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Jan 12, 2010 07:48 AM

Freezing in Chicago: Need Comfort Food

Tired of chili, spaghetti and meatloaf.

I'm thinking chicken and dumplings, goulash, braised beef in beer with some nice gruyere covered croutons. Duck with olives maybe?

What are you making these days?

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  1. Also in Chicago: Recent "comfort" dinners have included
    -homemade turkey soup (from the carcas remaining from NY Day dinner)
    -chicken curry
    -chicken with tortellini in porcini mushroom cream sauce.

    Dinner tonight is beef stew.

    (Cheer up, the temperature is supposed to approach 32 today.)

    1. Two current favorites: beef braised with onions and red peppers in tomatoes and harissa, and chorizo, red peppers and chickpeas stewed in tomatoes with a poached egg. Beef goes on couscous, while the chickpeas are served with crusty bread.

      1. Enchiladas, beef stew (lots of onions and dark beer), bean and barley soup.

        1. Yes! Enchiladas with chicken and green chile sauce.
          Minestrone and a side of focaccia
          creamy risotto with porcini mushrooms and taleggio cheese
          shepherd's pie with root veggie puree
          red wine braised lamb shanks and mashed potatoes
          choucroute!!! (i had a delicious one with 5 different cuts of pork in Belgium)
          french onion soup
          swiss cheese fondue

          1. In the last couple of weeks, it's been freezing here in NC. I've cooked a giant pot of ham & smoked sausage gumbo (froze half for later) , some slow cooker Italian turkey sausage & pasta in sauce, chicken noodle soup, baked chicken simmered in home made roasted poblano & tomatillo sauce (with fresh fried tortilla chips) and country fried steak with mashed & gravy.

            Tomorrow it's going to be smoked gouda mac & cheese.