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obxspiritdreamer Jan 22, 2007 02:33 PM

Since our weather has taken a horrible down-turn here on the beaches of North Carolina it has turned my thoughts to what wonderful yummy comfort food I am wanting to make for tonights dinner. To me there is something sinful about a huge meatloaf stuffed with cheese and smothered with sugary red sauce carmalizing on top as it bakes. Add to that a hot bubbly cassarole dish of gooey scalloped potatoes and a bowl full of corn seasoned with lots of butter and a touch of sugar. And of course for desert I can't think of anything better than a bowl of decadent apple or cherry cobbler topped with vanilla bean ice cream....Good lord...I am drooling as I am typing...So....what is your favorite comfort food on an evening that is just plain nasty outside...I am sure this has been asked many times in the past...But I may need some additional ideas for dinners if this weather stays yucky....Thanks....OBX

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    odkaty Feb 2, 2007 07:49 PM

    Homemade macaroni and cheese. Bonus if I have jarlsberg or a blue cheese to use. And if I'm really down - mac & cheese souffle .... mmmmmm

    Then there's tomato & blue cheese soup .... Or a big bowl of Ben & Jerry's :D

    1. rednyellow Feb 2, 2007 07:03 PM

      Corn Fritters.
      So many goos things here. It makes me all too aware that too many food memories from my youth are unobtainable. Many recipes disapeared when relatives died, or people dont cook like they did years ago and the reality that my palet isn't the same as it was as a kid.

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        notgreg Feb 2, 2007 06:14 PM

        I would have to give my vote to fried chicken, preferably having sat around for awhile to reach room temp, with bisuits, mashed potatoes (ortwice baked potato with cheddar), and maybe some baked beans. I also can't resist a stack of pancakes with butter and syrup.

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          lov2trav Jan 25, 2007 07:25 AM

          Sweet and sour pot roast
          Mashed potatoes w/lots of butter, cream cheese & chives
          Split pea soup
          Cuban chicken soup
          Cuban pot roast
          Warm peach pie.

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          1. re: lov2trav
            Sra. Swanky Jan 25, 2007 07:48 AM

            Cuban chicken soup is the best!

            Hot open roast turkey sandwich with gravy
            pasta e ceci (pasta with chick peas)
            grilled cheese
            Greek spinach pie with crispy & buttery phyllo dough
            pudding (butterscotch, tapioca, rice, etc.)

            Ok, now I'm starving! :o)

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            ManhattanLawyer Jan 25, 2007 07:03 AM

            Mac and cheese
            Grilled cheese
            Meatloaf with brown sugar/ketchup glaze
            Mashed potatoes
            Ice cream

            1. ArtemisNYC Jan 24, 2007 04:04 PM

              Grilled cheese sandwiches and croque monsieurs
              Homemade chicken soup with lots of noodles
              Hot stew
              Freshly made rice

              When I'm really desperate, I've been known to just eat sour cream by itself. Sounds gross, but it appeals to the dairy-lovin' side of me.

              1. spades Jan 23, 2007 07:52 PM

                home made pierogis with bacon bits and caramelized onions
                fried potatoes with garlic sausages
                potato latkies
                kartacze (props to anyone who knows what these are!)
                cucumber soup
                fresh pumpernickel bread with loads of butter
                dill pickles
                pasta carbonara with peas
                cherry compote

                1. brattenheimer Jan 23, 2007 07:25 PM

                  Oh goodness, where do I start???

                  -Homemade macaroni and cheese
                  -Tacos (w/ crispy shell)
                  -Grilled cheese and homemade cream of tomato soup
                  -My herb roasted chicken
                  -Baked potatoes
                  -Chicken Adobo w/ steamed rice (Filipino dish)

                  1. yayadave Jan 23, 2007 08:28 AM

                    Beef stew and dumplings.

                    1. SweetPhyl Jan 23, 2007 08:13 AM

                      Homemade Hatteras style Clam Chowder with lots of bacon and oyster crackers or
                      Chicken and Dumplings...oh my!

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                        obxspiritdreamer Jan 23, 2007 09:47 AM

                        Boy SweetPhyl !!...You are a long time local if you mention Hatteras style Chowder. I am sure not many people that havent lived on the OBX or visited here often would even know what it is. I must admit it is not one of my favorite types of chowder. When my wife had it for the 1st time she asked me if this was real chowder. Have you ever had or heard of anyone making coquina chowder? I can't imagine how much work would go into making it. Also I am trying to think of the name of a dish that we have eaten several times, it is basically boiled potatoes and most any type of fish ( rock or dolfin usually) and a broth. Than you sprinkle some chopped onions over it before serving. We had it at Sammy's one time.Was very bland. Any idea what it may be called? Thanks ....OBX

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                          SweetPhyl Jan 23, 2007 09:55 AM

                          Shirley Austin, one of the best cooks I've ever known, called it fish 'n taters. She was the keeper at the Lighthouse Club in Corolla Village for many years and was kown for her fish and game preparations. Now, when Shirley made it, it was anything but bland. She would boil the potatoes, then bake them with the fish to dry them out some and keep the fish full of flavor. The onions were thinly sliced and placed on at the end and browned slightly. Served with lots of fresh lemon. Sometimes she would mash the potatoes and fish together and fry them up afterwards for fish cakes. Oh man, I could go for some fish n' taters right now! Unfortunantely, Shirley passed away in November after a noble battle with cancer, but the memory of her cooking skills will endure...

                          1. re: obxspiritdreamer
                            moonmeadow Sep 6, 2007 06:57 AM

                            Coquina chowder is easy to make; it's not about the meat from the coquinas---it's the broth. We make it when we visit the gulf coast, where we can dig coquinas by the bucketful.

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                          andlulu Jan 23, 2007 05:42 AM

                          grilled cheese.
                          pate chinois.
                          blackberry crumble.

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                            prettyme Jan 22, 2007 11:51 PM

                            Pennsylvania Dutch chicken pot pie. It's like chicken noodle soup that knows somebody. And while we're on the theme...wet bottom shoo fly pie.

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                              QueenB Jan 23, 2007 01:31 PM

                              Absolutely for me too. Every time I make the pot pie, it makes me think of home and family. That right there is comfort.

                            2. Will Owen Jan 22, 2007 11:50 PM

                              Yes to all of the above...but when it gets REALLY yucky out (which actually happens sometimes in LA County!) I get all Midwestern and start wanting some kind of "skillet hot dish." Specifically, one with hamburger, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, kidney beans and cooked macaroni, all simmered up in a big skillet and finished off with a bunch of grated rat cheese stirred in. My mom had no name for this; the school cafeteria called it Marietta. I just called it LUNCH! And heaven help me, even though it's a sunny day and only a bit cool, I want some RIGHT NOW.

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                                piccola Jan 22, 2007 10:56 PM

                                I'm into the creamy and/or carb-y category. The specifics change with the circumstances - right now, I'm craving sesame noodles, but yesterday it was scones and pudding.

                                1. ipsedixit Jan 22, 2007 08:15 PM

                                  Congee (mixed with chinese dried shredded pork and preserved cucumbers)


                                  Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwich

                                  Sloppy Joe's with warm apple cider

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                                    yojimbo Jan 22, 2007 07:41 PM

                                    absolutely cassoulet
                                    followed by lamb shank braised with garlic and rosemary
                                    lasagna, of course
                                    sesame noodles
                                    fried dumplings
                                    warm bread pudding

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                                      atlantanative Jan 22, 2007 07:32 PM

                                      Anything that is heavily laden with butter, cream, or carbs.

                                      Chicken fried steak w cream gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and biscuits

                                      Potato leek soup (really any kind of cream soup)

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                                        Lucia Jan 22, 2007 07:30 PM

                                        A thick stew like cassoulet, but that's something I usually have to wait to eat out. I'm not that elaborate myself.

                                        1. revsharkie Jan 22, 2007 07:29 PM

                                          chicken and dumplings with mashed potatoes

                                          1. LaLa Jan 22, 2007 06:40 PM

                                            We are have chili tonight.I love any type of stews or soup when it is nasty.


                                            1. amopdx Jan 22, 2007 06:38 PM

                                              my fav comfort meal (traditional cuban noche buena meal): roast pork with black beans and rice, fried plantains, yuca with mojo, and sliced avacado and tomato drizzeld with olive oil and salted. flan for dessert.

                                              also, my mom's chicken and spaghetti.

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                                              1. re: amopdx
                                                lov2trav Jan 25, 2007 07:29 AM

                                                To amopdx:
                                                How about ajiaco(hearty root vegetable stew), bistec empanizado(breaded thin sliced sirloin steak) & "malanga" fritters? Yum!!!

                                                1. re: lov2trav
                                                  amopdx Jan 25, 2007 09:15 AM

                                                  never tried ajiaco and only had malanga a few times LOVE bistec empanizado.

                                                  I really want to visit miami for the cuban food!
                                                  now, I'm hungry! :)

                                              2. David Kahn Jan 22, 2007 05:04 PM

                                                Any one or more of the following: Kraft mac & cheese, matzo ball soup, wor wonton soup, beef brisket braised in Lipton Onion Soup mix, and, oddly, beef stroganoff.

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                                                  swissfoodie Jan 22, 2007 04:33 PM

                                                  Veal with a mushroom cream sauce, with spaetzle - just like my grossmami used to make.

                                                  1. ericalloyd Jan 22, 2007 04:08 PM

                                                    veggie split pea soup
                                                    egg noodles & pot cheese
                                                    grilled cheese [swiss on rye with tomato]
                                                    sharp provolone with a big, luscious zin
                                                    my mom's salmon croquettes and lumpy mashed potatoes
                                                    haagen dazs raspberry chip ice cream [the temperature outside doesn't matter]

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                                                      dddhokie Jan 22, 2007 03:50 PM

                                                      homemade macaroni and cheese with prosciutto

                                                      baked potato soup with cheese and bacon

                                                      i see a theme developing here... :)

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                                                        silence9 Jan 22, 2007 03:47 PM

                                                        Hi... Anything in the braised food group: beef short ribs, ox tails, osso bucco. With buttery orzo as a side. And baked apples as dessert...

                                                        1. jpschust Jan 22, 2007 02:35 PM

                                                          Grilled cheese and tomato soup, Matzah ball soup (ideally with noodles too), mac & cheese.

                                                          I made mac and cheese last night and sat and watched the snow fall. It was more relaxing than football :)

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                                                            fauchon Jan 22, 2007 02:35 PM

                                                            Soup! White bean with escarole! Lentil...rich & vibrant with spices! Pea with a ham bone...thick, delicious, nourishing!

                                                            Pot roast with the fixings!

                                                            Boeuf Bourgignon!

                                                            Coq au vin!

                                                            They smell divine, taste divine, nothing better for a cold, miserable night...

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                                                              jessi20 Sep 6, 2007 07:03 AM

                                                              fauchon....i am so with you on all of your choices. pea with a ham bone........i can't think of anything better, unless there is a fresh crusty baguette served with it!

                                                              coq au vin!! again, with a crusty baguette...proceed immediately to heaven!!

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