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Musing on the range of comfort food - what dishes hug you?

thew Mar 22, 2008 08:25 AM

i had a crappy week this week and turned, as im sure many chowhounds do, to some comforting food, the last 2 nights. The first night I used my rice cooker to make a rice soup/porridge/congee sort of dish, with leftover smoked pork chop bits, frozen peas and corn, mushrooms and the spices found in 5 spice powder. (t was a clean out the fridge sort of soup) The next night i made some dashi, flavored it with soy ginger and mirin, added tofu udon noodles scallions and japanese 7 spice.

I guess what made them both comfort food for me was the warm soupiness. but while i was eating the udon it struck me that despite the similarity of being soup based (and sorta asian inspired) how different these 2 dishes were - one a complex melange of flavors with dense rice and chunks of meat and veg, and the other almost minimalist as only japanese cuisine can be, and yet both worked as comfort food. This got me musing on how many different foods can be seen as comfort food from heavy and rich dishes - meatloaf mashed potatoes etc, or relatively simple light ones like the aforementioned udon.

I'm not sure what i'm getting at here, but i wanted to share these thoughts with my fellow CHs and i guess get a sense of the range of what food gives you a hug.

some other comfort foods off the top of my head:

risotto
gnocchi
potato soup
kasha
chicken soup
(these last 3 clearly from my childhood and ethnic heritage)
dutch style pancakes
sometime a good cheeseburger
sometimes pizza

what are some of yours? I'm especially interested in people who have radicaly different foods they still consider comfort food

(does this topic make any sense or have any traction? we shall see)

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    andlulu Mar 31, 2008 03:48 PM

    rice porridge with fried tofu

    pate chinois

    cheeseburger

    birthday cake and ice cream (the cheapest of both are soooo good) i know.. i know..

    potstickers

    french onion soup

    veggie dogs with alllllll the toppings

    my french toast

    dunking graham crackers in soy milk

    fried brie

    etc, etc, etc..

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      Thefoodczar Apr 1, 2008 07:55 AM

      So many wonderful suggestions....it is truly comforting. I feel I must point out that the one thing virtually all comfort foods have in common is they are not only comforting to the tummy, but to the wallet as well. In other words, Comfort Food Is Cheap And Good!!!

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        Smileelisa Apr 3, 2008 10:23 AM

        Pizza, homemade beef stew, fried cabbage and noodles, tomato soup with a mustard and bologna sandwich, fried onion and pepper sandwich....

        1. re: Thefoodczar
          Emme Apr 5, 2008 08:30 PM

          respectfully disagree... i find lobster steamed very comforting, particularly the claws; it reminds me of great childhood birthdays and occasions, but certainly ain't cheap.

          nor is my favorite restaurant comfort food dessert: cynthia's cobbler. over 10 bucks but well worth it, IMHO.

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            mercyteapot Apr 5, 2008 08:56 PM

            I hadn't thought of it as a comfort food until now, but I've got to agree. There is little that can ease away the stress of the day like a dinner of steamed lobster or crab legs, dipped in drawn butter and accompanied with a glass of great white wine.

            Alas, neither those things or any other groceries are cheap anymore, but that's a wail for another thread.

      2. starlady Mar 30, 2008 02:22 PM

        Steak and Kidney pie
        Sardines on Toast
        CHeese on Toast
        Split Pea soup with crackers
        Miso Soup
        Sunomono Salad
        Chili eaten with tortilla chips
        Aglio et Olio noodles (garlic and Olive Oil)
        Baked Potato with alll the extras
        Soft Boiled egg on toast
        Wonton soup
        Risotto
        Ciopinno (sp?)
        gingerbread
        Enchiladas
        Bangers and mash

        the list could go on for a while and as you can see I love things on toast! very english of me I know :)

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          Terrieltr Mar 30, 2008 01:15 PM

          Chicken and Dumplings
          Homemade hash
          Potato soup with a big hunk of rosemary or sourdough bread

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            chazzerking Mar 28, 2008 02:37 PM

            Braised beef of just about any type(short ribs, brisket, cheeks, shanks, etc) with mashed potatoes, long cooked beans(blackeyes,white, pintos) rice pudding made with condensed milk and raisins, custards of any kind, Thai red curry, chicken and corn chowder, french toast, made from my mother's 3 day old challah, stuff from kid-dom; good mac-n-cheese, and the old standby, tuna noodle casserole( I actually made a version of this with grilled Ahi tuna, homemade egg noodles, shitake mushrooms, cream, asiago cheese,sauteed leeks and fresh english peas, It was terrific, but not "better" than the standard one when seasoned a little.

            1. collieb Mar 28, 2008 10:53 AM

              Vegetable pasties, especially when eaten at a tiny little pastie shop in Michigan's upper pennisula, with ketchup...feels so homey
              Annie's mac and cheese with a side of harvard style beets, mixed together to make "pink mac", a childhood tradition
              Grilled cheese on sourdough bread, with Campbell's tomato soup, and apple sauce. I like to dip the crusts in the applesauce
              Malt-o-Meal and buttery toast to scrape up the last bits from the bowl when I finish
              Pierogies and sauerkraut, often with soy sausage, and some cooked spinach with pepper
              Mai fun noodles cooked in a veggie broth (with a bit of black bean paste) and frozen stir-fry veggies

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                kmills9408 Mar 28, 2008 09:43 AM

                My grandparent's homemade cornbread, hot from the oven with a pat of butter melted in the middle. Always makes me happy.

                1. gini Mar 28, 2008 09:14 AM

                  cheese toast
                  oatmeal raisin cookies
                  ganpoongki
                  moules frites
                  nachos
                  rice pudding
                  tuna donburi
                  duck larb

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                    cor Mar 26, 2008 01:58 PM

                    Fried Chicken
                    Chicken Soup
                    Macaroni & Cheese
                    Cornbread w/ butter

                    What can I say...I'm from the south!

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                      Abbeshay Mar 26, 2008 01:51 PM

                      Rice Krispie Bars, but mostly, the leftover stuff left in the saucepan after making the actual snack.

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                      1. re: Abbeshay
                        Emme Mar 27, 2008 11:15 PM

                        ha, when i was a kid, sometimes i'd come home and make a little rice krispie bar batter, just to eat warm 1/4 of the original recipe, and in ten minutes, ooey gooey warm goodnessy snack!

                      2. LindaWhit Mar 26, 2008 01:37 PM

                        Homemade macaroni & cheese
                        Roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and peas
                        Pot roast or beef stew (on a snowy weekend afternoon)
                        Chicken noodle soup when I'm sick and tucked under a blanket on the couch
                        Chocolate chip cookies....anytime. :-)

                        1. tatertotsrock Mar 26, 2008 12:53 AM

                          Shrimp and Chicken Sizzling RIce Soup and an order of Pot Stickers from Chi Dynasty when I'm sad, hung-over, or just home from a loooong backpacking/camping/kayak trip.

                          At home, mashed potatos and gravy.
                          Nothing makes me happier.
                          When I was a heartbroken teen, the only way to get me to come out of my room for dinner were the words "but we made mashed potatos and gravy..."

                          1. meatn3 Mar 25, 2008 11:11 PM

                            SOUPS!
                            STEWS!
                            Anything roasted - meats and/or veg - especially leg of lamb
                            Soft boiled egg on toast with sausage
                            grits with butter, salt & pepper
                            Anything potato, especially kugel
                            grilled cheese & cream of tomato soup
                            tuna melt
                            egg foo young from a very specific restaurant from my youth
                            steamed stuffed buns
                            chicken fried steak, mashed & gravy
                            hoppin john
                            extra aged gouda with crackers & glass of good red
                            bourbon & branch, light on the branch
                            cinnamon toast
                            bread pudding
                            a nice mug of tea & mandelbrot
                            toasted buttered Cuban bread & cafe con leche
                            all four corners from a pan of brownies!

                            1. podunkboy Mar 25, 2008 05:28 PM

                              So many...so many...I can't choose.
                              okay:
                              chicken & noodles
                              good spicy chili
                              chipped beef gravy on toast
                              meatball porcupines (ground beef,onion and rice meatballs cooked in tomato sauce)
                              grilled cheese sandwich
                              roast beef with taters and gravy
                              my Mom's Dilly bread
                              salmon patties
                              dark chocolate

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                                fara Mar 25, 2008 03:57 PM

                                linguine alle vongole
                                lobster with drawn butter
                                really good dim sum, with an emphasis on shellfish and pea shoots :)
                                xiao long bao
                                sichuanese sesame noodles
                                ma po tofu
                                my mom's fried pierogi with onions and sour cream, meat varenecki, vegetarian beet borscht (hot or cold).
                                home made gnocchi with a plain tomato sauce
                                lentil and vegetable soup with grated parm
                                deep fried asparagus fritters
                                really good hummus, musabaha, baba ganouj and falafel.

                                1. limster Mar 25, 2008 03:27 PM

                                  Warm (microwave will suffice) McVities Dark Chocolate Digestive with a glass of cold milk.

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                                    six dower Mar 25, 2008 02:26 PM

                                    Ben and Jerry's ice cream w additional melted pb
                                    Chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes with biscuits
                                    Pancakes w/hot syrup
                                    pizza and beer
                                    cold peaches and 7-up....only food I want when I am sick
                                    warm chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with milk
                                    potatoe soup with dumplings

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                                      Blush Mar 25, 2008 01:18 PM

                                      Peanut butter and honey on toast
                                      Cinnamon toast
                                      Grandma's cinnamon buns
                                      Grilled cheese and tomato soup
                                      Spoon sized Shredded wheat--served warm with brown sugar
                                      Funeral cookies (these are chocolate oatmeal drop cookies my mom makes)
                                      Warm cinnnamon danish
                                      Kraft Dinner
                                      Garlic bread

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                                        missfunkysoul Mar 25, 2008 11:48 AM

                                        potatoes or noodles w/butter and salt
                                        mashed potatoes
                                        chicken soup w/lots of noodles
                                        hot plain white rice
                                        steamed broccoli
                                        dumplings simmered in broth
                                        coffee ice cream
                                        hot chocolate chip cookies w/ a big, cold glass of milk

                                        1. SweetPhyl Mar 25, 2008 11:04 AM

                                          fresh biscuits with country ham or butter
                                          sweet potato biscuits with country ham
                                          saurkraut and hotdogs with mashed potatoes
                                          a dip cone from Dairy Queen
                                          yogurt and Kashi crunch
                                          Sourdough pretzels and a cold Heineken
                                          lightly salted toasted pecans
                                          crisp apples with kosher salt
                                          Reese's peanut butter eggs (good pb to chocolate ratio)
                                          a really good cup of coffee
                                          FRESH iced tea with real lemon
                                          garlic bread
                                          homemade fried basmati rice
                                          I could go on and on...

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                                          1. re: SweetPhyl
                                            Emme Mar 25, 2008 07:09 PM

                                            any recipe for fried basmati rice? i'm intrigued...

                                            1. re: Emme
                                              SweetPhyl Mar 26, 2008 01:26 PM

                                              I make regular basmati, following the package directions. Scramble a couple of eggs and break them up, add some diced veggies, usually carrots, peas and always Spring onion, Add cooked diced meat, a touch of sesame oil, the rice, sesame seeds and lots of soy sauce. Voila! Basmati fried rice.

                                              1. re: SweetPhyl
                                                Emme Mar 27, 2008 11:11 PM

                                                I'm not a huge rice fan, but basmati is more interesting, so maybe I'll try that. I've also wanted to try it with black forbidden rice... we'll see.

                                          2. deborah24 Mar 25, 2008 09:20 AM

                                            oooh! I forgot twice baked potatoes with spinach and smothered in cheddar cheese... mmmmmmm

                                            want. now.

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                                            1. re: deborah24
                                              fromagina Mar 25, 2008 06:18 PM

                                              Now that's on my husband's Comfort Foods list.. as made by my sister-in-law Judy.. LOTS of cheddar and just enough spinagh!

                                            2. fromagina Mar 25, 2008 09:10 AM

                                              Garlic mashed potatoes with grated sharp cheddar
                                              Grilled cheese sandwiches with bread and butter pickles
                                              Oatmeal with warm chunky applesauce, cinnamon and kefir
                                              Apple, banana, yoghurt, honey, mint, & ginger smoothie
                                              Bacon and fried eggs, and hashbrowns with catsup
                                              Menudo
                                              Minestrone
                                              Artichokes

                                              1. Passadumkeg Mar 25, 2008 05:43 AM

                                                Mainly meat!?
                                                chili dog
                                                kolbasi sandwich w/ kraut
                                                chili cheeseburger
                                                sausages
                                                tacos
                                                Taylor Pork Roll w/ fried egg and ketchup on a Kaise roll
                                                pierogies
                                                Frito pie
                                                smoked mussels/fish
                                                shrimp
                                                hot crab dip
                                                lobster/crab roll
                                                clean out the fridg. medley
                                                brie/camembert cheese w/ fruit

                                                1. ericalloyd Mar 25, 2008 05:37 AM

                                                  mom's salmon croquettes with burned onions and lumpy mashed potatoes
                                                  mom's stuffed shells
                                                  mil's eggplant parm and homemade carrot & chocolate cakes
                                                  kasha varnishkes with burned onions
                                                  my own homemade chicken soup
                                                  egg noodles & pot cheese
                                                  extra sharp provolone with a fruity zin
                                                  well-done plain bagel with a philly schmear & nova
                                                  warm cinnamon raisin bagel
                                                  pb&j
                                                  king vitamin cereal
                                                  black raspberry chip ice cream
                                                  mallomars
                                                  challah french toast with warm maple syrup

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                                                  1. re: ericalloyd
                                                    Emme Mar 25, 2008 07:03 PM

                                                    haha salmon croquettes (w/ ketchup) and lumpy mashed potatoes w/ black pepper and skin bits... only thing i'll eat salmon in, and mostly b/c mom made it, not for a genuine salmon like.

                                                    1. re: ericalloyd
                                                      starlady Mar 30, 2008 01:55 PM

                                                      What's nova?

                                                      1. re: starlady
                                                        LindaWhit Mar 30, 2008 02:30 PM

                                                        I believe it's Nova Scotia lox to top the bagel & schmear. :-)

                                                        1. re: LindaWhit
                                                          starlady Mar 30, 2008 02:40 PM

                                                          That makes a degree of sense. Just seems a strange nickname... :)

                                                          BC smoked salmon rocks :P

                                                          1. re: starlady
                                                            chocchipcookie Mar 30, 2008 02:57 PM

                                                            Call me crazy but what is bubble and squeek?

                                                            1. re: chocchipcookie
                                                              starlady Mar 30, 2008 05:23 PM

                                                              It's leftover mashed potatoes and veggies (commonly cabbage and something else) panfried together the next day. As the potato heats up in the pan it kinda bubbles and the cold veggies mixed into the mash potato when a naked side hits the pan it squeaks :)

                                                              And it's damn tasty!

                                                              1. re: starlady
                                                                chocchipcookie Mar 31, 2008 04:52 AM

                                                                Oooooo, that sounds good. I will have to try that! Thanks for the tip! It seems leftovers always end up in the disposal and I hate that!!

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                                                      jwolf Mar 24, 2008 05:34 PM

                                                      Baked custard with a nice skin on top. Always in my now deceased grandmother's fridge to keep grandpa and the boys happy.

                                                      Many of my other favorites are already listed so I won't repeat.

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                                                        amac123 Mar 24, 2008 05:29 PM

                                                        spaghetti, oatmeal with peanut butter, ice cream!

                                                        1. ArikaDawn Mar 24, 2008 05:06 PM

                                                          PB&J
                                                          Cinnamon and Sugar Toast
                                                          Buttered Toast

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                                                          1. re: ArikaDawn
                                                            Cookiefiend Mar 24, 2008 05:20 PM

                                                            ohmigosh -

                                                            I forgot about Cinnamon Sugar toast. When my boys don't feel well, this is what they always ask for.

                                                            I did too!

                                                            1. re: Cookiefiend
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                                                              BostonCookieMonster Mar 25, 2008 08:54 AM

                                                              Oh, I forgot about that too! Love the cinnamon toast.

                                                              Also, challah torn from the loaf in hunks, with Breakstone sweet whipped butter (I never buy this but it's always in my father's fridge).

                                                              And of course "Animal crackers and cocoa to drink/That is the finest of suppers I think ..."

                                                            2. re: ArikaDawn
                                                              mollyomormon Mar 30, 2008 01:36 PM

                                                              Another vote for cinnamon toast. I also love mashed up hard boiled eggs on buttered toast.

                                                              1. re: ArikaDawn
                                                                HillJ Mar 31, 2008 04:26 AM

                                                                PB&J on white bread..here too! and...the P must be crunchy.

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                                                                mercyteapot Mar 24, 2008 04:55 PM

                                                                Definitely risotto as my number one pick.

                                                                Chicken and noodles or chicken and dumplings.

                                                                Homemade bread... the plain, white, country style.

                                                                Pot roast

                                                                Roast chicken

                                                                Chocolate or vanilla pudding

                                                                A bowl of hot, buttered popcorn

                                                                Very ordinary, but that's a result of my upbringing in rural PA.

                                                                1. im_nomad Mar 24, 2008 12:08 PM

                                                                  Soup in most every form.

                                                                  pasta, and particularly anything salty or cheesy or creamy on top. Actually anything cheesy !! pizza...mmm

                                                                  potatoes in all forms, although i admit to craving french fries or potato chips when stressed.

                                                                  and for dessert...bread pudding.

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                                                                    spellweaver16 Mar 24, 2008 03:05 PM

                                                                    Ohhh, I completely forgot about bread pudding! Story time: I went out to Denver to visit a friend for a week. 12 hour overnight train ride back, couldn't sleep. I got home and my mom sat me down with a bowl of warm bread pudding with vanilla glaze on top. It was the best thing ever.

                                                                  2. linguafood Mar 24, 2008 11:40 AM

                                                                    I find it interesting that most foods named here as comfort foods are either starchy and/or sugary, or cheesy -- with the best and most satisfying combo being mac and cheese, then.

                                                                    Clearly, the comforting effect carbs have on people aren't total b.s.

                                                                    Poor Atkins people '-)

                                                                    1. monalisawoman Mar 24, 2008 11:05 AM

                                                                      potatoe blintzes
                                                                      noddles & butter
                                                                      chocolate pudding pie
                                                                      whole wheat banana pancakes
                                                                      peach pie
                                                                      kasha varnishkas
                                                                      beans & spaetzle
                                                                      garlic mashed potatoes
                                                                      warm croissant with raspberry jam
                                                                      eggplant parm
                                                                      veggie lomein
                                                                      pea soup

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                                                                        BostonCookieMonster Mar 24, 2008 10:39 AM

                                                                        Rice pudding, rice pudding, rice pudding
                                                                        Gingerbread
                                                                        Breyer's mint chocolate chip ice cream (sick-in-bed food from childhood)
                                                                        Tuna casserole
                                                                        Chicken soup

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                                                                        1. re: BostonCookieMonster
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                                                                          Janet from Richmond Mar 24, 2008 10:45 AM

                                                                          As a child I used to take Breyer's Mint CC ice cream and beat it in the bowl until it was soupy and eat the cream and chips separately....good times.

                                                                        2. deborah24 Mar 24, 2008 07:45 AM

                                                                          Meatloaf (I make them individual sized)
                                                                          Beef stew w/ mashed potaotes
                                                                          Sheppards pie
                                                                          pastina with just a little butter and salt
                                                                          roasted chicken with rice

                                                                          1. Cookiefiend Mar 24, 2008 07:42 AM

                                                                            Chicken soup with dumplings
                                                                            Macaroni and cheese

                                                                            warm chocolate chip cookies

                                                                            I think I need all of these right now...

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                                                                              Janet from Richmond Mar 24, 2008 05:06 AM

                                                                              Grilled cheese
                                                                              Kraft Mac and Cheese from the box
                                                                              homemade mac and cheese (different type of comfort than the Kraft <g>)
                                                                              Cinnamon toast with a mug of hot chocolate
                                                                              Cheese toast
                                                                              Cheeseburger
                                                                              meatloaf
                                                                              Enchiladas, tamales, tacos and burritos
                                                                              sheetcake

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                                                                              1. re: Janet from Richmond
                                                                                chocchipcookie Mar 24, 2008 11:39 AM

                                                                                You need to try The Pioneer Woman's "Best Chocolate Sheetcake Ever" on Thepioneerwomancooks.com Fantastic. But I bet you have a great recipe too. :)

                                                                                1. re: chocchipcookie
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                                                                                  Janet from Richmond Mar 24, 2008 12:28 PM

                                                                                  Actually, I don't have a great one...so I will definitely check it out. Layer and bundt cakes are good too but there is something special about a square of sheetcake :-)

                                                                                  1. re: Janet from Richmond
                                                                                    chelleyd01 Mar 25, 2008 03:38 PM

                                                                                    the cake is totally bitchin'. Have made it MANY times as well as the cinnamon rolls, jalapeno things, queso and blackberry cobbler.

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                                                                                      chocchipcookie Mar 28, 2008 10:15 AM

                                                                                      I am making her chicken spaghetti today. Loved loved loved!! the Carrot cake!! The marlboro man sandwich is fantastic too but you need to set-up a heart bypass within the next week. I even made her version of the Chex mix and it is devine. All of her dishes can be labled as comfort food. :)

                                                                                      1. re: chocchipcookie
                                                                                        ArikaDawn Mar 28, 2008 02:08 PM

                                                                                        So glad the carrot cake is good! Love that site and am planning to make the cake next week.

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                                                                                moh Mar 24, 2008 05:02 AM

                                                                                On my profile, I note that "all food is comfort food" and in the right circumstance, that is almost always true (with the exception of green onions). But here is a list of my favorites:

                                                                                Inari sushi (But Korean style)
                                                                                Any chicken soup (chicken noodle, chicken congee, samkyetang, matzoh ball soup are favorites)
                                                                                Mashed potatoes
                                                                                Lasagna
                                                                                Pad Thai
                                                                                Korean oxtail soup
                                                                                Challah
                                                                                Rice pudding
                                                                                Spaghetti and meatballs
                                                                                Fruit salad
                                                                                Rice in water (bab mool marasau) and o-ee-gee (mum's korean pickles seasoned with Korean style spices) and Jang-jor-rim (jalapenos stuffed with beef then stewed in soy sauce)
                                                                                Roast chicken (especially with mashed potato)
                                                                                Has anyone mentioned chocolate? Cause definitely chocolate!
                                                                                Blueberry pancakes and bacon
                                                                                Pho
                                                                                Soon Dubu (tofu soup)

                                                                                Lots of soup, lots of carbs. Not a surprise. But also lots of chocolate!

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                                                                                1. re: moh
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                                                                                  Humbucker Mar 24, 2008 01:53 PM

                                                                                  What is Korean style inari sushi like?

                                                                                  1. re: Humbucker
                                                                                    Miss Needle Mar 24, 2008 02:03 PM

                                                                                    I'm curious as well. Is there a difference? Growing up, my mom would make inari sushi. But as her mother was from Japan, there was an overlap of Korean and Japanese food in our household.

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                                                                                      moh Mar 24, 2008 09:46 PM

                                                                                      Re: Korean style inari sushi:

                                                                                      I'm not claiming this is 100% correct, but when my Korean mother makes this, she will finely dice carrots, mushrooms, sometimes cucumber skin and add it to the rice. The few commercial sushi vendors that have offered this combination have been run by Koreans, not Japanese. So I think of this as Korean style Inari sushi. What I have seen of Japanese Inari sushi has not included chopped vegetables in the rice. So I assumed this was a Korean take on this dish. But I am happy to be corrected if someone knows better!

                                                                                      1. re: moh
                                                                                        Sam Fujisaka Mar 25, 2008 04:53 AM

                                                                                        Our inari has always included finely diced vegetables! Six generations at a minimum in our family.

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                                                                                          moh Mar 25, 2008 07:02 AM

                                                                                          Corrected I am! Do you saute the veggies before you throw it in the rice? I must say, I really love the vegetables in it. It has a lovely appearance and I really love it when the mushroom is dried shitake, it adds a wonderful flavour.

                                                                                          So I amend my list to include: inari sushi with bits of vegetable in it.

                                                                                          1. re: moh
                                                                                            Sam Fujisaka Mar 25, 2008 07:09 AM

                                                                                            Vegetables and mushrooms are steamed.

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                                                                                  AlyKen Mar 24, 2008 04:02 AM

                                                                                  I was raised in Florida, so my comfort foods are generally some variation of either Cuban or Soul Food

                                                                                  Mashed potatoes
                                                                                  Pot roast
                                                                                  Grits made with cheese and smothered in red-eye gravy
                                                                                  Breyer's vanilla ice cream
                                                                                  Black beans
                                                                                  Fried plantains
                                                                                  Ropa vieja

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                                                                                    sueatmo Mar 23, 2008 08:08 PM

                                                                                    Roast chicken
                                                                                    potatoes in any form, but mashed is good
                                                                                    saffron rice
                                                                                    cup of tea

                                                                                    1. FoodieKat Mar 23, 2008 07:30 PM

                                                                                      My comfort foods range from childhood favorites (macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, grilled cheese, chocolate ice cream) to comforting foods I've discovered as an adult (English fish stew with dumplings, mariner's pie, pasties, Chinese noodle dishes, Japanese ramen and udon noodle soups, bubble and squeak).

                                                                                      And one that spans the ages: freshly baked bread, and pastries.

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                                                                                      1. re: FoodieKat
                                                                                        starlady Mar 30, 2008 01:48 PM

                                                                                        mmmmmm bubble and squeak!! Which for some reason my mum refuses to make for my poor dad. He has to make it himself!

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                                                                                        mojoeater Mar 23, 2008 07:26 PM

                                                                                        Grilled cheese and tomato soup - no chunky stuff in either.
                                                                                        A greasy cheeseburger with ketchup, mayo & pickles.
                                                                                        Over easy eggs on top of buttered toast.
                                                                                        Hot ginger tea with honey.
                                                                                        Chocolate & red wine.

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                                                                                        1. re: mojoeater
                                                                                          chocchipcookie Mar 24, 2008 11:37 AM

                                                                                          All dittos in my book too!

                                                                                        2. linguafood Mar 23, 2008 03:06 PM

                                                                                          Any kind of 'not very healthy & possibly not very good for you' pasta dish. Meaning the emphasis will be on cheese, butter or cream....

                                                                                          Potato gratin. Rare roast beef. Chocolate.

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                                                                                          1. re: linguafood
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                                                                                            Feed Me Mar 23, 2008 07:37 PM

                                                                                            grilled cheese: challah toast with Canadian chedder and tomato

                                                                                            Egg salad and lettuce on pumpernickel

                                                                                            potato chips

                                                                                            My grandmother's chicken soup and mushroom barley soup

                                                                                            PASTRAMI SANDWICH

                                                                                            INDIAN BUFFET: Salaam Bombay

                                                                                            lamb chops with rosemary, mashed potatoes and Le Seur peas

                                                                                            My mother's spaghetti and meat sauce

                                                                                            A VERY LARGE bowl of salad: mixed bay greens with an emphasis on arugala, thinly sliced red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, chick peas - topped with feta and mixed sprouts -- dressing has to be red wine, fresh garlic, olive oil, S&P

                                                                                            Old school red clam sauce with a side of spinach - omg

                                                                                            All the dim sum I can eat with an emphasis on pea shoot and shrimp in chrystal wrapper

                                                                                            Old school Italian veal sandwich - pounded thin, lightly breaded and stacked on crusty bread - topped with sweet and hot peppers, mushrooms and sauteed onions

                                                                                          2. BerkshireTsarina Mar 23, 2008 02:31 PM

                                                                                            Campbell's tomato soup made with milk and a bit of cream if there's any around, must always have a pat of butter melting on top. (This was my make-you-feel-better-when-you're-staying-home-from-school lunch when I was a child.) Also salmon croquettes (made from canned salmon) with cold spaghetti, and corn chowder (latest version simple, pure, and innocent, from Arthur Schwartz's What to Cook When There's Nothing in the House). And like so many others, chicken soup, preferably with noodles.

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                                                                                              RevImmigrant Mar 23, 2008 03:04 AM

                                                                                              Kjottkaker (Norwegian meatballs w/ boiled potatoes and gravy (the ones the Kjottkaker were cooked in)
                                                                                              Frikadellen w/ boiled potatoes and gravy from the Frikadellen
                                                                                              real Texas barbecue
                                                                                              real Texas chili

                                                                                              1. Emme Mar 23, 2008 01:46 AM

                                                                                                Pastina w/ parmesan cheese or Egg Noodles w/ Parm and Butter but prefer former
                                                                                                White Rice cooked with 2 parts milk and one part sugar in a rice cooker til the bottom is brown and crusted (my mouth is watering now...)
                                                                                                Mint Chip Ice Cream
                                                                                                Cinnamon Rolls - gooey w/ cream cheese frosting
                                                                                                Mac'n'cheese (yes Kraft for real comfort)
                                                                                                Rice Krispie Treats
                                                                                                Mashed Potatoes or Stuffing w/ Gravy
                                                                                                And the dark horses, Otter Pops and Push-Ups

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                                                                                                  spellweaver16 Mar 23, 2008 12:44 AM

                                                                                                  French toast, my grandma's homemade chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes (and I earn it, I'm usually the one that picks the chicken off the bones), Kraft macaroni and cheese with a can of tuna, mint chip ice cream.

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                                                                                                    boppiecat Mar 22, 2008 07:42 PM

                                                                                                    my most recent comfort food experience. hot, buttered, potato bread toast with tea. followed by a huge dish of hagen-daz butter pecan and rum raisin ice creams - unmixed. a bite of butter pecan . . . a bite of rum raisin . . . a bite of butter pecan . . . etc. etc. etc.

                                                                                                    1. porker Mar 22, 2008 07:17 PM

                                                                                                      Day old spaghetti fried in a teflon pan until a crusty and slightly burned
                                                                                                      chicken pot pie
                                                                                                      hangover soup (tomato based soup-bone broth with pasta)
                                                                                                      roast pork with plenty of garlic and extra crispy skin
                                                                                                      shaved beef on a roll (hoagie style) thats been dipped in the drippings

                                                                                                      I remember being a kid of 14 or so, cross country skiing with a friend on a Saturday afternoon. We parted and I walked the mile or so to my sisters house with my skis over my shoulder. It was COLD, and bleak, the sky darkening at 4:00pm and I was ravaneous. I was invited to eat lasagna.
                                                                                                      I ate her lasagna before and since that occasion, but that one time, I'll tell you, it was one of the most incredible meals I ever had - truly comforting!
                                                                                                      I'm thinking circumstances really set our moods for eating!

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                                                                                                        Gio Mar 22, 2008 07:36 PM

                                                                                                        That's such a sweet memory. Circumstances certainly set our mood....for eating.

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                                                                                                        MobyRichard Mar 22, 2008 06:18 PM

                                                                                                        Corn chowder
                                                                                                        Something my mother's family called scratch beans
                                                                                                        Hot chocolate on rainy days or snowy nights
                                                                                                        Beef stew
                                                                                                        Poi, lomi salmon and laulau
                                                                                                        congee
                                                                                                        linguica, eggs and rice

                                                                                                        1. mrsjenpeters Mar 22, 2008 06:17 PM

                                                                                                          chocolate chip cookies.

                                                                                                          cottage pudding.

                                                                                                          and all the standards.

                                                                                                          1. Paul Weller Mar 22, 2008 06:08 PM

                                                                                                            Good homemade rouladen.

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                                                                                                              chocchipcookie Mar 24, 2008 11:35 AM

                                                                                                              Do you have a recipe you are willing to share? (on the home cooking thread-or we get booted) We had beef rouladen at a Greman resto and my DH wants me to duplicate. But to me, it just tasted like dried beef rolls. Comfort food to me is beef stew or chilli with cornbread and of course,chocolate chip cookies freshly made hot from the oven.

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                                                                                                                torty Mar 24, 2008 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                I think it is even more comforting when you dice some potatoes (Russet) and cook about 3/4 way done. Microwave with a dash of water is fine. Then put into the StoveTop at the beginning of it's cooking.

                                                                                                            2. revsharkie Mar 22, 2008 05:50 PM

                                                                                                              Chicken and dumplings (my mom's dumplings are squares cut from biscuit dough), on top of mashed potatoes.

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                                                                                                                jenniegirl Apr 1, 2008 03:49 AM

                                                                                                                Well tonight I was famous for taking care of my fiancee as we watched a freakishly bitter Spring snowstorm out the window. Beef Strogonoff on mashed potatoes. Comfort all around.

                                                                                                              2. Sra. Swanky Mar 22, 2008 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                pasta e ceci (chickpeas & egg noodles in oniony tomato sauce)
                                                                                                                eggplant caponata on crunchy toast
                                                                                                                avgolemono (egg, chicken & lemon soup)
                                                                                                                fettucine alfredo
                                                                                                                Stovetop stuffing :)
                                                                                                                butterscotch & tapioca pudding ( after a bad week, it takes a lot of self-control not to polish off one of those Kozy Shack containers!!)

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                                                                                                                  Catskillgirl Mar 23, 2008 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                  OK, adding Stovetop Stuffing to your very Chow-ish comfort foods broke me up! But I too find it comforting. Baked chicken and stovetop. With lots of gravy. And possibly mashed potatoes. With lots of gravy. Very, very comforting indeed!

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                                                                                                                    Sra. Swanky Mar 24, 2008 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                    LOL! I never met a person who didn't like Stovetop! :) So easy to whip up and so good. But mashed with gravy always speaks comfort to me too! :)

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                                                                                                                      starlady Mar 30, 2008 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                      I've never had Stovetop.
                                                                                                                      It's my mum's stuffing or her version with my spin on it for me!

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                                                                                                                  miss_bennet Mar 22, 2008 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                  Phad thai with tamarind! Phad thai with tamarind! Phad thai with tamarind!

                                                                                                                  And pretty much anything I have (had) at my Grandma's cottage. Whether I'm actually there with extended family, or whether I make the dish elsewhere, recipes I have made/eaten there are my ultimate comfort foods.

                                                                                                                  But really, phad thai with tamarind!

                                                                                                                  1. nanis Mar 22, 2008 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                    I'm surprised no one said mac 'n cheese. Also, beef stew, American chop suey, meatloaf....

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                                                                                                                      Sam Fujisaka Mar 22, 2008 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                      thew, eatmyfood, and I mentioned meatloaf. Maplesugar and emf mentioned mac & cheese.

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                                                                                                                        rumple Apr 13, 2008 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                        You must be from New England/Boston.That's the only place where people can relate to American Chop Suey! I remember that it was a meal that always followed the next night after meatloaf. The leftover meatloaf was crumbled and fried up in a pan with celery and stewed tomatoes and mixed into macaroni, really good.

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                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Apr 13, 2008 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                          Not just a New England thing - they served American Chop Suey in my high school in northern New Jersey as well. I always made sure I brought a sandwich the day they served it. Something about the elbow macaroni growing ever so huge and turning into beyond-mushy as they sat and absorbed the liquid in the dish turned me off.

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                                                                                                                        eatmyfood Mar 22, 2008 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                        Meatloaf and mashed potatoes with lots of gravy
                                                                                                                        Chicken potpie
                                                                                                                        A big stack of fluffy pancakes with lots of butter and syrup
                                                                                                                        Chili with cheddar, onions, sour cream, elbow macaroni, and cornbread
                                                                                                                        Perfect roasted chicken, mashed potatoes
                                                                                                                        Medium rare burger with american cheese and oven roasted french fries
                                                                                                                        Most excellent macaroni and cheese
                                                                                                                        Outrageous brownies

                                                                                                                        my blog http://www.dinnersforayear.blogspot.com

                                                                                                                        1. Gio Mar 22, 2008 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                          This is so easy for me....
                                                                                                                          Eggplant Parm!
                                                                                                                          Hot, cold, over the counter, sitting down, in a sandwich, on a plate...
                                                                                                                          Every which way.....

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                                                                                                                            rumple Apr 13, 2008 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                            One of the best sandwiches I've ever had was in Cambridge Mass, Central Square, a small Italian pizza place. I had the most incredible eggplant parm sandwich of my life, and it was for breakfast. It took him about 20 minutes to make it. I've sat in the car and ate it. I've never had anything quite like it since.

                                                                                                                          2. maplesugar Mar 22, 2008 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                            I wouldn't call this radically different (for someone who grew up in a Scottish-Canadian household anyway) but here's my list:
                                                                                                                            Hot cocoa
                                                                                                                            Oatmeal
                                                                                                                            Peanut Butter and Banana on toast (mainly because Dad used to make it for me)
                                                                                                                            Chicken Noodle Soup (more stuff than broth)
                                                                                                                            Homemade macaroni and cheese
                                                                                                                            Apple crisp
                                                                                                                            Maple taffy pulled from fresh clean snow

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                                                                                                                              mpalmer6c Mar 22, 2008 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                              Oven-fried chicken, meatballs, sauteed chicken wings, hot turkey sandwich, chicken a la king, SOS, Mary Kitchen roast beef hash with poached egg, ham and eggs, jambalaya, tostada, burger, hamburger steak.

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                                                                                                                                Feed Me Mar 23, 2008 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                what's SOS?

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                                                                                                                                  Cookiefiend Mar 24, 2008 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                  Chipped beef with gravy, otherwise known as "Sh-t on a Shingle" or SOS.

                                                                                                                                  ;-)

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                                                                                                                                  amyleechen Mar 28, 2008 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                  Amen, mpalmer6c! Mary Kitchen canned hash with a poached egg, most definitely!
                                                                                                                                  Also, I have never met a bowl of gravy with rice or mashed potatoes that I couldn't find comfort in...

                                                                                                                                3. greedygirl Mar 22, 2008 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                  Mashed potato.

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                                                                                                                                    Miss Needle Mar 24, 2008 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                    I agree. I used to make this for myself when I was a kid on Saturday mornings while I would watch the Smurfs. You can't get any better than that.

                                                                                                                                  2. sarah galvin Mar 22, 2008 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                    Grilled cheese sandwich

                                                                                                                                    1. Sam Fujisaka Mar 22, 2008 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                      Oyakodonburi; musubi & teriyaki chicken, pork, or beef; or inarizushi

                                                                                                                                      Laab & khao niyao (sticky rice)

                                                                                                                                      Wurst, sauerkraut, and (sorry) hot rice

                                                                                                                                      Meatloaf & hot rice

                                                                                                                                      Enchiladas, tamales, or tacos

                                                                                                                                      Momos, Chinese dumplings, or ravioli

                                                                                                                                      Fresh naan from a tandoor

                                                                                                                                      A good burger

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