The ultimate in hearty, down-home cooking: (wheat) meat and potatoes.
Wild mushroom risotto is earthy and unbelievably rich. It takes some time at the stove, but is well worth it for a special dinner.
Risotto isn't difficult to make, though it does require a lot of standing at the stove, stirring away. The end result, however, is delicious and a wonderful comfort food.
A simple soup that can be served hot or cold.