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AND NOW BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING (which happens to be more food than funny, today).
Once December hits I’m ready for holiday comfort food. But I’m delusional. When am I going to make pork loin with roasted root vegetables…chicken with orange sauce and steamed winter squash…stuffed Cornish game hens with sweet potato purée? Unless I get all of my presents/cards/pictures/decorating done in November, it’s hard to sit down to a relaxing meal in December.
So here’s the simple stuff we’ve been eating that’s a cut above a frozen meal, in case you could also use some inspiration. (And please put your easy comfort food secrets in the comments! We will eat them.)
The dressed-up grilled cheese sandwich: when you want to add a little class to the living room that is covered in alphabet books, blankets, tennis balls, and rock ‘n’ roll walkers. Start with whole grain bread, add Dijon mustard, extra sharp cheddar cheese, thinly sliced red onion, and any herbs you want. Stick it in the toaster oven and eat open-faced.
Throw-everything-in-there roasted red pepper soup. This is a take-off on Giada de Laurentiis’s recipe. Don’t be fooled by Giada’s insistence that there’s an order to how to make this. All I do is sauté some onions and carrots, then thrown in every vegetable I can find with a lot of stock (or water) and let the stove top do the rest. Also, you don’t need ricotta. A little of whatever liquid dairy you have–milk, half-and-half–will work at the end. Voilà! Your house smells delicious while the stock pot does the work.
You have to have a real grilled cheese to dunk. Plus, it feeds the baby and gives you more time to get back to your holiday insanity.