Farmhouse Kitchen, January/February 2023
Welcome back to my kitchen!
The coming of February often finds us firmly entrenched in comfort food season as we wait out the last strains of winter and look forward to spring. With that in mind, I’m sharing a few dishes sure to find a home among your comfort food favorites.
First up is Broccoli Cheese Chicken Casserole. This busy-day dish is a complete meal in one, with no preparation required. Simply mix up all the ingredients (including the uncooked rice), spoon the casserole into a pan, and bake. This is a hearty, filling dish loaded with flavor and is ready to go in the oven in a matter of minutes.
Coming in second, but no less beloved, is Creole Turkey Pot Pie. This recipe is an easy way to turn leftover turkey into a flavorful and decadent meal. The turkey is combined with onions, garlic, peppers, celery, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and a thick, scratch-made, savory sauce to create a homestyle supper your family will love.
Y’all know we have to have a little something sweet to round things out! I’m thrilled to share Denise Henry’s Lemon Squares in this issue. Denise and her late husband, Mike, raised five children on the family cattle farm in south Montgomery County. While their family is most known for delicious beef dishes, this sweet treat is a win, too. Her lemon squares make delicious use of a lemon cake mix, and fans of the classic gooey butter cake are sure to find a place in their heart — and stomachs — for this similar dessert bar.
I hope these recipes inspire you to get in the kitchen with your family and help everyone linger just a little longer at the dinner table. Remember, we are blessed by the food on the table, but the greatest blessing resides in the people sitting around it.
Farmhouse Kitchen columnist
Stacey Little is a foodie, recipe developer and cookbook author whose Southern Bite blog helps families put simple, down-to-earth food on the table while preserving Southern cooking for future generations. See more recipes at southernbite.com.