Unfortunately, a small accident left my left hand injured and slightly incapacitated. Fortunately, it is nothing more than a minor inconvenience. My index finger required stitches and it must remain immobile in a splint until the stitches are removed. In the end I should have full use of my hand without any issues other than an unsightly scar. Since I can’t chop or clean, one of the perks of my injury, I thought I would look back through my archives for inspiration. For today’s topic I choose comfort food. Maybe because it is so darn cold I seek the comfort of a hot stew, or steamy bowl of soup. Whatever the reason, I am really in the mood to cook and eat warm comfort food.
One of the first things I plan on cooking when I get the full use of my hands is a beef stew. Winter months call for beef stew. It is a time when I do not mind spending extra hours inside cooking a slow meal. These types of diners fill me with a great sense of satisfaction. I don’t mind the extra time because the process becomes a choreographed dance between, procedure, technique and instinct. When it is all done I feel like I accomplished something special and can’t wait to share the results. Whenever I taste the deep and rich stew flavors, I just melt into the braised masterpiece. Stews and chili’s have humble origins but they taste decadent to me.
Also included in this post is my very first recipe I posted on my blog, Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken. Roast chicken in one of my favorite foods. I updated some of the photos and changed the recipe card to my current recipe plugin so I hope everything is in working order.
Additionally, I included a few links to vegetarian/vegan comfort food entrées. It is my desire that my blog offers a variety of information and recipes for all diet preference. Everyone is always welcome at my table.
Comfort Food Entrées
Beef with Horseradish Sauce
Supreme White Chicken Chili
Roast Lemon and Herb Chicken my very first recipe post on Lemon Thyme and Ginger
For Vegetarian Comfort Food Selections
Roasted Vegetable Coconut Curry
Kabocha Coconut Curry Soup If you cannot find Kabocha squash, any winter squash will work, especially butternut or pumpkin or both.
Saffron Cauliflower Risotto
Toasted Farro with Mushrooms and Rosemary – Add a hearty green like Swiss chard, kale or spinach and chick peas or any white bean for a complete vegetarian/vegan main course.
What’s for Dessert?
Double Coconut Pie
Spiced Fig Yogurt Panna Cotta – If you cannot find fresh figs, substitute them with pears, quince
Chocolate Stout Cake This chocolate cake with white chocolate cream frosting and stout glaze is too good to only eat once a year around St Patrick’s Day.
Looking for more inspiration? Type an ingredient you wish to cook with in the search box. You will find it in the right side bar. For mobile devices, the search box is usually at the bottom of the home page.
Some Food Blogs I Enjoy
David Lebovitz A former pastry chef at Chez Panisse, and is now living in Paris writing books and developing recipes. He has well tested recipes with stories about living in Paris.
Dr Deb Pots: Deborah is a Hudson Valley, psychiatrist, potter and food blogger. Her posts are infrequent, but I like her positive attitude, beautiful pottery, and very healthy meals on her website.
Vanilla and Bean Traci writes a food blog offering vegan and vegetarian recipes and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
The Lemon Apron Jennifer is a Canadian food blogger with beautiful photographs and recipes
Cloudy Kitchen Erin writes an amazing blog for baking with beautiful photographs. She is originally from New Zealand, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Food 52, everything and anything you want to know about food and cooking. It has an extensive community as well as an online store to buy kitchen wares. New York City based.
If you make any of my recipes post a picture on Instagram and tag me @lemonthymeandginger, or share on my Facebook page. I look forward to hearing form you.
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I am having computer glitches. Basically, I am asking too much of my computer with the constant photo editing and web page building, my computer is starting to protest. In order to keep things going until I can fix everything, I am going to have to keep my posts and photographs real simple.
There is a lot of information on the world-wide web and it is so easy to spend hours just searching for something, get easily distracted dreaming of new and interesting ideas, or spending way too much time on Pinterest building your dream kitchen. I wanted to share a few links to ideas and topics that are important to me, as well as some good summer dessert recipes. I hope you will learn something new and interesting to share as well.
What are your topics of interest or favorite places?
Food Related Links:
I enjoyed this article in the Times about CSA’s and food supply companies that are using the CSA name when in fact it is not. CSA
Interesting interview at Modern Farmer Magazine about the lack of interest politicians have about food policy. It is especially concerning because food policy is related to many other policy challenges for our times, like immigration, climate change, child obesity, and health to name just a few. Modern Farmer
And just because Michelle Obama rocked the DNC and she is a super star check her out on Carpool Karaoke. I love Carpool Karaoke. Let Girls Learn Makers.com
Looking for information about places to go and special events in the Hudson Valley, visit Valley Table
Food Truck at Cold Spring Farmers Market
If you love plums and are in the mood to bake, try David Lebovitz’s Plum Cake with Toffee Glaze. This cake is on my to-do list.
It is hot here so I have cool, refreshing and no cooking recipes on my mind. I discovered this Raspberry and Red Peppercorn Sorbet recipe on Pinterest and it reminded me of an ice cream I had in NYC a year ago. I discovered a great Ice Cream Parlor in the East Village, Odd Fellows. Odd Fellows, is a Brooklyn based artisan ice cream store and has a lot of different flavors of great ice cream. I had raspberry and red peppercorn sorbet on a super hot day and it hit the spot. I was so excited to see a recipe for it, it just might get me to buy an ice cream maker. This recipe is not from Odd Fellows but I believe it is similar. Raspberry and Red Peppercorn Sorbet.
If you are like me and do not have an ice cream maker, try no-churn ice cream from Food Network. Another group of recipes on my to-do list. Here is a link to 12 recipes, No Churn Ice Cream.
Boscobel Farm Tools at the Boscobel Gallery
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