“From morning till night, sounds drift from the kitchen, most of them familiar and comforting....On days when warmth is the most important need of the human heart, the kitchen is the place you can find it; it dries the wet sock, it cools the hot little brain.” -E.B.White (1899-1985)
When I announced Comfort Me: A Cookbook Giveaway Contest a couple of weeks ago, I never imagined the fantastic response I would get. Of course, I hoped a lot of people would share their favourite comfort foods and the memories that go along with them, and I knew there would be some fantastic writing from those who did. Twenty (!) entries later, I feel privileged to be presenting this round-up and thankful that I don't have to do the judging myself.
I had the chance to check out some blogs that I wasn't familiar with, and get wowed anew by all the fine writing and cooking that's going on out there. My thanks go out to everyone who participated; you should all be very proud of your contributions.
I give you, in order of their submission, the lovely entries:
The ever-chilly Elizabeth, from blog from OUR kitchen, had a hard time deciding which food she would post about. After starting another snowy weekend with a wonderful dinner of breaded fish, tartare sauce, boiled potatoes and steamed broccoli (and a few hiccups with dill and red wine along the way), she finished up with a fantastic meal of roast chicken with a dilled cream sauce...heavenly, in spite of the ever-present snow.
Oslo Foodie, part of the fabulous Scandanavian food blogging mafia, was the first blogger to weigh in with a dessert. Her friend John's Banana & Peach Crumble has got to be the best reason to keep canned peaches around that I've ever heard of!
BoB award winner Dawn, from My Life with Garlic, shared the sweetest memories of her grandmother's gravy, and got me more than a little misty when she wrote about making it herself for the first time.
The divine and always witty Ms. Jen, over at Prepare to Meet Your Bakerina, takes us on a journey back to her favourite childhood lunch of mustard and cheese, and explains why it still tastes as good to her in its adult incarnations as it did back then.
Julie, the multi-talented force behind A Finger in Every Pie, plucked more than a few heartstrings with her post about her friend C., who is stationed in Iraq, and the Kitchen Sink Oatmeal Cookies that were part of a care package lovingly put together for him.
Everyone's favourite meathead (and I say that with love), Dr. Biggles at Meathenge, sucker punched his readers with a one-two of Meat Loaf with Mashed Potato Crust, and nearly gave my husband an aneurysm with his fab photos. No points for guessing what we're having this weekend!
Sweet Alice, from My Adventures in the Breadbox, pulled out another favourite of my husband's, French Bread Pizza. After coming up with the ultimate doctoring formula, she taught her husband how to do it and now waits on the couch for her comfort food...smartie pants!
Dreska, at the helm of Little Fancies, chose a perennial favourite in her Hungarian family, eggy bread, and also includes a recipe for spinach soup and fried frankfurter to make it a full-on meal...mmmmm.
New food blogger and busy student Tanvi, over at From The Pantry, also had a hard time deciding which comfort food to post about. In the end, she went with family favourite Muthiya, which she is fortunate enough to have stocked in her freezer, thanks to her mother and grandmother.
Another newbie, Caryn of Delicious! Delicious!, comforted herself after one of those days with Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding. Anyone who can summon the energy to use up leftover rock-hard bread after a rotten day, even if the bread is from Zingerman's, is aces in my book.
Super-talented and always lovely Santos, at the scent of green bananas., takes the theme of comfort food to its most logical conclusion with her post about giving and receiving. I'm so, so happy that she decided to share it with us.
And, last but certainly not least, I didn't have the heart to turn away Sweetnicks, who decided at the very last moment to share her thoughts about how entwined food and memories can be in It's a Comfort Food Thing....
Even as I write these words, the judges are hard at work narrowing down their choices. Please make sure to check back on Monday, March 28th for the results!