Recipes For American Comfort Foods
Whether you need a pick-me-up after a rough day or you want to celebrate a good one, you might find yourself rummaging around the kitchen for some good ole’ fashioned comfort food. For many of us, comfort foods are simple in nature and often times remind us of pleasant childhood times. Some people might associate good childhood memories with apple pie and ice cream, eggs and bacon arranged in the shape of a smiley face, or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. If you aren’t sure which comfort food YOU are in the mood for, I encourage you to read through the following recipes of popular comfort food favorites.
Green Bean Casserole
4 cups of cooked, cut green beans
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 1/3 cup of French fried onions
1/2 cup of milk
1 tsp of soy sauce
a bit of black pepper
In a large casserole dish, mix together the green beans, milk, cream of mushroom soup, soy sauce, pepper, and 2/3 cup of the French fried onions. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F (or until it starts to bubble). Remove from the oven and stir the beans well. Sprinkle the remaining French fried onions on top and put back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes or until the onions start to brown.
Macaroni and Cheese
1/2 lb of Velveeta cheese
2 1/2 cups of uncooked macaroni noodles
3 tbsp of butter
1 qt of milk
Melt the butter and pour into a baking dish with the macaroni noodles. Stir well until the butter coats all of the noodles. Cut the Velveeta cheese into chunks and add to the milk and macaroni mixture. Bake for about a half an hour at 325 degrees F.
Chicken and Dumplings
4 cups of boneless, skinless chicken chunks
2 1/2 cups of chicken broth (add more if you like yours very soupy)
1 cup of sliced carrots
1 1/2 cups of chopped potatoes
salt and pepper to taste
1 bay leaf (optional, but nice!)
In a large stew pot, simmer the chicken in the broth with salt and pepper on a low heat for about thirty minutes. Add the bay leaf, chopped carrots, and potatoes and increase to medium heat. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes have softened. Make sure not to overcook as the potatoes will turn mushy.
1 cups of flour
2 tsp of butter
4 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
3/4 cup of milk
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Slowly add in the milk and butter, then mix thoroughly. If you prefer, you can add a teaspoon or two of parsley flakes. Drop by the spoonful on top of the chicken and broth during the last 15 minutes of cooking and cover.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
3 cups of uncooked oats
1 1/2 cups of raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
1 cup of softened butter
1 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of vanilla
In a large bowl, beat together the granulated and brown sugars with the butter until it turns creamy. Mix in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. When this is well mixed, add the oats, raisins, and walnuts. Stir well, then drop by the spoonful onto un-greased cookie sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes at 350 degrees F. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet a few minutes before removing them to wire racks to cool completely.