Wednesday is here again which means we get to share our recipe inspiration for the week! I love putting together each week’s Good (Food) Reads, mostly because it gives me an excuse to read yummy recipes for hours on end. It also gives me an opportunity to bookmark great recipe ideas for later kitchen inspiration. We try to feature various blogs and recipes each week and are always looking for new inspiration so if you have a blog, website, or cookbook you think would be great – send us your stuff! We would love to share it. This week on Good Food Reads, I’ve got some Halloween themed recipes, appetizers for those holiday gatherings, and overall just a fun collection of kitchen inspiration. I hope you love it. Happy Cooking…
Gruyere Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Onions (How Sweet Eats). My son would eat Mac and Cheese (or “mac cheese,” as he calls it) every day if I would let him. While I will admit to occasionally sneaking a bite or three of his Annie’s classic, I can’t wait to make this grown up version studded with caramelized onions and dijon mustard. I’m thinking it would be great for a Halloween get together!
Speaking of dijon mustard, Dinner: A Love Story recently featured a basic vinaigrette using Grey Poupon that would pair beautifully with a simple salad to serve along side the gruyere mac and cheese, should you be wanting some greenery! The recipe reminds me of the classic vinaigrette my high school French teacher taught us to make. Only a few ingredients, major flavor.
You guys know I’m a big fan of Molly Yeh, from Molly on the Range. This week, The Candid Appetite features Molly’s Chicken Pot Tot Hotdish. If there’s a more Minnesota comfort food, I don’t know it. Can’t wait to make this one! Comfort food, ftw!!!
In the fall and winter, I love to cook with Guinness. I often add it to my chili for a rich flavor and depth without a lot of effort. I’ve definitely used it in cupcakes. Joy the Baker features it in Dark Chocolate Guinness Brownies and they are on my list to make. I think they would be the perfect dessert for a comfort food dinner!
For a healthier twist on comfort food, check out these Whole-Grain Pumpkin Waffles (and Donuts!) from 100 Days of Real Food. Lisa has a new cookbook out right now as well. I loved her first one and can’t wait to see what great recipes she has in this one: 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous!
Pumpkin Cranberry Flax Crisps (from Girl Versus Dough) are next on my list of things to bake. These look just like the Raincoast Crisps that I buy at my local high end grocery store (but hate paying $9 a box for!) and would be awesome with goat cheese and honey. YUM .
Fall will always mean soup time in my head. This Indian Spiced Cauliflower Soup by Deb at Smitten Kitchen sounds just perfect for a cold day. It’s adapted from a recipe by Madhur Jaffrey in Vegetarian India and now I need that cookbook. I was lucky enough to spend some time in India in college and developed a serious love for Indian food and spices. It’s probably time I tackle cooking some.
And because I want to make sure you get your greens with all of this comfort cooking, here is Andie Mitchell’s post on Chicken Bacon Cheddar Salad with Medjool Dates. You’re welcome.
I hope you enjoyed these Good Food Reads! Let us know what you tried in your own kitchen…