Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Top Ten Best, Simple, Delicious, Cozy Comfort Foods

Helllooooo all you lovely people! It’s that time of year….. it’s officially, not really, but kinda cooling off here in Texas.

Like, as in tomorrow is supposed to be 78, 81, I don’t know.

But….. I just know it’s getting cooler, I just know it!

I just have a feeling! I mean, come ON, it’s about to be Thanksgiving! Hello Mother Nature – WHEN do I get to break out the tall boots? Or the rubber rain boots my aunt just got me! HELLLOOOOOO?

Why can’t Mother Nature just work with my wardrobe? #it’sallaboutme

Anyhow, it’s Fall, so whether or not it’s cold, it’s time to cook some comfort food.

That’s right. COMFORT FOOD.

As in, set aside the clean eating, and the Paleo, and just eat some potatoes people. It feels good.


It’s all warm and fuzzy and feels like a big hug from Grandma with all that too much Grandma perfume and hairspray and her earring gets caught on your sweater and leaves lipstick on your cheek, but you keep hugging because it feels good.

It’s like that.

So, in hopes that my magical, mystical rain dance works, maybe my growing list of recipes to make this winter will conjure up the cool weather from the cloud gods.

And with that I give you……. drumroll……


And if not, I will stand in the kitchen in my Nike shorts and my rain boots and make chocolate pudding and pretend it’s cold.

You know, like take a cold shower, just to give yourself an excuse to shiver and put on sweats and cuddle up with your microfleece blanket on the couch.

Like that.

Let the recipe collecting commence.

10. Beef Bourguignon and Mashed Potatoes by LBD Diaries on Tasty Kitchen

Have y’all ever seen Julie and Julia? It’s about this girl that cooks her way through Julia Child’s cookbook.


Anyways, this is the first recipe she makes in the movie. It sounds complicated, but LBD Diaries has really simplified it. It’s really just beef tips in a rich, beef and wine sauce, served over creamy, whipped mashed potatoes. A good, hearty “stick to your ribs” meal.

9. Chicken Fried Steak by Ree

Next. Um, delicious. A favorite of the Marlboro Man, The Pioneer Woman’s husband, and a favorite of mine too.

This is a must in a cast-iron skillet.

The Chicken Fried, as it’s called here in Texas, should be crispy, with soft and slightly chewy tender beef. Batter flecked with pepper. Creamy gravy to top it all. Good Food.

8. Chicken Parmesan by Simply Recipes

This recipe is very similar to how I prepare it also. I’ll show y’all one day, maybe this season.

Beat that chicken with the tenderizer, get it nice and thin. Egg wash and bread crumbs, and Panko crumbs.
REAL mozzarella cheese!  And a good marinara.

You know what’s better than noodles to serve with it?

Polenta! (Sorta like a corn meal quiche of sorts if you’ve never had it. Or a corn meal “bread pudding” – it’s savory, and made with good cheese.)

Try it. Let me know.

7.  King Ranch Casserole  by Homesick Texan

Don’t ya’ll want to go give this Homesick Texan a hug? Hopefully she’ll make it home soon. I know how it feels to miss home. And when I’m not in Texas, I feel… weird.

I know, might not make sense, but I totally get it. Y’all other Texans relate?

Texas Monthly refers to King Ranch as “not an attractive dish,” but Ooooh girl is it good.

Roasted chicken in a sauce of cream of’, diced chiles, cheese, enchilada sauce, the recipes are numerous.

Layer this casserole with corn tortillas, cheese, and the chicken. Bake. Eat. Good. Repeat.

6. Chicken and Noodles by Ree

Another Pioneer Woman classic. She really knows what she’s talking about, y’all!

As a shortcut, I make my version with rotisserie chicken. But yes, get the fresh but frozen noodles. So good, there was only one serving for leftovers. WHAT? One serving? I need lunch AND dinner.

So, lesson learned. Double it. And add lots of veggies.

5. Peach Crisp from ME

Yay! One from me! Yup, this equals comfort. Now, granted, in winter I won’t have access to fresh peaches. BUT, if the squirrels left me any (see post), I COULD have frozen some peaches and had them to enjoy now! So, yes, canned will work. Try berries, maybe a cranberry apple!

But whatever fruit you use, it’s good. And warm. And cozy.

Queue the cozy blanket and beagle.

4. Man Catching Pot Roast by May Flaum on Tasty Kitchen

Number 4! Pot Roast! More meat and potatoes! This is another one of my favorites, and I’ll get my recipe out to y’all too, but this one is close. And I LOVE how May roasted the carrots and potatoes for this one! Nice!

Delicious, fork tender beef, with a rich beef gravy.

3. Chicken and Dumplings by Eat at Home

NUMBER THREE! It’s getting exciting! This is the recipe I based mine off of, but my picture is from when I first started blogging, and is awful. Not that chicken and dumplings is very photogenic, I might add.

I love using rotisserie (MAN I have to spell check that word every time!) chicken for this too, REALLY comes together quick.

And yes, top with flecked pepper. I would make this myself every time I got sick, except, I’m sick.

But if someone else in your family falls ill, this is sure to make them feel better.

2. Chocolate Pudding by ME

One more from MEEEEE! Seriously y’all. Check out this post.

It’s FUNNY. Long story short, I used to hate, HATE chocolate pudding as a kid because as it cooled, the eggs congealed and sometimes tasted like there were rubber bands (creative imagination, I know) in the pudding! EEK.

So not only is this smooth and creamy, but there is no double boiler or straining involved. It’s like 3, or six, ingredients, and WAY easy.

Like, dangerously easy. Super rich. Have small ramekins handy.

My 9 oz. ramekins just set myself up for a battle of willpower.

Put. The. Spoon. Down. Katie.

… But… just… one… more… bite….


1. Macaroni and Cheese and Chicken Tenders by Dessert for Two


You guessed right, macaroni and cheese. Christina really knows where it’s at with scaling recipes down for two. And mac and cheese is a good thing to scale down. Plus, her tenders are cornflake crusted! Look how crunchy and tender they look! Mouth is watering…..

You know I have a shirt that says “I <3 Mac and Cheese” – do you KNOW how many comments I get on it??


So… I hope y’all picked a favorite, or 4 to make in the upcoming months.

Do y’all think I forgot anything? What would be YOUR number one??

Now desserts, THAT would be hard. Hard to narrow down to just ten…. Hmmmm….


~Peace, Love, and Comfort Y’all!

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3 Responses to “Top Ten Best, Simple, Delicious, Cozy Comfort Foods”

  1. 1

    cjmsheng — November 14, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    Gosh that’s a lot of meat. Yeehaw.

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    Jennifer — November 18, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    Chicken pot pie is my favorite comfort food – I use Bon Appetit’s “Chicken and Fall Vegetable Pot Pie” recipe

    • katieb replied: — November 22nd, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

      That sounds GREAT Jennifer! Thanks for including the link!

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