Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: 2/4

It’s finally Friday!  This has been one of those weeks that seemed to take forever and passed by in a flash at the same time.  In honor of the impending weekend, for today’s poll I want to know your favorite comfort food.  When you’ve got a date with your jammies, your couch and a marathon of something on Netflix, what tasty treat fills out the evening? 

Here’s a recipe I love for just such an event: Rice Krispy Peanut Butter Treat for One

You need:

4 regular sized marshmallows OR 2 tablespoons of fluff OR 12 mini-mallows

2 teaspoons butter

3/4 cup crispy rice cereal

1 tablespoon peanut butter

Put the marshmallows in a microwave safe dish with the butter. (rub some butter all over the inside of the container first to prevent sticking.)

Zap for 15 seconds at a time, until the marshmallow swells and then falls

Stir quickly to mix the melted marshmallow and butter, then equally quickly stir in the peanut butter

Add the cereal and stir again until it’s all coated with goodness.

Let set for a minute or two so you don’t burn your mouth, then dig in.  If you leave your stirring spoon in the center you can create an improvised Treat on a Stick.

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

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6 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: 2/4”

Pasta with olive oil, pecorino cheese, pepper, and capers. Sometimes with a chopped tofurkey sausage thrown in.
Sounds pretty fancy schmancy because of the capers and the pecorino, but both last me a long time, it’s easy to make, and it’s close-ish to the mac-and-cheese I had when I was little. The mac and cheese I had when I was little was just pasta, grated cheese, and butter, and it was awesome, but I haven’t been able to have it in years — I can’t seem to replicate it in the U.S. because whatever cheese I use, it ends up sticking together into a sort of ball near the bottom of the bowl.

Then almond chocolate or truffles or some sort of pastry. And Tazo chai tea. That chai tea has been my comfort tea since I was 13 — brings me back to my body anytime I start to dissociate.

OK so I tend not to work from “recipes” per se, but here are the ingredients I like to use in my mashed potatoes:
Potatoes (Russet, Yukon Gold or Red, whatever, but leave the skins on), chopped & boiled
Butter (pretty much as much as you want, I’m not judging, but know that Yukons have a naturally buttery flavor so you won’t need as much if you’re using them)
Ground black pepper
Smoked sea salt
Celery salt
Fresh garlic (a fucking ton of it)(tonne if you’re British; standard conversion rates apply)
Little bit of shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Serve with garlic mushroom gravy (condensed cream of mushroom soup, more garlic because you can never have too much garlic, and just enough milk to thin it to the desired consistency).

I’m a traditionalist. Mac-n-cheese is my favorite – cold for maximum comfort value. My second favorite is hamburger casserole, a concoction from the 1967 McCall’s cookbook. It is a yummy mix of ground beef, noodles and a few veggies with a parmesan cheese crust.

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