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What do you cook when you're completely stressed out?

Sure we all want to EAT comfort food when we're stressed, but for me, the process of cooking really cools me down too. What's your favorite thing to cook when you've had a crazy day at work?

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  1. Well, if it is a work day, that's one thing. I would either eat out or get take out! But when I want comfort food at home, I would be making a nice stew (I use a little clove and brown sugar in my stew). The smells as it is cooking are amazing.

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    1. re: boyzoma

      Yes - time issues. If I get home after a 12 of 14 hour day of hell, I'm not too big on the prep. But if I have time and I need to muddle over something, baking gets my attention and or elaborate prep, etc. Getting all the dishes, utensils out along with the ingredients is soothing. Then the actual baking while I clean up the mess and voila! I accomplished something!

    2. Baking cookies. It's my thing. I can bake cookies better than anyone I else I know. I love to bake in general and it always calms me down, but baking trays of perfectly shaped, delicious cookies that please everyone is such a comfort to me.

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      1. re: ttoommyy

        +1 (Only mine aren't perfectly shaped! But they do taste good.)

        1. re: ttoommyy

          ttoommyy - please share some of your recipes - I would love to make some "perfect" cookies!

        2. Anything with a fair amount of prep work. The routine of chopping while devising what to do next helps to calm me down and is oddly soothing. I tend to eat a lot of salads during the week for dinner- I think because of all of the chopping of vegetables I get to do. I think its also the ability to sort through something complicated that is not the main cause of stress.

          I havent tried it yet, but I assume rolling pasta would also work :-)

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          1. re: fmcoxe6188

            I agree about the chopping. I actually prep stuff for a crockpot for the next day on days like that and actually fix a sandwich or order in for my dinner that night. Then I spend a goodly amount of time chopping and not worrying about results that night -- when I'm stressed, the results usually aren't as good. However, to be able to throw everything into the crock in the a.m. and have a lovely dinner the next night is a double win.

            1. re: weezycom

              I completely agree! There is nothing quite like chopping veggies as a way to release my frustration(s)! I also may or may not eat the fruits of my labor- and might just prep for the rest of the week while ordering chinese or pizza. I suppose one can tell the kind of week I have had by simply assessing the amount of pre-prepped food in my fridge :)

          2. Generally I make bread. By hand. I pound the dough fairly hard and take out all my frustrations.

            Then, I usually let the dough rest in the fridge overnight before allowing it to comu up to room temp the next day to have its second rise and bake it off.

            1. If I've had an absolutely AWFUL day - once or twice a year - I only want one meal: french toast loaded with melted butter and maple syrup, bacon, and a big glass of cold milk. Come to think about it, that's the only time I ever eat that meal...