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6 days into a cold

post #1 of 15
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We've had several strings about foods people like to be served when they're sick. But now I'm 6 days into a nasty cold and David is on his 11th day. I can't smell a thing though he can. He's coughing, but I'm not. We're both ambulatory with "some" energy. And we have partial appetites. What would you make (if you as well as your mate was sick) at this stage for dinner? My mind is a sodden blank. We made risotto last night, which was comforting. Clearly we want something other than soup but we're not yet ready for ribs.
Thoughts?
Emily

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post #2 of 15
Bump it up into hearty stews.
post #3 of 15
Roast chicken with mashed potatoes.

Broiled chicken with sauteed potatoes.

Enchiladas (and rice and beans of course), made with canned sauce. For heaven's sake don't soften the tortillas in sauce. Either soften dry on a hot, slick comal or in oil. Actually, if you're going to do enchiladas talk to me, and I'll post a technique driven recipe.

Caldo de Pollo (use my recipe on Chef Talk)

Hamburger steak (not sandwiches), with mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes

Order in Chinese food, accent on the noodles (if you live in an area which supplies good Chinese food, the comfort-food possibilities are endless).

Chow-fun, if you've got even the most rudimentary Chinese cooking skills. The only hard part is finding the noodles.

Chili and corn bread. Chili and Spaghetti. Chil and Tamales.

Tamales -- just reheat them. Of course, this assumes a source for good tamales -- but decent Mexican food is ubiquitous all the way up and down the left coast. Anyway, XLNT frozen tamales aren't all that bad -- especially if you drown them in chili, cheese, chopped onions and finish with a little sour cream.

Chili Verde (if you're up to it, I've got a recipe for this on CT -- one of the best recipes I've ever written). Almost any stew, for that matter.

Chicken fried steak -- you can just hear those arteries snapping shut.

Breakfast for dinner -- always good.

Jambalaya, Etouffe or Gumbo. In case you don't know, etouffe is just a gumbo which follows the rules.

Good sausage, potato salad, green salad with milk dressing

Sauerbraten (you can actually do it in a few hours, if you have a jaccard)

Eisbein

Moules frites

Slow cooked pork shoulder, pulled -- with beans and slaw

Ham or sausage and egg sandwiches

Veal or chicken marsala

Veal, chicken or fish with lemon-caper sauce (or see the recipe section for beurre Nantais)

Spaghetti (or other pasta) marinara, plus Italian sausages in onion and pepper. Spaghetti arabiatta with seafood. Spaghetti carbonara.

Cioppino (yeah baby!)

Curried anything, and Indian food in general.

Spice helps. Red pepper is your friend.

Feel better,
BDL
post #4 of 15
Anyone ever heard of chicken soup for the soul? I say a nice big bowl of chicken soup
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post #5 of 15
The OP said, "something other than soup." Also, Chicken Soup for the Soul, a book by Jack Canfield,is not about chicken soup, it's what publshers call "Christian-Inspirational."

BDL
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you. And board_d_laze, I feel like I have my menus for the next week or so! Tonight is the simple roast chicken with Garnet yams. I was leaning that way anyway. But my stuffed up head is calling out for Mexican and Indian. Hopefully, the next few days will give me enough energy. I'm pretty sure I have the spicing ingredients on hand and anything else would be easy to get on one of my airing-outs. Thanks again for the great suggestions.

By the way: Monrovia? I lived in Arcadia for a few years and was born in L.A. We moved up here to the Northwest just over 2 years ago. Monrovia always had a nice feel to it. I just hated the heat and the smog (and the traffic, blah, blah). Thanks again.
Emily

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post #7 of 15
A big bowl of mashed potatoes with lost of sharp cheese melted in. Mmmmmmm. Almost makes me wish I were sick.


(Not really, :D but that was what my mother would make for me.)
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post #8 of 15
mashed potatoes, onion gravy and a big pile of glazed carrots.

I'm on day 1. Knew it before i opened my eyes this morning. BLAAHH!
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post #9 of 15
A big bowl of spagheti with warm, toasted garlic bread.
post #10 of 15
Cereal.....I know its pathetic, but when I am sick, I can't even look at food.

But Shepherd's Pie is an all time favorite.

Petals


ps. I hope you feel better very soon

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post #11 of 15
Congee, loaded up with sirachi/blk pepper, meats, bean sprouts, onions.....sorta kinda soup but more gruel/stew.


I'm with them, mashed potatoes....load um up, scallions, all dairy products, lardons......twice baked freeze well which really comes in handy during blech time.

Chicken Stew, beef stew, lamb stew.....loaded with fall veg.
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post #12 of 15
Anything spicey or minty will help clear the sinuses in my experience.
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Should I snort them? Seriously (well, probably not ;)). I can't smell a thing and this has been going on for 4 days! I just had some reasonably hot salsa and got nada.:( Maybe I need some UNreasonably hot salsa?

Thank you all for the very comforting suggestions and the opportunity to whine. David had to go out of town (and his cold is coming back) so it's nice to get some virtual mothering. :D

bughut: how are you feeling?
Emily

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post #14 of 15
Grind some horseradish, that is guaranteed to clear the sinuses!
post #15 of 15
I'll agree that a pile of warm pasta, simply dressed, can be a nice comfort. I like browned butter with a little garlic.

I know you want more than soup, but one thing I've done frequently when I felt like having something but not really cooking was miso soup. Kikkoman, I think it is, has packets of instant miso you can get at most megamarts. The packet directions say use hot water, but I usually have some sort of homemade broth on hand - it's better that way. Something quick and tasty you can sip while sitting there feeling miserable and trying to decide what to actually prepare to eat.

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