Thursday, May 11, 2017

writers workshop: homecooked for the win

I'm not going to lie.  I have a lot of homemade comfort foods. 

One of my go-to favorites is Spaghetti.

I have to use a certain kind of spaghetti sauce: Cascones.  It has the perfect blend of spices and sauciness for me.  I'm a garlic person and this sauce has the perfect garlic amount.

To make the meat sauce, I use both Italian sausage and ground beef.  I put in equal parts of both and brown it all together.  Again, gets the right blend of things...this time meats.

I use angel hair pasta, just because I like it.

After it's all done, I use the Kraft Italian Blend Cheese to top it off. 

We usually have a small Caesar salad and garlic bread with it.
My cheap go to favorite is:  Polish Kielbasa and Macaroni and Cheese.  This meal cost under $10 and feeds everyone.  Target had Mac and Cheese on sale for 66 cents and the Polish Kielbasa for $3.47, so technically it was an under $5.00 meal this week.  I do add some extra cheese to the Mac and Cheese to make it extra creamy, but I almost always have cheese on hand.  This week, I used the Italian Blend.  It was the right choice.
Pizza is always a comfort food.  Especially homemade pizza.  I cannot wait to cook it over a campfire on vacation. 

My last favorite comfort food would be my enchiladas.  Everyone has their own way of making them.  Myself included.  I like both the white sauce and the red sauce and I totally combine them to make a super enchilada that the kids love and I love.  Here's my recipe if you want to be brave and makes some:

First off, you have to use chicken with the white sauce.  Beef or pork is just too weird with it.
I cook my chicken first.  I usually boil it in a medium pan of water.  Just enough water to get the chicken tender and white.  I take the chicken out and shred it.  I empty a majority of the water out, only leaving about half a cup.  Sometime I add a chicken bouillon cube.  I add one package of cream cheese and add the chicken back in.  I put in a handful of Mexican blend cheese, a few spoonfuls of sour cream and mix all the gloriousness together.  This is what I put inside the tortilla.  Once I get those all in the pan, I pour a can of the red enchilada sauce on top and cover it with more cheese.  I bake it until it's beautiful and golden.  I usually serve this with some chips and sauce.  We sometimes make an avocado dip.

What are you favorite comfort foods?

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  1. Mmmm, these all sound so good. I'm going for the enchiladas! You're family is lucky. I don't usually put much care into my cooking :-\

    1. The enchiladas are my favorite. I'm a dork and couldn't decide which sauce I liked better, so I just combined them.

  2. Well now I'm hungry! I've never made enchiladas with cream cheese mixed in - I'm going to try that next time!

  3. Spaghetti with ground beef *and* Italian sausage? Polish sausage and mac & Cheese? I'm coming to your house. Seriously, that's the way Mary and I eat.

    1. I really like the combination of the two meats. WE always have extra food, so anyone is welcome!

  4. The enchiladas are exactly what my Sweetie would love.

  5. I am a garlic lover too.It adds so much to a meal!

  6. I just want to come to your house for dinner EVERY night.