Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Home Talk Tuesday: Comfort Food {recipes}

With the weather really starting to get cooler, I tend to start craving comfort (like most) but also being in the kitchen and cooking. It's a lot trickier now, with two littles needing me, but I feel like I'm getting into the groove with them.  It's not easy, by any means, but I've learned to multi-task and start things earlier in the day than I used to. I figured I'd share some of my cooler weather cravings with you today!

Tried & True:

Better than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice -- I just made this Monday night and it was fantastic! I had no idea what to make, and now that Joe gets out at 8pm Monday/Wednesday, it makes bed time/cooking his dinner a little tricky! Still trying to figure it out, but by the time I got the kiddos tucked in, garbage to the curb, I had about 20 minutes and this was perfect!

Cowboy Casserole -- We love this easy and tasty meal, thanks to Nikki!

Vodka Penne-- "You won't be single for long" Good old Rachel Ray, who really inspired my love of cooking long ago…I remember making this dish early on for Joe and he was really impressed!

Pork Stuffing & Apple Pie Filling-- a Fall favorite from my friend Ann and literally 3 ingredients and no thought.

Over-the-Rainbow Macaroni & Cheese-- something about this just screams L-O-V-E.  My mom made it for us when we were living in our new house and we all just about died over how good it tasted! I still make it every year.  Usually just once though, as it's pretty fatty…but it's ok every now and then!

I have a few dishes I want to try too!  I have my eye on two new cookbooks, [Happy Cooking Giada & Laura in the Kitchen] but until I can get my hands on them, I will just scour the internet.

To try:

Mummy Hot Dogs -- with organic hot dogs, I think Brooke will love these!

Apricot Chicken Stirfry -- It just sounds scrumptious

Chicken Florentine Pasta-- I've never made it and you cannot go wrong with the Pioneer woman!

Chicken Pie -- My friend Amie gave me this recipe and I definitely want to give it a whirl!

On another random note, I still have this urge to host a reoccurring friends & food night.  I am so inspired by this article Friday Night Meatballs, (that I read last year) that I just need to bite the bullet and host! I think a lot of us with young kids really miss getting out and about, but it can be so tricky with sitters and restaurants..and kids! So no more excuses, and more to come on this idea!

What are you cooking this Fall? Please share your delicious Fall favorite foods!


  1. I wish we lived closer so we could take turns hosting! I love that idea!

    1. Yes!! That would be awesome. I just posted the FB invite, we shall see how it goes!! You should totally try i too!

  2. Jenn, these all sound so cozy and delicious! I really want to try the cowboy casserole...and the macaroni and cheese, of course! I love the idea of having a weekly get-together with friends. Adam and I are trying that out with our collective group of friends and coworkers starting next week...! We are going to try Margarita Mondays and choose a different Mexican restaurant each Monday evening. I'll let you know how it goes!

    1. OH Mexican sounds so good! I love that idea too! I am not sure if I could do the weekly thing, but I am going to aim for monthly! Let me know how yours goes too. Yay!

  3. We love us some cowboy casserole in these parts only we do it with cornbread on top! YUM!


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