Delicious comfort food recipes for the holidays

By Stephanie Caputo, Staff Writer

The Holidays are known for many things. We think of family, cold weather, and the ever so important comfort food. Here is a variety of recipes to serve to the family or guests this holiday season, that are sure to bring memories.
Cinnamon Roles:
You need: 2 tbs sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 1/2 cups Bisquick mix, 2/3 cup milk, 2 tbs sugar, 2 tbs softened butter, 1/4 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc.), 1 egg, Glaze mix.
For Glaze: 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar mixed with 2 tbs milk.
Preheat oven to 375 and set aside a greased 13×9″ baking dish.
Mix together sugar and cinnamon, set aside.
Stir together Bisquick mix, milk, sugar, and egg. Kneed about 10 times.
Roll dough into a rectangle. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and dried fruit if desired. Roll up and cut.
Place in pan and bake 23 minutes.
Pumpkin Pancakes:
Mix together 2 1/2 cups of pancake mix (such as Bisquick), 3 tbs brown sugar, 2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 egg, 1 3/4 cups milk, 2 tbs vegetable oil, 2 tbs vinegar, 1 cup pumpkin puree.
Pork Chop and Potato Casserole
You need: 1 tbs vegetable oil, 6 boneless pork chops, 1 10.75 oz can of condensed creme of mushroom soup, 4 medium potatoes (peeled and thinly sliced), 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup chopped onion, and 1 cup shredded cheese.
Preheat oven to 400.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place pork chops into pan and sear.
Combine soup and milk, set aside.
Arrange potatoes and onions in a separate baking dish. Place browned pork chops over them, and then pour milk/soup mix over all.
Bake dish for 30 minutes. Top with cheese and then bake another 30 minutes.
Hearty Lasagna:
Tomato sauce: Brown 1/2 cup of chopped onion and 2 crushed garlic coves in 2 tbs olive oil. Add 1 lb can of tomatoes, 1 8 oz can tomato sauce, 1 tsp parsley, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp oregano, and a dash of pepper.
In a separate pan cook 1/2 lb ground hamburger. Drain the fat. Add fresh mushroom and green pepper as desired. Saute.
Add to Tomato sauce mixture. Simmer for 35 minutes.
Noodles: cook 1 lb of lasagna noodles as directed on package.
Cheese layer: in a large bowl mix a 16 oz can of cottage cheese, an 8 oz can of grated mozzarella cheese, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp parsley, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, 2 tbs grated Parmesan.
In a 9×13″ dish layer sauce, then noodles, then cheese. Repeat until mixtures are used up.
Bake uncovered for 45 minutes at 350.
Portland Peach Pie:
You need: 2 cups milk, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 3 T cornstarch, a dash of salt, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbs butter, 4-6 fresh (hard) peaces, store bought Graham cracker crust, whipped cream.
In a medium sauce pan mix milk and eggs with electric mixer.
Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in bowl.
Slowly add dry mixture to egg mixture, stirring constantly while cooking over medium heat. Do this until mixture boils and thickens. Take from heat and add vanilla and butter. Stir and let cool.
Peel and slice peaches and place in pie crust.
Poor cooled mixture over peaches. Cover with whipped cream and store in fridge until ready to eat!
Easy Peanut butter Cookies:
Mix 1 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup peanut butter, 2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt.
Bake at 350 until done.