comfort food

Chicken Paprikash

Remember the scene in When Harry Meets Sally When Harry says in that funny voice, “Waiter, there is too much pepper in my paprikash.” Anyway, I can’t ever say that word without thinking of that scene.

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Spring Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie Casserole

It’s always a little bit strange when people talk about food coming back into fashion, and I hadn’t realized that the dish was out of fashion at any point to begin with.  Case in point: chicken pot pie.  You hear words like “retro” and “nostalgia food” being used to describe it, but in many kitchens …

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One Skillet (Carroty) Macaroni and Cheese

I often get asked what I think about sneaking vegetables into recipe, and on the whole I am not a fan.  Spinach hidden in brownies?  No thank you, sir.  In the long run I don’t think it’s a good idea because it sends (or probably reinforces) the message to kids that vegetables are icky and …

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Monday Night Brisket

Brisket is interesting because two different groups can claim it as “their” dish; the Jews and the Texans. And I guess if you’re a Jewish Texan you get double helpings. Down South brisket is usually slow cooked over indirect heat, with basting and smoking often involved. The brisket here is from the Jewish camp, with …

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Mashed Potatoes

When my friend Pam’s daughter was about six she said something so funny I will never forget it. Her younger sister, Phoebe, age three, was rhapsodizing about her imaginary Prince Charming and what he would say and do when he came to rescue her from . . . well, from what remains unclear, since her …

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