Posted by: Kennedy | June 9, 2010

Fancy comfort foods… and the return of the run!

Everyone has a favourite comfort food. Some wonderful dish that makes your insides all warm and fuzzy. A food that can help you forget about your terrible day. A food that feels like an old friend.

For me, grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup were go-to comfort foods growing up. Mom’s buttery whipped potatoes also did the trick. And I never had a problem a box of President’s Choice white cheddar macaroni and cheese couldn’t fix.

Enter my 2010 food revolution.

One day, I was searching for a brilliant new recipe in (you guessed it) Food & Drink, when I came across an intriguing photo, with an even more intriguing name: Majestic Mac & Cheese. I thought to myself: YES – that’s happening!!

Mac & cheese fit for a king!

I was so excited to try it out that I wasn’t deterred in the slightest by the long-ish list of ingredients. If anything, I was super curious – white wine? Pancetta? They weren’t messing around.

Soon afterwards, I caught a Rachael Ray episode where she prepared something called Uptown Tuna Casserole. In keeping with the ‘upscale twist on comfort food’ trend I seemed to be following, I furiously scribbled notes as Rachael ran through the recipe. It required another trip to the LCBO for white wine (I love using wine in my cooking – it makes me feel like a real foodie!) as well as the market for leeks, tarragon and several other items I don’t normally keep in my kitchen.

Unfortunately, I made this dish prior to starting the blog and therefore have no photographic evidence of its fabulousness. You’ll just have to make it for yourself!

The thing I love about casseroles is that they are SO EASY to make. Just get everything together, throw it in a pan and cook it. Then throw some cheese on top and bake it. Tah-dah! I might have missed a whisk or two in there, but that’s basically it.

Just make sure you’ve got help to eat it – both of these recipes make enough for at least 8 servings. It says less, but trust me – it’s a lot of food. I had fridge leftovers AND freezer leftovers in both cases. I even brought some in for my coworker to have for lunch, after discovering our mutual love for tuna casserole. 🙂

It’s no coincidence I made both of these meals while on running hiatuses. I needed plenty of comfort during those times. However, I am extremely happy to report that I’ve been given the OK to start hitting the pavement again!!!!!! (That’s not to say I won’t continue to enjoy the odd casserole, though….).

In the past week, I’ve ran 8 km (3.5 and 4.5, respectively) with zero knee pain. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but it’s very encouraging. Especially since this means I’ll be able to complete the race I signed up for pre-injury. On Thursday evening, I’m partaking in a very ‘cheesy’ 5k – the Scotiabank Rat Race for United Way. I’ve attended the event for the past few years as a volunteer, but this is my first timing running in it. Super excited – especially since a group of coworkers are joining me! Stay tuned for the race recap.

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  1. Hey, hope the run is great……ps, can you make that yummy sounding casserole next time you come home? Luv ya, mom


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