400 Best Comfort Food Recipes

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Everyone has fond memories of recipes that evoke the warmth of home and family and soul-satisfying foods. In 400 Best Comfort Food Recipes, there are satisfying favorites as well as new interpretations for modern comfort food.

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Overview

Ideas for foods that are both comforting and delicious.

Everyone has fond memories of recipes that evoke the warmth of home and family and soul-satisfying foods. In 400 Best Comfort Food Recipes, there are satisfying favorites as well as new interpretations for modern comfort food.

Some of these recipes were published in 300 Best Comfort Food Recipes. There are 100 brand new ones that will also be welcome in any home cook's repertoire.

A sampling of the comfort-inspired recipes:

  • Old-fashioned pea soup with smoked ham
  • Meat loaf and mashed potato pie
  • Baked polenta with roasted vegetables
  • Classic scalloped potatoes
  • Fudgy chocolate brownies
  • Buttermilk pancakes with spiced maple apples.

Each recipe is simple and reliable, yet extremely comforting and delicious. Many encourage a make-ahead process to freeze for later use. With recipe shortcuts and serving suggestions throughout, this collection will add a new comfort food tradition in any home.

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Editorial Reviews

New Horizons (Omaha, NB) - Lois Friedman
You can't ever have too much comfort food. One hundred new recipes in this edition "evoke the warmth of home and family" for feel-better, soul-satisfying foods.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778801450
  • Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Johanna Burkhard is a freelance food consultant and recipe developer who contributes to a variety of magazines and appears regularly on television and radio. She lives in Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Appetizers

  • 37 recipes
Soups
  • 35 recipes
Sandwiches and Light Suppers
  • 32 recipes
Main Dishes
  • 41 recipes
Stews, Pot Roasts and One-Pot Simmers
  • 29 recipes
A Pound of Ground
  • 30 recipes
Pasta and Grains
  • 46 recipes
Vegetables
  • 34 recipes
Salads
  • 25 recipes
Cookies,
Muffins and Breads
  • 39 recipes
Cakes, Pies and Desserts
  • 53 recipes

Index

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Preface

Introduction

I remember coming home from school to the fragrant aroma of a pot roast in the oven or a smoky ham and pea soup simmering away on the back burner. Everyone has a cupboardful of food memories that evoke a sense of family and home. We call them our comfort foods.

For some, it might mean a special occasion spent with family, such as Thanksgiving with roast turkey and sage bread dressing, or celebrating a birthday with chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. For others, it may recall childhood memories of having a cold and how much better we felt with mom's Jell-O or soothing chicken soup. Yet for others, it can be as simple as a winning dish, perhaps a favorite potato salad, at a summer picnic. For me, comfort food means all the things that evoke a sense of nurturing with a good measure of love and care stirred into the pot. And, of course, how great they all taste.

Whatever the memory or reason, comfort foods all have one special thing in common — they make us feel good. My goal in writing 400 Best Comfort Food Recipes is to help recreate the "feel good" times and draw people back to the kitchen to soul — satisfying recipes that everyone enjoys — pot roast, macaroni and cheese, date squares. These are traditional dishes that are so much a part of our food heritage and culture, yet these recipes are rarely found grouped in one book.

This book not only includes classic dishes that have never lost their appeal, such as Old-Fashioned Beef Stew, Thyme-Roasted Chicken with Garlic Gravy and Cinnamon Apple Crumble Pie, but I also include new comfort foods that families are enjoying today These recipes have become a staple in contemporary kitchens and include such dishes as Wild Mushroom Risotto, Bistro Lentils with Smoked Sausage and Tiramisu, which all have the comfort food prerequisites of being reliable and tasting great. Comfort foods are trusting foods. How many times have you labored over a stove to make a wonderful meal only to have groans of disappointment from your family over what you've cooked? With comfort foods — everyone is rewarded including the cook. As a parent, I know that my kids' idea of comfort food includes many of the old favorites, but also embraces the fast-food tastes they're so accustomed to. I've also included recipes for the younger set with many of their special comfort foods — Taco Pitas, Turkey Fajitas and Pizzas. These recipes are simple to make and will entice kids to get in the kitchen and help with the preparation.

We shouldn't dismiss the importance of time spent around the table with our children. The time we spend around the table is one of the most important tools we have to communicate with our families. I believe the return of comfort foods may be attributed in part to the boomer generation and a re-establishing of these social food events that are so important in keeping families connected, especially when children are involved.

Cooking today is as much about the demands on our time as about what we're serving for dinner. We're all trying to balance jobs with a busy family life and very often dinner plays second fiddle to juggling work schedules, homework and a host of activities that demand our time. Yet suppers need to be appetizing and nutritious. With our hectic schedules and the frantic pace our kids maintain, it's almost impossible to make a meal from scratch every night. Who has the time anymore? A simple suggestion is to set aside time with your family — perhaps two or three nights a week and plan a dinner of your family's favorite comfort dishes. It doesn't have to be fancy — even just a good bowl of a homemade soup is all it takes to become a special event. The 400 Best Comfort Food Recipes offers a collection of recipes geared to cooks who want recipes that are simple and reliable, yet reassuringly familiar. Many of these dishes are personal favorites that have become standards in my house. In about the same time that it takes to order a pizza and have it delivered, you can have a delicious dinner on the table. As for the hectic pace — it can sometimes take over our lives. Once in a while we need to slow the pace and take the time to make a leisurely meal — to tuck a pot of Molasses Baked Beans in the oven and just sit back and enjoy the soothing aroma for its restorative effect.

Don't feel guilty if you're not making a meal from scratch every night. I don't. There's just not enough time in our busy lives. Between our hectic schedules and the frantic pace our kids maintain, we don't need the added pressure of having to perform in the kitchen on a nightly basis. That's why many of the recipes in this book provide for next-day encores that can be reheated in the microwave oven or prepared ahead, so that when you do have a spare hour, you can assemble a meal and stash it away in the freezer.

Spending time in the kitchen has other benefits, too. Cooking with our children provides nurturing time we share together. It also reinforces the importance of teaching our children how sound eating habits can make a lifelong difference to their health. Most of the recipes in the book follow today's guidelines for healthy eating, calling for fresh ingredients and moderate use of fat. Several of the recipes are vegetarian to appeal to those who opt not to eat meat. You'll find recipes here for Black Bean and Corn Soup, Spicy Noodles with Vegetables and Peanut Sauce and Vegetable Minestrone with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto — sure to become favorite comfort foods for any vegetarian or, for that matter, the entire family

Nowadays, so many people don't even know cooking basics. The attraction of convenience products and the proliferation of quick restaurant outlets mean we are spending less time in the kitchen. Even making a basic meat loaf is an event. Baking banana bread is a lost art. 400 Best Comfort Food Recipes is intended to put you at ease in the kitchen. This is the only cookbook you are ever going to need in your kitchen because it covers all of the basics and includes the most-popular, sought-after comfort food recipes. Directions are easy to follow and recipes call for ingredients that are readily available in supermarkets. I even provide practical information, such as recipe shortcuts and other serving suggestions, to help get dinner on the table. As well, this introduction includes Basic Equipment needed for a well-stocked kitchen, Easy Steps for Preparing a Recipe, How to Save Time Shopping, Time-Saving Strategies in the Kitchen and Ways to Streamline your Kitchen.

There's no greater pleasure than the hours spent around the table sharing a meal with family and friends. Whether it's something as simple as a bowl of Hearty Beef and Barley Soup accompanied by a warm slice of Honey Oatmeal Bread or as elaborate as a holiday meal featuring Baked Ham with Citrus-Mustard Glaze, I hope this book inspires you to get back in the kitchen and create some special memories around your table — and perhaps establish some new food traditions of your own.

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Introduction

Introduction

I remember coming home from school to the fragrant aroma of a pot roast in the oven or a smoky ham and pea soup simmering away on the back burner. Everyone has a cupboardful of food memories that evoke a sense of family and home. We call them our comfort foods.

For some, it might mean a special occasion spent with family, such as Thanksgiving with roast turkey and sage bread dressing, or celebrating a birthday with chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. For others, it may recall childhood memories of having a cold and how much better we felt with mom's Jell-O or soothing chicken soup. Yet for others, it can be as simple as a winning dish, perhaps a favorite potato salad, at a summer picnic. For me, comfort food means all the things that evoke a sense of nurturing with a good measure of love and care stirred into the pot. And, of course, how great they all taste.

Whatever the memory or reason, comfort foods all have one special thing in common -- they make us feel good. My goal in writing 400 Best Comfort Food Recipes is to help recreate the "feel good" times and draw people back to the kitchen to soul -- satisfying recipes that everyone enjoys -- pot roast, macaroni and cheese, date squares. These are traditional dishes that are so much a part of our food heritage and culture, yet these recipes are rarely found grouped in one book.

This book not only includes classic dishes that have never lost their appeal, such as Old-Fashioned Beef Stew, Thyme-Roasted Chicken with Garlic Gravy and Cinnamon Apple Crumble Pie, but I also include new comfort foods that families are enjoying today These recipes have become a staple in contemporary kitchensand include such dishes as Wild Mushroom Risotto, Bistro Lentils with Smoked Sausage and Tiramisu, which all have the comfort food prerequisites of being reliable and tasting great. Comfort foods are trusting foods. How many times have you labored over a stove to make a wonderful meal only to have groans of disappointment from your family over what you've cooked? With comfort foods -- everyone is rewarded including the cook. As a parent, I know that my kids' idea of comfort food includes many of the old favorites, but also embraces the fast-food tastes they're so accustomed to. I've also included recipes for the younger set with many of their special comfort foods -- Taco Pitas, Turkey Fajitas and Pizzas. These recipes are simple to make and will entice kids to get in the kitchen and help with the preparation.

We shouldn't dismiss the importance of time spent around the table with our children. The time we spend around the table is one of the most important tools we have to communicate with our families. I believe the return of comfort foods may be attributed in part to the boomer generation and a re-establishing of these social food events that are so important in keeping families connected, especially when children are involved.

Cooking today is as much about the demands on our time as about what we're serving for dinner. We're all trying to balance jobs with a busy family life and very often dinner plays second fiddle to juggling work schedules, homework and a host of activities that demand our time. Yet suppers need to be appetizing and nutritious. With our hectic schedules and the frantic pace our kids maintain, it's almost impossible to make a meal from scratch every night. Who has the time anymore? A simple suggestion is to set aside time with your family -- perhaps two or three nights a week and plan a dinner of your family's favorite comfort dishes. It doesn't have to be fancy -- even just a good bowl of a homemade soup is all it takes to become a special event. The 400 Best Comfort Food Recipes offers a collection of recipes geared to cooks who want recipes that are simple and reliable, yet reassuringly familiar. Many of these dishes are personal favorites that have become standards in my house. In about the same time that it takes to order a pizza and have it delivered, you can have a delicious dinner on the table. As for the hectic pace -- it can sometimes take over our lives. Once in a while we need to slow the pace and take the time to make a leisurely meal -- to tuck a pot of Molasses Baked Beans in the oven and just sit back and enjoy the soothing aroma for its restorative effect.

Don't feel guilty if you're not making a meal from scratch every night. I don't. There's just not enough time in our busy lives. Between our hectic schedules and the frantic pace our kids maintain, we don't need the added pressure of having to perform in the kitchen on a nightly basis. That's why many of the recipes in this book provide for next-day encores that can be reheated in the microwave oven or prepared ahead, so that when you do have a spare hour, you can assemble a meal and stash it away in the freezer.

Spending time in the kitchen has other benefits, too. Cooking with our children provides nurturing time we share together. It also reinforces the importance of teaching our children how sound eating habits can make a lifelong difference to their health. Most of the recipes in the book follow today's guidelines for healthy eating, calling for fresh ingredients and moderate use of fat. Several of the recipes are vegetarian to appeal to those who opt not to eat meat. You'll find recipes here for Black Bean and Corn Soup, Spicy Noodles with Vegetables and Peanut Sauce and Vegetable Minestrone with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto -- sure to become favorite comfort foods for any vegetarian or, for that matter, the entire family

Nowadays, so many people don't even know cooking basics. The attraction of convenience products and the proliferation of quick restaurant outlets mean we are spending less time in the kitchen. Even making a basic meat loaf is an event. Baking banana bread is a lost art. 400 Best Comfort Food Recipes is intended to put you at ease in the kitchen. This is the only cookbook you are ever going to need in your kitchen because it covers all of the basics and includes the most-popular, sought-after comfort food recipes. Directions are easy to follow and recipes call for ingredients that are readily available in supermarkets. I even provide practical information, such as recipe shortcuts and other serving suggestions, to help get dinner on the table. As well, this introduction includes Basic Equipment needed for a well-stocked kitchen, Easy Steps for Preparing a Recipe, How to Save Time Shopping, Time-Saving Strategies in the Kitchen and Ways to Streamline your Kitchen.

There's no greater pleasure than the hours spent around the table sharing a meal with family and friends. Whether it's something as simple as a bowl of Hearty Beef and Barley Soup accompanied by a warm slice of Honey Oatmeal Bread or as elaborate as a holiday meal featuring Baked Ham with Citrus-Mustard Glaze, I hope this book inspires you to get back in the kitchen and create some special memories around your table -- and perhaps establish some new food traditions of your own.

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