Category Archives: comfort food

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

ShareTweet Vegetable side dishes are rarely the star of the show, but my carrot souffle is the exception. This sweet and fluffy casserole is like eating dessert with dinner. If I didn’t make it for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Passover, there might be a riot involving both kids and adults at the table. Like all greatContinue Reading

Homemade Chopped Liver with Golden Raisins and Hard Boiled Eggs

Homemade Chopped Liver with Golden Raisins and Hard Boiled Eggs

ShareTweet The lack of love given to chopped liver has always mystified me. How can something so good get so little respect? What is it… CHOPPED LIVER???? Yes, the word LIVAH isn’t the sexiest around and the brown mousse could be more appealing, but you shouldn’t be shallow and judge chopped liver on looks andContinue Reading

Sloppy Joes for 60

Sloppy Joes for 60

ShareTweet Cooking for 60, even when a time tested family recipe for Sloppy Joes, is never easy. Fresh from spring break on Monday, with suitcases still full of dirty clothes, I spent the day cooking dinner for 60. I was nervous. I wasn’t throwing an elaborate party, but I knew the crowd would be fullContinue Reading

Interview: Amy Thielen of Food Network’s The Heartland Table

Interview: Amy Thielen of Food Network’s The Heartland Table

ShareTweet On March 8, the second season of the Heartland Table began airing on Food Network. The show is filmed in Chef Amy Thielen’s Minnesota cabin, thousands of miles away from the New York City kitchens were she was worked for culinary superstars like Daniel Boulud, Jean Georges Vongerichten and David Bouley. Thielens’ Midwestern rootsContinue Reading

Tomato Corn Chowder: a Comforting Riot of Color in a Bowl

Tomato Corn Chowder: a Comforting Riot of Color in a Bowl

ShareTweet The mountain of snow outside keeps on growing. At some point, it will be higher than the swingset. The snow keeps on falling, right along with the temperature. I’m cold, chilled all the way to the ends of my elbows. I went for a long run at the gym this morning and got soContinue Reading

Bacon Infused Macaroni and Cheese To Please the Pickiest Eaters

Bacon Infused Macaroni and Cheese To Please the Pickiest Eaters

ShareTweet Macaroni and cheese. What color comes to mind when I say that phrase? For me, it’s a bowl of creamy colored shell noodles bathed in an equally creamy sauce made from artisan cheeses. For my kids? A day-glo orange sauce coating tiny elbow noodles. A few years ago, I decided to show my kidsContinue Reading

Bruschetta with Homemade Ricotta and Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Bruschetta with Homemade Ricotta and Slow Roasted Tomatoes

ShareTweet This weekend, we baked and cooked as a family for the Chicago Food Swap. With the exception of a few challah loaves, everything we made for the swap was from Jennie Perillo’s new cookbook Homemade with Love. Steve and Bella made her buttermilk donuts in lemon and decadent dark chocolate. I made slow roasted tomatoes and homemadeContinue Reading

Cinnamon Infused Olive Oil and Dreams of Chile

Cinnamon Infused Olive Oil and Dreams of Chile

ShareTweet The weather in Chicago has been brutally cold for the last week. The cold is slowly taking over the house. We’ve been adding layers and wearing slippers, but the best way to beat back the chill is to cook and fill the house with great smells that suggest warm weather climate. Spices make meContinue Reading

Chicken Soup for the Flu Plague

Chicken Soup for the Flu Plague

ShareTweet Have you gotten your flu shot this year? I got my flu shot, along with half of my children. But it didn’t save us from being hit by the flu plague over Thanksgiving break. The flu hit us like a mac truck, just leveled our family into a wheezing, coughing, whining mess. I wasContinue Reading

Salted Caramel Apple Bread Pudding with an Asian Flair

Salted Caramel Apple Bread Pudding with an Asian Flair

ShareTweet Dessert is pretty much synonymous with chocolate in our house. Chocolate souffles, hot fudge sundaes, and fondant au chocolat… as long as there is chocolate involved, my kids, my husband, and I just can’t say no. Fruit desserts, on the other hand, can be a tough sell, but at the height of apple season,Continue Reading

Favorite Fall Recipes

Favorite Fall Recipes

ShareTweet Food is family. How many of your childhood memories are tied up with favorite dishes, shared meals, and family celebrations? I was always an enthusiastic sous chef to my mother in the kitchen, but it wasn’t until I left home that I fully appreciated them. I went to high school and college on theContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Whiskey Short Rib Sliders

Whiskey Short Rib Sliders

ShareTweet I’ve been cooking with a lot of Whiskey lately. Cooking with the old Jim Beam makes me feel like a bad ass, like a kitchen rebel, even if it’s just tossing a jigger into the crockpot before racing upstairs to change and breastfeed my baby. From peach jam to short ribs, a shot ofContinue Reading

I Need to Make the Butter Sing

I Need to Make the Butter Sing

ShareTweet It’s been one of those weeks, one of those comfort food weeks. We’ve had some worries about Baby Sophie, some trips to the hospital, some scary tests. I had a glimpse of another motherhood, one filled with waiting rooms, kind technicians, and fear that makes you want to hold your baby close and coverContinue Reading

Cereal for Dinner: the Ultimate Comfort Food

ShareTweet Warm cereal is not for everyone. Some people find it so unappealing that it makes them gag. But not me. Warm cereal is like a slow hug with someone who’s just wrapped themselves in a cozy flannel robe hot from the dryer. Warm cereal makes my toes curl, in a very, very good way.Continue Reading