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iStock-518871732 Cropped Everyone has their own personal definition of "comfort food", and while the actual menu varies from person to person, there are a few common elements. Comfort food is almost something hearty, that warms you up from the inside out, and evokes strong memories of happy times. 

Why Soup Might Be The Ultimate Comfort Food

So perhaps it's not surprising that a warm bowl of soup hits a lot of these notes for many of us.  It's served up hot, and often has a nostalgia factor - who doesn't remember enjoying tomato soup and grilled cheese as a kid, or having chicken noodle soup when they have a cold? 

Which is why we're particularly excited about a new line of soups that was just launched by Campbell's. The Well Yes! series of soups is both healthy and delicious, with soups made from whole ingredients like roasted chicken, beans, kale, and more of your (and our) favorites. 

There's Comfort In Convenience

One less than wonderful thing about many of our favorite comfort foods is that they aren't exactly easy or convenient to make! That's where soup can also shine - at least if you can find a canned version of your favorites. And our sponsor (and your family favorite) Campbell's has made than easier than ever with their new Well Yes! line of soups, which are deliciously crafted with flavor, nutrition, health, and comfort mind. 

Comfort, Convenience, And Cartwheel

If you shop at Target and use the Target Cartwheel app, there's an even better deal to be had. Until 2/25, you can save 20% off some healthy and tasty options like Hearty Vegetable and Lentil, Minestrone with Kale, and Black Bean with Red Quinoa. We'll say "well yes!" to that! 

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It's hard to go wrong with a pound cake! This version takes the traditional recipe of the pound cake and infuses it with the flavor of eggnog to give it the perfect taste of the season. If you don't have time to bake the pound cake, get a store bought one and make the glaze in the recipe for a shortcut to homemade. Perfect for when you get invited to a last minute party and have no time to make something from scratch.

Eggnog Pound Cake with Eggnog Glaze


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• 3 cups all-purpose flour

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1 cup butter, room temperature

• 2 cups sugar

• 4 large eggs

• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

• 1 1/4 cup eggnog


• 1 cup powdered sugar

• 1-2 tablespoons eggnog

• 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

•1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

• 1/2 teaspoon rum (optional)


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Pound Cake

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.

In the bowl of a mixer, cream butter until smooth, slowly add in sugar until all combined.

Beat butter on medium speed until light and creamy.

Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add in vanilla.

Alternating the flour mixture and eggnog, starting and ending with the flour, add in both; mix until smooth.

Spoon batter into two greased and floured 9-inch loaf pans or a bundt pan.

Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 50-55 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Let cake rest in pan for 20 minutes before turning out onto rack to cool completely.


Whisk together eggnog, vanilla, nutmeg, powdered sugar and rum, adding eggnog until reaching the desired consistency.

Spoon over cooled cake.

Let glaze set up for a few hours before serving or storing.

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The back-to-school season can be a blur of chaotic schedule changes and to-do lists a mile long. Getting dinner on the table each night is exhausting all in itself, but then add making the next day's lunch to your after-dinner to-do list and it can be downright stressful. Instead of worrying about what you and your family are going to eat tonight and tomorrow, plan ahead with meals that can serve a dual purpose. Here are several ways you can easily convert your dinner into a "new" next-day lunch.   

Change Up The Way It's Served

17883 johnsonville-chili pieYou don't have to reinvent the wheel when you want to make the same meal feel different. Just changing one ingredient or how the dish is served can make a meal feel fresh when it's served for the second time. Try this Sausage Chili Pie for a great weeknight meal that brings a little fun from the concession stand to the dinner table. Serve the chili over chips the first night you make it, and then pack up the leftovers and serve the next day at lunch over a baked potato. Chili is also a great dish to make in a large batch because you can freeze and eat it several days later instead of the next day.

Make It Self-Contained

17883 johnsonville-tacocupsThe key to any bagged lunch for you or your kids is quick and easy. You don't want to be dividing all the components of last night's dinner into separate storage containers as well as creating little plates for everyone to take the next day, or even worse, do the dividing in the morning. Making a personal-sized dish like these Taco Cups means that lunch the next day is grab-and-go. Change up the dish by topping mini taco salads with something different than the night before; for example, if you had it with sour cream and avocado slices for dinner, pack some diced tomatoes or salsa for lunch.

Add A Fully Cooked Ingredient

One way to make leftovers not feel left over is to only use part of the original dish. So if you're making dinner with a selection from Johnsonville's line of  Fully Cooked Sausages, you can toss any leftover sausages in a bun, heat up, and enjoy for your mid-day meal. Made of premium cuts of pork with Johnsonville's blend of garlic and black pepper and many other great flavors, you and your family will enjoy the sausage on its own as much as you did within the dish!

For more weeknight meal inspiration that only require 5 ingredients, check out Womensforum's 5-5-5 Meal Planner!


Did you know that four out of five people don't actually use their lunch hour on a regular basis? If you are part of the 20 percent who escape from your desk for a midday meal, good for you! For the rest of us, here are five on-the-go food ideas you can keep at your desk or stash in your bag. 

In Case of Emergency: Backup Lunch Ideas


Chopped, cold or hot, salads have taken a new place at the table as an entree. The best part about the salad as the main course is that it's a bit of a chameleon on the plate, blending and changing flavor profiles with whatever you toss in the bowl. This once side dish has blossomed into more than just lettuce and tomatoes.

Salads have become a blank canvas for serious cooks in the kitchen, but it works just as well for those moms who don't have time to mess around. Make your mixed greens hearty and filling by adding a flavorful protein, like Johnsonville's Apple Chicken Sausage Split Rope. Made from the most premium cuts of pork combined with Johnsonville's special blend of garlic and black pepper, the Apple Chicken Sausage Split Rope is from the Johnsonville Fully Cooked line of sausages, which means you just heat it up and go. Need a fast and filling dinner option? Solve it with sausage!

Since salads can be simple or complex, over time these bowls of flavor have become an American staplefrom the lightest option to the richest of comfort foods, depending on what you toss into the bowl. The sausage adds a nice pop of flavor, but also try mixing in a pasta or grain, like orzo or quinoa, to really fill up your family.

17884-entree-salad-wideWomensforum and Johnsonville have put together the perfect mix for a family dinner with "The Entrée Saladfeaturing Johnsonville Apple Chicken Sausage Split Rope, which offers a new take on the Greek Salad. 

This salad is part of our 5-5-5 series, which means it has only 5 ingredients and a simple 5-minute prep time. If you want to raise kids who will eat anything, you have to show them how to cook and eat with lots of different flavors. 

For busy on-the-go families trying to get back into the swing of routines, with all of the practices and homework while still trying to wedge in family time, this sausage and salad solution means dinner can be quick, packed with nutrition, taste good and be prepared in no time.

 For more weeknight meal inspiration that only require 5 ingredients, check out Womensforum's 5-5-5 Meal Planner!