Happy-making dishes hitting our table this week!
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Comfort Foods Galore

I just wrote an article on what is trending right now in food and cooking for the Associated Press, and researching and writing it was very interesting. I can’t say that there were so many shockers, but it definitely codified things. One big takeaway that makes total sense: Comfort food reigns supreme during this time.
I think of comfort food not as one particular type of food, but rather food that you know the folks in your world will want to eat, which certainly has themes, but also varies from house to house. One food trend expert said cooking has “swung for a lot of households. It’s become much less complex, with a more simplified approach where it’s just about pleasing everyone physically and emotionally. There is a lot of disappointment happening in our days, so nobody wants tears at the table.”  
No tears at the table. Amen to that. Here are some happy-making dishes hitting our table, and let’s close with some sides. Mashed potatoes. Maybe cheesy mashed potatoes. Maybe garlicky mashed sweet potatoes. Parmesan roasted potatoes? Dutch oven potatoes? Hasselback potatoes with all of the trimmings? Scalloped potatoes? Can you tell that I love potatoes?

Or head in a different direction with a pot of perfect rice, white or brown, or some simple quinoa. For vegetables, perhaps baby zucchini gratin. Cauliflower tots (comforting AND fun). Air fryer Brussels sprouts, cheesy garlic bread, Parmesan roasted broccoli, braised Asian bok choy, rutabaga and parsnip puree? I’ve worked myself into a little lather here. I’ll leave you with this: Devil’s Food Cake. That is all. 

I’ll see you next week (or on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook! Come hang
out—I’m around).


It’s not possible for me to talk about comfort food in our home without heading towards some sort of cheesy, beefy casserole, which is my family’s dream cold-weather meal. This is a stovetop skillet casserole, a satisfying one-dish cheesy, beefy pasta recipe that hits all of those delicious enchilada flavors.

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Soup season approaches (more on this soon). This is truly a meal of a soup, perfect for a chilly weekday night. It makes no sense to make a soup like this in small batches. Leftovers are pure bliss, especially these days when most lunches are eaten at home, and having something delicious to reheat quickly is the easiest and most sustaining way to go.

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Roasted chicken is the poster child for the best kind of straightforward comfort food. There’s only one catch: you really should make two. The second one will become the springboard for all kinds of amazingness later in the week.

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Easy, and speaks to a very core level of the soul, in this cook’s opinion. This is the kind of food that commands silence at the table, as people hunker down over the plates and inhale the noodles.

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If this photo makes you happy, the dish itself will make you even happier.

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Not only do we love this as a dinner, but also the black beans make a great addition to tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas.

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