About Simple Comfort Food

Thank you for visiting Simple Comfort Food. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes that you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other.

My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of nineteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own.

I learned early on that cooking and bringing family and friends together was very important. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own.

You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that’s a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food.

Commonly Asked Questions:

Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog?

Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission.

Will you review my product/book/site?

I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.


  • lo

    Dax –
    Thanks for visiting Burp! and sending me the link to your blog. I’ll be sure to add it to our list of Wisconsin Food blogs.

    Have been looking around your site and am enjoying what I see! Will also add you to the list of blogs I read regularly!

    Thanks again,

    Burp! Where Food Happens

  • Cindy

    Hi there-

    I am the editor of a popular Mom magazine in the Silicon Valley, CA. I stumbled upon your food blog and I love your recipes and photos and I think our readers will too. I would like to ask your permission to print and publish your recipes and photos in an upcoming issue(s) of our publication. You may look at our current website http://www.everymommagazine.com (we will soon be http://www.MMagazineBayArea.com) to get an idea of what we are. We will credit you and your blog with the recipe and photos. Please let me know if it is okay to print. Thanks!

    Cindy Cruz
    M magazine
    for the woman in every mom
    p. 408.834.6454
    f. 408.493.4650

  • Michele @ FoodieView

    Hi There!

    We think your photos are absolutely mouthwatering…and we’d love to showcase them on Foodie Views of the Day!!! Foodie Views of the Day is a delicious feature on our website, FoodieView (www.foodieview.com). The idea is to provide fabulous foodies like yourself with an alternative space to share your food photo talents–and to give your readers and our users an opportunity to vote on their favorite pics. You can check it out here: http://www.foodieview.com/views/.

    You can upload your visual displays of yumminess directly to the site by following this link: http://www.foodieview.com/views/submit_info.jsp. All photos posted on Foodie Views of the Day are coupled with the appropriate photo credit and a link to the corresponding post on your blog. You can also add one of our fancy blog buttons to your site–which makes it easy for your fans to vote on your pics.

    If you have any questions about FoodieViews of the Day or would like more information about other opportunities to get your blog involved in FoodieView, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am also always grateful for any suggestions or comments you may have. Our goal is to make FoodieView the best food resource on the web……so your wish is our command ;)!


    Michele Robichaux


  • Abigail Naumann

    What a great blog! Love all the recipes! Couldn’t agree more about your philosophy on calories. Is there a way I could possibly contact you about an awesome cause I’m putting together to help get families back to the table? Shoot me an email! Cheers!

  • scott

    I always liked you, Dax. Now I like you ten times more after having discovered this fabulous blog! I’m bookmarking the RSS feed.

  • Bee Nguyen

    HI Dax,

    We just met at the salon today:)I Like your blog a lot! You got quite a diversity of food recipes here.Thanks for letting me know about your site. i’ll add your site to my favorite list,and maybe i can learn to make” Pho?”(vietnamese noodle) from your instruction someday. Hope to see you,Connor, and jet again for ur next visit at the salon:)

  • Mike Magee

    Feenominal food site! Your recipes are dead on! I am a Chili
    head and cookoff participant. My fav comfort food is Chili, and saw your white chicken chili recipe, but could not find the chili and beans, nor a Texas style chili recipe. Are they too close to the heart to reveal? Or does this again confirm my ADD diagnosis?
    Thanks so much,
    Mike Magee
    Dead Earl’s Killer Chilli

  • Kathy

    Found your site through a search for homemade enchilada sauce … are you sure you live in the midwest??? I live in California where we have lots of great Mexican food and your recipes sound soooo tasty and authentic. I’ve already saved several other recipes that sound great, and your food philosophy sounds like I wrote it myself. Really glad to have found your treasure trove of recipes and looking forward to trying many!!!

  • Teri

    Oh My,
    I just came upon your blog from tasty kitchen. I am amazed it’s like the blog I have been looking for forever. I love to cook. I love ethnic food but have never really found recipe’s that meet my standards. I can make anything with a good recipe and I have so much to catch up on with these recipes in your blog. First of all, “Simple Comfort Food” made me hesitant because I thought of good ole down home cookin from Texas. So I thought I was going to be visiting a blog that had all the food I grew up with. You have taken comfort to a whole new level. I am so excited to embark upon a whole new treasury of recipe’s that I know will be worth my while to try. I am a mom of five, I have a full time job, and I am working on my Special Education degree. I am supposed to be writing a paper today and I cant think straight so I thought I would sneak on over to the food blogs and do some searching for recipe’s and I have hit the Jackpot. I feel like I just won the Lottery. Thanks for sharing your love of cooking and giving me a new place to search for Exceptional food.

  • Lizeth Reister

    Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this blog. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s very hard to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and visual appeal. I must say that you’ve done a fantastic job with this. Also, the blog loads very fast for me on Firefox. Superb Blog!

  • Debi

    Hi just found your website, love it, can’t wait to try some of the recipes. I noticed in your picture a cast iron skillet on your flattop stove, I was told not to use them, do you use them? I miss my iron skillets, but love the glass top stove.

  • TheSailorWoman

    I have never posted a comment to a cooking site but I enjoyed looking through your recipe box on the Tasty Kitchen site so much I just had to say thank you! My husband and I run a charter business in the Bahamas on our 78 ft. sailboat. I love to cook and have a 6 burner stove/oven in my galley. One of the ways we like to spoil our guests is with awesome food all week . I will be using several of your recipes on our next charter. http://www.SailingAdventures.org I see that you were born in Indiana. I was raised in a very small town in Ohio. Now I have been living on a sailboat for the past 30 years. Crazy where life takes you. You should go on the cooking show with Gordon Ramsey…I think it is called Master Chef! You would win!! Anyway, just wanted to say thank you again for sharing your cooking talents! All the very best to you and your family.

  • Katie @ saltpig canteen

    Hi Dax, I totally agree with you, if you’re going to eat something, do it properly – don’t have margarine when you can have butter, fat coke not diet coke. Life is too short to be calorie counting. Love your blog and will be returning, if you want check out our favourite comfort foods on http://www.saltpigcanteen.com

  • Sharryn

    I LOVE your blog, but wish you had a print function! Read my husband the roasted pepper recipe tonight, and he is going shopping for the peppers tomorrow!

  • Lee Wright

    Had no idea, Dax, your culinary skills were what they are until I saw some of your Facebook posts. Seeing your site today takes this to a whole new level.

    Bravo! Great job.

    My only regret is that we didn’t get a chance to see–and taste–this side of you when you were in Dallas.

  • deborah

    IF you eat food, put this dish in your mouth ASAP!! Made this tonight and it was a huge hit, and we’ve made a LOT of carnitas. A couple of notes: no one else mentioned this, but this dish is spicy (to me). I even cut the cayenne and only added one pepper. BUT after tasting it I added more milk at the end (probably about a cup or so-and reduced it down as mentioned in the original recipe. I made 3.5 Lbs. of meet in a cast iron skillet)- this cut the heat a bit and actually gave the dish a bit of a carmelized flavor. Very delicious – a definite winner.

  • Brian


    When growing up, did you live on Malfalfa Road? Just curious. Let me explain…

    I grew up just outside of Kokomo. I have long since moved away. Every now and again, I get a hankering’ for food from back home. Naturally, I was looking for a ham salad recipe. A Google search landed me on your page about fried bologna sandwiches because you mentioned ham salad there. I see that you, too, are from Kokomo. I happened to live right around the corner from a person named Dax. I don’t remember Dax’s last name. We rode the same school bus. Could that be you?

    Brian Smith

  • dancing kitchen

    Cool site. Love love love that we have similar tastes for flavor. I was raised in IN, adopted by a middle eastern family now live in San Diego…have a Samoan boyfriend and work with Filipino’s. My palate is convoluted to put it lightly and to find someone who is as diverse as you rocks.

  • Lisa

    I just came across your blog, and I am SO excited to make your recipes! I saw you have a salsa de chile de arbol recipe, and I was wondering if you have ever experimented with a creamy chile de arbol sauce. I love Mi Cocina in Brookfield and New Berlin, and I have never been able to find a recipe that comes close….

    Thanks for all of your posts!

  • Cecelia

    Umm… who are you, where have you been all my life, and thank you for being here. 😉 Truly though. You have a great site, wonderful recipes, and fantastic photos that almost let you taste the dish! Much appreciated.

  • Bob

    Great Blog! I found your blog by way of Tasty Kitchen. While going thru some of your great recipes, I found the one on Carne Adovada, nice job! I am from New Mexico and it is nice to see someone that appreciates some of the truly great food that we have here. I need to start a blog so that I can share some of my recipes with everyone. My problem is that I don’t measure anything and I don’t write down my recipes. Thanks again!

  • tami

    Thank you so so so so so so much! Love love love this blog!
    I am a Mom of five, with a ten year old son who wants to be a preacher and a chef. His twelve year old sister and best friend wants to be a baker plus a million other things. Needless to say, despite my original dislike of cooking and total ineptness at it, I have had to learn. Always looking for new ways and meals to cook together. So fun and yes…comforting! Many blessings!!!

  • Hanna

    I just discovered your blog while searching for a Nam Khao Tod recipe. I think I am more excited about your blog than finding the recipe! I can’t wait to try your version of Thai style crunchy rice as well as your Khao Soi. I grow several varieties of chili peppers, and I am looking forward to trying some of your sauce and salsa recipes.

    I live in the South and grew up in the kitchen with my mom and grandmother. I will admit when it comes to southern cuisine, we have some of the best in our house. (I thank my grandmother for all the time and patience she had all those years, and for sharing her passion with me.) However, ethnic cuisine, especially Thai, is my favorite. Thank you for sharing your creations. You are such an inspiration!

  • Vicki

    Hey Dax, my son just got braces his braces adjusted and his mouth is in a good deal of pain, So I tried your potatoe steak soup ( I added a bit of bacon wrapped pork roast to it as I didn’t have 2 cups of steak left over and it was wonderful. And yum he was able to eat it. Thanks so much for your great recipe.

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