I seem to be thinking about food a lot lately. While I’m not obsessing over it, with the chaotic times we’re facing, I’ve been spending more time thinking about, planning and making comfort foods for my family.
We’ve had breakfast for dinner, with eggs scrambled with shredded cheddar cheese and bacon pieces, and toast. We’ve had homemade creamy tomato soup (which seems to be my new favorite). We’ve had chili served over rice, and the leftovers will be served with scoop-size corn chips and sour cream.
Next up, I decided, a tweak was needed to my Cottage Pie recipe, which I have been calling Shepherd’s Pie in error. Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb and we have no lamb fans in this family, unless it’s the traditional Easter butter lamb. Since I use either ground beef (90% or 93% lean) or ground turkey (90% or 93% lean), what I make is Cottage Pie.
I checked the freezer hoping for some inspiration, and hit pay dirt, so I decided to forego a mashed potato topping. I popped tater tots into a Corning Ware French White dish and heated them in the microwave for five minutes. I topped the “pie” with a ring of tots around the perimeter before mashing the rest and covering the top completely. “Tot”-age Pie was born and aptly named by my better half, AKA The Haunted Pen.
What tweaks have you come up with for your favorite comfort food recipes?
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