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Favorite comfort food

Since our weather has taken a horrible down-turn here on the beaches of North Carolina it has turned my thoughts to what wonderful yummy comfort food I am wanting to make for tonights dinner. To me there is something sinful about a huge meatloaf stuffed with cheese and smothered with sugary red sauce carmalizing on top as it bakes. Add to that a hot bubbly cassarole dish of gooey scalloped potatoes and a bowl full of corn seasoned with lots of butter and a touch of sugar. And of course for desert I can't think of anything better than a bowl of decadent apple or cherry cobbler topped with vanilla bean ice cream....Good lord...I am drooling as I am typing...So....what is your favorite comfort food on an evening that is just plain nasty outside...I am sure this has been asked many times in the past...But I may need some additional ideas for dinners if this weather stays yucky....Thanks....OBX

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  1. Stracoto AKA Pot Roast (favorite recipe, thus far): http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

    Macaroni and Cheese (favorite recipe, thus far): http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

    The ongoing meatloaf thread should be of some help too!

    And just a good pan-fried cheeseburger ails me too, esp. with some good sweet potato fries!

    1. Chicken and dumplings are fine, fine, fine when it's snowing out. Unfortunately, they're time consuming to make if you want to defat the broth, but oh, so worth the wait.

      1. Mac n Cheese of course, Crock pot roast served with mashed potatoes and lots of gravy.

        1. Gooey homemade mac and cheese (although the box version does the trick more often in my house), short ribs, french onion soup, banana pancakes. I havent had chicken and dumplings in years, might have to do that soon.

          1. Brownies, warm from the pan. Pot roast (which I'm making later today), chili (made last night), mashed potatoes or any root veg with lots of butter and salt.

            1. Both inexpensive and easy to make are grilled cheeses (rounded out with a nice soup) and spaghetti and meatballs. I also haven't had Sloppy Joe's since forever....I should make some!

              1. I've pretty much gone native here in SoCal, but when Sunny California gets bleak and chilly I revert to Midwestern. I've made my pot of beans, my meatloaf, my mac'n'cheese, but now I find myself dreaming of one of those skillet "hot dishes" mom used to feed us: hamburger, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, canned kidney beans and cooked macaroni, finished off by stirring in a good bit of grated cheddar cheese. Mom never had a name for it; the school cafeteria called it "Marietta." And here I sit on what's actually a sunny and merely cool day, and it's lunchtime, and I *WANT* some!

                1. Anything with a ton of fat on it :p

                  Steak, mashed potatoes with lots of butter, bread slathered in some kind of topping.

                  1. in winter, comfort food = soup. butternut squash, beef barley, chicken noodle.. almost any kind. or polenta. nothing beats polenta with homemade sauce.

                    in summer, a rib eye steak with a ceasar salad and wine.

                    spring and fall need their own meals i suppose.. i guess i'll have to work on my menus!

                    1. Shepherd's pie. Slow cooked meat in a thick, rich sauce topped with cheesy potatoes that are just browned and crunchy on top.. my absolute favorite comfort food for a cold night.

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                      1. re: NovoCuisine

                        NovoCuisine, do you have a favourite recipe?

                      2. Spicy chili with tons of cheese and sour cream, and crunchy tortilla chips on the side.

                        Pasta! Especially baked things like lasagna or eggplant ricotta bake.

                        Suddenly I'm wishing I didn't have dinner already picked out ... a big bowl of chili sounds SO good right now.

                        1. Sloppy Joes for sure (i should make some too!)

                          meatloaf and a steaming baked potato

                          mac-n-cheese, gooey and thick


                          pot roast, meltingly tender with roasted veggies

                          pork roast and au gratin potatoes

                          tomato soup and a peanut butter sandwich (yes, I know.....)

                          1. A nice shephards pie.

                            But a nice leg of lamb too, lots of garlic and lemon - they only take short time and fill the house up with awesome smells. Nice little sandwiches for leftovers.

                            spagetti pie is comforting too

                            1. A small, succulent, crispy, roasted chicken with lemon and sage, surrounded by fingerling potatoes, quartered onions, carrots and mushrooms. Serve with a deep Cabernet beside a warm fire.

                              1. rice and beans
                                faux chicken noodle soup
                                mac & cheese

                                1. The list is long but definitely includes:

                                  mac & cheese
                                  meatloaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli
                                  turkey dinner with all the trimmings (think Thanksgiving)
                                  burger and crispy fries
                                  roast pork egg foo yung

                                  1. When I feel blue I make myself a big bowl of egg noodles mixed with sour cream and garlic salt.
                                    As for "comfort from the elements" food I go with anything that has to cook a long time and makes the house smell amazing. Stew, pot roast, soup, chili...

                                    1. Macaroni and cheese
                                      Beef stroganoff
                                      Chicken and dumplings
                                      Chicken pot pie
                                      Lobster pot pie
                                      Chicken soup
                                      Pot roast

                                      1. Lasagna
                                        Homemade pierogies with lots of fried onions on top
                                        Tuna casserole (believe it or not!)