comfort foods

Comfort food favorite: tortilla soup

Tortilla soup - adultIn case you’re not crazy about consuming a stick of butter’s worth of dairy fat in one sitting, here’s another comfort food favorite from our archives: tortilla soup.

The thing that makes tortilla soup so awesome is the broth which you make by roasting tomatoes, tomatillos (in a pinch, use extra tomatoes instead), poblanos and onions and then pureeing them up with vegetable stock (or chicken, if you’re into that kind of thing).

The other thing that makes it awesome is the toppings. Our standards are salty cheese that you can crumble or cube (farmer’s cheese, feta, haloumi, etc), cilantro, lime, freshly-fried corn tortilla strips and avocado. My kids like to add rice. You can do some dried chiles or even shredded chicken. This recipe is way flexible.

My kids love DIY dinner. Rose eagerly consumed two bowls. Sid tried two bites, which is two bites more than he tries 95% of the time.

Here’s the recipe. More posts and inspirational images here and here, and that’s Rose’s bowl below.

Also, tortilla soup would not exist without Mexico. Just sayin’
Tortilla soup - kid

Comfort me with cheese

Penne with five cheesesDear Almost Everyone in the Entire World,

You’re probably feeling pretty fucking depressed right now. I know I am. People everywhere are walking around like zombies, looking for hope, and trying to figure out how they’re going to get through the next four years.

Enter comfort food. When drinking and chocolate fail me, I turn to cheesy, creamy baked pasta with tomatoes and butter. Al Forno’s Penne with Tomato, Cream and Five Cheeses is all I have to offer you. It’s literally a melting pot of many diverse kinds of cheese, that’s why it works and that’s why it’s good. I hope it brings you comfort.

Do yourself a favor and add a side of broccoli, I promise you won’t regret it (unless you don’t like broccoli).