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My go-to recipe for hot summer days. You can literally use anny veggies and pasta you like. Mix everything together and add some oil, vinegar and spices! You can't get it wrong!
My sister brought this amazing version of "macaroni and cheese" back with her from Germany, and it is the ultimate comfort food! It's simple and absolutely delicious! She uses Emmental cheese, but if you can't find that in your local grocery store (I usually cannot) gruyere or swiss are still delicious options!
Ramen is one of my favorite comfort foods. The creamy broth and the chewy noodles never disappoint. In Amsterdam there is a tiny restaurant where you can sit on the bar and enjoy your ramen while watching the cooks preparing the food. This illustration is inspired by this.
When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I were eating at a coastal restaurant in Rhode Island. I suffered from terrible morning sickness day and night. The only thing that looked appealing on the menu was octopus mac ‘n cheese. (It was mac ‘n cheese topped with a hotdog carved into the shape of an octopus.) It was “pregnancy craving at first sight!” But there was one problem, the restaurant wouldn’t allow me to order it since it was on the kids menu. Shame on them, I never returned to the restaurant! However, this story has a happy ending since I’ve since recreated this guilty pleasure meal at home with my kiddos and it’s always a hit!
My happy place to eat my happy meal would be anywhere on the MA or RI coast!
This recipe came from my mother in law and has been a making people happy at least since my husband was a kid. Probably because there's nothing weird in the recipe: no onion powder or bread crumbs or paprika; things a picky kid would be likely to notice and throw an epic tantrum over. It just makes really good classic macaroni and cheese every single time. Leftovers are great, too!
Note: The original recipe as written didn't have measurements, so every time I cook it I don't measure out anything except the cheese, which comes in 8 oz blocks. So I've estimated the other ingredients when writing it down here.
My happy meal is the Japanese zaru udon which is a simple summertime dish of icy cold udon noodles traditionally served on a bamboo sieve plate paired with dipping sauce. It is often served with tempura, but it is just as delicious on it's own! :)
Ramen is one of my favorite comfort food for chilly weather! I love the hot rich pork or chicken flavored broth, chewy noodles and all the possible add-ons to ramen soup. Also, ramen bowls are so much fun to eat, each bite is a delicious combination of new textures and flavors!