Comfort and Food

Motherhood and grandmothering are my greatest accomplishments, that’s the ultimate comfort in my life but…there is a second runner up that is very near and dear…FOOD!
There were several times in my life that I tried to control my relationship with food. You, know teen years and after the first baby when you actually give a hoot what people think. Skinny means more clothing choices but for me it didn’t equal happiness.

In the late 90’s Food Network entered the scene and it was totally life changing. After many years of watching my favorite cooks and chefs I consider myself a guru of not only eating great food but preparing it as well.

No more agony of being chained to a recipe, the ability to improvise was a real game changer. I feel like before Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals my views on preparing a meal were in a completely different universe. For years I’d get ideas about what new gourmet ingredient was an essential to have in my pantry from Martha and I love her dearly but Rachael broke it down on how to utilize gourmet ingredients in a way that even a complete novice could comprehend then proceed to cook a five star meal at home in very little time with no fuss and minimal effort.

In November of 2002 Ina Garten burst through the Food Network lineup captivating the home cooks as well as celebrities and beyond. Through social media I found out that my one year old was not the only toddler that Ina had wrapped around her spatula. The theme song was mesmerizing, I felt like crying when they changed it years later.  Ina cooks precisely, measuring everything, I do not but I feel her casual elegance has helped me hone my skills to a spectacular level.

These are the people who gave me the confidence to do my own thing with food and cooking. It feels amazing to grab a yeast donut out of fridge(that I made!)warm it slightly in the microwave, slap some icing and sprinkles on it and be in a donut shop right in my own home. It’s like no other feeling. Just add coffee.

These are a few of my latest creations…(food is art).

  
Sunflower Seed Oat Bread

  

Fresh Green Beans sautéed with Caesar Dressing, Mushrooms and Parmesan

  

Pepperjack Alfredo

Sugary Cookie Bliss

Sometimes a I think this blog should be called, “Recipe Hacks.” These cookies are amazing and are originally from this recipe.

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I used a few tablespoons of pink sugar crystals in place of the sprinkles, rolled each cookie into a 1″-1.5″ ball and baked on the top rack at 300 for 15 minutes.

Would be great for Easter Baskets!