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As fabulous as Thanksgiving was, I am ready for some peace and quiet and simple food. In the Deep South, winter comes every so often and luckily stays just a few days. Thanksgiving Day in Natchez was 80 degrees, a perfect day when you are entertaining 144 guests. The next day was brutal; it dropped 30 degrees overnight and was rainy and windy. That weather forced eight contestants in our "turkey gumbo cook-off" to back out. We still had a good turnout and it was an ideal day for Gumbo and the lighting of the tree downtown. We soon saw the thermometer back in the 70s. Winter is pretty much on again, off again in Mississippi, and it suits me just fine. I never argue with 70 degrees.
Now the dilemma ... what do you feel like cooking when one day is warm and one day is cold? Frankly, after the holiday, which lasted from Tuesday evening when my sisters arrived until Sunday lunch when the last of our college students returned to school, I was spent. Last night we had toasted bagels with smoked salmon, and that was a chore. But now I am decorating the house for Christmas and I am getting in the mood to cook again. When you have prepared or eaten just about every food item over a holiday weekend, what is left? I have been craving comfort food; even if I am trying to stay away from many of these dishes, I can dream of them. I started thinking of my list of favorite comfort foods when cold weather begins to conjure up cravings. And there is one that is actually healthy: