Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Comfort Food & White Jacket Required

There are a handful of foods that rank on my "comfort food" list.  No, not mashed potatoes...not meatloaf.

My number one comfort food is toast.  Toast with butter or cinnamon toast, but definitely toast.

Also ranking high on the list: graham crackers with chocolate frosting.  Comfort food when made for you, is a little like a love letter, isn't it?  Maybe that's why it's so comforting to me...I remember my mom making these. I'm sure she made them with leftover frosting, but today I made them using Jenna's recipe from her new book.

Let me tell you a bit about White Jacket Required by Jenna Weber.  As the subtitle states, the book is "culinary coming-of-age story," taking the reader along on Jenna's journey through culinary school and beyond.  Jenna's book is  not only a love letter to food, but to her family as well...it's heartfelt and touching.

To top it off, each chapter ends with a recipe...or three.  Oh, I love a book with recipes, don't you?  I love thinking about what the author was eating and cooking...and the story behind the food.  There's ALWAYS a story.
Culinary school, family bonds, recipes...can you ask for more, really?

Jenna was kind enough to let me share her recipe for chocolate buttercream here on the blog.  It's light and fluffy, and just perfect for sandwiching between two graham crackers....or for frosting a cake if you're feeling ambitious.
It's comfort food.

Jenna's Chocolate Buttercream
{with permission from White Jacket Required}

1 stick (8 TBSP) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
Pinch of sea salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 TBSP cocoa powder
2 TBSP milk

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla for 5 minutes on high speed.  Add the cocoa powder and milk and keep beating for another 8-10 minutes until very light, thick, and fluffy.

Having met Jenna last month in Oregon, I can attest to the fact that she's as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.  I think you'll want to know her, too.

{Also, be sure to visit Jenna's blog: Eat, Live, Run.} 


  1. These kind of post are always inspiring and I prefer to read quality content so I happy to find many good point here in the post, writing is simply great, thank you for the post human growth hormone

  2. Frosting, in pretty much any way shape or form, is a winner. Glad you got your hands on the book - I still need to pick up a copy & can't wait to read it!

  3. I will have to try her frosting! Her book sounds amazing!

  4. I'm looking forward to reading this book!

  5. The book looks lovely. Of course, my mom always put cream cheese frosting on the graham crackers, so it may take a moment for me to wrap my head around chocolate frosting...

  6. What a lovely post! I totally want her book now!

  7. a little comfort food would be great right now!

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  9. Graham crackers and chocolate frosting? That's one I need to try! I just ordered Jenna's book, can't wait to read it!

  10. Wow, never tried this combination before. I'm sure it's great comfort food!

  11. Jenna's book sounds wonderful! And that frosting? Sandwiched between graham crackers? Oh my word!

  12. Bridge, my grandma made wedding cakes so she would always give us chocolate on graham crackers or vanilla on club crackers. This is such a fun post, thanks for bringing that memory back today!

    Love your guts

  13. Thank you, sweet Bridget!!! I am so glad to have met you last month. Thank you for this! :)

  14. This was a great read...but somehow I missed this recipe. Can't wait to try it out!

  15. This book is on my to-read list! Love her blog!

  16. The books looks great, I'll have to check it out. And that frosting looks amazing!

  17. This is a lot like my butter cream. I don't actually have a recipe though, I just make it and go by taste and consistency but this is my recipe with #'s. :)

    My comfort food, German Potato Salad (gramma's), ice cream (any flavor), and peanut butter - straight out of the jar.

  18. Love finding new frosting recipes! That books sounds like a winner :)

  19. I remember Mom making those! Love them too. Toast is on my comfort food list. With a cup of constant comet tea!

  20. Such a sweet review of Jenna's book. I want to read it while dipping graham crackers in frosting.

  21. I love graham crackers and chocolate frosting!! Especially the cinnamin graham crackers! :) Actually just bought those for a snack the other day and hadn't had them in forever...but I have to admit your homemade frosting looks so much more delicious! I will put this on my want to do list...but it's just so easy to use the frosting from the can...

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

  22. I had NO idea that graham crackers with icing were a "common" comfort food. My mom held the junk food reigns pretty tight, so what a treat it was to get graham crackers with icing - any icing - who cares what kind. To this day I love the nostalgia of it. And it does taste soooo good. My ultimate comfort food though? Cereal.

  23. I can't wait to read through the book. She is truly a gem. And that buttercream ... whoa.

  24. Yes, it really sounds good, simple and for everyday using! Nice idea for my blogging snack!

  25. Chocolate Buttercream is one of the most simple and delicious things on the planet. I have trouble not shoving my face in the bowl when I make it.

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