comfort food

Sweet cinnamon butter toast

I can still remember as a child waking up to the aroma of toast fried to a crisp in butter. A generous sprinkle of sugar and a good dusting of cinnamon completed it. Sweet and crunchy, my siblings … [more]


This bright green, aromatic and flavorful sauce originated in Genoa, Italy. Traditionally this thick sauce is made by pulverizing or pounding large quantities of basil leaves with pine nuts, olive … [more]

Fusilli with hot sausage and fennel

We have made this recipe many times, in fact, if you have been to our house for dinner, chances are you have had it. The kids don’t like it so spicy so I will substitute sweet italian sausage … [more]

Chicken and rice

This was the first thing I learned to cook. In fact for a while it was the only thing I knew how to cook. I used to make all sorts of variations on it. Whenever we had leftover roast meat of any kind … [more]

Peanut chili soup

This is one of my fall comfort foods but great year round. With the weather changing here in the east, I always add this to my arsenal of warming soups. I used to serve in at a restaurant where I … [more]

Pigs in a blanket

The eighties weren’t kind to comfort food. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but about the same time as when I started dating girls pigs in a blanket went out of style. Maybe it was the … [more]

Fettuccini carbonara

Consider this Italian comfort food. It is the perfect dish for a rainy Sunday that’s got you feeling blah. It’s even better on a Murphy Monday when everything thing that could go wrong … [more]

Buttermilk honey fried chicken

I had a choice. It was my wife’s birthday and she made it clear. I could buy her some expensive baubles or I could buy her a deep fryer. She knows me well. I may be stubborn, but I am cheaper than … [more]

Pan-fried fish

Apparently fish is good for you – that is if it doesn’t kill you first. The good news is the oil in fish not only makes you live longer, but it also makes your offspring smarter. No kidding, … [more]

Fettuccini carbonara with steamed broccoli on the side

Let’s face it, we all have those days when we simply need to throw something on the table, get the kids to bed and then pour ourselves a good cocktail. So here’s a menu for some Italian comfort … [more]

Baby, it's cold outside crabmeat soup

My wife wooed me with this soup. But what with the soup’s ridiculous richness, I suppose she could have also been trying to kill me. I’ve always thought of crabs as something you eat at a … [more]

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