Howard County answers: What's your go-to comfort food?
By Patti Restivo
For Howard Magazine|
Oct 31, 2018 at 8:00 AM
We asked three Howard County notables which foods bring them warm, fuzzy memories.
School system superintendent
Martirano, who is half Italian, says his go-to comfort food today was a staple food growing up.
“I always have a craving for spaghetti and meatballs,” he says. “It takes me back to childhood.”
Martirano crafts his own “Sunday sauce” from scratch and freezes leftovers to ensure the nostalgic dish is always on hand. Simmering meatballs in the sauce all day long, he says, creates an “absolutely fabulous, delightful meal with parmesan cheese” — one his body seems to require.
“It’s easy,” she says. “And you can indulge a couple of times a week without feeling like you’re drowning in sameness.”
Royal Taj manager and partner
Binda Singh’s go-to comfort food can be lamb, seafood or chicken, “anything that’s barbecued, with a lot of protein and no fat at all.” His favorite — the tandoor lamp chop entree served at his restaurant — derives its flavor from spices, herbs and marinade.
Ever conscious of his weight, Singh says that on the very rare occasion he eats a dessert, he enjoys ice cream, chocolate cake or crème brûlée.
From the time the readers’ poll launches in August to the issue’s delivery in December, businesses, nonprofits and readers alike are abuzz in anticipation of who might take home the coveted Best of Howard County title.