Comfort Food

I have always known that food has the power to comfort us.  I am particularly susceptible to the comforts offered by macaroni and cheese, cinnamon rolls, and pie. When I am anxious, nervous, or stressed, my instinct is to reach for carbs, whether they be cheesy and creamy or sugary spiced.  I’m predictable like that.

And when I use food to try and bring some of that comforting power to others, I find that I reach for the same recipes over and over.  There are some dishes that are like the embrace of an old friend, or their reassurance that we will get through the trying times.

I found myself calling upon these old friends recently.  And ever the trusty companions, they did not disappoint.  So I would like to thank Joanne’s Creamy Vegetable Soup, Pam’s Spinach Mushroom Lasagna and Chicken Pot Pie, Beth’s Cinnamon Rolls with Deb’s Cream Cheese Frosting, My Meat Sauce, and Abby’s Emergency Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting for being with me in the kitchen and providing some much needed comfort.

UnTurkey Recipes

On this day before Thanksgiving the Internets are sure to be chock full of swoon worthy recipes perfect for your Turkey Day table.  For those of us who choose to give thanks with something other than Meleagris gallopavo, here are a few UnTurkey ideas.

Is pork more your flavor?  Then perhaps you should invite David Lebovitz’s Carnitas to dinner.

Looking for a vegetarian option?  How about a nice big bowl of Lentil Soup with Vegetables from Delicieux?  Metric conversions aside, this is a quick and easy soup you will be thankful for.

And if you want to jazz up some sweet potatoes, how about a Warm Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad with Maple Vinaigrette from The Washington Post?

Happy Thanksgiving y’all.  May your table, and your day, be full.

Randomness

I’ve got a google reader set up to follow along with a whole slew of blogs. Every so often I’ll read something online that makes me stop and say hmmmm. Or laugh out loud. Or genuinely touches me in some way. And I’ll think to myself that I should post links to these things. And then I’m distracted by some bright, shiny object, or a recipe for the world’s best cake frosting, or the weekly Lost chat over at the Washington Post (how I will miss you), and I promptly forget all about it. So this is me remembering not to forget to send out some link love.

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You @ The Oatmeal – If you’ve ever had a cat, you know it’s the god’s honest truth.

A Random Grab Bag @ Wendi Aarons – She says the things I wish I were witty enough to even think.  Did she really work Samuel L. Jackson, Barry Manilow, and The Golden Rule into a single narrative?  She sure did.

Help Me Help You @ Pastry Methods and Techniques – At what point in recent history did good manners and common sense become obsolete?

Unexpected Love Bomb @ LoveFeast Table – I can’t find the words to say how this touched me. Just go read it.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress…