When I think of comfort, my mind wanders back to my childhood--to those cold wintery days in Wisconsin when, after the long walk home from school, we'd make angels in fresh-fallen snow and stock our snow forts with snowballs. Or we'd make snowmen and then sled until dusk, until we were chilled to the bone.
Coming in from the cold air into our nice warm home, we'd take off our wet, half-frozen mittens, our jackets and boots and huddle around the fire to warm ourselves. Then my Mom would bring us a cup of hot chocolate to sip while she prepared our favorite dinner of creamy macaroni and cheese.
Even today when I enjoy it accompanied by hot bread and a crisp green salad, it makes me feel all is well with the world.
1 (7-ounce) package elbow macaroni
1/2 cup minced onion
1/3 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt