'comfort food' on Serious Eats

Cook the Book: 'Mac and Cheese'

Love mac and cheese as much as we do? Well then you'll enjoy this new cookbook, Mac & Cheese: 80 Classic & Creative Versions of the Ultimate Comfort Food, where author Ellen Brown delves into the myriad combinations and techniques possible when marrying cheese and pasta. Everything from bite-sized finger foods to baked casseroles and even sweet, creamy desserts. All mac and cheese recipes all week! Enter to win your copy here. More

Dinner Tonight: Roger Ebert's Chicken with Fragrant Rice

A food writer at the Austin American-Statesman called this recipe "the most delicious chicken and rice dish in memory." It comes from Roger Ebert's new cookbook The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker, a strange departure not only for a film critic but for someone who has lost the ability to eat or speak. No matter, this is the kind of comfort-food dish that everyone should have in their repertoire. More

After All, We're Just Hairless Monkeys

When tempted with banana-flavored pellets (the primate equivalent of our reuben or Ben & Jerry's), monkeys at an Atlanta primate research center developed an appetite for the fatty foods. As with humans, the fat blocked stress responses, but monkeys did not harbor guilt after the snackfest like we do. They didn't picture Kate Moss or skinnier monkeys after bingeing on the fatty snacks. Monkeys actually do feel comforted by comfort foods—not comforted then paralyzed by self-hate.... More

Essentials: Baked Ziti

Photograph: ©iStockphoto.com/mstroz Since the thought of another pile of paper to manage makes me cringe, I don’t keep a file of recipe clippings for the future. I can’t remember, then, what prompted me to pull this recipe from Mark Bittman’s... More

Everybody Loves Pot Pies

Beth Hensberger, in the San Jose Mercury news: "The venerable pot pie, a classic comfort dish that disappeared from the repertoire of most home cooks for decades, is enjoying a revival." She goes through a short history of pot pies, explains what they actually entail and shares five recipes, including ones for fresh oyster pot pie with drop biscuit crust and lamb and andouille pot pie. Yum!... More

Everybody Loves Chicken Soup

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Marilyn Marter, on a favorite comfort food: "The first choice to satisfy - and to comfort and cure cold weather ills - is a steaming bowl of chicken soup. And that is not just in America, but in most of the world." If you're feeling adventurous, she includes two recipes for bases as well as four different chicken soup recipes: Guatemalan Ginger Chicken Soup, Thai Chicken, Galangal and Coriander Soup, Pennsylvania Dutch Style Chicken Corn Soup and Italian Wedding Soup.... More

No Real Bagels In The Bay Area?

Shuna Fish Lydon, on Jewish Comfort Food: "It is my ultimate opinion that there are no real bagels in the Bay Area. I have tried and retried them all. I've been cajoled by hopeful and starry eyed non-Jews as well as other deperate New York Jews. Nope, they do not exist here. Just because bread is round does not mean it's a bagel. When a bagel is a bagel, every gram of your being knows it. It's taste and texture, the smell of your grandmother's kitchen. It's whipped butter, freshly sliced red onions, and too much cream cheese." (A friend of mine who grew up in the Bay Area but lives in Brooklyn brings a sack of bagels home for... More

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