What’s your comfort food? I’m always willing to try someone else’s comfort food. Who knows…perhaps it will supplant my own need for eggplant Parmigiana!
Oh, who am I kidding. A big, honkin’ salad is my comfort food. As is a bowl of mashed potatoes. As is pasta with pesto. As is steaming bread fresh from the oven. As is tortilla soup. I could go on.
But there’s a new comfort food luring me, and it belongs to Amy over at the blog Fearless Homemaker .
She made American Chopped Suey, and I did a double take. What’s so chop suey about ground beef, onions and peppers simmered in stewed tomatoes and spices, over pasta? Just about EVERYTHING, it turns out. There are no bean sprouts, water chestnuts and crunchy noodles to be found; instead, this dish is more about the American Melting Pot.
This dish, as she explains, was Massachusetts/New Hampshire/Maine/Rhode Island/Connecticut/New Jersey comfort food. But it also goes by so many other names in the rest of the country, as I discovered when searching around online. Clearly, everyone wants a piece of it.
- American Goulash (upstate New York, Pennsylvania)
- Goulash (Oklahoma, Iowa, Midwest)
- Slumgullion (Pennsylvania Dutch)
- Cinnamon Chili Mac (Kansas)
- Macaroni Red (Kansas)
- Johnny Marzetti (Ohio)
- Hamburger Casserole
- Macaroni and Beef
Wherever you’re from and whatever you call it, be sure to set me a place at the table!
As I mentioned, this idea came from Nashville-based Amy over at Fearless Homemaker. I was assigned her blog as part of Secret Recipe Club , a sort of secret-Santa project for food bloggers. We are to quietly explore and cook for a month from this secret blog, and today is our reveal day of the recipe we have chosen to present.
Amy is culinarily creative and so many of her recipes struck a chord with me. I found lots of inspiration, and I have my eye on her…
- Pumpkin Magic Seven-Layer Bars . This is on the docket for the next family dinner in which I have to provide dessert.
- Meatballs with Parsley and Parmesan . This meatball-loving girl is swooning.
- Slow-Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Farro Risotto . Risotto in my beloved slow cooker? I am all in!
Can you tell I was in a comfort food mood while looking at her lovely blog? Thanks, Amy, for lots of inspiration this month, and for the delicious ideas.
Meanwhile, browse the photo array below to see what else the Secret Recipe Club cooked up this month.