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Saturday, February 07, 2009

QUESTIONS about Comfort Food listed the top 25 comfort foods, each linked to an appropriate recipe either traditional or updated.

Here's my take on each:
• Apple Pie - I like; maybe with vanilla ice cream, it's comfort food,
• Baked Beans - not a huge fan. Hated as a kid, will eat now. No.
• Banana Pudding - more likely vanilla pudding with sliced bananas in it
• Beef Stew - maybe
• Brisket Pot Roast - probably
• Chicken & Dumplings -possibly, though haven't had in years
• Chicken Pot Pie - eh, it's OK, but not comfort food.
• Chicken Soup - no. Mushroom soup, yes.
• Chili - I like chili, but never thought of as comfort food.
• Chocolate Chip Cookies - there was this local brand called Freihoffer's which made the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. Either they've changed the formula or my taste buds have changed, but they just don't do it for me anymore.
• Corn on the Cob - like it, not comfort food
• Fried Chicken - comfort food
• Gelatin - I only eat when I'm sick, so comfort food
• Green Bean Casserole - not a big fan
• Hot Dogs - not really. Saturday lunch or the ballpark.
• Ice Cream - sometimes
• Macaroni & Cheese - almost always, especially baked, the way my wife makes it. My daughter won't even touch the stuff with the dayglo cheese powder.
• Mashed Potatoes - can be, depending on the mood
• Meatloaf - mash potatoes with meatloaf - now THAT'S comfort food
• Potato Salad - no. I eat it, but does not meet the level of pleasure necessary.
• Pumpkin Pie - no. I like it fine, but doesn't quite get there
• Shepherd's Pie - I didn't even know what this was until about 15 years ago when, with the help of my girlfriend (now wife), I made it for 40 people I can see how it could be comfort food, but I always associate it with stressing over g=feeding a large number of folks.
• Spaghetti - no, and I do like spaghetti.
• Tomato Soup - not fond of tomato soup. Actively HATED Campbell's tomato soup as a child, haven't tried it since.
• Tuna Casserole - probably.

I suppose it's definitional - it's the stuff I like to eat when I'm sick or melancholy.

1. How would you rate the foods on this list as comfort foods?
2. What else wouuld you consider comfort food. Can't think of anything else except Oreos with milk.



Rebecca Hickman said...

My favorite comfort foods are oatmeal raisin cookies, carrot cake, soft-serve vanilla ice cream, and peanut butter frozen yogurt.

david brickman said...

Your comments on each food were fun to read. Freihofer's cookies still rate with me. But the first thing I thought of was toast with butter. Also, breakfast cereal. These are things you can fall back on when you're hungry and don;t know what else to do. That's a comfort, right? Speaking of comfort, what about alcoholic beverages? I would think a great many Americans might consider beer a comfort food (but not me). Or the ever-reliable hamburger. With fries.