POSTS WITH TAG: comfort food

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    We eat a whole lot of chicken in our family. There are several reasons why: Chicken is versatile, it’s affordable, and my daughter will actually eat it! Yes, all good, nay, great reasons. But here is my favorite thing about chicken: We can buy one chicken and create three meals from it.

    First, I should mention that our family is small -- there are just three of us. So this whole one chicken = three meals thing only works for families consisting of three or four members. If you have a large brood, you’ll need to use two or more chickens.Here's how to create three vastly different meals with just one chicken.

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    A classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting or vanilla frosting or any kind of frosting is a favorite dessert for a reason. It's really yummy! But sometimes it can be hard to get that fluffy, delicious goodness from scratch, so you immediately go to the boxed stuff. That's all well and good, but why not try making one for yourself since you probably have all the ingredients already?

    This yellow cake recipe with chocolate sour cream frosting from Smitten Kitchen is one of the best we've tried. The buttermilk gives it a smooth, rich texture, and if you don't like the idea of sour cream frosting, just use your favorite chocolate frosting to top this decadent cake off. You'll never go back to the boxed stuff again!

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    Now, in horrifying but ultimately not that important news, certain restaurants are talking about stopping the sale of guacamole! Whyfor this injustice? Why have they, if you'll forgive me, stopped seeing green? Because, due to inclement weather conditions, avocados are being battered into near oblivion.

    They are still around, of course, but their prices this season have been insane due to the extreme shortage of the fatty fruit. It sounds like the situation is only going to get worse. This year's shortage isn't just a one-off; scientists are saying that in the next 10 years, the changing climate is going to cause a real crisis where avocados are involved. So what are guacamole lovers like you and me supposed to do?

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    Sometimes you plan a meal that you later realize -- like, seconds before you're about to arrive home from work or running errands to actually cook it -- may not excite every member of the family. You brace yourself for the moans and groans and think all the while, I worked hard all day and then slaved over a hot stove to make a healthy dinner that everyone hates. Great -- pass the wine, please!

    This Crock-Pot spaghetti and meatballs recipe will create the absolute opposite scenario. You just set it to go in the morning and, nine hours later, you get to sit down and relax with family over a delicious, hearty, healthy, and no-fuss meal that will leave everyone smiling. And if you choose to enjoy a glass of wine, it will be a celebratory one.

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    Is there anything more delicious than a good pot roast on a cold day? And is there anything more magical than sticking relatively cheap ingredients into a crock-pot and having them transform into a masterpiece while you go on about your life without lifting a finger in the kitchen?

    No. There isn't. Except for when you find a secret ingredient that takes your classic favorite to the next level. Get ready to be wowed by the mystery ingredient that will make this pot roast recipe one of the best things to ever simmer in your slow cooker.

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    It's pretty incredible how, at least for those of us who don't live in typically sunny climes, pretty much 99 percent of conversations dovetail into, "I can't believe how cold it is!" and "When is it gonna end?!" and "I hate winter OMG!" and "Life will be so much better when spring hits!" Considering how long this winter has felt, there's no better way to drown your cold day sorrows than with some good comfort food. And this recipe for warm chocolate puddings from Martha Stewart is quick and easy and should definitely do the trick.

    All these ingredients you should already have at home. It's easy peasy and such a nice change from the boxed pudding stuff. Your family will eat it up, and soon your winter blues will be quickly blown away and forgotten. Well maybe. It's just way too cold out there!

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    I had never heard of albondigas, or Mexican meatball soup, until I met my husband. This was a staple in his childhood home with his Latina mother making this soothing soup for her four children often. Whenever we go down to San Diego to visit, the first thing she asks when we arrive is, "Do you guys want some albondigas?" even before we exchanges hugs or hellos.

    Throughout the years I have worked on mastering my own version of albondigas, which I make whenever one of us is feeling a bit under the weather or just if the mood strikes. It really does make us feel better if we’re sick and makes us happy even when we're not. I've taken liberties with the recipe I learned from my stepmother: I added in the tomatoes, got rid of the mushrooms, and threw in more spice. It's to the point now that my husband prefers mine to hers. Just don't tell her that -- promise?

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    This isn't a public service message or a way to share five fantastic recipes with you. No, this is a reminder to myself...I must, must, MUST bookmark these recipes right now!

    I make these five dishes all the time, but I always end up having to do a Google search for the recipes beforehand. They're meals my family loves -- even my uber-picky 8-year-old -- and I enjoy making. Yes, I totally swear by ALL of them.

    Check out the 5 recipes you need to have in your stash:

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    If you're anything like me, you can fall into a food rut. You know, when you wind up eating the same thing time and time again? It's not the food's fault, but day in and day out, eating the foods -- even ones we love -- can start to feel like a really boring routine. It's not our fault either. We lead busy lives, and sometimes it's easier to just go ahead and pick the fast, easy, well-known option than it is to spend even five minutes doing something to spice up your food-life.

    But it doesn't have to be that way! Our once-favorite foods can be something we look forward to once again, and all it takes is just a little bit of imagination. We're here to help! You don't need to scour the web looking endlessly for new ways to turn stuff like oatmeal or macaroni and cheese into novelties -- because we've done the heavy lifting for you! 

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    Cinnamon rolls are one of the most divine foods on the planet. But the problem is if you want to make them from scratch, and do it properly, well, that could take forever! Unless you looooove da baking, sometimes it's much easier to take a shortcut or two and still get that sweet, cinnamon-y fix.

    Which is why we love these mini crescent roll cinnamon buns that take less than 10 minutes to make. Yes, less than 10 minutes! Because the secret ingredient is pre-made crescent rolls. You won't believe how quickly you'll be able to whip up a batch (or two or three or eight). These cute little buns also feature loads of maple icing. And cinnamon. And brown sugar. Only the good stuff. So easy, quick, and adorable!

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