Saturday, April 16, 2011

Weekend Wildcard with giveaway: The Very Best Comfort Foods

Love Inspired Author Missy Tippens talks her favourite comfort foods. She is giving a way a copy of her latest book A Family for Faith to one lucky poster today!

I admit it. I’m a Food Network junkie… Saturday mornings with my coffee. Late at night after everyone is in bed. Whenever I can’t find anything else to watch or just want background noise while I read or work. I also have some shows I DVR so I don’t miss. You wouldn’t believe how many recipes I have printed out from the Food Network website!
Recently, I happened to catch a part of a show about comfort foods. Ahhhh, comfort food. This really jumped out at me, probably because I’m on a low carb diet right now. :) And ever since I started the diet, I’ve had a terrible craving for pizza—the food I’d said I was sick of and never wanted when my family wanted it. Now…it’s all I can think about.
It got me thinking about family traditions and how we share love around the table. Cooking favorite dishes for our family and friends. Even asking for our favorite dishes when we return home for visits.
The show reminded me of one of our family traditions. I used to have slumber parties when I was a little girl. I’d always invite every girl in my class—a house full. My mom would make us homemade doughnuts for breakfast—the kind you make with canned biscuit dough. She would shake them in a brown paper bag with cinnamon and sugar. Such great memories! And I found a recipe…yep, you guessed it. On the Food Network website. :) I’ll share a link at the end of my post.
As you’re reading this, I’ll be in Kentucky for the Southern Kentucky Book Fest. It’s held in Bowling Green where I grew up and went to college, so I’ll be staying with my parents. My dad, who does most of the cooking in my family of origin these days, will be making my favorites. He always asks for requests. Chili? Spaghetti? Baked pasta? Biscuits and sausage gravy? So many decisions! (Shhh. I don’t want to hear a nutritional breakdown.)
So let’s talk favorite comfort foods. My favs include grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, PIZZA, macaroni and cheese, PIZZA, chicken and dumplings, PIZZA… Okay, enough with the pizza cravings. Others are friend chicken, vegetable soup, pot roast and mashed potatoes, country fried steak and mashed potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits.
Oh my stars. Why did I ever go low carb??!
I’d love to hear about your favorite comfort foods and family traditions. If you have the time this weekend, what would you like to cook to share with your loved ones? Or what would you like to request be cooked for you?
After you share, click here to visit the recipe for those yummy doughnuts from my childhood!
Visit Missy Tippens's website to learn more about her heart warming books. And remember to comment to be put in the draw for a signed copy of A Family for Faith.


  1. My most favorite foods are chicken and dumplings and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
    When my brothers and I were growing up our favorite meal that mother made was fried calves liver and black eyed peas. Now I know some you will go yuck at that meal but we grew up on it and love it.

  2. My comfort food is a tub of ice cream with wicked chocolate brownie n melted choc on top..oooooooooooo...yumm yummm!:P
    I loved this delicious...n I m hungry now..going to kitchen to find some nasty treats;)


  3. My comfort food would probably be chocolate chip cookies, though the doughnuts in that picture are sure looking good to me right now, too.

    I don't cook much, but for some reason I love to watch Top Chef on the Food Network, one of the few reality shows I really enjoy.

  4. I love food period. My favorite comfort food would have to be a hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes, stuffing and lots of turkey gravy. Sadly, often, when I order this in restaurants the turkey is turkey loaf and the gravy is beef gravy. I ask now before I put in my order if the turkey is "real" and gravy is at least poultry. My husband's favorite dish is one I have come to love as well and that is ribs and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes. And PIZZA

  5. Ellen, I would probably have to say yuck on the liver. :) But we always had black eyed peas. Loved them. Had them with corned beef--which some people may not like. :)

  6. Komz, that sounds so yummy! Made my mouth water. :)

  7. Summer, I watched Top Chef, too. I love Iron Chef as well. And Chopped. And on and on... LOL

  8. Oh, Kaelee, I'm craving Thanksgiving now!! :)

  9. Hey there!
    She sees him everyday in her coffee shop? And his daughter is being a matchmaker? Count me in, please!
    As for comfort foods, I always want popcorn with salt/butter when I have a sore throat (and then it makes me cough even more). Kraft Dinner is a quick treat for supper when I'm alone - when I was young, I ate the whole box by myself, plus three wieners; now that I am over 50, though, I can barely eat 1/4 of the box and forget the weenies! And I can never get too many brownies -- aaaahhhhh. Guess I'd better bake those tomorrow; thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Roast chicken always suits me, wahtever the weather. It's a great comfort food plus you can make soup with the leftovers!

  11. Laney, I make the Kraft Shells and Cheese all the time! :) I sometimes add hamburber so it's like Hamburger Helper, which my kids consider a treat. LOL

  12. Alison, that sound yummy! Would you believe it's been years since I roasted a chicken. I'll have to do that again soon!

  13. I just "drew" a name with an online number randomizer. Alison, you're the winner of a copy of A Family for Faith! I'll email you for your mailing address. Thanks to all of you for sharing your comfort foods. :)