Last Thursday on our virtual knitting Zoom, my friend Joanne showed this lovely watercolor painting titled Comfort Food.
I had to smile cause I knew Ina Garten’s Modern Comfort Food cookbook was to arrive at Joanne’s house in Florida the very next day. I’d ordered it as a gift.
Here’s Joanne’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup painting, Thanks for sending, Joanne.
And here’s the cover of the new cookbook
And the back cover. Black and White Cookies.
Cafe 412 in the West End 400 S. Main Street Pittsburgh
Grilled Cheddar and Swiss on Sourdough / English Breakfast Tea and a splash of milk So good! Winter comfort food.
Looking out onto Main Street from our window table. Looking forward to returning soon. It was very good.
Lunch on Friday afternoon in Ohio. Granddaughters Anna and Maura each made a grilled cheese sandwich, plated them with a garnish of fruit and served the sandwiches to me.
I was to eat half of each and cast my vote for the winner. Yikes. Anna’s wasn’t quite as grilled as Maura’s but she used garlic butter and that was unexpected and delicious. Maura’s was thicker with cheese and toasted nicely. Mmmmmm. I ate a half of each but I declared it a tie. They said my verdict wasn’t allowed. It was not quite Iron Chef but it was fun. They kept jockeying the plates so I’d sample their efforts first. Anna selected her dad’s favorite mug to serve the oj. Nice touch. I loved them both and it was a great lunch.
My go-to comfort food multiple cheese baked macaroni, even though it’s Springtime.
Park Bruges on Bryant Street.
Mothers Day eve. With Steve.
(grilled cheese is number two go-to but not in the same sitting)
Classic winter lunch made and served by my daughter Laura. Hit the spot on a gray chilly day.
Cheddar and Monterey Jack on wheat was the grilled cheese. She used the stovetop cast iron grill I gave her for Christmas. (Which covers two burners)
Photographed on iPhone from the school parking lot.Carrick neighborhood. Pittsburgh PA.
A grilled cheese sandwich cut in triangles.
Snow on a bench in Rockford Illinois
Cobblestone Road off Centre Avenue, The Hill District
Folding Chairs Bloomfield Little Italy Days
Jane’s Carousel Brookly New York
Lampost and Freedom Tower New York City
Barge Through Brooklyn Bridge
Chambers Street Station New York City
Fortunately, I ran into a former colleague and her daughter and they were able to explain what was happening at the field at Obama Academy this afternoon when I was driving home from school. Food Revolution Day! In conjunction with Jamie Oliver, the third annual Food Revolution Day was taking place all over the globe today.
I took home an organic purple pepper plant for my neighbor to plant in his garden.
Here is Jen’s daughter Wylie, feeding a kid at the petting zoo.
I sampled some grilled cheese and Non GMO Shagbark Seed and Mill Corn Chips at the Food Truck
Lots of food to sample. This was on top of polenta.
East End Food Coop Exhibit
I ran into four people I know.
Last week’s challenge. I think the idea of the weekly challenge is to accomplish it in the week it is presented. I am LATE.
Comfort is so individual. It came to mind when I got home from school today and wanted to make comfort food for supper. Pulled out the lone can of Campbell’s tomato soup from the pantry shelf and added a can of milk. Stirred it with a whisk over the gas flame. Yes, I know it has too much sugar and salt in it. Some taste of childhood perhaps speaks to me. I put shreds of extra sharp cheddar in the bottom of the bowl and pour the hot soup on top. Not to mention the grilled cheese sandwich to accompany it, grilled in the cast iron skillet. A slice of cheddar and a slice of swiss. Pepperidge Farm White Bread. We are talking comfort here. And it was that loaf that inspired the menu too. (thanks Steve for that) Or maybe the upcoming field trip to the Warhol museum with the eighth graders this Thursday brought the can of soup to mind! Oh, the school day disappeared in the warmth of the soup, the melted gooey cheese with the toasty grilled buttery bread. Life is good. One fast shot with the trusty iPhone (Old model, no line for me) before savoring the simple comfort on a chilly autumn afternoon. And J remember the woman who used to come and help you in Kentucky and you’d make her a grilled cheese for lunch and she’d ask you to “burn it a little!”. She came to mind as I tried to NOT burn the bread. Dessert was a Farmer’s Market new apple, sliced and cored and three gingersnaps. What is your comfort food?