Monday, September 10, 2012

Falling Leaves, Cool Days = Comfort Food

The wind and the rain blew through on Friday night, bringing cooler temperatures and bringing all these leaves down, in my backyard. It not only feels like fall, but the sight of fallen leaves means it looks like fall, here in the Midwest. We are surrounded by trees, so this is only a small taste of things to come. It means a lot of raking, from now through November, but it is also very beautiful.

Whenever the weather turns cool, I immediately think of cooking comfort food. For dinner on Sunday, I cooked an old fashioned pot roast, with all the trimmings - carrots, mashed potatoes and gravy. Megan and Melissa were home for the night, so we had an early birthday dinner for my husband :-

Also, I needed a dish for a potluck party this weekend, and I made Baked Broccoli and Cheese. I have had this recipe forever, and it is a simple, crowd pleasing, comfort food when you need to bring a side dish to a party. The recipe can easily be doubled for a crowd. Or, it goes great with chicken, for an easy family dinner.

Baked Broccoli and Cheese Recipe

2 T. butter

1/4 cup chopped onion

2 T. flour

1 cup milk, heated

1/2 lb. Velvetta cheese, cut into cubes

salt and pepper to taste

6 cups cooked broccoli, chopped

1 tsp. butter

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

In a medium saucepan, melt 2 T. butter. Sauté onion in butter, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in flour; cook 30 seconds. Whisk in hot milk, stirring until thickened. Stir in Velvetta until melted. Add salt and pepper. Combine cheese sauce and broccoli and pour in 2 qt. baking dish. In a 1 cup glass measuring cup, melt 1 tsp. butter in microwave. Stir in bread crumbs. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture on top of broccoli mixture. Bake, covered at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Bake uncovered, 5 more minutes. Serves 4 to 6.

More about the party I took this dish to, tomorrow. Enjoy the start of your week.


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  1. This is so a favorite of mine!! Comfort food season is upon us and I couldn't be happier!

  2. I love fall, falling leaves and comfort food! They go together so perfectly.

  3. YUM! I love this time of year! All of the leaves are pretty until they have to be raked:) We will enjoy them until then! Have a blessed day dear friend, thanks for the recipe! HUGS!

  4. This looks super yummy! I live in the Midwest, too, and I am loving the cool weather. Thanks for linking to Must Try Monday

  5. Hi Vicki

    Love the photo of the falling leaves.

    It is cool here today in Ireland and we have had a lot of rain.

    I love the recipe that you have posted.
    It sounds delicious.

    Is 2 t - two teaspoons?

    Glad that you had lovely comfort food with your family.

    I hope that you have a great week.

    x Fiona

  6. Yum that looks so good! I"m adding this to my list of recipes to try this winter!

    I'm your newest follower from the Monday Mingle :)

  7. Hey there!

    Stopping by from the GFC blog hop today :)

    I´m a new follower!

    Smooches from Germany and have a nice day!
    Anni // Grapefruitprincess ReLoaded

  8. Thank you for linking up to Wonderful Food Wednesday. This looks like the ultimate comfort food. Broccoli and velvetta = yummy!

  9. This dish sounds very delicious. A perfect side for a fall meal. I need to get in fall cooking mode I think. :) Visiting from Share Your Cup Thursday. Pamela

  10. Yum! Looks delicious...I will save this one. I hope you will be able to stop by my blog and say hello!!

  11. Hi I am a new follower and i have been cooking fall comfort food since the middle of August. For some reason the mood just struck. Loved the post!

  12. YOu are so right, that sounds like a perfect fall comfort food! I love broccoli and cheese together.

  13. I eat a lot of broccoli for the calcium. Thx for this great sounding recipe!

  14. This looks delicious, Vicki. I love fall and I love comfort food. We're not quite as far along as you (we live in the southeast), but I think it won't be long now. :)

    Visiting from Sunny Simple Sunday. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  15. looks really good and makes a good dish to share.

  16. lovely photo and my hubby will love this broccoli dish. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Your participation helps make it a success.I'm sorry I am slow to visit this week as I am fighting a nasty head cold and my time on the computer has been limited.Wishing you a beautiful day .

  17. This looks so yummy! My family will love this dish. Love the beautiful fall post, too! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I am thrilled to have you. Have a great week. :)

  18. YUM!!!! I love broccoli and anything with Velveeta is DELISH!!! This would make a good side for Thanksgiving too! Thanks!!

  19. I love broccoli myself, and it does looks so good. I'm loving recipes that are sprouted up to the cooler weather and falling leaves. I'm in the Midwest but don't have as many leaves falling as you do, but soon. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  20. Hi Vicki,
    I know what you mean about lots of leaves. Not here, but at our previous home we had big trees and I raked, and raked, and raked in the Fall. The broccolli recipe sounds very yummy. Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  21. Thank you for sharing your recipe at Potpourri Friday!

  22. I love brocolli with cheese. This recipe looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week.
    Have a great week.

  23. Oooooh that warms my tummy just looking at it. I LOVE broccoli stand alone but adding all the comfort to it is a must try! Thanks - pinning.

    1. Always forget to say where I'm from. Visiting from TALU ;-)

  24. I love this time of year and all the comfort foods that are so yummy when it gets cooler outside. Thanks for sharing this on TALU this week!

  25. Broccoli is always better with Velveeta! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes.


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