Comfort Food

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

Mariposa Baking Company's Sour Cream Coffeecake and Apple Spice Peace Cake
Selection of Recchiuti chocolates
Tao of Tea's Roasted Maté

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?

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