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Oct 6, 2008 06:22 PM

Foods That Make You Happy

A few other threads and a crazy day gave thought to this. Woke up with a back ache so no exercise, 10 meetings, no breakfast, no lunch, market down 800 points, lots of good progress on things, one cup of coffee and a stale small bag of Famous Amos Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

Now onto dinner. Jfood opens the freezer and stares and smiles. There is still some hazan bolognese, some lasagne and he remembered he made Emeril's Banan Cream Pie. So what to choose. Yup, all three.

So while mrs jfood is finishing up shopping with little jfood, he gets his dinner going and prepares Mrs jfood's salmon.

She walks in, looks at the dinner table and says, "Wow, either a tough day or a great day."

So the question is....What food make the long days end better than you thought around lunchtime?

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  1. Believe it or not, breakfast food. Eggs over medium, bacon, grits or biscuits and gravy or maybe some fried potatoes. Oh and coffee. I don't know, it just makes me happy.

    10 Replies
    1. re: Boudleaux

      I have to agree with breakfast food. And add to that: veggies that came from the local farm. A big pot of homemade soup on a cold day (white bean, beef barley, chili, chicken and rice). My grandmother's meatballs and sauce.
      And most especially, good coffee.
      What a great thread! Glad your day became great at the end, jfood!

      1. re: Boudleaux

        Ooooh, Boudleaux, eggs definitely make it all better! Throw in some bacon or sausage and some homefries and I am in heaven and smiling from ear to ear.

        1. re: lynnlato

          Yep! I'm right there with you. It is nice too on cold, rainy days.

          1. re: lynnlato

            And to add to the egg/breakfast theme: an Irish breakfast is soooo good. I had one recently with black and white pudding. And the white pudding espeically was nice. Anything with steel-cut oats is good, this being no exception!

              1. re: jenniegirl

                Brace yourself, it sounds gross but it's soooo good. I didn't know what it was when I first ate it....later on was shocked to know i just had black and white pudding, two things i swore were to gross sounding to try. But actually they are so delicious. This is a link to white pudding, but there is also a description of the black. Basically they are like a sausage, but filled mostly with steel-cut oats as well as some meat and spices. Not the least bit greasy (at least the ones I had) and so tasty:

                1. re: poptart

                  The white pudding sounds interesting. I've never heard of it. I have heard of black pudding but it is something that I have been waiting to go back to the UK to try.

                  Thanks for the link and information!

                  1. re: Boudleaux

                    White pudding is fantastic! That or a macaroni pie (also a Scottish food stuff) would cheer me up for sure!

                    Other foods that make me happy - if I can't have a vanilla or red velvet cupcake it'd have to be scrambled eggs on toast - fantastic, or macaroni cheese, but only if made by my mum!

          2. re: Boudleaux

            Breakfast food works well, but a big bowl of pasta with nothing but butter and lots of grated sharp cheese takes the number one spot. (Well, maybe sometimes quite a bit of sliced garlic in the butter.)

            1. re: Anonimo

              Wow that sounds pretty good right now.

          3. Hot chocolate with a dollop of ice cream on top. Oh and baked or mashed potatoes.

            1. To me it is always a pasta dish or pizza. as others have said breakfast, I can eat pasta, pissa for breakfast most any time.

              1. Tomato soup and grilled cheese always brightens my day.

                1. A huge sundae. Chunky ice cream topped by a sauce warm enough to melt it, whipped cream, and a crunchy topping for texture.