Pure Comfort Food

Colatura di Alici

Spaghetti alla Colatura di Alici – Revealing Another Secret Ingredient

  I’ve never particularly liked anchovies. To me they are great in small amounts, such as when I make a Caesar salad. But if I am faced with a pizza with those furry strips decorating the top, I will select the piece with the fewest anchovies. Liquid Gold    In several of my recent readings, they made references to colatura di alici (a fish sauce made from anchovies). One article in Slate actually had the heading “The Italian Anchovy Juice That Might Change Your Life.” Well, that sounded intriguing, so I decided…

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BLT

This IS The BLT To Die For

     I love a BLT, and I’m not alone. In polls where people were asked about their favorite sandwich, the BLT was either at the top or close to the top of every list. And it’s so simple: two slices of bread, mayo, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. That’s it.      Not all BLTs are great. I’ve been served many that I didn’t think were very good at all. What I think sets a great one apart from the others are (1) the quality of its contents and (2) the way it’s prepared….

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Steak and Stilton Pie

Our Tradition      Buying a half-moon cut of Stilton each Christmas season and serving it with port has become a tradition in our house. The sweetness of the wine and the saltiness of the cheese make it a perfect pairing. Pub Grub      After the holidays have passed, there is always some Stilton left over; at least we hope there is so that we can make steak and Stilton pies. This is pub grub at its finest. What makes them so delicious is the addition of the cheese and stout…

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A Mac and Cheese I’m Not Ashamed To Serve

     Ah, Mac and Cheese (see above). The comfort food of all comfort foods. To me the sight and smell of this immediately causes my mouth to water – definitely one of my guilty pleasures. First of All, I Have To Get This Off My Chest      I don’t consider the packaged varieties of mac and cheese to truly be mac and cheese at all. Sure, the final product has macaroni, milk, and butter. It’s 75% there, but it’s that mystery package of who knows what that I take issue with….

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Ziti In The City

MY LITTLE DITTY ABOUT ZITI IN THE CITY So, what’s new with Carrie Bradshaw? It’s ziti in the city not sex in the city that Carrie craves these days. This urban beauty is sitting pretty while living on royalties quite handsomely. She’s lounging in lounges and celebrity, leads a life of simplicity, and currently, she’s reading Thurber’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.    And what’s occupying her time? Forget the men, the shoes, the couture, and the city. It’s huge hot casseroles of gooey cheesy baked ziti.    Well, Carrie. Guess…

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Baked Ziti. Simple and Delicious

     When I started reading the first line in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,” I assumed it was going to be an homage to comfort food. If I truly started counting the ways I love comfort food, it would take me into next week. Comfort Food Does Indeed Give Me Comfort      The main reason I love comfort food is the fact that some days just call for a simple dish that is drop-dead delicious, one that makes me feel cozy…

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Chain-gang

Georgia Chain Gang Chili

Now What?      When you find yourself lying on a bunk in the big house, and the only appointment you have scheduled in the next 20 years (to life) is with the Georgia Department of Corrections, you realize you’re going to have lots of free time on your hands. So, what’s the plan?      You can volunteer to work in the kitchen and hone your culinary skills. I don’t know if this is Hy Abernathy’s story or not, but given the name of this chili, I’m sure it must have chain-gang roots…

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Bangers And Mash

     The last thing I need is to get addicted to another comfort food, but I’m afraid that’s exactly what’s happened. And what is it? Bangers and mash, that British pub classic you may not have tried, but you’ve probably at least heard of. It’s basically sausage, mashed potatoes, and gravy but with some adds that I think makes it absolutely magical. So, What’s A Banger?      First of all, lets talk bangers. Search out and find a simple pork sausage in a casing such as bratwurst. I think the best are…

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Bangers And Mash With Stout Gravy

     The last thing I need is to get addicted to another comfort food, but I’m afraid that’s exactly what’s happened. And what is it? Bangers and mash, that British pub classic you may not have tried, but you’ve probably at least heard of. It’s basically sausage, mashed potatoes, and gravy but with some adds that I think makes it absolutely magical. So, What’s A Banger?      First of all, lets talk bangers. Search out and find a simple pork sausage in a casing such as bratwurst. I think the best are…

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Bowl of chili

Chili Con Bob (A Bowl Of Red)

    I’ve always associated baseball with hot dogs and basketball with popcorn. Most people I know associate football with tailgating, but to me it’s chili. During most football Sundays, I’ll cook up a pot, and all afternoon the aroma will waft up into the loft where we’re watching the game(s). NFL football and chili – a match made in heaven.      I’ve refined my chili over the years, and it suits my taste to a tee. Every other recipe I have I’m quick to share with anyone who wants it; however,…

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