Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
May 16, 2011 03:32 AM

Foods that make you happy

As I embark on my 50's I am seeking a more positive outlook on all aspects of life..INCLUDING what I eat...

So, I ask, what foods make you happy?

For me a fresh summer home grown tomato with a little coarse salt and freshly ground pepper.

Follow your food bliss!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Seafood if the weather's hot... mashed potato, or creamy polenta if the weather's cold :)

    1. All foods make me happy so long as they're good quality and well cooked.

      4 Replies
        1. re: Harters

          Same here, but anything "ancestral," that takes me back to my childhood dinner table will be a far more emotional experience than, say, a summer tomato.

          1. re: JungMann

            Don't be so pompous as to diminish what someone else likes to trivial as it may seem to you. Even with two years between your post and mine, I feel the need to respond this way.

            Maybe that fresh tomato is exactly what takes the OP to that special "ancestral" place. There is nothing wrong with that.

            I've enjoyed many tomato sandwiches with s&P (and a touch of mayo or salad dressing). I'd much rather have that than alot of meals I've paid for at popular restaurants.

            I actually share in the OP's emotional experiences with the lowly tomato.

            1. re: JayL

              You're reading way too much into my post and two years too late. I share the OP's enthusiasm for summer tomatoes and with little more than salt and pepper, there's hardly a better bite on a sunny August day. But when it comes to the wholly subjective experience of what foods have an emotional effect on me, reminiscing about my grandmother's cooking is hardly a judgment about the OP's preferences or a commentary on the tomato.

        2. A perfect apple pie (my own)
          Mashed potatoes and roasted chicken.
          Perfectly roasted duck breast.
          Tapas and sangria.

          Oh, forget it - like Harters, FOOD makes me happy when it's good quality and properly prepared. :-)

          1. I agree with the simplicity with the notch. My all time favorite is to find the best quality fresh baquette around....splurge on some fancy butter (unsalted) ....and some expensive fleur de sel.......Yes Sir.

            1 Reply
            1. re: giorgionadi

              Lately, along with my breakfast boiled egg I slice up a vine ripe tomato, salt, chili flakes and a drizzle of

              Lion and Globe Peanut Oil (made in Hong Kong), golden and flavoursome it gives olive oil a run for it's money.

              So, tomato for me .

            2. well, if it doesn't make me happy, i'm not eating it - life's too short. but some of the really blissful moments:
              - fresh summer corn & tomatoes...preferably NJ
              - the first bite of a perfect flourless chocolate cake
              - the first spoonful of gelato
              - my homemade granola
              - polenta & oatmeal in various forms (creamy, baked, pan-seared, sweet, savory...)
              - pristine sashimi

              11 Replies
              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Ciliac? At least your staying healthy. I go for the lighter stuff as well..... Fresh Bread, pizza, pasta, rice, french fries...give me carbs or give me death!

                1. re: giorgionadi

                  good guess, unfortunately. and i actually don't even eat polenta, oatmeal or granola anymore, because all grains wreak havoc on my system these days. grr.

                  i'd kill for a piping hot slice of thin-crust pizza with a blistered, chewy crust or a piece of fresh, gloriously glutenicious bread...any grain will do. i didn't bother mentioning those because i haven't had anything resembling them in years, so i try not to torture myself by longing for them ;) enjoy some for me, please!

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    my cousin also is Ciliac..she was over this past weekend for dinner...I made a paella and some great spanish apps. She ate a tiny bit of the paella. Turns out 9 yrs ago she found out this was the case...dropped like 35 lbs...eats so wonderfully now. Amazing thing is that 5 yrs ago she started to very slowly reincorporate the glutenous dishes into her diet and can now eat them, albeit in small quantities. She still isnt doing pizza but many other wonderful grains.

                    1. re: giorgionadi

                      Those with celiac disease cannot ever incorporate gluten back into their diets. Ever. Even 1/70th of a piece of bread can cause serious damage internally. I, too, have celiac. The only way to heal is a lifelong strict adherence to being gluten free, unfortunately.

                      I, too, would kill for a piece of pizza or fresh pasta or a thick piece of ciabatta bread or a croissant. But the reality is that is not going to happen so I focus on the things I can have! :-)

                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      I'm the same way and also love a good slice of thin crust pizza. It's not just the gluten that does me in, it's also the tomato sauce. A friend of mine just partnered with a few others to create a bake-at-home pizza place and they offer gluten-free crusts with all sorts of amazing toppings (for instance, butternut squash puree, fontinella cheese, arugula, pancetta, herb-grilled chicken, shaved Parmesan & fresh rosemary is one kind they offer) and while it's not the REAL kind of pizza I crave, it will make a fine substitute. Horrible cramping is too high a price to pay for a few seconds of indulgence.

                      Other foods that make me happy -- including my digestive system include:
                      Braised broccoli raab
                      Short ribs
                      Grilled chicken and avocado in the same bite
                      mussels in white wine and garlic
                      tacos al pastor
                      crunchy red apples
                      discontinued TJs organic orange rooibos tea
                      cornbread made with bacon drippings
                      chicken soup
                      bitter aperitifs (although the occasionally wreck my gut)

                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    So agree with those first three.

                    Especially the corn, dripping in butter. Can't wait for summer!

                    Speaking of which, almost anything I get at the local farmer's market--I can still taste the peach the farmer cracked open for me to taste last year. That made me very happy!

                    1. re: gaffk

                      i don't butter my corn, so that leaves more for you :)

                      if i'm eating it straight off the cob i prefer mine plain, or Mexican street-style (i.e. eloté).

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Thanks GHG . . .I'll happily take your butter :)

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet


                          Growing up lathered and salt were important. Now I use neither, the beauty of God's flavor in the kernals is all I need.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            My husband introduced me to plain sweet corn years ago. If the corn needs something, it isn't good corn, IMO.

                            1. re: Isolda

                              My great grandaddy ate an ear of corn for breakfast every day during the season. He picked it himself and ate it raw. That thought makes me happy as does fresh corn, shrimp, gumbo and potato salad. I may have to go make some right now. Oh, and peanut butter toast.