All winter long, just about every meal is a comfort food meal - slow roasted meats and veggies, long simmering soups and stews, and those wonderful dishes from my childhood that were most often accompanied by mashed potatoes with tons of butter – like meatloaf or shepherd’s pie
Now let me back up for a moment and say a few words about my cookbook. The seeds for Every Kitchen Tells Its Stories – Recipes to Warm the Heart, actually go back to the very early 1900’s. My grandfather left Tsarist Russia with my grandmother and my, then one year old aunt (they lied and said she was two, so that she would be allowed to travel by ship). I can’t image what the trip was like, but I’m sure it wasn’t too pleasant – picture steerage from the movie Titanic. Like most immigrant women, she brought her homeland with her via recipes. And, two generations later, we’re still making some of them and wishing we wrote down the recipes for ones we crave but can’t recreate- mostly because they represent a feeling, a sense of well-being rather than a clear picture of the dish and its ingredients.
The seeds for the book may have been sowed almost a hundred years ago, but the real impetus came when my older daughter went off to university and called often for recipes (at least twice a month for the banana bread) and “food questions”. It brought home the fact that I had missed the chance to collect my mother’s great recipes and many of her secret “how to’s”. She was a fabulous cook and baker who unfortunately developed Multiple Sclerosis and died much too young. I always thought I would have plenty of time to write down her recipes, as well as those of my grandmother and great aunt, recipes that were so much a part of my childhood memories.
And now to the request part....The book is almost ready to be published, and I’ve been fortunate to have a number of people from around the world (many of them fellow food bloggers)volunteer to be a part of my recipe testing team. They seem to be enjoying the experience. Check out Cookin with Cyndi to see what I mean. That said I still have many recipes left to test and would love to have you join my team. Just send me an email and I’ll send you a few to try out and provide me with some feedback.
Now enough shameless self-promotion and back to comfort food and a recipe for leftover potato patties. I happened to catch Emeril Lagasse on Food TV, promoting his newest book, Potluck. I’m not the hugest fans of his shows, but one thing he said certainly caught my attention - “Comfort food doesn’t have to be pretty”. This is often true, as is the case with the mashed potato & fried onion patties below and my rationale for not taking any pictures of them. They may not look pretty, but they certainly are tasty.
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