Thursday, February 11, 2016

Comfort Food

I've been sick this week with the same virus Sawyer started out with. And when I'm sick, I want comfort food.

I started thinking about some of the comfort foods Mama used to cook, when I was a child. During the week, meals were quick and easy. There were 6 of us kids and Mama was usually very busy taking care of us, making sure we got our homework done, getting baths, mounds of laundry, etc. But the meals I remember most were made on the weekend.

Breakfast was usually grits, scrambled eggs and toast. My brother used to put ketchup on his eggs. Have you ever tried that?

Lunch was usually toasted Ruth's pimento cheese or chicken salad sandwiches and chips. And sometimes, we would have soup with the sandwiches, especially if it was cold outside. Some of Mama's soups were home-made potato, Campbell's Chicken Noodle, or chili.

And Sunday dinner might be roast beef with carrots and potatoes over rice and biscuits or fried chicken with rice and gravy, some kind of vegetable and biscuits or fried pork chops, rice and tomatoes and biscuits. Yum! That was comfort food at it's best. We eat much healthier now, but sometimes, especially when I'm sick, I want some of Mama's comfort food. And today, I wanted chili!

I created a great chili recipe, but since I didn't feel like cooking, I went to Wendy's for some of their chili, instead. It's very similar to mine. I'm not entirely sure if they add chili powder to their recipe or not. But, my recipe doesn't call for chili powder because Cliff doesn't like it, so I improvise with the Rotel. If you are interested in trying it, see below.

Laurie's Home-Made Chili 
Serves 6 to 8

1 to 1.5 lbs. lean hamburger meat
I can Kidney beans
1 can Black beans 
1 tbs. olive oil
2 stalks celery
1/2 onion
1 - 28 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
1 can Rotel chili fixins
1 - 15 oz. can tomato sauce
 salt and pepper

In a large pot, saute chopped celery and onion in olive oil. Remove from pan until later. Brown hamburger meat. Add back the sauteed celery and onions, Rotel, tomato sauce, beans, diced tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Cover pot and lower heat to simmer for about 40 minutes. 

Let me know if you try it,


  1. Glad to hear you're feeling better, Laurie.

    Interesting that you use both kidney beans and black beans in your chili. My husband doesn't care for kidney beans so I use all black beans in my chili recipe. (We do have to cater to our husbands to keep them happy, don't we? ;o]) I don't use celery in mine but do put in chopped green peppers. There sure are a lot of different ways of making chili!

  2. Ugh...sorry you've been sick! Lots of bugs going around! Nothing like comfort food to make you feel a bit better!

  3. Your chili sounds a lot like mine, I love black beans in my chili, it makes it go a deep red color and it is just right for chili!
    My in-laws in England have made my chili for 30 years! (Not continuously, of course! LOL) Glad you are better now!

  4. OH dear Laurie....hope you are feeling better....
    I also put mushrooms and green peppers in my chilli....yum...makes me want to make a pot!
    Weekend is here....enjoy!

    1. Thanks, Linda! Not feeling so well, yet. I hate being sick. Anyway, I never thought about putting mushrooms in my chili. I would love that. I would use green peppers, but Cliff doesn't care for them. Hope you have a great weekend. It supposed to be really cold here. I don't mind, though.

  5. It's going and in the brothers loved ketchup on their eggs:)
    Take care.

  6. You know I can hardly resist to a homemade healthy comforting recipe... I'll be trying your recipe next week and I will let you know how it goes. From looking at your picture it will go very well indeed!

    1. Oh good, hope you enjoy it!

    2. I just ate it for dinner and it was delicious! Well, I had to make some modifications to your recipe because we don't have rotel chilli fixings (I didn't even know what that was). I replaced that with some chilli flakes and more tomatoes and the result was delicious! Thank you for the idea and recipe!

    3. Hi Sara, I'm so glad you liked it!! Rotel is basically tomatoes with chilis. So your substitute was excellent.