The Ultimate Comfort Food

By: Jennifer Clark | Coffee Bar Director
On: December 19, 2015

Winter is here. But don’t worry, there’s a redeeming factor to the cool temps. It’s an excuse to make comfort food, like my Guinness Beef Stew. This dish is famous in my circle of friends and is one of the many edible silver linings of winter. I start with one of our marbled chuck roasts and add in caramelized pearl onions, carrots, and Yukon gold potatoes. It’s simmered for hours snug inside my cast iron pot and topped with Guinness.

Perfect? Almost. Perfection comes when serving it with a big hunk of heavily buttered crusty, fresh, and oh-so-amazing Rustic Country Bread from our Bakery. This is the bread that shatters all over your counter when you cut it—a sign that the crust is perfect and what’s inside is just waiting to soak up the broth surrounding my Guinness Beef Stew. This is the bread that you can hardly wait to get home without tearing off a chunk to munch on in the car (It’s Ok—we’ve all done it). That one.

To me, bread is the perfect comfort food. It brings us all together over a sliced baguette, cheese, and a glass of wine. It’s the star of the show when making a grilled cheese sandwich or enjoying an olive tapenade on pieces of our slightly tangy Farmhouse. Our authentic Ciabatta begs to be dipped into Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil or plunged into a bowl of old-fashioned spaghetti and meatballs to sop up the sauce. Our Salt Rye Flute sliced long-ways and layered with melted brie has been my dinner on numerous occasions!

Comfort is found in Sunday brunch featuring our hearty, full-of-grain offerings, such as Whole Wheat Sourdough Rye lightly toasted and dipped into the perfectly soft cooked egg fried in olive oil with the tasty, crispy edges (hey, don’t forget the bacon and mimosas)!

Home is devouring a grilled PB&J, one of my husband’s specialties and one of the first things he ever cooked for me. Who am I kidding … one of the only things he has ever cooked for me. Oh, yes, it’s warm and gooey inside and buttered and toasted on the outside. Think grilled cheese, but with that childhood fave tucked inside. You know, because we are “grown up” now. I love it made with our Classic 10-Grain, or our Sprouted Whole Grain bread, each containing just the right touch of honey.

Warmth is sitting in front of a roaring fire, while treating myself to something my mom always made for me as a young girl: Buttered toast dipped in hot cocoa. It may sound strange to you at first, but hear me out. Try our Unbleached White bread, toasted, buttered, cut in wedges, and dipped in a perfectly sweet and chocolaty hot cocoa. Grab a jar of our DLM Handmade Hot Cocoa created by Chef Carrie Walters. It seriously may become your new cold weather go-to.

Now winter somehow doesn’t seem so bad, and I think I have my excuse to make my Guinness Beef Stew. Time to go grab a loaf of bread, a few pints, and get cooking.