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.

Chicken Pies Soothe the Soul

The frigid temperatures have me thinking about a favorite homey comfort food not only at my house, but all across America – chicken pie. Like many casseroles and one-dish meals, chicken pies are likely the tasty result of thrifty cooks stretching one chicken or hen to feed a big family. As a result, there are many versions.

In the South, some folks make a distinction between chicken pie and chicken pot pie. Chicken pies, also known as “Chicken and Pastry,” are the savory versions of a fruit pie or cobbler, made with homemade crust and no, or very few, vegetables. Chicken pot pies typically include vegetables and have a top crust only. No matter what you call it, a one-dish meal like chicken pot pie is perfect for today’s busy families, especially during cold winter months.

Baking a chicken pie made from scratch is a labor of love, but worth every minute of it when you have the time. When you need something quicker, there are many options for using convenient ingredients like good precooked chicken as well as canned and frozen vegetables and sauces.

Easy Pickin’ Chicken Pie is quick and easy to put together. This ever-popular recipe takes advantage of precooked chicken, frozen mixed vegetables and the secret to a lot of great Southern casseroles – condensed soup. The pour batter crust has just three ingredients, but bakes up crisp, buttery and delicious.

Easy Pickin' Chicken Pie
Easy Pickin’ Chicken Pie

Sunday Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie uses cooked chicken, but fresh vegetables and homemade sauce give it a rich, full flavor. Topped with biscuits and baked in a cast iron skillet, how could it get much better than that on a cold winter night?

Sunday Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie
Sunday Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie

How do you prepare your chicken pie? I would love to hear if you make it from scratch or use convenient ingredients from your local grocery store.