Dec 28, 2008

Comfort Food

Perhaps I embody the winter "comfort food" stereotype, but I am not ashamed. We wait a long time for chilly weather here in Southern California. When it comes, we capitalize on it!

I steer towards resources such as Martha Stewart, Paula Deen, and Matthew Mead for reliable collections of soul warming recipes. When browsing Matthew Mead's site this evening, I clicked immediately on his collection of pot pie recipes. His lineup includes: Lobster Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Steak Pie, and Spaghetti Pie. I will be trying the Spaghetti Pie (shown above) in the next couple of days.

A portion of Matthew's site is free. The rest can be accessed by purchasing a 6-month or 1-year membership. The site dispenses a bounty of inspiration that is easily reproduced in one's own life.

Photo: Spaghetti Pie - Matthew Mead


  1. Southern California -- cold!!! I can't imagine it!

    You need to move to Pennsylvania right away. The fog was so thick last night AFTER our temps were 65 for the day time hours. You missed a great ice storm on Christmas Eve.

    Comfort foods are the keys to staying warm. I personally make a pot of stew when it gets really cold here or a pot roast on the roterisse. :)

    Love you. Cyndi

  2. Okay some good friends of mine
    in Colorado JUST told me about "Spaghettie Pie"...apparently the wife had just made it for their family and it was one of their FAV I need that recipe. HA! It looked good in your photo.
    Can you post it or e-mail it to me? I don't know if I can get on that website or not.
    Did you see my FACEBOOK invite to you? Yes I am up and running now in that arena. What's the world coming to? I haven't stayed up on the Twitter thing.
    It's very WET and chilly here......57 right now but going to the
    40's. That is cold for us.

  3. Hello KJ, I added someone to my list of favs and lost you. Thank heaven for Beverly,she put you back on my sidebar. Beverly is my tech rep if you didn't know. smile.

    My daughter does a spaghetti pie of sorts only she calls it a casserole??? It is very good and easy to serve to a crowd. I'll be watching for the recipe.

    My cold weather food is soup. My mother called it stoup. (not an actual word) It is real thick soup. Lots of good meat. No recipe here, it was just start with beef... throw in left overs and veggies with who knows what else. LOL. It was always delicious.


  4. Even a better one is take 1 1/2 lbs hamburger meat, brown and add taco seasonings. Add it to a bowl of 10 cut up corn tortillas, 1 can of olives sliced, 1 can of corn- drained, 1 1/2 cups of fiesta shredded cheese, a can of enchilada sauce. Put in a casserole dish and cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with spanish rice and a salad and tortilla chips. Yummy. I made that as we here in PA are freezing...

  5. Chicken pot pie has to be one of my most favorite comfort foods. The best I ever remember eating was at the King's Arm Tavern in Williamsburg, VA many, many years ago. I bought the cookbook that they sold and tried the recipe but mine didn't turn out like theirs. I obviously needed to practice my skills at making it but never did. Perhaps before the winter ends I will remember to do that.
    Happy New Year to you.

  6. I used to make spaghetti pie years ago, and it was delicious. Thanks for the reminder. I just might have to make it again this week.

  7. Hello sweet friend! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas with your sweet family, I love love love the e-card! You always send beautiful cards. I hope you have a Happy New Year and great 2009.
    I have been missing in blogland with all the hoopla of the Holidays and you know...
    Maybe it will settle down a bit now.
    Much love,

  8. Matthew Mead is new to me. But since I'm not big on cooking that is no surprise. However, there are a few things I really really like to prepare and spagetti is one of them. The spagetti pie looks intriguing and yummy enough to try.

  9. Hi KJ, Stopping by to thank you for the e-card. How very thoughtful of you. I hope you had a wonderful holiday!
    Comfort food is my all time fav, bring on the mac n cheese. Last night I made cheeseburgers and fries. I think I need confort food more than you because it's not chilly here, it's frigid!
    Hugs, DebraK


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