Saturday, January 26, 2013

comfort food.

i'm a sucker for comfort food.  as much as i want to eat salads let's face it, nothing about a plate full of lettuce is warming.  so, we pair the salad up with a comfort food and you guessed it, they hit the spot!! 

here is a comfort food we've been enjoying all winter.  there is a story behind know me.

over twelve years ago my sweet grandma was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.  as you can imagine it was most unsettling {for lack of a better word} to watch someone i desperately love lose all control of her body and then pass away in a few short months.

and, she never complained.  not once.  i can't say the same for myself.  i loved how our family joined forces and ministered to her.  she stayed at home for her remaining months and always had a family member by her side.

grandma's neighbor, miss Doris, brought us this italian soup one night.  it was so good, my aunt asked for the recipe.  and...we're still eating it twelve years later!  

for me, this is the ultimate comfort food.  eating this for the first time was like getting hugged in the midst of heartache and pain.  and it's my pleasure to share it with you!  i personally use grass fed beef, natural beef broth in a carton and change the beans up a bit but here is the original recipe.

Miss Doris' Italian Soup

1# ground beef
2 garlic cloves
1 cup onion -chopped
1 cup celery -sliced
1 cup carrot - sliced
1 15 oz. tomato sauce
1 16 oz. canned diced tomatoes
1 15 oz. can kidney beans
1 15 oz. can navy beans
4 cup water 
4 cubes Knorr beef boullion
2 T parsley
1 t salt
1 t basil
1/2 t oregano
1/2 t pepper

that's it.  no cooking directions.  but, here's what i do:

brown meat with onion and garlic.  drain fat.  add all ingredients minus the beans and simmer on low for a bit with the lid on.  add the beans and heat through.  it's great served with a healthy salad...or not.

 “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
~Virginia Woolfe


  1. This sounds delicious! What a fun picture! The family resemblance is beautiful :)

  2. I plan on making this this week for sure, and it is always so 'comforting' when eating something that reminds you of your sweet grandma. She's beautiful and so are you!

  3. Oh Mountain Mama this is such a heartfelt post. HUGS B

  4. sounds amazing. I, too, just love and crave comfort food, particularly in the winter. Loved the post, loved the photos. :)


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