So checking for the 'top ten comfort foods' links online, I wasn't the least surprised that Mac and Cheese was included in all lists. Question then, what are your top ten comfort foods? I'm wondering if we all include it.
Unsu...Sat, April 10, 2010 - 1:08 PMhalf of my comfort foods are take out items, half at made at home
mashed potatoes with skins on butter , cream , salt, pepper
italian beef with melted mozzarella , sweet peppers and dipped
red beans and rice
mom's beef and noodles
chocolate chip pancakes with maple syrup
red cabbage soup
my garden pasta (simple sauce of diced garlic, onions, carrots, celery sauteed in butter then add tomatoes, salt pepper, touch of sugar. cook until all sauce like and add on top of pasta of your choice)
Unsu...Mon, August 16, 2010 - 2:03 AMmom's www.uggbootsale-uk.org/ugg-cl...ts.html beef and noodles
chocolate chip www.uggs-boots-shop.com/ugg-ni...ts.html pancakes with maple syrup
red cabbage soup
my garden pasta (simple sauce of diced garlic, onions, carrots, celery sauteed
Sun, April 11, 2010 - 10:53 AMmac & cheese was never a biggie for me. Unless it's jazzed up with things like black olives, peppers, onion, etc. And good cheese.
red lentil soup
Sun, April 11, 2010 - 11:32 AMin no specific order,
lamb shanks with horseradish mashed potatoes
baby back ribs cooked low & slow with homemade barbecue sauce
clam dip with Ruffles potato chips
french toast with butter and maple syrup
cake with buttercream frosting
brie cheese on crusty french bread
hummus and roasted sweet potatoes drizzled with olive oil
vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce & chopped peanuts
enchiladas with guacamole and sour cream
Mon, April 12, 2010 - 9:47 AMI used to believe comfort food was simply fat laden heavy food. For me it's interesting how much good and bad are combined in the concept, sure there is chicken noodle soup, but in contrast Mac and Cheese looms ever present on lists. A hot bowl of oatmeal and a fried chicken dinner complete with mashed potatoes and gravy, still warm chocolate chip cookies and milk are other examples. One of my favorites is an oven hot roll and honey, then too, what is it without the butter?
In other words, comfort and health consciousness don't always equate.
Mon, April 12, 2010 - 10:08 AMI would believe high fats and protein would "allow" the body to feel sated and comforted on a cellular level (therefore psychological level), since all that stuff is good stored energy, and the body doesn't have to work so hard to find food to replenish.
Mon, April 12, 2010 - 1:25 PMOK...
Korean Kim Chee
Russian Mennonite Beet Borsch
Polish Mennonite Bierocks
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
My Dad's Oyster Stew
German Mennonite Plumamous (chilled Christmas sweetened buttermilk and prune soup)
Provincial Ratatouille (Julia Child's version)
Mom's Homemade Macaroni & Cheese with Diced Tomatoes
Dilly Casserole Bread (made with cottage cheese, dill seed, and minced onion; I think originally off the back of a yeast packet in the '60's)
I don't really care too much for rich, heavy, meat-laden foods. I will eat them from time to time, but pay dearly for it.
Tue, April 13, 2010 - 7:01 PMSome friends ran a restaurant in Koeln, and one of their speciaties was Koelnisch Sauerbraten. They used aged venison, marinated it a week, and took an entire day cooking, but OMG...heavenly...
I am fortunate to have been given an authentic heavy-duty spaetzle press by my "adopted" German "Oma" (grandmother) for one Christmas. I make it frequently -- spaetzle to the Swabians is like potatoes to us Americans.
Mon, April 12, 2010 - 1:45 PMMy incomplete list:
My Mom's Recipe for Taglarini (American Chop Suey with Creamed Corn and Olives added)
Pistachios (spumoni ice cream, Pistachio pudding, or the nuts themselves)
grape nuts on yogurt with fruit
Mac and cheese esp. with broccoli
Tue, April 13, 2010 - 7:33 PMChicken & dumplings... my mom made the BEST.
Peanut butter pie (specifically, my sisters peanut butter pie)... um, it's peanut butter?
Peanut blossom cookies, just like my mom makes... again, peanut butter.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich (strawberry preserves) with a very tall glass of ice cold milk... are you sensing a peanut butter theme here?
Irish stew, in a crock pot, after it's been cooking for days.
Macaroni and cheese... no, not out of a box. Homemade with bread crumbs on top.
Tuna noodle casserole... egg noodles, cream of mushroom soup, lots of tuna and lots of peas. Baked with bread crumbs and grated cheesed on top.
Fish sticks... Mrs. Pauls, with tarter sauce from a jar.
Grilled cheese sammies, dunked in soup.
Pancakes, with maple syrup and lots of butter.
And of course... ice cream (with peanut butter and chocolate... surprised?)
Tue, April 13, 2010 - 11:53 PMHmm, top ten, huh?
In random order:
Soup - several different kinds (chicken noodle & tomato are automatic)
Pasta - again, just about any kind, especially with a cheese/cream sauce or meaty tomato based sauce
Yogurt - rich and creamy (not the low-fat fake stuff)
Ice Cream or Frozen Custard
Peanut Butter - on or in just about anything it goes with (PB&J sandwiches are a definite)
Beef Stew over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes
Mashed Potatoes (especially with skins on)
Mac & Cheese - souped up the way I do it or made homemade (as long as it's creamy)
Just to name ten.
Thu, April 15, 2010 - 2:38 PMrandom order:
biscuits and gravy (all kinds, even vegetarian will do it) with a side poached egg
mac and cheese, home made Only with broccoli
Indian Masala Dosa
green onion and sunny side up egg on toast
soups..literally all kinds -especially chicken stock based w/rice
really hearty beef stew (home made)
Chinese Take out (some kind of chow fun/or fried rice/egg roll/garlic broccoli thing)
Indian take out (chana masala, chicken tikka masala yummm)
yummy toast w/butter and honey....
cocunut bliss ice cream YUM
Thu, April 15, 2010 - 2:39 PMI blame the 80's for the whole Mac and Cheese thing. I mean, dairy and wheat production sky rocketed -- and processed foods reached the pinnacle in the 80's. So, being a kid in the 80's with a single mom, mac and cheese, hamburger helper, campbells soups were all staples. Thank the gods I got over that crap! :-)
Tue, April 20, 2010 - 7:48 AMHA! Try the fifties. Also, I remember boxed M/C being what I ate after the military in the early seventies, right alongside White Castle and the day old donuts sold after 2 AM. In particular about the M/C I think it had something to do with my mental function, poverty, and five boxes for a dollar.
If you've not seen the movie "the Frozen River" it has an excellent scene where the kid complains about popcorn and tang for dinner (again!). I think they end up having it for breakfast.
Sun, May 23, 2010 - 11:29 AMCream of wheat (not instant) made with milk and topped with butter.
Pasta Aioli with parmesan or romano Cheese
Poached eggs on toast
Chocolate ice cream
cream of tomatoe soup with a tuna samich
english muffin toasted with buttter and peanut butter mixed
Sun, May 23, 2010 - 12:14 PMOn our birthdays (at least for the three kids Dad raised) we were allowed to select our meal. (lol -like death row!)
For my brother, it was lobster. Well, I grew up on the shore, so seafood was a daily -if seasonal- thing, so not sufficeint as a treat. My sister wanted dessert for supper, no surprise there. For me, and it's always been my favourite comfort food: Fancy Beans. (my name, there's not much else that fits.) Think Chili without the spice; molasses, honey, brown sugars replacing the tomato and you get close.
As a kid it was simply,
1 large diced onion, 2-3 celery ribs. 1 bell peper diced similar to diced carrots, about the size of pencil eraser... and simmered in skillet to 'just this side of crisp' -set aside.
3/4-1lb ground beef, browned in same skillet
With meat browned, replace the veggies, and a quart of baked beans, store-bought or homemade. Heat only until hot (as opposed to cooking more), helps keep the 'medley' of flavours.
That was the simplest and child-friendly way. As adults, we know we are free to experiment with substitutions -and depending on my mood -and fridge contents- I subsitute all over the place.
I still prefer the sweet baked (not steamed!) beans. (One can also get the tomato by using too much ketchup on their OWN plate! lol) And I like to add red kidney and lima beans -canned/frozen (not dried, I'm sorry but I can never get dried to re-consitute to my satisfaction -always taste of chalk, even after inclusion in recipe)
The extra beans means doubling the skillet-prepared ingredients. I like bag sausage for some of the meat. Have been known to sneak in (about 1/3 of the gr.beef) ground turkey or ground pork. I've even diced kielbasa or other sausage.
As you experiment, you may wish to transfer to a dutch oven for space, as the additions add up! It's also shamelessly easy to stretch should more set down at the table than you'd planned. FREEZES FABULOUSLY.
Sneer'rs beware. I've changed many an upturned nose with one taste!
Mon, June 7, 2010 - 8:28 AMTaglarini ( this is like American chop suey but with creamed corn added and olives baked on top with cheese
Macaroni and cheese ( I make a cheese sauce and mix in the noodles)
Hash (turkey, roast beef, or just vegies, yum)
Cold lemonade (very tart)
Mon, June 7, 2010 - 5:55 PM"A lot of people seem to suffer the mistaken apprehension that I hate children. Well, my dear friends, I am here to assure you this just isn't so. Pop'em in the oven with a side of taters and I'm sure they're just dandy!"
~Arthur Fiedler, paraphasing a once famous WC Fields quote
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Mon, July 26, 2010 - 8:37 AMComfort foods? Hm....
Fesenjan (a Persian holiday dish)
bruschetta with tomatoes
dishes with baked melted cheese on top
panna cotta, even better with berries on top
chocolate,esp. raw chocolate or chocolate mousse
things with cream in them
Mon, July 26, 2010 - 8:58 PMmy mom's homemade refrigerator soup
again, her homemade minestrone soup
homemade beef stew
a really well made cheese steak sub
my sister's scratch strawberry shortcake
my mom's deep dish lasagna
a jim dandy sundae from Friendly's
a hershey's chocolate bar
Fri, August 13, 2010 - 8:26 AMmmmm comfort foods are a wonderful way to relax and just let the mind go blank with flavors dancing on your tongue....
steak with champignon mushrooms
chocolate (of course)
sweet baked beans
strawberry cream cheese on cinnamon raisin bagel
homemade minestrone soup
Thu, May 26, 2011 - 12:58 AMChicken and Dumplings
Oatmeal with brown sugar, butter, raisins and half and half
Hagan Daas Chocolate Icecream
My all time favorite is Non Fat Greek Yogurt topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries and honey, OMG! Heaven!
My friend Shamus' Oyster Stuffing
Hot tea with milk and sugar
Toasted sourdough bread with butter.
Homemade Hamburgers or
Hamburgers from Hoedad's, Ocean Beach, California
Hot Pastrami Sandwich from Bud's BBQ, gone now :(
Sweet Potato French Fries
Pancakes with lots of butter and real Maple Syrup
Marie Calender's Sour Cream Apple Pie
I could go on and on...