Comfort foods

Dec 5th, 2005, 02:18 PM
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Is it the time of year, or what!?!

At our house last week, we discussed what is it, precisely, that makes 'comfort food' comforting. Our conclusions --

1. CF poses no challenges -- no strong flavors, no harsh or surprising textures. CF is never too sweet, too salty, or too crunchy.
2. Most CF seems to be wet -- or perhaps, damp. Comfort food is almost never crunchy.
3. The temperature of CF is typically only warm (not hot), and never cold. Ice cream *may* be the single exception to this rule.
4. CF's come in large quantities -- a *big* pot of chili, a *large* pan of macaroni and cheese.
5. CF's have a *lot* of fat in them -- fat carries flavor, after all.
6. A plus, but not a necessity, is that one's Mother (or mother-figure) served one one's first taste of the CF.

Any other meta-criteria for this category?

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Dec 5th, 2005, 02:50 PM
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Wow! Butterscotch pudding and pot pies...I haven't thought about those in years!!

Meatloaf is a comfort food in my home. I love it the next day on a sandwich, yum
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Dec 5th, 2005, 02:57 PM
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Oh, St. Cirq, I love The Gallery of Regrettable Food! Have you read the book of the same name?

Deeply, deeply regrettable.
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Dec 5th, 2005, 03:00 PM
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Bread - crusty Italian bread, plain or with olive oil, or rye bread, plain or with butter

Olives and crusty bread and red wine

Roasted sweet red peppers and bread

Linguine or spaghetti with homemade marinara sauce


Ice cream



P.S. I hate macaroni and cheese.

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Dec 5th, 2005, 03:29 PM
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I heard that there was a book, but haven't seen it. Nor have I visited that website for a year or so. But I do think it's one of the funniest things ever - the same sort of humor as the newsletter (and now book) "Things My Girlfriend and I Argue About" - truly hilarious.

As for comfort food, it's snowing here and I just made a"*big* pot of hame and white bean and escarole soup - one of my alltime favorite comfort foods.
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Dec 5th, 2005, 08:48 PM
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My mother's pork roast with mashed potatoes and gravy. Yum!

Cinnamon toast with hot chocolate.
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Dec 6th, 2005, 12:38 AM
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something I've wondered... is Pork Roast (US) the same as Roast Pork (UK)? (i.e. same as roast beef but, well, pork)

And do you have crackling on it?
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Dec 6th, 2005, 02:38 AM
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My mother's fried pork chops before pork became "the other white meat" & lost its flavor.

Blackberry cobbler made with wild blackberries baked in a deep bowl with layers of pie crust in it & topped with ice cream.

Fried potatoes & onions.

My Dad's BBQ'ed ribs which were slow-cooked for ages over a hickory fire with his homemade sauce made in a huge pot.

My Mom's cloverleaf rolls & any of her pies. Nobody made a better pie crust.

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Dec 6th, 2005, 04:09 AM
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My ultimate comfort food is a grilled cheese sandwich -- even better with a George Foreman Grill; 2 minutes and 20 seconds. Pulled pork or beef roasts are favorites in my slow-cooker on a cold Sunday night.

I agree with the comment about CFs being wet. It's like how mashed potatoes "fill the corners" of my stomach.
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Dec 6th, 2005, 05:08 AM
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A big bowl of homemade soup with brown bread, yummy!!
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Dec 6th, 2005, 05:35 AM
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How about some of that Korean and Chinese comfort food: Ox-blood clot soup; dog stew; sea slugs; bird's nest soup (ummm, bird saliva!); pig's blood on a stick; and skate layered with overripe kimichi! (If you've never had skate prepared as it is in a small corner of southeastern South Korea, it reeks of ammonia, and I love kimchi, but not overripened--I'd had numerous OB beers before trying this concoction but I've still never forgiven my brother-in-law for ordering it).
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Dec 6th, 2005, 07:25 AM
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Oh my, this thread is making me SO hungry!! A few of my very favorites (that I haven't thought of in years):

1. Grilled cheese sandwiches (only made with white bread and artificial cheese goo)

2. Mom's homemade soups - any and all of them

3. Mom's pot roast that's been slow cooked all day

4. Dad's quickie "SOS" sandwiches (chipped beef warmed in white sauce poured over white toast)

Takes me back to when I six years old!
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Dec 6th, 2005, 09:43 AM
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I'm a Southern gal and have fond memories of the foods I grew up with. Still are among my favorites:

Mashed potatoes and white gravy
Macaroni and cheese
Rice pudding with raisins
Jell-o cooked chocolate pudding, poured over vanilla wafers while hot
Real popcorn, not microwave
Bacon, eggs and grits
Hot cornbread with lots of butter!!
Fried fish, slaw and hushpuppies

OMG....I've gotta get something to eat!!
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