Comfort Food? Pass the Cream of Mushroom Soup!

Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs

Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs

My husband knows when I’ve had a bad day at work.  When he walks in the door to find me watching Cash Cab on television while making tater-tot casserole, he knows to stand back. And to pour a glass of wine.

Whether it’s a bad day at work, a cranky client or a pissed off family member, I can count on comfort food to make me feel better. I just dig through my mom’s recipe box to find some good, old fashioned Midwestern food.  Green bean casserole, hashbrown potato casserole, broccoli casserole, and (my personal favorite) tater tot casserole are bound to make me feel better.

And what is the common ingredient in all these foods?!  You got it, Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup. I always keep a can of the creamy goodness in my pantry. You can’t make a good casserole without the soup!

I love talking about my personal comfort food, so i jumped at the chance to read and talk about the new book from Kate Jacobs called “Comfort Food.”  The author says this about the book: “Comfort Food is about the power of food to bring people together and the joys of savoring every bite of life.”  How great is that?

This book also gives you a behind-the-scenes look at network cooking shows. If you are a fan of cooking shows, like my personal favorites Top Chef and Chopped, you will enjoy reading about the trials and tribulations of a celebrity chef!  (Oh, if I could only have job — and looks — of Padma Lakshmi. I’d be in heaven!)

Food is such a part of my life, and this Iowa transplant always bonds over Midwestern food with other Midwesterners-turned-Californians.  Just this weekend, I met a woman from Ohio and we bonded over fried chicken, mashed potatoes and greens beans with bacon.  Sigh, I get hungry (and happy) just thinking about the food my mom made!

No matter where you grew your roots, there is always a special recipe of comfort food to calm your fears, fill your belly and warm your soul. What is your favorite comfort food?

– LTV Mom

This post was inspired by Silicon Valley Moms Blog book club selection Comfort Food by Kate JacobsUSA Today calls the book, “The kind of book you rush home to finish.”

6 Responses to “Comfort Food? Pass the Cream of Mushroom Soup!”


  1. 1 Robyn - Who's the Boss?

    Okay, please share your recipe for tater tot casserole. I’ve never had it and always wanted to try it.

    And you are so right, cream of mushroom is the must-have ingredient for any casserole. I once left it out thinking it was no biggie. Now eight years later, Neville still talks about my worst kitchen disaster: the time I made the casserole from hell.

    My comfort foods: pocket pies my Grandmother from Arkansas makes, homemade biscuits, and my dad’s BBQ.

  2. 2 Katie Lindhorst

    It’s good to know that even a fancy Cali lady like yourself finds comfort in our midwestern cuisine! I have a feeling I’ll be the same way when I grow up and move out of the midwest too.

    p.s. I hope whatever was the cause of the need for said comfort food, is now cleared up.

    Love you!
    -Katie

  3. 3 Nicole

    I have to admit, I had never had green bean casserole until I was at least 25. We used to make tuna noodle casserole, with potato chips on top - can’t remember if we used the soup or not. I made a GB one for thansgiving but didn’t turn out that great, too gourmet no doubt :)
    Custard is mine, and soft boiled eggs with toast, which is what my mommy made when we were sick. And mashed potatoes, can’t get enough of those. I like pretty much all food, sometimes to my dismay.

  4. 4 Lisa M

    Oh my! That tater tot casserole sounds so yummy. I got so hungry reading your post, especially since I’m just eating a boring ol’ salad for dinner tonight.

    I love cream of mushroom soup also. Always got to keep a few on hand, jic.

  5. 5 Randall Beck

    FYI, I can’t view this correctly on the latest Montif browser.

  6. 6 Gabrielle Ross

    I really love to eat lots of different kinds of soup specially vegetable based soups.-`”

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