Friday, October 22, 2010

Fall = Comfort Food

There is so much that I love about fall. I love the cooler crisp weather, especially the cooler nights. Nothing is better than snuggling under a thick comforter to sleep for the night. I love the harvest abundance, and the fully stocked shelves that are the result of a summer spent gardening and preserving. The burst of color from the woods around us is simply breathtaking. In fact, about the only thing I don't love about fall is that winter is just around the corner.

Of all the things to love about fall though, what I love the most is the food. After a summer of eating grilled, raw or other foods that don't heat up the house, it is comforting to come back to our warm family favorites. There is time (and desire) to spend in the kitchen. The oven is cranked, and the food abundant. Chili, casseroles, soups, and baked goods rule our fall menu.

Last night's meal was a particularly good one. All the main ingredients came from right here on the farm. Let me tell you that feeding the family from things we've raised ourselves is a comfort in itself. On the menu were sweet potato fries, green beans, and the star of the show, Meatloaf.

2 pounds ground meat (last night I used one pound lamb and one pound beef.)
3/4 C crushed saltines
2 eggs
1/2 C ketchup
1 onion chopped fine
2 small green peppers, chopped
1/2 tsp salt, pepper, and garlic powder
1TB Worcestershire sauce
Mix all together, frost with additional ketchup if desired, put in a loaf pan, and bake at 350 for one hour.

Maybe I just enjoy food too much, but there is something about fall comfort foods that warms me body and soul. Bring on the soups, the breads, and don't forget the desserts. I am ready!


  1. I'm totally putting meatloaf on next week's menu, haven't had it all summer. But I'm skipping the sweet potato fries. :)

  2. Fall is my favorite time to cook. I make chicken & sausage gumbo last week, bakes cookies and bread while that was simmering. I cant wait to start the chilis and beef stews, potatoe soup. mmmm!!!

  3. I see you feel the same way about autumn as I do. :)

    Hmm...meatloaf...must make that again, not had it in a while. Instead of Saltines, I use oats and it turns out yummy too!