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

  • thew Mar 22, 2008 08:25 AM
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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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  1. 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

    1. Grilled cheese sandwich

      1. Mashed potato.

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        1. re: greedygirl

          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. 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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          1. re: mpalmer6c

            what's SOS?

            1. re: Feed Me

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

              ;-)

            2. re: mpalmer6c

              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. 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

              1. 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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                1. re: Gio

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

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                    1. re: nanis

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

                      1. re: nanis

                        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.

                        1. re: rumple

                          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.

                      2. 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. 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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                          1. re: Sra. Swanky

                            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!

                            1. re: Catskillgirl

                              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! :)

                              1. re: Sra. Swanky

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

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

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                            1. re: revsharkie

                              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. Good homemade rouladen.

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                              1. re: Paul Weller

                                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.

                                1. re: chocchipcookie

                                  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. chocolate chip cookies.

                                cottage pudding.

                                and all the standards.

                                1. 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. 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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                                    1. re: porker

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

                                    2. 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. 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.

                                        1. 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

                                          1. 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. 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.

                                              1. 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

                                                  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. 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

                                                    All dittos in my book too!

                                                  2. 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

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

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

                                                      1. 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

                                                        1. 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

                                                            What is Korean style inari sushi like?

                                                            1. re: Humbucker

                                                              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.

                                                              1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                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

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

                                                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                    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

                                                                      Vegetables and mushrooms are steamed.

                                                          2. 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

                                                              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

                                                                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

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

                                                                  1. re: chelleyd01

                                                                    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

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

                                                            2. Chicken soup with dumplings
                                                              Macaroni and cheese

                                                              warm chocolate chip cookies

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

                                                              1. 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. 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

                                                                    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. 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

                                                                    1. 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. 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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                                                                        1. re: im_nomad

                                                                          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. 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. PB&J
                                                                            Cinnamon and Sugar Toast
                                                                            Buttered Toast

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                                                                            1. re: ArikaDawn

                                                                              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

                                                                                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

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

                                                                                1. re: ArikaDawn

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

                                                                                2. spaghetti, oatmeal with peanut butter, ice cream!

                                                                                  1. 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.

                                                                                    1. 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

                                                                                        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

                                                                                          What's nova?

                                                                                          1. re: starlady

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

                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                              BC smoked salmon rocks :P

                                                                                              1. re: starlady

                                                                                                Call me crazy but what is bubble and squeek?

                                                                                                1. re: chocchipcookie

                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                    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!!

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

                                                                                              want. now.

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                                                                                              1. re: deborah24

                                                                                                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. 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

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

                                                                                                  1. re: Emme

                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                      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. 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. 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

                                                                                                    1. 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

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

                                                                                                        1. 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. 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

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

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Abbeshay

                                                                                                                      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. Fried Chicken
                                                                                                                      Chicken Soup
                                                                                                                      Macaroni & Cheese
                                                                                                                      Cornbread w/ butter

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

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

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

                                                                                                                          1. 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

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

                                                                                                                                1. 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 :)

                                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                                    1. re: andlulu

                                                                                                                                      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!!!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Thefoodczar

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

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Thefoodczar

                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                            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.