Comfort Food: Macaroni and Cheese

Last week I rambled on about my love for biscuits and gravy, after which several of you via FB, Twitter and email shared that biscuits and gravy were definitely on your comfort food list as well. MMmmMM.

Today, let’s consider another high-ranking comfort food favorite…

****drumroll****

Macaroni and Cheese!  Oh yeah, childhood and love all in one bowl, am I right?

First there was this:      (along with fish sticks, y’all remember??)

Then this:

(ooo the creaminess, we thought)

And my first ‘homemade’ was this: 

plus this: 

Before we go on, let me just say that if one of the above is your true mac n cheese comfort foods I am not here to change your mind. *shaking head* No, really, I am not. I understand all too well how comfort food isn’t always about quality, but about who served it, where you were and the feelings that come with remembering all of that. 

Upon the start of my cooking-from-scratch journey a few years ago, I saw an episode of Good Eats and attempted the recipe a few times.

While I liked the results well enough, the rest of my family has not been as impressed. They say ‘Just make your usual recipe Mom’, which is that giant yellow processed block pictured above. Yes, feel free to shudder(or not).

I suspect that, for my picky tribe here, the problem is the sharp cheddar and its overpowering taste. Mayhap that cheeses shall be a kitchen quest very soon? For I’m on a mission to make a good, homemade mac n cheese that my family will love and ask for.

 **edited this day in 2014 to add: I have decided that the above pictured process block of yellow stuff just has to happen in my mac n cheese…I now use a trio of shredded cheddars (not sharp) plus a small chunk of the not-named stuff. Delicious, creamy…tis all good!**

Now, I’ve said before that I’m not a food snob and tis true, I’m just a fun lovin’ momma n wife who loves good food and enjoys cooking it from time to time.

That being said, what does your macaroni and cheese comfort food look like? Whether box, semi-homemade or made-from-scratch,  I really want to know!

Comfort Food: Biscuits and Gravy

When I set out to to improve my cooking and to learn to cook more from scratch quite a few years ago, one of the first things I tackled was homemade biscuits and gravy. *insert groan of appreciation* I’m not sure there is a comfort food in my world that is richer in memories and deliciousness than bona fide biscuits and gravy.

**not my photo--borrowed random s'posedly free image**

If I could relive a childhood food moment from the past, it would be a biscuits and gravy breakfast at Nanny’s table–with Papaw coming in to wash up and take his spot at the table, always smiling and teasing Nanny. My mom would be laughing and refilling her coffee cup–again. Those were the mornings waking up at my grandparents’ farm–waking up to smell the sausage and coffee, the biscuits and gravy.

While I learned to make biscuits and gravy with tips from my Mom (who I miss every.single.moment.), here are a couple of great links to recipes for those who haven’t yet mastered this most delicious nirvana of comfort foods.

*Pioneer Woman has step by step pictures that beautifully and clearly illustrate the gravy-making. I have no tip to add to this, for her instruction is so easily followed and spot on.

*This link to Paula Deen for the biscuit makin’  has video as well as the recipe.  My tip: I often use self rising flour, which allows me to omit the salt and the baking powder. I’ve made biscuits both ways and both turned out great.

Whether you make them or someone else makes them, what are some of your favorite heart and soul warming comfort foods?