Southern Living Comfort Food – A Delicious Trip Down Memory Lane
What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone asks you what you favorite comfort food is? Mine is baked macaroni and cheese that is just a little bit crunchy.
I love to eat, so when the book Southern Living Comfort Food came across my desk I just had to check it out. After skimming the index I read the foreword which is almost as good as the recipes!
Most of the 150 comfort food recipes are accompanied by full page color photographs. Illustrations or photographs are particularly helpful to cooks like me who are curious about the final presentation.
The book covers: comfort food classics, breakfast anytime, fresh from the garden, casseroles & beyond, soups & stews, desserts, and holidays & special occasions.
My favorite comfort food, macaroni and cheese, is the first recipe in comfort food classics. Macaroni and cheese takes on a whole new meaning with the Three-Cheese Pasta Bake. This recipe is followed by more of my favorites including Gonzales Meat Loaf, Buttermilk Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Lemon-Garlic Roast Chicken With Sauteed Green Beans, The Perfect Burger, French Fries, Chicken Pot Pie, Classic Barbecue Ribs, Chicken-Fried Steak, Pork Chops, Cabbage, and Apples, and Mama’s Fried Chicken.
Farmers Market Scramble, Pimento Cheese Biscuits, Hash Brown Casserole, Buttermilk ‘n’ Honey Pancakes, Cinnamon-Raisin Rolls, Waffles Benedict, and Carmel-Nut Pull-Apart Bread are just a few of the recipes featured in breakfast anytime.
Fresh from the garden includes such mouth watering recipes as Homemade Applesauce, Corn Pudding, Crunch Fried Okra, Summer Squash Casserole, and Fried Green Tomatoes.
You will be the hit of the party when you arrive with any of the dishes in casseroles & beyond. My favorites include Chicken-and-Rice Casserole, Scalloped Potatoes With Ham, Saucy Manicotti, Taco Casserole, and Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes. A novel approach to comfort food to go!
Sops & Stews includes two variations of chicken soup: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Soup and Chicken Noodle Soup. Recipes for “Baked” Potato Soup, Black Bean Soup, 30- Minute Chili, and Easy Brunswick Stew are also among the soups and stews featured.
Memories are made of Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies, Giant Oatmeal Cookies, Double-Chocolate Brownies, Mississippi Mud, Million-Dollar Pound Cake, Banana Pound Cake, and Peanut Butter Pie. The are just a sampling of the mouth watering recipes in Desserts.
Thin Holiday Ham, Birthday Cake, Root Bear Baked Beans, Popcorn Balls, Roast Turkey and Gravy, Cornbread Dressing, Pumpkin Chess Pie Peanut Butter Fudge, Mrs. Floyd’s divinity, and Walter’s Pecan Pie and you have a recipe for almost any of the holidays & special occasions.
You will find this book at your local public library but you may want to spend $29.95 and buy it at the local bookstore. I think it is well worth the investment.