Comfort Food

Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 05:10 PM

It’s that time of year again. There is a chill in there air. Leaves are starting to color and fall. Football games, homecoming, tailgating everywhere. And for those of us that grill, BBQ and smoke food all year round, our equipment isn’t getting put away. Yet this is still the time of year to come inside and start cooking comfort food. Time to leave the summer salads and grilled chicken and fish behind. It’s time for hearty stews, savory soups and sumptuous roasts.

I love all the seasons and I love to cook out side, but when that first touch of fall comes on, I get the itch to start cooking indoors. Pies, cookies, and breads in the oven. Stews and chili in the slow cooker. Nice big pot roasts in cast iron cookware. Pulled pork, deep fried turkey, fresh ham, mashed potatoes, and don’t forget the gravy. MMM. I just get into comfort food mode and I can’t help myself. Fall also means that the  holidays are coming and that alone just says comfort food. Good smells emanating from the kitchen while friends and family patiently or not so patiently wait to eat. Crispy deep fried turkey still needs to be cooked outside in an  propane turkey fryer, or you could make a small turkey or turkey breast in a larger counter top deep fryer.

I’ve already started my indoor cooking journey for the year. I’ve made homemade sauce and chili with my over abundance of home grown tomatoes. I made rouladen with spaetzel and sweet and sour red cabbage. Pulled pork and a chicken & shrimp gumbo are up and coming this weekend. And Halloween traditionally at my house is good homemade macaroni and cheese with a beautiful buttered bread crumb topping. I have already got my Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners planned. Thanksgiving will consist of a deep fried turkey breast and a small roast turkey with lasagna as a back up for any non turkey lovers. Christmas will be fresh ham, with potato pancakes, apple caraway  red sauerkraut , mashed turnips and an apple pudding for dessert. I know that I am getting way too ahead of myself but, like I said, I can’t help  myself. Just the though of all of that down home cooking is making me hungry now. I’m off to cook dinner. Go make some comfort food. Show your family some love.

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