Deb Linda is Comfortable Being Waited On. (No, really, feel free.)

To me, comfort food is almost anything somebody else cooks for me. I find not having to cook for myself very comforting indeed.

Luckily, I married a guy who loves to cook, and is darn good at it. Especially when he has a little help from “Big Bertha,” our cast iron skillet, so named because she is one of the big guns in TG’s cooking arsenal. Here’s Bertha doing what she does best:

We’ve had Bertha forever, and she’s always on top of the stove, waiting to fortify everything cooked in her with that extra dose of much-needed iron.

(I figure helping prevent anemia makes up for the fried food. It’s all about a balanced diet, right?)


TG is also good with turning leftover chicken into pot pies—there’s nothing more comforting on a cold winter day than seeing this…


Or its sister variation…


…on the stove. I only wish I could convey the aroma along with the visuals.


He even ventures into apple pie territory on occasion (though not often enough to suit me):



Oh, and he is, of course, King of the Grill:


 (Now, a naughty blogger might insert something like “Get a load of my husband’s meat!” at this point. But me? Why, I’m way too genteel to say anything like that. *bats eyelashes*)


And I’m really lucky, because our daughter inherited TG’s love of all things culinary, and so provides us with things like this when she visits:



That’s a lasagna made with roasted eggplant and matzoh she made us last year during Passover. Yum! I’m hoping she’ll give us a repeat performance this year. (Hint, hint, honey.)


And, of course, comfort food wouldn’t be comfort food without the proper accompaniment, which I also prefer to have made for me by someone else (what can I say? I’m lazy).

I like Manhattans…

And, of course, martinis:





So, what are your favorite comfort foods?


Are you lazy like me, or do you get off on providing your own comfort? (Hey, that sounds kind of naughty, doesn’t it? *waggles eyebrows*)

47 Replies to “Deb Linda is Comfortable Being Waited On. (No, really, feel free.)”

  1. When I cook, my kids are like, “Are we having company?”
    They could write the book on frozen pizza. And microwaved hot dogs.

  2. Oh, Linda, dear–you never fail to impress when Friday comes around! And clearly, you can have pudding, because you have your meat. (Did I just show my age with that quote, or what???)

    And your Manhattans!! Oy, I know it’s not even 9 but I’ll take two. Actually, one Manhattan and one Martini.

    Like you, I am very lucky to have a husband who is a gifted cook–let’s be honest: sometimes food does just taste better when someone we love makes it. (And, you know, we can keep them company with a Manhattan.)

      1. Sounds perfect. We’re building up quite a cooking crew here at the Deb Ball this year, aren’t we? What with our husbands and Deb-Mom Marcia. Someone call Food Network and set up a meeting. Deb Family Iron Chef–I can see it now!

        1. Ooooh, now THAT sounds like a hoot! Can I be one of the judges? Because sitting back, watching the action, and tasting everything afterward is more my style.

  3. I’m just fine with cooking. It’s the cleaning up after I’m not particularly fond of. I can’t make a pot pie for the life of me, though. Blasted gravy. I am, however, awesome at pork pie, beef stew, and fettuccine alfredo. Which, coincidentally, are all my favorite comfort foods. Oh, and cookies. I’m stupendous at cookies.

    And now, because of Erika, I’m going to have that song in my head all day.

  4. When I met my husband & during the years we dated, he cooked fairly often. Ever since we got married, though, I’ve become the full-time cook. I’m okay with it, though, because there are few things I’m more of a control freak about than my food. I do love to cook, when I don’t feel pressured or time crunched.

    My comfort food is chicken and dumplings, hands down. After that, chili and cornbread, probably.

    1. Mmmm…my mom used to make the best chicken and dumplings. Great comfort food!

      I do love chili and cornbread, too. As long as the chili isn’t too spicy — I tend to choke up when things get too hot. *grin*

    1. And can you believe I didn’t even mention chocolate here? That’s because it isn’t just “comfort food” for me — it’s as essential as water! *grin*

  5. i am so on board with your idea of comfort food — i.e. someone other than me cooks it. we are exactly the same type of chef!

  6. I enjoy my husband’s meat, too. I do most of the rubbing in preparation, so we make a great team. Thank you for this opportunity to exercise my double entendre muscles, Linda.

    But seriously, matzo lasagna? Must investigate.

    1. LOL! Speaking of double entendres… 😉

      Cheesy potatoes? Yum! Potatoes and cheese just go so well together, don’t they? One of my favorite food combinations.

  7. Thanks for sharing a photo of your husband’s meat. Now I’m in love with him. Sorry about that, but you have to admit, you asked for it.

    For me, comfort food is anything that somebody else cooks for me. It doesn’t even have to be good. Does that make me easy? 🙂

    1. *sigh* I’m used to it. Every woman who’s ever seen my husband’s meat has said the same thing. Well, except for the “vegetarians.” But even they like his cooking. 😉

  8. Except for the rare occasion when my hubby tosses some meat on the grill, I do all the cooking around here. Biggest comfort for me would be if somebody else would clean up the disaster area in the kitchen afterwards. (I’m a pretty darned good cook, but I’m also a pretty messy one.) Comfort foods? Lots of stuff. Really good mashed potatoes with sauerkraut, kale, creamed spinach or peas. Pot pies, sauerbraten, and chicken and dumplings. And homemade custard or bread pudding for dessert. Hmmm, is it lunchtime yet?

    1. Oddly, I don’t mind kitchen clean-up duty after somebody else cooks. I can go to another place in my mind while I work — I get a lot of plotting done that way.

      Homemade custard? Wow, that sounds yummy! I LOVE custard. 🙂

  9. I just tried to eat my computer. Posts about food are cruel. CRUEL, Linda! 🙂 For me, I have three comfort foods that will curb ANY bad mood: One, my homemade fried chicken. I don’t mean to brag, but it’s bangin’. Two, shepherd’s pie. Three, penne pasta in a pink sauce. But I want that lasagna recipe! Put it in a blog post? <3

    1. I’d be willing to test your theory that your fried chicken is bangin’. Just sayin’.

      I’ll get that lasagna recipe from my daughter for you–I’ll be watching her make it when she comes to visit in a few weeks. (My job is to keep our wine glasses filled, and entertain her with my rapier wit while she works.)

  10. I hate to cook, therefore I’m not that good at it. Unfortunately, the job finds its way to me anyway. *sigh* I consider almost any kind of junk food, comfort food. But really, do we need any more comfort that chocolate?

    1. Well, see, chocolate is just a given. Of COURSE it’s vital to our comfort. Everything else is just gravy. (Mmm…gravy…)

    1. I know what you mean! It’s like weight training while cooking. And, heck, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere. 😉

  11. OMG. Linda. That pot pie. And that chicken. It’s Friday night, I’m not going to eat dinner for another 2 hours, and I don’t know what to do with myself other than eat my own arm. I blame you for this ravenous hunger.

    1. Don’t blame me–blame TG! If I’d posted pics of anything I cooked, your appetite would officially be gone. 😉

    1. I like hot dogs, too! Only I totally use the microwave to heat them. If it’s in the kitchen, I say it’s proper cooking. That’s my story, anyway. 😉

  12. Can you say “come to mama?!!?!” The stomach bug is gone and I am feeling better. Your comfort food looks sooooooo comforting. We are certainly lucky to have our SOs who cook good things for us!

    1. Oh, you poor thing! Stomach bugs are the worst! Glad you’re feeling better, and that food is actually looking good to you again. And, yes, we ARE lucky to have SOs who can cook! 🙂

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