What’s your favorite comfort food?

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A burger, coffee, and slice of pie. Mac & cheese with some greens on the side. Eggs, hash browns, and pancakes.

Yup, comfort food. Good, hearty stuff. Here’s how Wikipedia defines it:

(T)raditionally eaten food (which often provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling to the person eating it), or simply provides the consumer an easy-to-digest meal, soft in consistency, and rich in calories, nutrients, or both. The nostalgic element most comfort food has, may be specific to either the individual or a specific culture.  Many comfort foods are flavorful; some may also be easily prepared.

As that snippet suggests, comfort food is often associated with lasting memories! Mention “meat loaf,” and I think of my mom’s recipe, which included a thin brush of tomato paste and strips of bacon on top. (Mom knew her comfort food.) I also recall a meal during my collegiate semester in England, when my friend Don got a care package from home that included a packet of powdered meat loaf mix. We bought 2 lbs. of ground beef and a pile of Brussels sprouts, and enjoyed a feast.

What are your favorite comfort foods? If you need a prod, the Wikipedia article on comfort foods collects lists from different countries! (Bangers and mash, anyone?)

10 responses

  1. Tuna fish stroganoff, ala the days of living collectively in the very early 70s.

    1. Tuna & noodles, absolutely!!!

    2. Yes with peas.

  2. Meatloaf. Also breakfast I can eat breakfast at any meal.

    1. Hot breakfast 3x a day would be fine with me!

  3. Macaroni and cheese. Or Campbell’s tomato soup and buttered Ritz crackers!

    1. Ritz crackers! They can disappear quickly!

  4. Grilled cheese sandwich, a cup of cream of tomato soup with a nap for desert.

    1. Grilled cheese is the best for a soup and sandwich combo.

  5. I’m behind on e-mail so just now read this post. My comfort food is extraordinarily unhealthy, thus I don’t get to eat it very often. Fried chicken with mashed potatoes/gravy. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

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