Southern Tradition: Comforting Food

The term “comfort food” has become a popular topic lately. Comfort foods consist of those heartwarming recipes we remember from our childhood. A hearty soup, chicken and dumplings, chili and cornbread and many others that seem to soothe our souls after a hectic day.

But, I’m thinking about something a little different – the Southern tradition of sharing food with those we love. Food you take to a neighbor or friend who is going through a rough patch or perhaps someone who would appreciate a warm comforting meal. These may be the same things we refer to as comfort food, but could also be something you know to be a favorite food or a new recipe you want to share. In this case, it’s really then about bringing comfort to someone’s life.

The options are endless. Chicken dishes are always a good choice. I think about my mother’s chicken pie made with her wonderfully flaky homemade crust. If you want something a little simpler to make, but with the same satisfying flavor, Easy Pickin’ Chicken Pie is for you. Frozen vegetables, a can of soup and an easy buttery pour batter crust simplify the preparation.

Blueberry Cheesecake Muffins
Blueberry Cheesecake Muffins

The food you choose to share doesn’t have to be a main dish to be appreciated. Warm blueberry muffins with a cheesecake topping are hit by using this recipe Blueberry Cheesecake Muffins. Taking the time to visit when delivering your muffins will make your thoughtfulness even more appreciated.

Sweet and Savory Cheesecakes for Brunch

I never tire of singing the praises of brunch – it’s a great way to entertain all the way around. It comes at a convenient time of the day, offers the opportunity to serve a variety of favorite foods and exudes a fun and festive aura. My brunches tend to lean more toward breakfast, simply because I love breakfast foods. But brunch menus also often include typical lunch foods, too.

Here are two cheesecake recipes sure to add a festive twist to a holiday brunch.  Both were past recipe contest winners and feature an easy-to-make crust made with a Martha White® muffin mix. Savory Apple Cinnamon Bacon Breakfast Cheesecake features savory cheesecake seasoned with bacon and sautéed onion. The crust has a slightly sweet twist from using the Martha White® Apple Cinnamon Flavored Muffin Mix. You could substitute with other muffin mix flavors like Blueberry, if you prefer.

Dulce de Leche Swirl Cheesecake is a dessert cheesecake that requires only six ingredients. The crust can be made with a Martha White® Apple Cider Flavored Muffin Mix or a Martha White® Cinnamon Sugar Flavored Muffin Mix and butter. The filling consists of Neufchatel or cream cheese, sugar and eggs, swirled with caramel topping.

Either recipe will add a festive touch to you holiday brunch whether it’s breakfast or lunch inspired.

What are your favorite brunch dishes?