Comfort Food Buffet – Gaboo Quips

  At the buffet… The menu was jacked up, the entree was road ready, and the pie we left deserted. Who’s the brains of the operation in dining? The head cheese. The seating was so confusing that we played musical chairs with a conundrum. Do not feast beyond your welcome unless the host looks completely … Read more

Custard Pies and Family Reunions

Egg custard pie was my favorite. Mama stood in the kitchen, Grandma Payne’s recipe card propped at eye level in the window, the green glass mixing bowl in front of her, as she combined milk, eggs, sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla. She whisked the mixture and poured it into the unbaked pie shells resting on the … Read more

Comfort Food – Simple Pleasures

  If you want lower taxes, set another place at your table. Where we live food is part of the lifestyle. It’s semi-rural here and the cultivation of food, gardening, and the processing of over-stock is a portion of the weekly routine. We personally have chickens and all the turmoil that goes with chickens. It … Read more

Comfort Food – Scalloped Potatoes

  Margaret Dawn! What have you gotten yourself into this time? Well, let’s see, today, it’s my Mama’s scalloped potatoes. I’ve never made them because for every family function, my boys ask their Maw-Maw to bring hers. And, hers are the best, a 13”x9” baking dish layered with sliced potatoes, onion, and sharp cheddar cheese, … Read more

Love And Coffee With M Dawn

Mine, All Mine We share a coffee cup. We never used to. At one time I drank my morning caffeine from the ceramic mug Bruce bought especially for me. I still have it. It’s white and decorated with pastel colored conversation hearts, those little valentine shaped candies that began speaking in text before texting came … Read more

Comfort Food in the Crock-pot

  Ah, winter coming on, time for slow foods. Vegetarians, please ignore this post! Ingredients: 2 lamb shanks (or more if your crock-pot is bigger) 1 small/medium onion, diced 1 sweet red pepper, diced 1 large carrot, diced 4-6 cloves garlic, pressed 1 cup red wine water to almost cover the meat 1 tsp each … Read more

The Importance of Apples

Image © 2011 M Dawn Thacker Usually, when corporate executives visit the nursing home, the experience raises everyone’s blood pressure. Their expectations seem so unrealistic. After all, they sit in some office somewhere and make policy. We are busy taking care of basic needs and attempting to add a little light into old, frail lives. … Read more

Just Eat A !%#@ing Vegetable!

Just a thumbs up for a humorous little piece of advice from The Onion. I look for these things when I need a little respite from stress. I just got off the phone with mom trying to explain how to type an address in her internet browser. I could headbutt a car right now. On … Read more

Milk Toast – A Comfort Food Tale has been collecting recipes and stories from our contributing writers. Follow our Comfort Food series and travel us back to time with that warm, fuzzy feeling all over.   I was listening to the radio one evening this week and the book reviewer mentioned that a story was as bland as milk toast.  I … Read more

Thanksgiving Is Any Day

Thanksgiving Dinner—I’m having mine today. It doesn’t matter to me anymore, not celebrating holidays on the designated days. So, today after my fitness class at 8 am, I returned home, rolled up my sleeves, and began the festive dinner preparations. First, the pies. My will join me and has requested two: pumpkin and cherry. I … Read more


  Writers at have been saving up recipes and recalling memories about their favorite dishes. If you’re writing inside or huffing and puffing outside, it’s best if you eat well. Sometimes the best foods are the simplest ones, the foods that bring you home. Waaay back, Adrienne S Moody kicked the pin rolling with … Read more