Giveaway! Win Keller’s “Ad Hoc” Cookbook + Comfort Food Recipe

3 winners are announced! Thanks for the participation and look out for more giveaways soon.

WHAT THE HECK!? Thomas Keller’s new cookbook Ad Hoc at Home, once scheduled to release in mid- November, is sneakily in stock now on Amazon. I’m eagerly awaiting my copy in the mail…wee!!

The best way to celebrate? A Giveaway of course!

Enter the contest below the recipe for your free copy!

As you may know, I’ve been cooking my way through Bouchon, a precise and complex cookbook that’s fortunately more manageable than French Laundry that Carolconquered.

In contrast, Keller presents family-style comfort foods in his latest addition; its description reads, “quicker and easier recipes that will be embraced by both kitchen novices and more experienced cooks who want the ultimate recipes for American comfort-food classics.”

So I ask myself… what do I desire in a comfort food?

Personally, comfort food must be as comfortable to prepare as it is to consume. My ideal dish is: simple, readily available, warm, flavorful, filling, and requires little preparation and clean-up.

After an exhausting workday last week, I really needed something to warm my tummy up. Within 20 minutes, I threw together this one-pot meal that definitely hit the spot.

Tender eggplant and bamboo shoots with slippery rice noodles, bathed in a rich sauce with a kick of garlic, ginger, and chili.

That, my loves, is my utmost comfort.

Spicy, Garlicky Eggplant and Bamboo Shoots


  • 8-9 baby eggplants or 1 regular eggplant cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large bamboo shoot cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium onion, quartered and sliced
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
  • 2 servings of pre-blanched rice noodles
  • 1/2 cup rice wine or sake


  • 1 knob of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 handful of garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 2 chilies, deseeded and minced

Use a tablespoon to scrape the skin off the ginger. Smash the garlic!


  • 1/4 cup soy bean paste of choice (Chinese bean paste, Japanese Miso…)
  • 1/4 cup black Chinese vinegar (or Balsamic)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tbs brown sugar


In a pot, sauté the onion with a pinch of salt over medium-low heat until deeply caramelized. Deglaze with the rice wine.

Add the aromatics and cook for 1 minute.

Add the sauce, eggplant, and bamboo shoots to the pot and stir to combine.

Cover with a lid and continue to cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When vegetables are tender, toss in the noodles and gently heat through.

Top with green onions and chili.

Serve warm with a glass of well-earned wine.

Serves 2

Ad Hoc Giveaway!


1. Explain your utmost favorite comfort food as a comment below, signed with your Twitter name.

2. Copy and paste this as a Twitter update:

Giveaway! Win a copy of Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home Cookbook from @BouchonFor2

That’s all it takes! The winning entry will be announced here and contacted through email on October 24th.

The Fine Print:

The yummiest- sounding entry wins. The book will be shipped free of charge from One entry per person. International entries welcomed.
No Twitter? Please specify so in your comment. Your entry still counts :)
I can’t think of any other rules. Best of luck!

  1. October 10, 2009 by Jen Bedford

    I don’t tweet but does a comment count?! My favourite comfort food would probably be warm cereal! Lame I know but I love a bowl of warm shredded wheat with cinnamon and some banana. For savory… I would probably pick roasted squash!

  2. October 10, 2009 by Sean P.

    I love the picture of you smashing the garlic haha.

    Favorite comfort food…I’m gonna have to go with my roots and pick galbi jjim. I love the mac&cheeses, pot pies and fried chickens but there’s something really magical about braised short ribs with vegetables especially when it’s done by mom or grandma.

    – takethouFood

  3. October 10, 2009 by Nicole

    Your dish looks easy and amazingly delicious!! I just made beef stroganoff last night with tender top sirloin, thyme, porcini mushrooms over spatzle egg noodles with comforting oatmeal chocolate chips cookies and milk for dessert!

  4. October 10, 2009 by Cookin' Canuck

    Beautiful photos, as usual! My comfort foods range from my mum’s curry to a big bowl of soba noodles with soy sauce. Your dish looks wonderful!

  5. October 10, 2009 by Kamran Siddiqi

    I have many favorite comfort food that I go to regularly. Most recently, however, I have been making lots of vegetarian lasagna. I simply make a regular lasagna and add a few of my favorite veggies. Most of the time, I’ll just put broccoli in my lasagna and call it a day. Oh, how I am craving some as I type this comment.

    Great giveaway and lovely photos! :D

    -Kamran (@ksiddiqi92)

    Would love a copy of

  6. October 10, 2009 by Shelley

    My favourite comfort dish is a bowl of homemade split pea soup with ham and smoked pork chops in it, and fresh homemade bread with butter served alongside it.


  7. October 10, 2009 by Ange

    Love this post of yours – the pictures are amazing!
    My favourite comort food would have to be “jambalaya”. I can’t divulge my secret recipe, but I would love for you to try someday.

  8. October 10, 2009 by Mel (admin)

    Thanks, Ange :) Frankie says in agreement, “it is good Jambalaya!”. Wonderful seeing you last night.

  9. October 10, 2009 by Fuji Mama

    My ultimate comfort food is a big bowl of udon noodles in a miso broth, filled to the brim with veggies, an egg, and bits of chicken. The broth is warm, rich, and filling. For me it’s kind of like chicken soup, but better because of the extra umami from the miso broth. Plus, with all of the veggies I don’t feel guilty because I’m getting something healthy out of it to.

    Twitter: @fujimama

  10. October 10, 2009 by Tangled Noodle

    It’s simply comforting reading this post! 8-)

    My favorite comfort food is rice! Okay, so it’s not a specific dish but only because it lends itself to specific situations when I’m in need of comfort. Chilled to the bone and in need of warmth? Arroz caldo, redolent of ginger and chockful of chicken, hits the spot. Indulging in childhood memories? A bowl of champorado (chocolate rice pudding) or a slice of sticky-rice cake (biko, bibingka or suman) takes me back to to my Filipina heritage. According to family tales, as an infant, I would be settled on a sack of rice to feed me (apparently, high chairs were a luxury) – it goes a long way toward explaining my rice affinity!


  11. October 10, 2009 by Angie

    comfort food …definitely warm barley cereal with whole milk & maple syrup and in the middle a dollop of homemade raspberry jam. served with toasted fresh buttered ciabatta bread and more raspberry jam…don’t forget the really good cup of coffee ! heaven.


  12. October 10, 2009 by April Cavin

    One of my favorites is chili mac– hearty chicken chili combined with homemade mac n’ cheese. The combo of spicy chili with the cheesy richness of mac n’ cheese is one I can’t resist!

  13. October 10, 2009 by maggie

    Homemade mac and cheese does it for me. This book looks lovely! @maggiejane

  14. October 10, 2009 by Sarah Marshall

    Fresh homemade pasta, hands down!! I just can’t get enough of real Italian food.
    Thanks for the chance at winning!

  15. October 10, 2009 by Vicki

    I don’t know if I can pin down a specific comfort dish, but I always go for long stewy braisy things, like osso buco, oxtail stew, short ribs…

  16. October 10, 2009 by Jacquie

    My favorite comfort food is a hot bowl of homemade oxtail stew over a bowl of white rice.

  17. October 10, 2009 by PT

    Soy sauce braised beef tongue. Sure, it takes a few hours, but you just throw everything in a pot and let the braising do the work. I’m not sure if anything beat that melt in your mouth tenderness of a piece of perfectly braised tongue. I’m a HUGE TK fan, I’d LOVE a copy of the book. @ptam512

  18. October 10, 2009 by Carter @ The Kitchenette

    Hmmmm… I think it’s a straight up tie between Alton Brown’s macaroni and cheese, and my mashed potatoes. Both are easy to make, and warm and gooey; warm and gooey are high priorities when making comfort food.

  19. October 10, 2009 by Alice Mac

    Confit of duck! Warm and eaten in any number of ways – grilled with crabapple jelly, shredded over a mix greens salad, stuffed into perogies, always comforting to make and to eat.

  20. October 10, 2009 by Jason

    One comfort food? BLT with smoky crisp bacon, throw an “A” on there for a few avocado slices, and lets step it up with some aioli instead of helmann’s, and on some thick cut sourdough lightly grilled.

  21. October 10, 2009 by Regina

    I’m one of those unfortunate lactose-intolerant types, so I turn to soy milk ice cream which, I’m so sorry to say, is a bit on the too-sweet side if you ask me. Thus, I begin modestly – a little scoop. Then, I wrench a large soup spoon out of the silverware drawer and dollop a giant blob of chunky (au natural) peanut butter on top of the faux ice cream (enough PB so that my mouth gets all stuck together) and on top of that, I sprinkle a generous handful (I never skimp) of dark chocolate slivers from a mongo 72% bar I hide in the back of the pantry. And , I think I’d better add with a small wink, that this combo is most scrumptious eaten standing up, over the sink, breathing through the nose. :-D

    (I’m not tweeting just yet.)

  22. October 10, 2009 by Mike

    I don’t have twitter….

    But my utmost comfort food has to be the simple one…. that can actually be tossed together within a matter of seconds… A turkey braise…. Start off with some bacon… render it out a bit… toss turkey thighs in there… whole… you dont even have to chop them up… Onions… Carrots… Tomatoes… Garlic…. Coarsely Chopped… Salt… let it all stew down… for hours…

    Juicy… delicious… and no additional liquid is needed for cooking… just let it cook… and let the flavors meld together…

    comforting… warm… delicious braising liquid… serve it atop a mash… maybe a squash mash given what’s seasonally available now… yummy!

  23. October 11, 2009 by Marian (sweetopia)

    How to pick only one? ;-)

    One of my favorite comfort food go-to’s is:
    Fresh bread with butter and homemade raspberry jam.

    My twitter name is Sweetopia. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. October 11, 2009 by Sara

    The yummiest comfort food to be is an Eggplant “panini”, however I don’t necessarily use the panini bread. Grilled eggplant slices with a dousing of olive oil and garlic salt, red onion, roasted red bell pepper and italian herbs infused mayonaise sandwiched between two thick slices of whole grain bread that has been toasted. Tummy is rumbling right now thinking about it lol

  25. October 11, 2009 by Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    Another beautiful post and photos!

    I don’t have Twitter (yet) but my fave comfort food is this:

  26. October 11, 2009 by Renee

    My french canadian grandmother’s baked beans were the ultimate comfort food. A smoked pork hock or bacon, molasses and a lot of love made these beans smoky, delicious and asking for more. She’d always serve them up with a loaf of ‘straight from the oven’ crusty white bread. She was great, had talent to spare.

  27. October 11, 2009 by Stephanie Pituc

    Not original, but fried chicken takes the cake. Delicious, unpretentious, yet still a special occasion food. Memories of my grandmother’s fried chicken as a child make this an extra special treat. @stephiep33
    p.s. such a great blog idea! I need to definitely cook more out of the Bouchon cookbook. Right now it’s more art than practice!

  28. October 11, 2009 by Liz

    Comfort food heaven would be short ribs braised in a savory sauce with carrots, potatoes, wild mushrooms and sweet chestnuts. Have a bowl of rice on the side and some kimchi, it’s a meal fit for a cold rainy day! Build a roaring fire, wear comfy clothes, and devour this dish that would warm you to your toes!

  29. October 11, 2009 by deeba

    My favourite comfort food would bea heart-warming Indian lamb curry, which should look as beautiful as your pictures, with lots of garlic, onions & red chillies, served with a crust of fresh Indian flat-bread. After that, I would just need a corner to sleep in!!

  30. October 11, 2009 by Hilda

    One of my favorite comfort foods would be my mom’s polow (Persian rice) with the accompanying aubergine khoresht (stew) or most any other stew really (lamb and kidney beans for example). I’m giving a cookbook away too right now, the Ottolenghi cookbook. =)

  31. October 11, 2009 by Divina

    There are so many comfort foods to choose from. But one of them would be a bowl of wonton noodle soup. Sometimes a bowl of simple pasta with garlic, basil and parmesan cheese. Dad’s cooking is always comfort food – mostly Chinese cooking – deep-fried crabs braised with vermicelli noodles; braised pork leg, and any of his noodle dishes.

  32. October 11, 2009 by Asha

    My favorite comfort food is Parsi Curry over hot white rice. It’s my in-laws recipe and god am I happy I married a Parsi :)))

    The Curry is made with a fresh ground paste of dry roasted spices (coriander seeds, cumin seeds, sesame, white poppy seeds, dry red chillies) with fresh grated coconut, tomatoes and garlic. The mixture is roasted over low heat. Add water and favorite protein. Cook until everything is cooked through. Douse rice with it and walk through the gates of paradise :)))


  33. October 11, 2009 by Angie

    Great giveaway! My favorite comfort food is alton brown’s mac and cheese too, like another one of your readers, and my fried chicken, and some greens with hot vinegar.

  34. October 11, 2009 by Sarah

    A simple baked potato which I can dress according to my mood, the season or the weather is the perfect comfort food for me. Embellish with sundried tomatoes and chopped olives for a taste of Provence, or add chili peppers, avocado and scallions for a Mexican fiesta. Even served plain with warm butter and sour cream the baked potato is ideal for a cozy night in. @foodbridge

  35. October 11, 2009 by katrina

    Great eggplant dish! But once again, wondering where in rural NH to find bamboo shoot, Any possible substitute?
    Comfort food. Once in a while in winter, I crave a rich, wine heavy beef bourguignon with lardons and nothing else – no vegetables at all. Sopped up with crusty sourdough bread and I’m over the moon. Most other times, it would be a chicken or turkey pot pie, with sweet potatoes, leeks, lots of thyme, a little cream, chunks of roasted chicken w/garlic. Flaky crust, aromatic sauce, all the good stuff!
    Great giveaway! (shesinthekitche on twitter)

  36. October 11, 2009 by Jessica

    awesome one pot meal, I love that it is ready in a snap. That dish sure does look comforting

  37. October 11, 2009 by Alta

    My yummiest comfort food is a bowl of Tom Kha Gai, with all of that creamy coconut milk, a hint of spice, and yummy straw mushrooms. One of my favorite Thai places also has the occasional halved cherry tomato in it…yum!

  38. October 11, 2009 by lk

    I have to say that the dinner I had tonight was pretty fabulous and the perfect comfort food – lamb meatballs in cumin-scented tomato sauce, over spaghetti squash and wilted spinach. Garnished with charred onions. OMG so good! Liek an upscale spin on good ole spaghetti and meatballs. @HealthyDelish

  39. October 11, 2009 by _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver

    Comfort food…

    It has to be plain white rice topped with something like Philippine adobo (chicken or pork belly braised in soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, bay, black peppercorns), or pork giniling (ground pork with diced carrots and potatos, cooked in some soy sauce and a touch of water), or sometimes, just a fried egg!

    Although, more recently, tacos (carnitas filling, especially) have been creeping in to become very “comfort” for me. That pork filling, raw onions, cilantro…

    (Oh, I don’t have twitter!)

  40. October 11, 2009 by Nate

    My favorite comfort food has got to be spaghetti. Perfectly al dente noodles, simple sauce made from olive oil, sausage, sliced garlic, homegrown heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, and chili pepper flakes. Preferably enjoyed with a glass or two of old vine Zinfandel.

  41. October 11, 2009 by Miranda

    My favorite comfort food is a huge bowl of french onion soup in a sourdough bread bowl. YUM. I can’t wait until it cools down here in FL so i can make some!!!
    My Twitter: masnyde1

  42. October 11, 2009 by gourmet traveller

    A tricky one – I have so many favourite comfort foods! But if you’re talking true comfort then it would be my mum’s stir-fried diced chicken thigh fillet with sweetcorn, onions, mushrooms and plenty of ginger. Nothing fancy, but whenever i or my husband are sick that will be what i whip up, together with some hot steamed rice – it never fails to make me better. @gourmetraveller

  43. October 11, 2009 by Ad Hoc at Home Blog

    The book is most certainly in stock as I picked up a copy at B&N on Saturday. I will be cooking through this book over at:

  44. October 11, 2009 by Prix Fixe

    Three words. French. Onion. Soup. Nothing finer than oniony goodness that comes with it. Slathered in cheese melty and drippy. There are not enough words to describe how good it is. I could eat it by the gallons. It’s just so simple, and yet so deep in flavor and satisfying.

    @PrixFixeOnline (used to be @Rain_Delay)

  45. October 11, 2009 by Mel (admin)

    Awesome! Best of luck :)

  46. October 12, 2009 by Carol

    Macaroni and cheese topped with white buttered toast in little squares. My Twitter ID is cdziuba

  47. October 12, 2009 by The Little Teochew

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Am I glad. WOW. You have a really classy blog!!! Your photos are stunning.

  48. October 12, 2009 by Michelle

    My favorite ever comfort food has GOT to be hot pot! I like my hot pot broth filled to the brim with a mix of chicken stock and miso, taro, diced firm tofu, napa cabbage, and daikon radish. My family makes sure to overfill the dining table with fresh water cress, fresh king prawns, chewy udon noodles, strips of fish cakes and my favorite squid balls, as long with the highly necessary XO Sauce with spring onion and sesame oil. MMMMM after the meal, we all sit around and eat chilled green bean soup…oh that is THE life. :)

  49. October 12, 2009 by Stephanie Espinosa

    great book!! would love!!

  50. October 12, 2009 by High/Low

    My fave comfort food is chili – always nice and hearty on a cold day. I’ve made it with beer, with and without meat, and always have additional toppings (cheese, corn, etc) on the side to mix in.
    cheers! @highlowfooddnk

  51. October 12, 2009 by ErinAtLast

    My fave comfort food is roasted turkey. I have an amazing chilhood memory of Thanksgiving @ my grandfather’s apartment in NY. We would walk into the building from the fridgid afternoon and be immediately greated by the succulent smell of turkey roasting in a gas oven. As we got closer to the apartment door, the smell was delightfully overwhelming. Now when I want a wonderful walk down memory lane I will roast a whole turkey and bask in the luscious recollection of my youth. Comfort for the tummy and soul.

  52. October 12, 2009 by ginnymahar

    Life in Alaska inspired the recipe for mynew, #1, most ultimate of comfort foods: King Crab Mac n’ Cheese. You can see my recipe and photo at:

  53. October 12, 2009 by Janis Tester

    My comfort food is pasta that has been boiled to al dente. Then it is put in a pan with butter, pancetta and maybe some peas and a fried soft yolk egg on top. You can add to it anything you like. I usually will eat it with some garlicky type bread.


  54. October 12, 2009 by A Tiny Morsel

    My absolute favorite comfort food has to be panang curry with crispy noodles and tofu. Not only is it spicy, but it is super decadent and creamy at the same time. The chewy tofu, popping peas and crispy noodles are the best when I’m feeling under the weather.


  55. October 12, 2009 by Danielle @ Bon Vivant

    My ultimate comfort food to whip up is a pot of risotto, usually with prawns and leeks, lately with peas, but definitely with lots of parmesan and/or mozzarella @istelleinad

  56. October 12, 2009 by Vera Devera

    My ultimate comfort food is a succulent wine-braised pork shoulder. I brown the pork shoulder, take it out and then throw in the aromatics such as carrots, celery or leeks, onions and garlic. Wine, tomato paste, chicken broth, and a couple bay leaves and bundle of parsley in twine complete this dish. Over the next 3 hours as it braises, the aroma of the wine and aromatics gets you drunk with delight. I can’t even wait to cut the rustic baguette, and instead tear off huge chunks to sop up the wine sauce as I dig into this truly succulent dish. The pork just melts in your mouth. It is perfect for a chilly night, when you want to curl up by the fire and enjoy a quiet evening at home with your loved ones.

  57. October 12, 2009 by Amy

    My ultimate comfort food is my husband’s chicken pot pie. Hot, creamy, a little spicy, flaky crust. I can be in the worst mood and come home to the scent of that in the oven…and everything is perfect.

  58. October 12, 2009 by Eve

    My upmost comfort food is macaroni and cheese with grilled chicken. When I was younger my mom would always make me that when she came to see me (I lived with my aunt). And it was the happiest time. So I associate it with that.


  59. October 12, 2009 by bonnie

    I have no twitter, but my favorite comfort meal is lasagna and brownies. I like slow-roasting the vegetables (peppers, onions, some squash), and some mushrooms together with some garlic. Then I make a tomato sauce out of roasted tomatoes, along with a bechamel sauce. I like making just a few layers out of the noodles and the sauce, so it’s easier to bite into. But when you do, though, bite into it, you will get a mouthful of caramelized vegetables, a burst of roasted tomato goodness mellowed out with some sweet garlic, and lightly decadent cheese and noodles. Yum. This is followed with some dark chocolate brownies with a aromatic espresso twist, served with some rich hot coffee.

  60. October 13, 2009 by Danielle

    My all-time favorite is slow braised beef short ribs. I have an Asian inspired recipe that uses soy, ginger, orange and garlic among other things and the end result is something dreams are made of. Well, my dreams anyway.

  61. October 13, 2009 by K

    Comfort food comes in all shapes and sizes for me :-) Right now, I’m thinking Japanese curry with a mound of rice, or a big bowl of noodles with braised pork belly, tons of wilted veggies, mmm. @kaoru819 on twitter

  62. October 13, 2009 by Elizabeth

    MMmmmm, comfort food. Isn’t it all comfort food? Well, to me it is. But here’s my fav. Since I have Irish roots, there is something in the small of lamb that does things to me. A big ol’ simmering out of irish lamb stew (made with Guiness of course!) and served topped with little Irish dumplings. Oh I could go for some right now.

  63. October 13, 2009 by LoreleiL

    My ultimate comfort meal is a gougere made with cheddar cheese, served with a big salad and glass of wine. The gougere is warm, cheesy, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I also love the cheese that kinda oozes out and crisps on the pan while it’s baking.

  64. October 13, 2009 by Carrie

    Prime Rib hands down with roasted Brussel Sprouts!

  65. October 13, 2009 by Natashya

    Mmm, my favourite comfort food would be a chicken curry. Perfect for fall and winter warmth.

  66. October 13, 2009 by Lea Ann

    My ultimate comfort food is any creamy pasta dish. Probably my favorite being a creamy Chipolte Macaroni and Cheese. Using cavatappi pasta the dish combines cream, butter, smoked cheddar cheese and cheddar cheese. The dish is topped with panko bread crumbs that have been mixed with melted butter and a couple of dashes of chipolte chili seasoning. After baked, the pasta is so creamy that when you dip your serving spoon in, it talks back to you, you know…that creamy pasta sound when you have that perfect combination of pasta and sauce. The topping makes the dish so exciting with a toasty crunch from the panko and just the right amount of heat from the chili seasoning.

    ok now I’m hungry. :-)
    my twitter name is LeaAnnBrown

  67. October 13, 2009 by nick_driver

    bangers and mash. great for a night in or out!

    cheers –

  68. October 13, 2009 by Steve2inLA

    Consider a serving of Southwestern Green Chile Stew.

    There, in front of you, is a steaming bowl filled with succulent bites of slow-cooked pork in cumin scented broth, amidst chunks of tender potato and freshly roasted green chilies. The flavors combine with onion, garlic, Mexican oregano and cilantro in a crescendo of “savor.” With each bite, there’s a subtly distinct heat making your tongue tingle; ever so slightly.

    Underneath smooth and creamy braised white beans, redolent of smoky bacon, scallions and epazote.

    Topped with Queso Panela, and a dollop of smooth, cooling crema, you can taste each individual element but combined, there’s a symphony of flavors that stop just short of overwhelming.

    Alongside warm, buttered, homemade flour tortillas you’re tasting “comfort,” with a capital “C”.

  69. October 14, 2009 by

    Love your blog. That’s pretty sophisticated comfort food!

    Out of everything my mom makes, the single most comforting food has always been a beef and bean pie in pastry. The beef is shredded, flavored with herbs (like a beef stew) and then accompanied by limas, and other beans, carrots, onion celery. When you get a bite of the beef, the beans and the pie crust, there is no describing the feeling of home, satisfaction, flavors and you will undoubedly eat way more than you should. My blog post never did it justice.

  70. October 14, 2009 by Lauren W

    It may not be the easiest or quickest, but my chicken andouille gumbo is the best comfort food around. It is beyond worth the effort, and when the weather is turning chilly it’s the first thing I want to make! Ill be trying your eggplant soon :) I dont have twitter, but my e mail is

  71. October 14, 2009 by Chris and Amy

    Alas, no twitter for me…but my fave comfort food is my mom’s creamy baked macaroni and cheese made with real butter and full-fat cheese and topped with slices of American that turn brown in the oven. Yummy!

  72. October 15, 2009 by lo

    Comfort food is simple food. And it has everything to do with warmth. Curling up on a cold autumn night with a glass of great wine and a bowl of macaroni & cheese is just the sort of thing that heals me after a long week … the best stuff on earth has a mixture of cheeses: creamy fontina, delicious applewood smoked Swiss, and a touch of buttermilk bleu to seal the deal. It’s augmented by deeply caramelized onions that have been cooked in a bit of bacon fat and butter — and allowed to cook long and slow until their sweetness is absolutely undeniable.

    Burp_blog on twitter

  73. October 15, 2009 by The Purple Foodie

    My favourite comfort food? It has to be almost anything my grandmom makes. She’s the best cook who makes the be most delicious Indian food I know. Each time I eat anything she makes, I can almost always be caught licking my fingers. Most of the times when I visit her for weekends, I bring back with me a box full of food she’s made.

    I remember when I was a kid, I’d joke around with her asking her to start a restaurant that uses her recipes. Of course, she is too modest to admit how delicious her food actually is.

    One thing I especially look forward to is her Friday Dal or Gosht Dal. As the name suggests, this is made almost every Friday – it is a dish made of mutton in a thick lentil gravy. I love to eat this with nan or pav.

    Just as I type this I realise that tomorrow is Friday and I’m going to get some of this!! :D


  74. October 15, 2009 by Cathy

    Nothing warms the soul like a big bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. Coming in from shoveling snow, and sitting down at the table, leaning over the bowl, letting the aromas of the sweet carrots and onions fill your nostrils, fogging up your glasses. Take one sip, and you begin to taste the feeling of happiness, and feel the warmth of the broth, and discover the succulent, lucious flavors of the roasted chicken. Nothing says “relax” or “comfort” like a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. @Bellaluna221

  75. October 16, 2009 by Lan

    i see what you mean about a comfort dish being something comfortably fast and easy to create… to me comfort food reminds me the dishes my grandmother used to SLAVE over, dishes i never knew took so much time until i attempted to recreate them. pho or wonton soup, who knew it took all day for the stock to be just right or hours to stuff the wonton wrappers? :)

  76. October 16, 2009 by Don

    My favourite comfort food is a bowl of noodle soup, whether it be a Japanese Udon, a Vientamese Pho, or a Chinese rice noodle with shrimp wontons and stewed brisket.

    Though the last is my favourite. Think: Beef broth, flavoured with a little ginger, savory and rich. Slippery ho fun rice noodles made that very day, hand cut and fresh. All shrimp wontons, perfectly seasoned, and pieces of beef brisket smacking of umami. Top with an home made chili sauce and it’s a little piece of heaven on a cold rainy day. Slurp with a spoon and a pair of wooden chopsticks.

    As the Brits would say, it warms the cockles.

  77. October 16, 2009 by Annie Howard

    My all-time favorite comfort food is Oxtail! My Great Grand Mother used to make it for us back home in Jamaica! Even when we went back for visits. The oxtail was braised with Lima beans and carrots, sometimes potatoes till it would melt off the bones! She always served it with white rice, green peas (the frozen kind) and fried plantain! It was Heaven! She died 3 years ago (at 103) and I miss her and that meal so very much! P.s. I try to make it but the love is not the same! Smile

  78. October 16, 2009 by Sonja

    It always comes back to Spaghetti Bolognese for me. Homemade pasta and slowly simmered sauce. The ultimate comfort dish.


  79. October 16, 2009 by Kate @ savour fare

    I wish it were more interesting, but buttered whole wheat toast does it for me. Sometimes swap in avocados for butter. Sometimes add cinnamon sugar. I’m a toast lover.

  80. October 16, 2009 by Suzanne

    Comfort food…
    Pasta comes to mind, but home-made fettucini, with a rich venison ragu!
    Long-time ago, I bought “The Splendid Table”, by Lynne Rossetto-Kasper. Recipes from Northern Italy, I was mostly curious. What a discovery. Spaghetti sauce…Yes you read accurately …But it is really ragu that I discovered. The sauce to mix with fresh pasta, that will keep only for 30 minutes…
    The main recipe for “Ragu Bolognese” asked for reduced cream and milk to finish (very slowly finish) the sauce. 2 hours of slow cooking, adding one tablespoon at a time the milk, and resisting the urge of speeding up the process. It does smell so good!
    From North Carolina, we moved to New Zealand where I adapted the recipe to use one of the best deer meat available (here venison is produced outdoor, in pastoral setting). And I started to make my own pasta, as the taste of the cream and milk -based venison ragu was divine and needed the perfect base.
    After 5 years in New Zealand, this is the meal to make when comfort is needed in winter.

  81. October 17, 2009 by Peggy

    I think my favorite comfort food is by far my mom’s chicken adobo. It’s the traditional filipino dish and it’s just tender fall off the bone chicken that just reminds me of home and growing up. It’s always something all of my siblings ask for when we return home to visit. It must be good if that’s all we want when we come home! And I don’t have twitter, but the giveaway sounds great!

  82. October 17, 2009 by Katy Watts

    Macaroni and cheese. There something incredibly comforting about a steaming bowl of mac and cheese on a cold day or a stressful day.

  83. October 17, 2009 by flashofbeauty

    For me, comfort food is a dish made from simple ingredients of exquisite quality evoking people and places we love….time stops and we remember complete joy.

    My comfort food comes from the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of my childhood, from a famed middle eastern restaurant named El Morocco–now gone–to my family’s table where their armenian friends cooked it at home:
    Shish kebab made from tender marinated lamb, skewered with crisp green peppers, sweet onion and wedges of ripe tomatoes–grilled and served on a bed of fluffy pilaf along with a simple salad of tomatoes, crunchy lettuce and thin sliced onions (tangy kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese optional)–the salad is dressed simply with a squeeze of lemon, touch of olive oil, and flecks of mint. To complete and serve: a basket of warm pita bread and a rich red wine you brought in a paper bag. Sheer bliss.

    Giveaway! Win a copy of Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home Cookbook from @BouchonFor2

  84. October 17, 2009 by Susan C

    With me it’s a spicy beef stew. Just preparing it is comforting. I cook it in the crockpot, so I can smell it cooking all day. I serve it with garlic bread.

  85. October 17, 2009 by Nooschi

    My favorite comfort food is a bowl of thick Persian spinach soup with loads of different beans. It is hearty and amazingly good for you. I make this non-stop in the winter time.

  86. October 17, 2009 by Sheskis

    My fave comfort food, buscuits and sausage gravy., but sometimes a mixture of peanut butter, chocolate chips and oatmeal, not cooked, just stirred! Twitter name Sheskis

  87. October 18, 2009 by constance

    No twitter, but I’m happy to share that my my favorite comfort food/ritual is slow roasting a pork shoulder, and then lightly seasoning slices in a soy/ginger/scallion marinade then serving it over a bed of jasmine rice with a side salad of cucumbers/tomatoes/scallions & sesame seeds. I balance out the heaviness of the pork with the veggies & rice, so I don’t feel too guilty. ;)

  88. October 18, 2009 by PJVong

    My Favorite Comfort Food is Lobster Mashed Potatoes topped with Black Truffle. Keller-style!

  89. October 19, 2009 by KatieZ

    Mmm I’ve been craving baked macaroni and cheese with bacon for a few weeks now. Sometimes I just sit and dream about that creamy cheese enveloping all that deliciously soft macaroni. Oh and some crispy salty bacon.. and that slightly brown top that comes with baked mac n cheese? Oooh I get the shivers just thinking about that.

    I’m such a cheese and bacon deprived soul.. I’ll have to remedy that soon! Mm maybe on a rainy day just curled up on the couch.

    Sadly I don’t have a twitter account but perhaps I’ll get one soon!

  90. October 19, 2009 by Kat

    ** No twitter account!

    My favorite comfort food is a filipino dish called arroz caldo. It has been compared to chinese congee but I don’t think there is anything that compares! When you get a waff of the gingery, garlicey goodness that is arroz caldo it just screams comfort. The sticky rice porridge warms your soul to its very core. My first memory of arroz caldo was when I was 7 and had the chicken pox. Mom made a pot and even though I wanted to scratch my skin off, the bowl of arroz caldo just soothed me. Arroz caldo, for the win!

  91. October 20, 2009 by Kelly

    I would say my favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese. Whenever I find it on a menu I’m hard pressed not to order it. Especially if it also involves truffle oil or lobster.

  92. October 20, 2009 by SFBethT

    My favorite comfort food is my mom’s chicken pot pie. Homemade with pie crust and a rich gravy. Ohhhhh yes!

  93. October 20, 2009 by FRESH LOCAL AND BEST

    My ultimate comfort food is a steaming bowl of pho, brimming to the top with a rich and savory chicken broth, topped with thin slices of rare beef cooking it’s way through the meal. I also like it to have additional toppings of Thai basil, soybean sprouts, cilantro, toasted garlic, garlic chili sauce, green onions and a generous squeeze of lime juice. YUMMY!

  94. October 21, 2009 by nags

    bindya909 at twitter!

    my ultimate comfort food is fried fish, rice and a cabbage thoran, which is shredded cabbage cooked with coconut and green chillies. yumm!

  95. October 21, 2009 by Noelle

    My comfort food? Well, I could eat Eggplant parmesan all the time and I am talking about the healthy version too. I have a recipe for a non-fried version that cuts the calories so you add that with my favorite pasta sauce and whole wheat pasta and I am set! Of course with some melted mozzarella cheese! @singerinkitchen!

  96. October 21, 2009 by tonyg

    it would have to be goat biriyani. Slow cooked coat curry over/with spice infused basmati rice. A little salad submerged in yogurt to curb the heat.

  97. October 21, 2009 by Remil Mangali

    My favorite comfort food is a dish my grandmother used to cook for me. People tell me all the time that I wouldn’t eat anything but that when I was growing up. It’s a frittata made with ground pork, shrimp and diced chayote. My mom and I have tried to replicate this dish many times but to no avail. :-( @LIMER35

  98. October 21, 2009 by lk

    french onion soup! @healthydelish

  99. October 21, 2009 by Charles Buscemi

    my all tine fav CC is picadillo con arroz blanco. Picadillo is a Cuban style ground beef stew served over white rice…love anything that reminds me of my Cuban roots, but this one is the best, and lets not even talk if i serve it with two fried eggs on top…Ay Dios mio! que rico

  100. October 21, 2009 by Esi

    Mine is super easy and my favorite. It’s my mom’s joloff rice (a rice dish from Ghana) and her grilled chicken. Joloff is a simple rice cooked in a tomato sauce and flavored with spices like garlic, cumin, etc. It’s served with fish or chicken and a cooked pepper sauce.

  101. October 21, 2009 by degan

    I have many comfort food dishes, but the go-to is always going to involve mashed potatoes of some sort. Garlicky spuds mashed with skins still on or whipped with cream and a bit of truffle oil..and always with a lot of butter and salt. @luckyfish

  102. October 21, 2009 by Shauna from Piece of Cake

    Wish I had something complex and fascinating to answer, but…buttermilk mashed potatoes, baby. Simple and totally perfect comfort food. @shaunasever

  103. October 21, 2009 by Jean Layton

    Favorite comfort food right now is green curry pumpkin over basmati rice. The curry has chunks of pumpkin, coconut milk and green curry paste with any greens in the fridge.
    I make the sauce a bit thin with veggie broth and presto a meal that actually can be eaten by everyone in my gluten, amaranth, quinoa, potato, dairy free house. @gfdoctor

  104. October 21, 2009 by Kim (Edible/Usable)

    I have to admit that my comfort food is super simple: Nice bread, toasted, crunchy natural peanut butter, honey.

    Would love to have this book – I went to French Laundry for a tasting lunch several years ago: it really was the BEST meal i’ve ever had. But it would be nice to cook some of his food.

  105. October 21, 2009 by Nastassia Johnson

    My absolute favorite comfort food is sweet corn tamales. Served hot with some cool sour cream there is nothing sweeter than the creamy corn to pick you up when the world is bringing you down. Sweet corn tamales always make me happy!

  106. October 21, 2009 by Cat

    I have two favorite comfort foods. My go to feel good meal is chili & my “oh my goodness I miss my parents & could use a hug” meal is stew. :) My dad was a single father for quite a while when I was very little. He used to make meals that would stretch to make the money stretch. We had a bunch of stew & I hated it. Now that I’m an adult, I can appreciate it & nothing connects me more to home…except peach cobbler, (that’s my comfort dessert)! @catsee

  107. October 21, 2009 by hb

    kuttikitchen @ twitter
    My idea of a comfort food is what is served at the right time among right people. I enjoy the food my mom feeds me after she sees a tired me – Hot steamed rice with rightly cooked soft dal(lentils) with a dollop of ghee mixed to perfection and shaped to tiny round balls. I would just gobble them away before makes another. It is followed by a spicy stir fried vegetable inevitably ivy gourd/coccinicea for, I love that vegetable like noone else does. The reddish tinge and the burst of flavors in the mouth because it is coming from the right person, pure awesomeness. My beautiful meal comes to an end with the humblest of foods, curd rice with home made pickle. There is a happy happy me at the end of it!Thanks for letting me remember all the good times.

  108. October 21, 2009 by Chao

    My favourite comfort food would be fried rice (preferably kimchi fried rice) or in the winter, a nice hot-pot type stew. I also love bread, all the time :).
    I don’t have a twitter.

  109. October 21, 2009 by samkim

    no twitter.

    My favorite is mac and cheese with black truffles bacon and parmesan i

  110. October 21, 2009 by Phamage

    When it comes to comfort food, all I can think about is a steaming bowl of Pho my mom makes when its cold. The rich broth infused with different herbs and spices topped off with tender slices of beef and tripe, green onions, cilantro, hoisin sauce, sriracha, and the thing that ties it all together, a squeeze of lemon. All of these components makes the best comfort food any Vietnamese kid can dream of on a cold day.

  111. October 22, 2009 by Rhonda Struthers

    I love homemade macaroni and cheese. I love to use gryere cheese and a cream sauce. I sprinkle garlic breadcrumbs on top with a sprinkle of cheese and bake until a yummy gooey mess.

  112. October 22, 2009 by Melissa Becker

    I call it Thanksgiving in a bowl. Stuffing with turkey on top. Mached Potatoes covering that. Gravy tops it off and then some cranberr sauce on top. I make it with the t-Day leftoveres and it helps get me through the “my family is insane” holiday blues.

    Twitter is missylissa

  113. October 22, 2009 by Walter A

    My favorite comfort food is a foot long wiener.

  114. October 22, 2009 by Ed Nemmers

    Milk Duds!

  115. October 22, 2009 by Chrysa

    Homemade Mac & Cheese has to be mine.

  116. October 22, 2009 by Alicia

    Lots of beef bourguignon on top of creamy mashed potatoes (with a few small lumps) with a fresh green salad with a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing. Yes, perhaps it takes a long time to prepare but I make it last for several evenings so all I have to do is make fresh mashed potatoes and warm up the beef! Followed by warmed up but leftover rhubarb crumble.

    I don’t have twitter.

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  118. October 23, 2009 by Gloria

    I guess it would be homemade dressing with a roasted turkey or chicken and cheesey potatoes. My twitter name is kngmckellar and I tweeted..

  119. October 23, 2009 by Janet

    @jmahurin40 potato soup and grilled cheese sandwich
    (sorry forgot my comfort food answer)

  120. October 23, 2009 by susan smoaks

    my favorite comfort food is homemade chicken pot pie

    my twitter name is @mrstls

  121. October 23, 2009 by Jill Mann

    I like to grab a big bowl of hot stew. It seems to have everything in it except the kitchen sink. Thanks.

  122. October 23, 2009 by Roseann K.

    My favorite comfort food is pasta with broccoli rabe.

  123. October 23, 2009 by kathy pease

    my favorite feel good treat is cheesecake something about the creamy taste makes me feel better :)

  124. October 23, 2009 by Gianna

    My favorite is lasagna with bolognese sauce and ricotta made with homemade lasagna noodles :)

  125. October 23, 2009 by Marshall

    Without a doubt, I find the most comfort in a spicy and hearty lamb dish- complex flavors with a very simple recipe. It warms the body and comforts the soul check out my recipe!! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it

  126. October 23, 2009 by Suelina

    A steaming hot bowl of Spicy Beef Noodle with a side of big fat Shanghai Juicy Buns. Perfect rainy day comfort food for me.

  127. October 23, 2009 by Piroska

    My favourite comfort food is Shepherd’s pie, with buttery rosemary mashed potatoes…homemade gravy…mixed veggies…all encased in a flaky, homemade pie shell.

  128. October 24, 2009 by S.Park

    My favorite comfort food is dolsot bibimbap (are you familiar with it?). You drizzle sesame oil inside the hot stone bowl before you place the rice in so it gets crusty and caramelized on the bottom when it comes out. It’s topped with sauteed vegetables, gochujang, sometimes meat (pork is my favorite) and a raw egg.

    What it lacks in presentation it makes up for in taste. After you mix all of the ingredients together it’s an amazing combination. Definitely my top comfort food.

  129. October 24, 2009 by Lorraine

    @voraciousgirl (but you knew that)

    mine, a perfectly roasted chicken, usually stuffed with lemons & rosemary. rubbed heavily w/salt, pepper, butter & olive oil. Roasted potatoes surrounding the bird. Perfect Sunday dinner food. Serve w/bottle of great wine, some crusty warm bread and a winter vegetable. I have yet to try Thomas Keller’s version though.

  130. October 24, 2009 by Dana Cree

    While I am constantly comforted by the usual suspects, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac and cheese, warm chicken and dumplings, and homey desserts like warm fruit pies and hot fudge sundaes, the one thing I find myself making when life begins to bring anguish and ill feelings my way is a steaming cup of black tea, sweetened liberally and clouded with a rich spash of cream. As a child, my mother would prepare sweet creamy black tea for my little sisters and I when ever we ailed, physically or emotionally.

    I remember the ceremony of it all, my small hands wrapping around the steamy grown up sized mug, watching her add the extra spoon of sugar, “just the way you like it” she would smile and say. It never failed to go down easy and sooth my petite and juvenile woes. She kept a box of Red Rose tea on hand at all times, an army of tiny ceramic animals scattered through out junk drawers and basement boxes clutters my mothers house to tell the tale. While i have upgraded my taste in tea from red rose to Keeman from the local tea shop, the dried leaves sit at the ready in my cupboard for the moment I need comforting, steeped and liberally sweetened, clouded with cream, and soothing as ever, just like mom used to make.

  131. October 24, 2009 by Dana Cree

    I forgot my twitter name, @deensie

  132. October 26, 2009 by Jenn

    my favourite comfort meal would be traditional italian ragu simmered for hours and intense in layers of flavour.
    My favourite comfort overall though would be my mother’s apple pie – crust made from scratch and a crumble topping. No one who tastes her pie ever forgets it and no other pie ever compares.
    My mother just passed away and I am going to attempt her recipe but I’m sure it will never be the same @smurphyjenn

  133. November 02, 2009 by Syrah

    Hands down a peanut butter, honey, & banana sandwich.

  134. November 11, 2009 by Judith Kaplan

    My mother’s apple pie. Grated apple, preferrably with golden delic. apples, with lemon and lots of butter. Home made crust, and it cuts beautifully!

  135. December 01, 2009 by anita gabrie

    no twitter -just facebook!
    Slow braised short ribs with lots of garlic,onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and good wine -served in a bowl over creamy corn meal mush that you have stirred parmesan, cream and butter into – Really homey, layers of flavor, and the corn meal mush is way easier to make than polenta -the smell of it cooking brings comfort all day.

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