Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

Today I wish I could curl up with my mom in bed, close my eyes and just breathe, calmly. However, I'll settle for the next best thing: making a big vat of Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding to nourish and comfort my soul. For a dish that tastes so decadent and creamy, it’s hard to believe how easy Rice Pudding is to make.  Using staple ingredients that can be found in any stocked pantry and refrigerator, you don’t need any culinary skills to whip up the best batch of pudding.  Honestly, this recipe only requires stirring the rice on the stove top … [Read more...]

Egg Casserole

It's frigid here in the northeast.  Therefore my quest for comfort food has become dire. I love this breakfast Egg Casserole recipe from Mom's collection.  You heard right, a casserole for breakfast time, not dinner.  It makes sense as breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Why not serve a hearty dish to kick of the long day? Mom's Egg Casserole is as simple as it sounds-- baked eggs in a dish.  But, what makes it tastier than a simple egg dish is the addition of the cheese croutons, shredded cheddar cheese and cooked bacon.  … [Read more...]

Homemade Rice Pudding

This is one of my favorite recipes and the ultimate comfort food. As a child, we didn't go out to eat much as a family but, when we did, we'd often go to Maria's, a local Italian restaurant in Baltimore.  Aside from featuring amazing Italian dishes, I always ordered their homemade rice pudding for dessert.  It was the best treat, boasting a perfect creamy rice blend, served warm with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon on top. For something that tastes so decadent and creamy, it's hard for me to believe how easy Rice Pudding is to … [Read more...]

Chicken Tortilla Bake

Frigid temperatures coupled with cranky, tired kids means comfort food becomes my go-to dinner on many weekdays during the dark winter months.  Rich in flavors and undeniably hearty, it's ironic that most comfort food is surprisingly simple to make. Whether you're into soups, or casseroles, or slow cooked meals, none of these recipes require much culinary skill at all. However, the meals are tasty, and filling and ideal for freezing or to be used as left overs. Need I convince you more? Last night's dinner was frenetic.  I had … [Read more...]