On to happier subjects: comfort food!
Last Tuesday night, FunkyPlaid and I had friends over for dinner. Regrettably, no one took photos. We served:
Selection of muscat grapes, dried apricots, Piave Vecchio and Fontina cheeses
Slow-cooked tri-tip with feta and sun-dried tomatoes
Mashed potatoes with white cheddar and sage
Roasted asparagus with garlic and parmesan
So … much … cheese! Unsurprising, since FunkyPlaid and I are such cheese fiends. We also had some marvelous wine to go along with our meal: Monteti Toscana 2005, Kuleto India Ink Cabernet 2005, and Siduri Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2007.
I highly recommend this menu for feeding six on a weekday evening. The tri-tip was lovingly placed in the slow cooker by FunkyPlaid in the early afternoon, and was perfectly done by dinnertime. I prepared the mashed potatoes the night before and stuck it in the oven approximately an hour before we wanted to serve dinner. The asparagus is easy enough that I did the preparation while our guests were relaxing with the fruits and cheeses.
Another comfort food meal that recently worked out well for three, one of whom is a vegetarian, had a peanut theme. For an appetizer, I steamed some artichokes (my first time doing so) and served them with a Thai-inspired peanut sauce. The entree was tofu peanut curry, a recipe my friend Lily made for me years ago that I absolutely love. Had I prepared better, I would have baked my favorite no-flour peanut butter cookies for dessert, but instead we shared some chocolate-banana cake I baked the night before.
Tonight I am preparing another comfort-food staple: baked potatoes! I will serve them with some applewood-smoked bacon, green onions, Fage yogurt (instead of sour cream), and cheddar cheese. On the side, we will have lettuce from our friend’s garden, some mini heirloom tomatoes, and a simple balsamic and oil dressing.
What is your favorite comfort food?