Good Question: Cheer Me Up with Something to Simmer

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Ok, Kitchen,

Just broke up with my beau of two years – just in time for my 35th birthday and Valentine’s Day, no less. What recipes would you all recommend so that I don’t feel quite so much like a Cathy cartoon?

Give me something to cook to take my mind off the whole mess. I’m a freelance writer; it’s best to have things simmering on the stove.

Thanks, Lisa


We are so sorry to hear about your break-up. Time, and good food will help heal the heart. I’m sure our readers will have plenty of heart-warming foods for you to cook through Valentine’s Day and your birthday.

I think February is a great time for stews and soups. The Italian Escarole Soup we featured on Monday doesn’t simmer too long, but it is as tasty as it is nourishing.

Also, the Azo Family Chocolate Cake in yesterday’s Times doesn’t simmer, but it bakes, and might be something nice for your birthday. I’ve been hoping a roving reporter would try it out and send us some photos and a review…

Wishing you a mended heart and a Happy Birthday!