Mimi’s Comfort Food Collection

Italian Style Meatballs
If there is any food that exemplifies comfort food, it’s meatballs. Your mother likely made meatballs and so did her mother, and chances are that you are also making your own. They are typically made with inexpensive cuts of meat and combined with a variety of ingredients with extra fillers, such as breadcrumbs and egg, and plenty of herbs and spices for great flavor. Then, depending on your mood or craving, the meatballs can be served in a sauce ladled over pasta or piled on a hoagie roll to make a delicious meatball sub.
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Authentic Bolognese
I was always of the mind that the pasta sauce available in the grocery store offered so much variety that there really wasn’t  any reason for ”homemade pasta sauce”.   Many purists will argue with me on this, but I couldn’t convince myself that it was worth my time and energy to craft my own pasta sauce so I always opted for the grocery store variety.  I recently went to dinner at a restaurant where the chef offered a Bolognese with fresh tuna.  I was blown away.  However, my husband isn’t a fan of a seafood based Bolognese but I still felt there was an opportunity to create a traditional Bolognese that was representative of what I experienced at the restaurant, but with a more traditional flare.  I think I nailed it and I hope you enjoy it. 
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Authentic Bolognese
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
A heartyslow cooker stew with potatoes, carrots, celery, broth, herbs and spices. The slow cooker tenderizes the meat making a perfect meal that is so easy to make.
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Stuffed Pork Chops with Cranberry and Apple Stuffing
The combination of the apples and the cranberries will let you forget all about the sausage that will be missing from this stuffing.
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French Cheese Puffs (Gougeres)
Airy cheese-filled pastry bites that will make the perfect hors d’oeuvres, but since they are so easy to make, they are just tasty “anytime”.
This recipe was adapted from the recipe for Petits Choux au Fromage in Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
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