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December 19, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Keeping the home-fires burning: Comfort foods. Yours?

With hell freezing over yesterday, I did what had to be done: I roasted a chicken. And fried some potatoes. And then I served both along with an iceberg lettuce salad (appropriate, no?), with a loaf of fresh-baked bread:

Martha Stewart would have been impressed. More impressed, in fact, than she was with Jeff’s “one-pot potato risotto” on last night’s installment of “Top Chef.” (By the way, is it just me, or does Ariane, the broad from Jersey, remind you of Nicole Brodeur?)

Truth be told, the chicken dinner you see here is both an easy and ridiculously satisfying meal to put together. One that took very little prep and didn’t cost a lot. I spent seven bucks and change on the chicken. Potatoes are cheap, or in my case “free” — as I’ll explain in my next post. That homemade bread cost bupkes, since we’re talking three cups of flour, a scant amount of yeast, a quarter cup of cheap beer, salt, vinegar and H2O. And the iceberg was $1.49.

I don’t know if it was the snow, the two glasses of cheap red wine I drank, or the fact that having the oven on for a few hours took the chill off the house, but I’ve got to say that last night’s dinner was one of the best I’ve made in recent memory. Mac agreed though Nate said, “The bread would taste better if you warmed it.” (I’d have smacked him, but then I’d have ruined the cozy mood.)

Comfort food. You’ve gotta love it. So tell me: when hell freezes over (or the Seattle version of it does, anyway), what foods warm your soul?

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