Tomato Pie

In a twist on James Beard’s famous tomato pie, which his friend and renowned food writer Ruth Reichl has touted for decades, I used my husband’s famous buttermilk biscuit recipe for the crust. (You can always use a store-bought pie crust.) Then I included cherry tomatoes (that’s what our garden is producing by the bushel […]

Ginger Peach Crumble Pie

Inspiration for this dessert came from an exalted source, Helen Corbitt. She rose to fame in the 1950s when she put Neiman Marcus on the culinary map. A native New Yorker, Ms. Corbitt moved to Texas to teach catering and restaurant management at the University of Texas and then joined the Houston Country Club in […]


Lots of the old cookbooks I turn to for Kitchen Comfort inspiration include recipes for pineapple upside down cake. I longed to do something different, and I love the way sweet apples and tart dried cherries play against each other. This one gives me the chance to haul out one of my cast-iron skillets, the […]


When this Kitchen Comfort recipe series began, a friend urged me to create an updated Tuna Noodle Casserole. Tiffany is a Tex-pat, a Texan living much of the time in South Africa, where she craves the comfort foods of home. My confession: It’s a dish I’ve never truly embraced, simply because I always found it […]


If ever we need comfort, it’s now. Perhaps as unsettling as the onslaught of the pandemic and all that it has brought us is the partial opening of places — because now, we have even more questions than before. Should we stay home or is it safe to go out to eat? We want to […]

Kitchen Comfort: APPLE CRISP

As soon as I told my sister I was embarking on this food makeover quest I call Kitchen Comfort, she urged me to find our grandmother’s recipe for Apple Crisp. No question, it was one of the happiest dishes from our childhood, and one we haven’t tried in a long time. “The only ones I […]

Kitchen Comfort: STUFFED PEPPERS

Red, yellow and green stuffed peppers served with seasoned, grilled home-made sourdough. Searching for old family recipes for this reliable comfort dish, I found a couple of options for making over. My paternal grandmother’s well-worn 1920s cookbook from The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth offers up a version begging for some updates. Due to the […]

Kitchen Comfort: SPANISH CHICKEN

Among the cookbooks my mom has collected since the 1950s, several fall into the genre I call “church lady” — the compendiums of every casserole and covered dish you can imagine. When on the search for recipes to make over for this Kitchen Comfort series, I especially like prowling through a 1980s edition of The Pride […]


The original recipe for Oatmeal Cookies in my grandmother’s recipe box was clipped from a 1950s issue of Parade magazine. The page has browned with age and has worn tissue-thin from years of handling; I was almost afraid to pull it from the tightly packed recipe box for fear of damaging it. A solid recipe, […]


Developed in the 1950s, Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing eclipsed other dressings — French, Green Goddess, and Thousand Island — to become the ubiquitous condiment for salads and for dipping raw veggies and even French fries. The bottled variety holds too many fake flavors for my taste, so I make my own — and it’s so […]