Because we’re always talking about food, the other day on the car ride back to Boston from Philly we were talking about our top 5 foods. Specifically comfort foods because it was about 12 degrees outside with wind gusts around 50 mph and that really makes you want something yummy to eat while curled up on the couch with a movie. It didn’t take long for us to name our top 5 comfort foods. So, in no particular order…
Kristen’s Top 5
1. Macaroni and Cheese
I don’t think you can possibly go wrong with macaroni and cheese any day of the year, but something about it always has been comforting to me. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m in love with cheese and pasta, and the combination of the two can only mean good things to me. Good old Kraft mac and cheese can be a good standby, but I much prefer homemade baked mac and cheese with a combination of cheeses. Depending on the cheese you use, you can get all different flavors, but it’s always hearty and delicious.
2. Chicken Chilli (made by Dane!)
I ask Dane to make this all the time, but it’s especially great when it’s cold outside. He uses chicken instead of beef, which makes us feel slightly more healthy, peppers, onion, and tomato. I’m sure there’s more but I honestly never asked him because it’s just so good that I don’t care what goes in. Give me some Tostitos (bite sized rounds, my favorite) and I’m a happy girl.
Again, this probably goes back to the whole pasta and cheese thing, but add some tomato sauce in there and it’s heaven. Having a piece of lasagna with mozzarella, ricotta, homemade sauce can make my day. I learned how to make it from my mom, and have tried adding different things like spinach, sausage, and meat. Every variation is as good as the next.
4. Cream of Wheat
This one goes back to when I was only a few years old. My grandparents used to live around the corner from us, and my grandfather was retired. After school and when we were sick, we always went to grandma and grandpa’s house. Grandpa was always the cook in the house and any time I wasn’t feeling well he’d make Cream of Wheat for me. It’s the simplest thing, only takes about 3 minutes, but it always made me feel better. Plus, it’s high in iron, so it’s good for you too.
5. Apple Pie
Have to throw a dessert in here, and there is no clearer choice than apple pie. Think about the smell of an apple pie baking and it just feels like home. I have yet to try making a pie from scratch. I usually just stick to Mrs. Smith, but maybe this will be the year. I usually make apple crisp instead, which is also up there for me.
Dane’s Top 5
1. Mashed Potatoes and Corn
Anyone that knows me, knows I really like mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and I have to have mashed potatoes with corn at dinner.
Pasta and meatballs, specifically. I’m Italian and it’s a meal that’s always good.
A good sirloin cooked medium well is perfect for me. Don’t forget the steak sauce, A1.
4. Beef Stew
Beef stew is always great in the winter. When Kristen and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon we had some real Irish beef stew and it was delicious. It’s always served with brown bread in Ireland, which makes it even better. My favorite pub in Boston, O’Leary’s also has some great beef stew.
I’m from Philly, so I’ve tried cheesesteaks from all over the place. My favorite comes from Dellasandro’s in Roxborough. I also love a good cheesesteak hoagie, which is cheesesteak, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and provolone cheese.