try this carnival: comfort foods **giveaway**

***The giveaway portion of the carnival is now closed! Thanks for playing along! Congrats to Tara from Itty Bitty Bookworms who won the autographed Paula Deen cookbook! See you all again next month!***

Trythisbutton Welcome to the  monthly "Try This: Spice Up Your Kitchen" carnival! This month's theme is COMFORT FOODS. One of my very favorite things about when the temperature drops is breaking out all the comfort food: chili, homemade chicken soup, my mom's meatballs, grandma's apple pie… Seriously, along with sweaters and boots, isn't that one of the best things about fall?

Today I invite you to share your family's favorite 'comfort food' recipe with us. We have several, so it was hard to narrow it down. But I chose a recipe that my husband and I both totally love. I could eat this for days! The first time I tried this recipe (which was in the church cookbook) my husband took his first bite, closed his eyes and said, "My mom used to make this when I was a kid!!"  What's more comforting than that?


Honey Baked Chicken

4 chicken breasts
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon curry powder (less if your kids are timid)

Place the chicken in a baking dish, sprayed with Pam. Mix all remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees, basting occasionally, until chicken is cooked through. Serve over  rice.

Now this month's carnival is a little special. I am giving away an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Paula Deen's classic The Lady and Sons Cookbook! (Did you miss how I got an autographed copy? Click here!)

Here are the rules:
1. Contest ends Saturday, October 3.
2. Entry #1: Submit a recipe to the carnival. (It can be an old post on your blog – just remember to link to the specific post, not your whole blog please.)
3. Entry #2: Leave a comment telling me what your very, very favorite comfort food is.
4. Entry #3:  Leave a SEPARATE comment telling me in what way you promoted this contest (i.e., posting about it on your blog, Tweeting about it, emailing  friends, and/or subscribe to my feed by email or in a reader).
5. Winner will be selected by, announced back here on this post, and notified via email with further instructions.

I hope you all have a great time looking through all the recipes today
– I cannot WAIT to find some new recipes!! And remember: when you add your post to the Mr. Linky, please link to your specific post – not your general blog URL.
Here's how to play, if you have questions.

About Melissa

Melissa is founder of Girlymama and co-founder of the mom fashion blog, All Things Chic. You can also find her designing blogs at Eliza Grace Design and on Twitter as Melissa Angert.


  1. 1
    Jenn says:

    Copper Mountain Quiche Recipe
    1/2 cup Butter
    4 oz. Cream Cheese
    1 cup + 2 Tbs. All-purpose Flour (divided)
    10-oz package frozen Chopped Spinach
    1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
    1 cup Swiss Cheese, grated
    3 whole Eggs, lightly beaten
    1/2 cup Mayonnaise
    1/2 cup Milk
    1/2 jar Bacon Bits OR 10 slices Bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
    8 oz. fresh Mushrooms, sliced
    1 bunch Green Onions or Scallions, trimmed and sliced
    Combine the butter, cream cheese, and 1 cup of the flour in a small bowl. Mix with a pastry blender or fork, cutting the butter and cream cheese into the flour until a consistently crumbly mixture is formed.
    Place the flour mixture in a 10″ pie plate or quiche pan, and press evenly to form a crust. Refrigerate. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
    Cook the spinach in a pot of lightly salted boiling water, drain well, and chop. Drain the spinach again on paper towels to remove all excess moisture.
    In a large bowl, combine the spinach with the two tablespoons flour. Add the cheddar and Swiss cheeses, eggs, mayonnaise, milk, bacon bits or crumbled bacon, mushrooms, and green onions.
    Pour the mixture into the chilled pastry shell and bake for 1 hour, or until set. Serve warm.

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    Jenn says:

    My very favorite comfort food is Chicken and home made dumplins. With the weather change I can barely help myself from making it…Well okay I did make it this past weekend. It is somehting I ate as a child after working/playing outside in the cold weather and it takes me back to my childhood as soon as I start to make it!

  3. 3
    Jenn says:

    I just emailed a few of my best food loving friends. I love Paula Deen!

  4. 4

    Yum…I am trying this next week!

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    My favorite comfort foods are anything with potatoes – casseroles, mashed potatoes with meat gravy, mashed potatoes as a side, baked potatoes, baked potato soup… Unless we had spaghetti growing up, we had some sort of potato with just about every single meal.

  6. 6

    I tweeted it too!

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    Tara says:

    My very favorite comfort food is definitely macaroni and cheese casserole!
    Keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed!

  8. 8
    Tara says:

    I subscribed!
    Keeping my fingers (and toes)crossed!

  9. 9
    Tara says:

    I linked up!
    Keeping my fingers (and toes)crossed!

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    Kellyn says:

    I might be trying this one next week…adding it to my list for sure.
    My favorite comfort food…chicken noodle soup with the frozen noodles. They are big and make any soup yummy. I didn’t have pictures, so I just couldn’t post that today. Not the same at all.

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    Kellyn says:

    I tweeted the giveaway

  12. 12
    Amy says:

    So hard to narrow down my favorite comfort food … I am all about comfort food. But I love chicken pot pie, grilled cheese sandwiches, and homemade hot cocoa.

  13. 13
    Amy says:

    I posted this on my blog!

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    Thanks for the recipe – it looks so good. My comfort food is rice, sausage & a fried egg (it’s a filipino thing). Ate it all the time when I was little.

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    Tracey says:

    Macaroni & Cheese, made any way at all, is my supreme comfort food!

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    Tracey says:

    Just found your blog through Jo-Lynne; I now subscribe!

  17. 17
    Sarah says:

    Oh, these look so good! Yum. What a great idea. I need to go around and check out all the great recipes.

  18. 18
    Lisa says:

    Hi Melissa, I posted this in my blog…don’t know that anybody reads it, though.

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    Birdie says:

    Eggs In A Hole … Butter both sides of the bread poke a hole in the middle crack an egg into the hole fry on one side lightly then flip and fry other side until desired doneness….serve with a glass of cold milk…..WOW simple & YUMMY

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    Birdie says:

    My favorite comfort food is PIZZA …..the cheesier the better mmmmmmmmmmmm!!

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    Donna says:

    Potato Soup
    5 pounds potatoes cubed and boiled
    Enough milk to cover potatoes
    Dash of garlic powder
    1/2 pound Velveeta cheese cubed
    Cover potatoes with milk, add garlic powder and cheese and heat until cheese is melted!

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    Donna says:

    My favorite comfort food is potatoes, fried, mashed, soup, doesn’t matter!

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    I THINK this is the comment box for your honey baked chicken. Well, it looks wonderful, I think I’ll try it sometime. As for my fav comfort food, I have to say mashed potatoes.

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    tuesday says:

    My fav comfort food is good old spaghetti & meatballs!
    tuesdayef at aol dot com

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    Danielle G. says:

    My very very favorite comfort food is mashed potatoes. Simple, I know, but I just love them.

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    I posted a recipe above. Zucchini bread with lemon glaze.
    My all time comfort food is Oatmeal….weird because i am a very spicy gal. I cook all kinds of ethnic foods and I’m half Cuban. But good ole oatmeal with sugar and canned evaporated milk is something I have for breakfast and I even have it for dinner after I cook Larry something else cause ain’t NO WAY that man is gonna eat oatmeal for dinner.

  27. 27

    My fav comfort food is roast chicken, mashed potatoes, and peas. Unless ice cream counts. It comforts ME! 🙂

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    Tweeted about it!

  29. 29

    To me comfort food is sweet stuff like ice cream. The brownies I linked up in Mr Linkey are my all time fave for comfort…especially with ice cream and hot fudge on top! Yummy!

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    Cindy says:
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    Cindy says:

    My favorite comfort food is salisbury steak with gravy. mmmm.

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    Cindy says: