Tag: comfort food

chicken fajita white bean slow cooker soup

slow cooker chicken fajita soup

There’s nothing that stimulates the senses more than walking into a house and wiffing the aroma of good food cooking. And, this chicken fajita slow cooker soup is perfect for achieving that experience. Honestly, there’s absolutely nothing to making this divine comfort food. Just pull out the slow cooker, you […]

chicken piccata soup

chicken piccata soup

I made a wonderful Italian dish into a soup, Chicken Marsala, and it’s THE most popular post I’ve ever shared on Facebook. Seen by over 160k and shared over 1,300 times! With that popularity, I thought I’d take another loved Italian dish, Chicken Piccata, and make it also into a […]

red beans and shredded lamb steak

red beans and shredded lamb steak

Small red beans are just down right amazingly flavorful. They’re pretty, plus when you season them well and let them cook over several hours you get this rich thick mahogany gravy that’s just lusciously delicious! And, this recipe for red beans and shredded lamb steak is one that will make […]

hot italian sausage kale bean paesan soup

hot italian sausage kale bean paesan soup

Sometimes, out of the blue with no expectations at all, you hit a homerun with a recipe creation. And, that’s what this hot italian sausage kale bean paesan soup is. A home run! And, I had no idea when I started fashioning this soup. This assessment is not just from […]

beef chorizo potato soup

beef chorizo potato soup

There is nothing more comforting on a chilly Fall or Winter day than soup. And, this beef chorizo potato soup fills that bill gloriously! What makes this potato soup different, even the slight reddish pink hue, is the addition of beef chorizo. It’s an amazing flavor booster, plus it adds […]

coconut curry orange blossom chicken soup

coconut curry orange blossom chicken soup

Seems there’s a ‘season’ for everything! Wedding season. Holiday season. Tis the season to be jolly! Football season. Basketball season. And, yes, there’s in my world, and probably many others’, ‘soup season’! Soup season usually kicks off when the days start getting shorter and the temperatures start cooling. Soups are […]

cabbage roll soup

cabbage roll soup

Aromas, scents and food are the most provocative memory stimulators for me. When I go out very early in the morning on a warm summer day, the scent of dew, grass, leaves, and nature immediately evoke memories of being at camp as a kid. In the Fall, when I smell […]

french country chicken stock noodle soup

french country chicken stock noodle soup

This is a simple recipe. No doubt you’ll look at the ingredients and directions and think, hummm, that’s really easy. I’m totally in! Actually, French cooking should be easy. Julia taught us that concept. But, I think the key to this french country chicken stock noodle soup is the quality […]

fall harvest butternut squash & collards soup

fall harvest butternut squash & collards soup

Seasonal cooking is always the smartest and best strategy for the kitchen and feeding your family. Seasonal cooking means using those fruits and vegetables that are ‘in season’. Yes, they’re plentiful, which means they’re usually less expensive and tastier because they’re grown during the peak time of the year for […]

buttery lima beans & spinach

buttery lima beans & spinach

What are the world’s healthiest foods? Well, according to WHFoods one of them is buttery lima beans. And, when you add spinach, you make them even healthier! Besides being a natural cholesterol lowing food, lima beans give you lots of fiber and protein. They’re great for folks with diabetes, insulin […]

thick red lentil soup & red peppers

thick red lentils & red peppers

I have no idea why I don’t cook lentils more often. I mean I love legumes. And, lentils have all the other wonderful attributes of their bean and pea cousins. Low in fat, no cholesterol, high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. They also have the good fats and what […]

creamy parmesan pea soup

parmesan pea soup

Peas are a fabulous vegetable. Not only are they healthy, but they’re super versatile for using in recipes like this parmesan pea soup. Served hot, warm, room temperature or cold, I’m really a pea lover! Now when I cook peas, I like to use the petite size rather than the […]

short rib vegetable stew

short rib vegetable stew

Short ribs. Usually you see recipes for this cut of beef for slow cooking or maybe grilling. Short ribs are a popular cut of beef. And, can be butchered in several ways.They can be boneless or bone in. In Korea the short ribs are butterflied and cut into thin slices. […]

peasant herb oven fries

One of my Top 10 comfort foods! Potatoes. Growing up in West Virginia, Mom fixed fried potatoes often. She usually fried them in a big ol’ cast iron skillet in oil, so these taters are a tad bit healthier because they’re roasted in the oven. Potatoes were a staple in […]

chicken doodle soup

chicken doodle soup

Chicken doodle soup. Yes, it’s my whimsical version of ‘chicken noodle soup’ but with a bohemian flair! I love the rich tomatoeee broth that comes with every bite. Reminiscent of a ‘vegetable’ soup, there’s no mistaking that you’re eating chicken soup. Now, what might the flair be? It’s something subtle. It’s […]

~tomato garlic basil beef stew~

tomato garlic basil bone marrow beef stew

The method of stewing meat is a very old cooking technique. Stewing meat requires patience and time because you want the meat exceptional tender. Traditionally, stews have been made with less expensive, tougher cuts of beef. Hence, time breaks down those fibers becoming tenderized and easier to chew and enjoy. […]

chicken puttanesca stew

chicken puttanesca stew

Think Adele. Yes, this chicken puttanesca stew is the kind of recipe that you fix for your family and friends and they think you’re a rock star. Get ready to walk the red carpet. Have people ask you what you’re wearing. Hey, even hang out with Blake and the gang […]

winter lager chuck roast

winter lager chuck roast

If you spend time searching my website using the word or words, beef roast, pot roast, beef stew, beef soup, roast, and words that relate to this ultimate comfort food, you’ll find a few. That’s because I don’t think there’s anything better than a pot roast with lots of thick […]

chicken cacciatore soup

chicken cacciatore soup

Who says you can’t turn your favorite Italian dishes into soups. Well, in 2015 my ‘chicken marsala soup’ was my #1 searched recipe! Yes, it’s that good. Then I did a ‘chicken piccata soup’ and it rocked my charts. So what soup is debuting now? Chicken cacciatore soup! In Italian […]

sweet and spicy beef roast

sweet and spicy beef roast

This is really a super easy pot roast! Just a few ingredients, let it slow cook and you have this sweet and spicy beef roast. Now I love a good pot roast and with this one, you can choose to do in the oven or in a slow cooker. I’ve […]

grilled hamburger sriracha soup

grilled hamburger sriracha soup

Hamburgers. Love them. Love them when they’re cooked on an outdoor grill then put on a soft tender bun and topped with good ol’ classic yellow mustard, pickles, lettuce and onions. Nothing fancy for me. Not even cheese. I don’t know about you, but sometimes we have burgers leftover. So […]

happy belly goulash

happy belly goulash

I figure the name of this dish says it all~happy belly goulash! Yes, with just a few ingredients. A little time. And, a loving hands, you can make happy bellies around your dinner table! Now the ale I used in this recipe, I think, makes a big difference in the […]

coconut curry leek corn chowder

I went to the grocery store for whipped cream cheese. That was the onnnnleeee thing I needed. I intentionally didn’t get a cart, not even one of the tiny ones. By the time I reached checkout, and the only reason I did go to the checkout, was because my arms […]

rustic family beef stew

rustic family beef stew

When I think of ‘comfort food’ what comes to mind are images of earthy food. Food that’s still recognizable in its real form. Processed food just doesn’t make the cut for me. I also have subtle, yet noticeable, scents and aromas that I can really conjure up in my mind, […]

beef barley mushroom soup

Some words simply sound healthy. It’s the way the word rolls off the tip of your tongue…barrrrrleee. Now think of the word ‘candy’…does that sound healthy? (OK, smile & play along with me!). Believe me, you’ll be refilling your bowl with this beef barley mushroom soup, which doesn’t take long […]

squash honey cashew soufflé

squash honey cashew soufflé

Childhood memories. Sparks that come from food. And, this squash honey cashew soufflé takes me back, yes, way back. Growing up in the mountains of Southern West Virginia, Fall had lots of aromatic memories for me. I can smell in my mind’s eye the falling dried leaves from the many trees […]

salsa verde latin red beans & pork

salsa verde latin red beans & pork

Just call me the bean queen, bean whisperer, the bean goddess. I LOVE beans. And, I have to say, I make one fine killer pot of beans regardless of what type of bean it is. I haven’t met a bean I can’t tame into something luxurious and chic with spices, […]

elk meatloaf & green chiles

elk meatloaf & green chiles

Elk meat. It’s healthy. It’s good for you. It’s also very tender and doesn’t need marinating. Plus, if you get the farm-raised, you don’t have the ‘gamey’ taste that may turn off your tastebuds!Now this elk meatloaf & green chiles is just fabulous with some creamy mashed potatoes, maybe some […]

Chorizo Beef Meatloaf with Spicy Oriental Sweet Chili Sauce

chorizo beef meatloaf with spicy sweet chili sauce

Food does so much more than fill your stomach.  Food is a trigger for memories.  Food is a spark for emotions. Food is explosive in starting and continuing conversation about food and other topics.  And, food takes us back to our childhoods.  Meatloaf is on of those foods that many […]

country style beef meatballs with gravy

country style beef meatballs with gravy

Nothing speaks of comfort food than country style beef meatballs with gravy. Rich and hearty, turning simple ground beef into these tasty meatballs makes you think you’re eating something like prime rib! There’s just enough fat in this 85/15 ground beef to add some deep flavor and after you season […]

sour cream mashed potato soup

sour cream mashed potato soup

This sour cream mashed potato soup is one of my many cook once, eat twice recipes. Now I love mashed potatoes. I mean real mashed potatoes~~the kind you peel, stew, then season and ‘smash’, yes, leaving lumps, love my lumps, and serve with your dinner. So, when I’m peeling those […]

crispy spicy chicken with orange ginger honey maple sauce

crispy spicy chicken with orange ginger honey maple sauce

What inspired this crispy spicy chicken and the recipe is that my girlfriend, Sally, wanted a lesson in making ‘fried chicken’…see she’s a Rocky Mountain girl, and she wanted good ol’ Southern fried chicken. I explained to her that my ‘Southern’ chicken was more baked than fried, and she’d be […]

mexican chorizo chili

mexican chorizo chili

A pale lager adds some unique dimension to this chili~~the spices, chorizo, cilantro, lime~~yes, all make you realize you are south of the border as you savor each bite. Now if you want to ‘err’ on the side of less spicy, then just omit the chili powder and smoked hot […]

beer drenched cowhand beef

beer drenched cowhand beef

If you’re a cowhand on a roundup I’m sure by the end of the day you could eat one of those heifers in one sitting! You’re flat out starvin’~~I’ve watched enough of Ree Drummond’s shows to know that~~cowboys are hard workin’ and deserve stick to the ribs grub! And, who […]

Red Curry & Cumin Chicken Veggie Soup

When I haven’t seen good friends for a while, and we make special plans to meet for lunch, I like to make them a basket of love goodies from my kitchen.  So, I’m meeting Brent and Barbara for lunch at The Bookworm~~they’re such great people, devoted  yogis, and we’ve done […]

Mediterranean Slow Roasted Pot Roast

There’s just so much about this ‘pot roast’ that’s not a ‘pot roast’…what I mean by that is that while this is a cheap, relatively speaking, cut of meat~~I mean it is a lowly chuck roast~~the way it’s cooked, the herbs, the wine and the infusion of all the flavors […]

~beef potatoes & tomatoes~

beef potatoes & tomatoes

Whether you cook this on the stovetop, in a slow cooker/crockpot or in the oven~~you’re in for a comfort food experience that will make you want to curl up in your snuggle jammies on the sofa, turn on your fave TV show or movie, pour a glass of wine or […]

Chicken Italian Herb & Veggie Noodle Soup

~~egg noodle chicken soup~~

I like my soup chunky.  I like my soup fresh.  I like my soup creamy.  I like my soup with al dente veggies.  I love soup with chicken!  This soup is right up my alley (tsk tsk)! There’s something about adding the wine to the soup and infusing hints of […]

Red Wine Rump Roast

Red Wine Rump Roast

This is the kind of cooking that will drive people cra cra if they come to your house while it’s cooking!  The smells…the scents…the aromas~~oh, yeah, you’ll be winning friends who want to be invited to dinner.   Scents like this remind me of growing up, going to my Grandma’s […]

ras el hanout beef stew

Dine around the world without ever leaving your home!  That’s what cooking and experimenting and a spirit of adventure lets you do in the kitchen.  I’ve done several recipes with Ras el hanout thanks to my precious and treasured friend, Nanou, who’s from Algeria introduced me to it.  When I […]

Slow Roasted Smoked Paprika Chuck Roast

Slow Roasted Smoked Paprika Chuck Roast

Don’t underestimate the value and flavor of the chuck roast…I mean this is ‘chuckie’ at his best, and when slow roasted with smoked paprika and some other spices, it’s fall apart, velvety soft and baby butt tender meat! I roast chuckie til he’s about 20 minutes from being done then […]

cowboy chuck roast & fresh veggies

cowboy chuck roast & fresh veggies

Sometimes an inexpensive cut of beef can be transformed into sometime chic, luxurious and exquisitely tasty with just some simple ingredients—that’s the Bohemian Bold way of Ally’s Kitchen! I grew up on these peasant cuts of meat—the key to making them tasty is to cook them slow & on low. […]