The Friday Five: Comfort Foods

Writing about the Dandelion earlier this week got me thinking even more about comfort food. There are just certain dishes that are just so satisfying after a long, cold day or that bring back warm memories of childhood.

My favorite comfort food continues to be a big bowl of pastina—the little star shaped pasta—topped with a bit of salt, lots of butter and milk. My grandmother and mom used to make it for me and my brother all the time when we were little. I’m still convinced that it’s the cure for anything that ails you, whether it’s a bad day to a nasty cold.

It seems that we have had a little bit of a backslide into warmer weather, but I’m still pulling together recipes for when the cold weather decides to stick around for awhile:

  1. Caprese Grilled Cheese (via Alaska From Scratch): I love jazzed up versions of grilled cheese. A simple cup of tomato soup on the side is a must!
  2. Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese (via Saveur): Squeezing the silver foil packet of Velveeta for boxed mac-and-cheese is one of my earliest kitchen memories. This from scratch version actually calls for a bit of Velveeta mixed in with the fancier cheese.
  3. Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf (via Fine Cooking): Enough said. Please see number 2 for the perfect side dish.
  4. Turkey Sausage-Gnocchi Soup (via Cooking Light): This was one of my favorite recipe finds from last year. The gnocchi makes this soup pretty filling so it can be served as a main dish.
  5. Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts (via Bon Appetit): This is easily my favorite brownie recipe ever. I’ve made them a few times and they are so dense and rich that they will stick to the roof of your mouth. For best results, serve warm with a glass of milk or a scoop of vanilla ice cream melting over the top.


What are your go-to comfort foods?

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