybe adjust the flour ratio so there’s more whole wheat in there.  (And definitely make it with olive oil – canola is just bland.)

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