Comfort Food * Book Winners & Recipes

Our winner of the Comfort Food Book Club Giveaway is Belinda A. We included her recipe for her Comfort Food English Trifle. It was so much fun reading the emails from all you gals from all over the country. I included a few to share with you. I hope you are all reading Comfort Food if not go get a copy I can't wait to hear what you have to say at our next book club meeting on August 9th (we extended the date).

English Trifle

"What is your Comfort Food? English Trifle! I love it, not only is it delicious, but I reminds me of my childhood - we used to have English Trifle for dessert every Christmas. I don't have an official recipe 'cos I just make it from memory now and I change it up a little depending on my mood, but here are the basics:
-Halve 2-3 packs of Lady Fingers (can use pound cake instead) and spread the halves with a good preserve, then sandwich back together. (strawberry or raspberry preserve are my favorites).
-Line the sides and bottom of a trifle bowl with some of the sandwiched together Lady Fingers.

-Sprinkle several tablespoons of decent sherry over the Lady Fingers in the bowl.Add sliced strawberries and raspberries and top these with a layer of custard. (**Make the custard using Bird's Custard powder and milk.)
-Repeat the layering with first the Lady Fingers (sprinkled with sherry), then the sliced up fruit, then the custard.
-Finally, garnish with sweetened whipped cream and lightly toasted almonds.Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Very delicious! "
Belinda A. Cedar Park, TX

Chicken- n- Dumplings
"I love to read and also to cook, so it's a perfect match. My favorite comfort food is my mother's chicken n dumplings.It takes all day or two part days to make.
-First you cook a chicken until it is fall off the bone tender, pick all the chicken off the bones, then put the broth and meat back in the stockpot.

-Then you make the pastry recipe, roll out the dumplings and drop them into the boiling broth and cook them until done.Sounds simple, but it is a lot of work.

Every year on our birthdays my mother would take us out to eat anywhere we wanted to go or make us anything we wanted. I always wanted chicken n dumplings. (Except my 16th when I opted for Shakey's Pizza. Only exception.) Now that I have to make it, I understand what a chore of love it was/is. I only make it about twice a year. You can just do the chicken and use "slick noodles" the curly ones in a package from the store, but it ain't the same.Or you can use canned chicken and make the real dumplings, but there again, it ain't the same.As far as I am concerned, if you aren't going to do the real deal, Lucille, don't bother faking it! And that's my story!"
Jacqueline G. Cumming, GA

"my favorite comfort food is a swiss steak recipe in the slow cooker, its the best!everyone who ever tries it raves about it and it is the easiest thing in the world to make! its a family recipe and my gramma would kill me if I gave it away!"
Melissa H. Woodinville, WA

"My favorite comfort food is mashed potatoes, not very original, I know , but I do love um!"
Geraldine P. Cantonment, Fl
Michelle R. Riverside, CA

1 comment:

Becky said...

I just found your blog. love it. and i really want to join the book club! :)

-becky o.