Comfort Food Back Home

After a long hard day of work, (especially being a Monday), there are certain things that just totally appeal to my senses:

  • My big cozy couch
  • Changing into my sweats as quickly as possible
  • A nice chilled glass of wine
  • Or, depending on the day, a nice cold beer ;)
  • Coming home to my boys
  • Turning on the Food Network/Scrubs reruns/catching up on the DVR
  • Reading a magazine

As nice as these things you see above are, there’s one more thing that will totally take precedence over them all…going home for Mom’s Cooking!

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Tonight, Jay and I headed over to my parents’ house for a delicious home cooked meal. But it wasn’t just any meal. Oh no my friends…

Mom broke out her homemade sauce for a full chicken parm dinner! :mrgreen: My tummy had seriously been grumbling for it all.day.long.

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Seriously. Just look at all that cheese! Comfort food at its finest. :)

Before I continue, let me quickly take a moment to share with you exactly why this situation was so wonderful:

  • I went and ate dinner in my “cozies” because, hey, it’s my parents. They’re not ones to judge!
  • I got to spend time with my parents (who I haven’t gotten to see nearly as much as I’d like these days…)
  • I also got to see my fave brother and Meg!

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  • There are few foods on the face of this Earth I enjoy more than my mom’s homemade sauce.
  • I had a delicious, home cooked meal…and I didn’t have to do any of the cooking. ;)

Here’s my plate! I ate probably 2/3 of it?…Ok, maybe 3/4. ;)

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Believe it or not, I actually requested the tiny piece…yes, that’s the tiny piece! :shock:

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And of course, with all that delicious sauce, you’re going to need a big fantastic side of pasta. No whole grain pasta in this house. Oh no…I’m almost positive that when I first moved out, that’s one of the first things they switched back to. ;) Hey, sometimes, nothin’ beats some regular ‘ol ziti noodles, am I right?

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And at this point, when you still have loads of delicious sauce hanging out on your plate, what’s a few more carbs to soak it all up with. ;)

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I’ll tell ya it’s a good thing I don’t eat like this everyday…otherwise I’m not sure I’d fit through my front door. :shock: But for a once-in-a-while treat, there’s really nothing better than Mom’s homemade chicken parm. Yummmm. :-P

Question for the Evening:

Do you have a favorite meal from growing up that someone made/makes for you?

Fall Funfetti Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m such a sucker for fall-related food and candy items. :oops: While grocery shopping a couple weeks ago, I came across this festive Betty Crocker box…

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and didn’t even think twice about tossing it into my cart! I had a feeling it would come in quite handy for this past weekend’s Fall Festival festivities, and it sure didn’t disappoint. Since cookies are often easier to “grab and eat” than cupcakes are, I decided to use my quick & easy Cake Mix Cookies recipe:

Cake Mix Cookies:

1 box of your favorite cake mix

1/4 cup oil

1/4 water

1 egg

Mix all ingredients together. Drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Since part of what really drew me in to the picture of the cake was the orange frosting, I decided that it would be a necessity on my cookies. After looking through my cookbook binder, I came across a recipe that I had completely forgotten about, yet is super delicious!

I don’t even know where the recipe came from…it’s just on a random piece of paper that looks like I printed out at some point? Either way, it doesn’t matter where it came from. All that matters is that it’s extremely yummy.

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Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened (you can also use 1/3 less fat)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 tsp orange food coloring

Directions:

Blend the cream cheese, butter, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla in a large bowl, using an electric mixer set at medium speed, until smooth. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and creamy, about 3 more minutes. Add the food coloring and gently stir until the color is uniform. Chill the frosting until read to spread.

ENJOY! :-P

I think it’s important to make sure that you add the orange food coloring, just so people may have an idea that it’s actually orange flavored. The orange flavor is subtle, not too overpowering, but a great complement to the creamy, cream cheese base.

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With festive sprinkles! :)

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This frosting actually pairs really well with anything chocolate. I had originally used this recipe with both chocolate cupcakes and brownies, and I actually think I like the frosting better with those. While it was great (and festive) on the funfetti cookies, the sweetness of the orange frosting was missing the richness of something chocolaty. And when do we ever need an excuse to eat anything chocolaty? ;)

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Is your mouth watering yet??? ;)

Question for the Afternoon:

Chocolate or Vanilla? :-P