Comfort Food Fix


That was the question we were asking ourselves when Kayte came up with this week’s theme – Your Hearts Desire.Tuesday was Valentine’s Day.  The day for lovers.  The day for flowers.  The day for Chocolate!!  Well not for Kayte!! 

 I thought long and hard and decided it wasn’t a food that was my Heart’s Desire.  It was The Man in my life.  HE is my heart’s desire.  We’ve been married 43+ years.  We’ve had hard times and great times.  I almost lost him once.  Do. Not. Want. To. Do. That. Again!  So because of him it was easy to choose a recipe for this week.  Why?  Because his favorite small sweet treat is Peanut Butter Cookies.  And since I deny him almost nothing when it comes to food that is what I made. 

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These were good.  Very good.  It is the first time I have made PB cookies with natural PB.  I usually use the name brand stuff.  You know the ones –  with lots of sugar.  Sugar we don’t need.  And while the recipe did call for 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup regular {for which I subbed in 1/4 cup Splenda and a dash of Stevia}  they didn’t need the extra sugar in the PB.  Don’t get me wrong, we love PB and eat it with jelly on sandwiches.  Or melted over ice cream or chocolate cake.  Or out of the jar!!! But we know the extra sugar is bad for us.

Make these cookies.  They will be your faves.  Crunchy! Full of PB flavor (DUH!).  Trust me on this one.

The recipe is on page 260 of Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix.  130 calories in 2 cookies.  2 gm fat.  14 gm cholesterol and 14 mg of fiber.

What, or who, is the Heart’s Desire for the rest of the EwE Group? Visit Eating with Ellie and see.

It’s still not cool outside. We hear cooler temps are coming but….

I really don’t care for soup unless it is cooler outside. Somehow it’s just not comfort food.

But despite that I did make some soup for today –

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Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

I’ve been wanting to make this soup for ages.  I have always enjoyed it when I get it out but never think to  make it at home.  .

Broccoli, cheddar, chicken broth, onions, garlic, nutmeg – how can you possibly go wrong with that ingredient combo?  The nutmeg was a definitely plus in the flavor.  Just a hint of it in the background that didn’t overpower the broccoli and cheese.  Definitely going to enjoy this one more often.

Thanks, Ellie, for a healthy version of the soup. {320 calories. 170 mg cholesterol, 9 gms fat}   And the fact that it is ready in about 30 minutes.

I found the recipe on page 95 of Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix.  But it also on her website.

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Every January I am probably one of millions who resolve to lose weight and eat healthier.  Right?  This year I am simply NOT going to do it.  Not make the resolution that is.  I am simply going to do it.  Period.

And what better way to do it than cooking with Ellie Krieger?  Her recipes are tasty, filling, and healthy.  Like this version of AMBROSIA!!

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My grandmother would make ambrosia every Christmas.  Then my mother would make it.  Me – not so much.  Not that I didn’t love it.  I just forgot about it.  And then thumbing through Ellie’s  Comfort Food Fix one day I ran across this healthier version made with yogurt and just a tad of whipping cream. Only about 240 calories a serving rather than 400+. Ellie, you are my hero!

There is also coconut, fresh cherries, pineapple, mini marshmallows, and mandarin oranges.  {I used some fresh satsumas from our tree.} It was the perfect side to the ribs, black eyed peas, cornbread, and cabbage.

The recipe is on page 290 of Comfort Food Fix. You can also find the recipe HERE.

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Christmas! 

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Such a fun time of year.  Lots of presents.  Lots of decorations.  Lots and lots and lots of baking!

So. Many. Calories.  Until you bake with Ellie.  She always has something for you for any occasion.  Including Christmas.  Like Pumpkin Pie!  

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We always have pumpkin pie and pecan pie for Christmas.  It’s just a tradition.  But Ellie’s is about 1/2 the calories since it uses a Whole Wheat Crust, low fat {I used no fat} Evaporated milk, and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar instead of the usual 1 cup sugar.  

How does it taste?  It’s way too early to cut this pie so I saved just a smidge and baked a small ramekin.  It was GOOD!!  Just right on the sweet.

I think I will make her Angelic Ambrosia, too, (page 290) but it’s way too early to make it for now.  I’ll let you know how it is.

The recipe is on page 275 of Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix.

For more Christmas goodies ->   Eating with Ellie.

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Have A Blessed One, Y’all!!

The potato!

Plain Jane.

One of the ultimate comfort foods when it’s filled with bacon, cheese, sour cream, etc etc etc.  But do you have to fill a potato with lots of calories to make it good? Ellie doesn’t think so.

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Her smooth and creamy mashed potatoes are just a simple mix of steamed {I baked mine – sweeter} potatoes, sour cream, milk, salt, and a singe Tbl of butter.  The potatoes are wonderfully smooth because they are pressed through a ricer before mixing with the other ingredients.

Perfect flavor – mild but tasty – and just right with some steak and gravy.

Thanks, Kayte, for this weeks pick.  I needed a better mash recipe.

The recipe is on page 233 of Comfort Food Fix.

More potato dishes on Eating with Ellie.

Summer means peaches in the Deep South.  Sweet.  Run down your arm juicy.  Full of summer flavor.  Peaches are just good.  Except now it’s fall and the GOOD peaches are all gone.  When Gaye chose It’s Peachy for our weekly theme I was a little discombobulated because there are no good peaches now.  Then I remembered – Gaye is ‘down under’ and their season may just be starting.  Bring out the frozen peaches – almost as good… for baking anyway.

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Good enough for Ellie’s Peach Cobbler.

While I like the idea of using frozen peaches it just isn’t the same.  They lacked the sweetness of fresh, ripe peaches.  I would add a little more brown sugar to these because it wasn’t very sweet.

This was okay but there were too many things we didn’t like about it  – the crust.  the lack of sweetness which meant lack of taste.  Sorry, Ellie.  Not a hit.

The recipe is from Comfort Food Fix – page 278.

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This week’s theme – Rice is Nice – chosen by ME wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  I mean, rice, people.  It’s used in all kinds of dishes.  Desserts.  Salads. Sides.  Casseroles.  Why was it so hard to find a rice dish?  Because Ellie has plenty of them.

I thought about a nice rice pudding but I wasn’t in the mood for sweet.  I had just made a salad made with rice .  Then I ran across this risotto recipe.  I love making risotto.  It is such a comfort food.  Rich. Creamy.  Full of flavor.

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and since we had just harvested some butternut squash from the garden it was easy to decide.

Arborio rice, white wine, butternut squash, sage leaves, Parm cheese all came together in a love creamy dish.

Ellie called for 1 cup pureed butternut squash so I roasted the squash, cooled it, and pureed it in the blender.  I added a hint of salt to bring out the flavor in the squash.  I also needed a tad more broth for the risotto to be as creamy as I like.  The recipe called for 5 cups, I used 5 1/2.

This was tasty.  The FRESH butternut took the dish just over the top in flavor.

The recipe is from Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix (page 216).  I also found it HERE.

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