Now that snow is on the ground and the temperature is falling faster, I'm all over the comfort foods. Thanksgiving was just a formal excuse to indulge in foods that make my tummy happy and keep me warm. Plus, I seem to always be chilled so if food warms me up, bring it on! And once daylight savings kicks in, I'm all over eating these foods whenever I can, for multiple days in a row if necessary.
I've listed below a few of my favorite fall foods. What are some of your favorite comfort foods? I'm always looking for new ones to add into my rotation, mostly so I don't get tired of my favorites :)
I never used to be a huge chili fan, but my stepmom has an awesome recipe. I love throwing some cheese and sour cream on top of her no bean chili and curling up on the couch. In fact, the colder it gets, the more I crave this dish. I already requested that my stepmom makes a huge pot of this over Christmas. I smell leftovers!
Macaroni and cheese
I grew up with my mom making mac and cheese with hot dogs, and now I have found some restaurants here that actually have baked macaroni and cheese on their menu, which is like heaven in a bowl. I don't know what actually goes into the baking, but with a layer of melted cheese on top, I highly recommend it. In fact, here's a picture of baked mac and cheese from the Halsted Bar & Grill. This is worth going out in the snow.
We have an Au Bon Pain in my office building so once it gets cold out, I practically live there on Fridays, rotating between my favorite soups (of course accompanied by a soft baguette). I highly recommend the clam chowder, cheese and broccoli or the corn chowder. A local Chicago restaurant, Heaven on Seventh, also does a lovely shrimp corn chowder on Fridays. That is really good too.
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