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phelana May 16, 2011 03:32 AM

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. ursy_ten May 16, 2011 04:46 AM

    Seafood if the weather's hot... mashed potato, or creamy polenta if the weather's cold :)

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      Harters May 16, 2011 09:44 AM

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

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      1. re: Harters
        scubadoo97 May 16, 2011 05:52 PM

        Feel the same way.

        1. re: Harters
          JungMann May 17, 2011 08:08 AM

          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
            JayL Aug 15, 2013 04:04 PM

            Don't be so pompous as to diminish what someone else likes to eat...as 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
              JungMann Aug 19, 2013 09:57 AM

              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. LindaWhit May 16, 2011 10:51 AM

          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. :-)

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            giorgionadi May 16, 2011 11:00 AM

            I agree with the simplicity with the tomato..top 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.

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            1. re: giorgionadi
              Naguere May 18, 2011 06:15 AM

              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. goodhealthgourmet May 16, 2011 11:25 AM

              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

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                giorgionadi May 16, 2011 11:32 AM

                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
                  goodhealthgourmet May 16, 2011 11:39 AM

                  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
                    giorgionadi May 16, 2011 11:45 AM

                    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
                      chefathome Jun 5, 2011 04:44 PM

                      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
                      isadorasmama Jun 5, 2011 04:02 PM

                      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
                    gaffk May 16, 2011 02:07 PM

                    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
                      goodhealthgourmet May 16, 2011 05:05 PM

                      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
                        gaffk May 17, 2011 03:28 PM

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

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                          nobadfoodplz May 17, 2011 03:46 PM


                          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
                            Isolda May 18, 2011 06:23 AM

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

                            1. re: Isolda
                              Sue in Mt P May 18, 2011 02:10 PM

                              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.

                      2. inaplasticcup May 16, 2011 02:14 PM

                        Really perfect specimens of fruit at the peak of ripeness and eaten at room temp, my favorites being strawberries, mangos, tomatoes, Tuscan melons and peaches.

                        Super fresh raw things from the sea also please me to no end: uni, oysters, prawns, scallops, geoduck, belly cuts of various fish.

                        I'm making myself drool a little, and it doesn't help that I've had coffee and raisins for lunch...

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                        1. re: inaplasticcup
                          giorgionadi May 17, 2011 08:24 AM


                          Im glad that many people dont eat this...would lead to it being overfished and eventually downgrade the quality.

                        2. ipsedixit May 16, 2011 02:15 PM

                          Food doesn't make me happy.

                          Who I am eating it with, does.

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                          1. re: ipsedixit
                            goodhealthgourmet May 16, 2011 05:06 PM

                            well then i hope you never eat alone :)

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                              mariacarmen May 17, 2011 03:50 PM

                              ok, that can be taken in a couple different ways! ( :

                              1. re: mariacarmen
                                goodhealthgourmet May 17, 2011 05:29 PM

                                mc, get your mind out of the gutter! i meant that if ipse only enjoys his food when he has a dining companion to share it with, then i hope he doesn't eat too many meals by himself because that would mean spending a lot of time less-than-happy.

                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                  mariacarmen May 17, 2011 07:12 PM

                                  ahahaha! talk about mind in the gutter, that one didn't even occur to me! i was thinking you could be saying eating with himself could not be a source of happiness! what does that say about poor ipse?

                                  1. re: mariacarmen
                                    ipsedixit May 18, 2011 10:31 AM

                                    Nothing like sharing a double entendre amongst 'Hounds, right?

                                    Only thing I prefer more than a good double entendre is a Double-Double® ...!

                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                      goodhealthgourmet May 18, 2011 01:21 PM

                                      not a Double-Stuf? ;)

                                      1. re: ipsedixit
                                        alkapal May 18, 2011 02:18 PM

                                        now be sure which way you pronounce that ;-))). doo-bluh ahn-tahn-dr. LOL!!!

                              2. re: ipsedixit
                                nobadfoodplz May 17, 2011 03:48 PM

                                Mr I

                                When travelling alone, family only available by cell phone is a lonely few days. One of the little upticks in the day is enjoying a beuatifully prepared gift from the farms. It is not a capital "H" happy, but it does make a lonely traveller happier.

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                                sueatmo May 16, 2011 05:50 PM

                                Home grown tomatoes, which I can never find even at farmers' markets, would be high on the list. I also love a perfectly ripe peach or pear. I also like eating shrimp with cocktail sauce, or a small piece of dark chocolate.

                                I don't eat much carb anymore, but certain carbs have always made me feel quite happy. Now that I haven't indulged very much in more than a year, I find that the occasional carb splurge doesn't do it for me any more.

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                                1. re: sueatmo
                                  laliz May 18, 2011 04:06 PM

                                  sueatmo, I could have written your post. Thanks.

                                2. lynnlato May 16, 2011 06:06 PM

                                  A summer tomato - yesss!

                                  Roasted chicken

                                  Fresh Carolina shrimp

                                  Gorgeous, briny, freshly-shucked oysters


                                  Foie Gras

                                  Fresh eggs

                                  Good cheese

                                  And if someone could make a Portuguese pastel de nata magically appear before me I would be the happiest lady!

                                  1. meatn3 May 17, 2011 07:49 AM

                                    This week:

                                    A handful of sun warmed mulberries the birds kindly left for me on the tree!

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                                      gordeaux May 17, 2011 08:25 AM

                                      California Navel Oranges. When I start checking them and they start getting in seasoin, sweet, and juicy, then I know spring is just around the corner.

                                      Bing Cherries, melons, sweet corn. SUMMER!

                                      When my spare ribs come out of the smoker perfect. VERY HAPPY.

                                      Roasted Hatch Geen Chile might make me the happiest of all.

                                      1. alkapal May 17, 2011 08:36 AM

                                        you should also check my "five blissful bites" thread... lots of bliss there, too.

                                        my top "bliss" is wok-seared pad kee mao.

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                                        1. re: alkapal
                                          inaplasticcup May 17, 2011 08:47 AM

                                          Ohhhh... that wok char is a lovely thing, isn't it? :)))

                                          1. re: inaplasticcup
                                            alkapal May 17, 2011 07:01 PM

                                            yes, and i really don't know why so few can actually achieve it!!!!

                                            i've been told by some that they can't keep the noodles from tearing without enough oil; however, the extra oil makes it much more unlikely that they can get the noodle edges nicely caramelized.

                                        2. mariacarmen May 17, 2011 03:54 PM

                                          so many things... a BLT with the perfect tomato, a barbecue potato chip, a spoonful of liverwurst, a ripe peach, a bite of foie gras, ankimo, a sliver of truffle, yellowtail sashimi, a raw oyster - these things all actually fill me with euphoria through each bite. most food makes me feel happy, content and nurtured, but certain things send me to another world.

                                          1. viperlush May 17, 2011 05:00 PM

                                            My grandma hums when she cooks, so I guess cooking makes her happy.
                                            My brother will hum and dance when he is eating something that he enjoys.
                                            So now my 2 yr old nephew will also hums and dances when he eats cookies.
                                            Earlier tonight I was dancing and humming while dipping broccoli in ranch dressing.

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                                            1. re: viperlush
                                              LindaWhit May 18, 2011 06:08 AM

                                              I love this. :-D

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                                              eatswjoy May 17, 2011 05:57 PM

                                              Eating food makes me happy,

                                              I enjoy thinking about what I will eat next.

                                              I vicariously enjoy food when my friends tell me what they have had to eat when they go out.

                                              But, to answer your question...fresh garlic butter with a lot of garlic. For special occasions, I love to dunk just about everything on my plate in it, the meat or seafood, the veg, the potato, the bread. Joy!

                                              1. junescook May 17, 2011 06:57 PM

                                                Fried oysters because I indulge in them so rarely, but not the ones I got today at Sam the Clams in Southington, CT. They were over breaded, alas, and greasy. On the other hand, the order was so large, and the price was so low, that I'll have lunch tomorrow (even taking the breading off) for less than any where else,

                                                1. shecrab May 18, 2011 10:06 AM

                                                  Home grown tomato sandwich on squishy white store bread slathered with Hellman's, Maldon and freshly cracked pepper eaten over the kitchen sink. Zowie! A beautiful crispy edged fried egg with home fries and thick cut bacon shatteringly crisp. Warm from the sun berries in a bowl with fresh cream.Sweet simplicity

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                                                    mariacarmen May 18, 2011 11:00 AM

                                                    oh your egg dish made me hungry....

                                                    1. re: mariacarmen
                                                      DaisyM May 18, 2011 11:11 AM

                                                      Fried chicken
                                                      Fresh picked in season peaches and corn on the cob
                                                      brie or epoisses and a warm baguette (preferably eaten in Paris!)
                                                      a lobster roll from Red's Eats in Maine

                                                      1. re: DaisyM
                                                        mariacarmen May 18, 2011 11:42 AM

                                                        oh yeaaaaaah on the epoisses and baguette eaten in Paris! pleasure for all the senses at the same time.

                                                    2. re: shecrab
                                                      Sue in Mt P May 18, 2011 02:14 PM

                                                      shecrab, do try our Southern favorite mayonaisse, Duke's. It's the ONLY mayo on my mater-white bread sandwich. My first tomato is almost ready. I'm ready when it is.

                                                      1. re: shecrab
                                                        alkapal May 18, 2011 02:20 PM

                                                        shecrab must join the tomato sandwich thread, where we wax poetic about squishy white bread, mayo, fresh summer tomatoes and salt! we tend to go on about dukes and hellman's….

                                                        PS, sue in mt. p -- harris teeter periodically has duke's on a BOGO deal! ;-). (which i'm sure that you know). on a terroir related tangent, i was just craving some smoky bones smoked chicken today!).

                                                        1. re: alkapal
                                                          Sue in Mt P May 18, 2011 03:39 PM

                                                          alkapal, I know! Love those BOGOs. I need to get back to that mater sandwich thread myself.

                                                          Hope all is well. Want me to go get you some chicken?

                                                          1. re: Sue in Mt P
                                                            alkapal May 19, 2011 03:41 AM

                                                            sue, thanks for the offer! how about next time i'm down in your neck of the woods, we could go get some smoked chicken….and fried shrimp….good grits…. LOTS of goodies there where you live!

                                                            1. re: alkapal
                                                              Sue in Mt P May 19, 2011 09:22 AM

                                                              Okey doke. I'll be here. Why would I leave, lol!

                                                          2. re: alkapal
                                                            shecrab May 19, 2011 08:20 AM

                                                            I do love Duke's! One of my absolute favorite sandwiches is a fried green tomato and pimento cheese BLT and if I am preparing that and have no Duke's on hand, a trip to the store is required. For that there is no acceptable substitute.

                                                            1. re: shecrab
                                                              alkapal May 19, 2011 05:08 PM

                                                              some people store up cabernet. me? duke's!

                                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                                buttertart May 20, 2011 12:52 PM

                                                                Next time you get up this way, you better bring me some! ;-)

                                                                1. re: buttertart
                                                                  alkapal May 22, 2011 04:58 AM

                                                                  the "duke's connection." where's gene hackman when you need him?

                                                                  1. re: alkapal
                                                                    buttertart May 23, 2011 07:13 AM

                                                                    Wear a long raincoat with a special lining!

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                                                                      alkapal May 23, 2011 09:22 AM

                                                                      ok, that raincoat will make me look like that gary larson elephant with the big trench coat. note to self: need secret inside panels!

                                                        2. Passadumkeg May 18, 2011 11:40 AM

                                                          Freshly roasted New Mexico green chile, Maine steamed or fried soft shell clams and NJ soft shell crab,
                                                          A NM red chile stacked enchilada w/ a fried egg on top.
                                                          A Bolivan chicken saltena!

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                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                            mariacarmen May 18, 2011 11:43 AM

                                                            really! you prefer the chicken to the beef? i may have to try one then, when i get there (17 days from now!), but I've never liked the chicken ones I've had here.

                                                            1. re: mariacarmen
                                                              Passadumkeg May 18, 2011 11:56 AM

                                                              Yes, I do prefer the chicken to the beef, a lot and I'm not a big chicken guy.
                                                              Knock back a few Pacenas for me, will ya?

                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                                mariacarmen May 18, 2011 01:04 PM

                                                                will do.

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                                                              EWSflash Aug 14, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                              This thread is making me very hungry.

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                                                              AnnaBaptist May 18, 2011 11:44 AM

                                                              Anything really, really fresh.

                                                              A well-cooked fra diavolo sauce.

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                                                                DaisyM May 18, 2011 11:57 AM

                                                                A steamed lobster and baked potato with butter, sour cream, chives, and salt and pepper. (could someone please magically appear and give that to me?)

                                                                1. re: DaisyM
                                                                  Passadumkeg May 18, 2011 12:37 PM

                                                                  DM, I'm heading back to Maine for the summer after a year in New Mexico. I have access to free lobsters if you're ever in downeast Maine. I make a pretty mean lobster taco.

                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                                    DaisyM May 18, 2011 01:01 PM

                                                                    Summer in Maine? You are seriously lucky. Eat lots of lobster and fresh blueberry pie for the rest of us.

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                                                                DMW May 18, 2011 01:29 PM

                                                                I love so much food (so much), it is hard to say. Fresh, tasty, quality, well-prepared - YUM.
                                                                I do have single out amazing home grown tomatoes, right off the vine, still warm from the sun!
                                                                And ripe, juicy, drip down your face, peaches! From the local farm!

                                                                OMG, I can't wait for summer!!!!!
                                                                sorry for all of the !, but I guess I am excited ;-)

                                                                1. invinotheresverde May 18, 2011 04:35 PM

                                                                  Summer rolls
                                                                  Good guacamole
                                                                  Obligatory tomato sandwich
                                                                  Overstuffed veggie grinder/sub/whathaveyou on great bread (aka Hudson St Market version)

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                                                                    laliz May 18, 2011 04:41 PM

                                                                    good bbq beef ribs
                                                                    juicy porterhouse, med rare
                                                                    home grown tomato w/fresh mozzarella
                                                                    peanut butter toast dipped in hot chocolate
                                                                    chicken liver pate w/good rye bread
                                                                    brown sugar baked bacon
                                                                    roasted corn on the cob, buttered and w/grated cheese
                                                                    porcupine meatballs
                                                                    meatloaf w/mashed potatoes and gray
                                                                    prime rib (rare) w/creamed horseradish
                                                                    steamed crab legs w/melted butter
                                                                    artichoke dipped in (Best Foods) mayonnaise
                                                                    bbq kettle chips
                                                                    Dodger Dog(s)
                                                                    sicilian olives
                                                                    Italian bread (seeded)
                                                                    home made blue cheese salad dressing
                                                                    chili (no beans)/cheese fries
                                                                    shrimp cocktail
                                                                    cioppino (best eaten in San Francisco)
                                                                    coffe ice cream w/hot fudge
                                                                    creme brulee
                                                                    San Francisco sourdough bread
                                                                    home made guacamole w/warm freshly made tortilla strips
                                                                    freshly made warm flour tortillas w/butter
                                                                    strawberries dipped in dark chocolate and white chocolate
                                                                    blenheim apricots (triple mmmmmmmm)
                                                                    mushroom risotto

                                                                    1. shanagain May 18, 2011 05:35 PM

                                                                      Reading this thread made me realize there are too many to pick. But there's one I always feel compelled to *say* makes me happy.

                                                                      We live in western Texas, and if you are under the assumption this makes for pleasant winters, you would be surprised by what a Blue Norther really brings. Blustery, icy, menacing gusts that lay into every crack in your well-laid plans. On those days, there is nothing so satisfying as standing at the stove stirring my oil and flour, chopping onion, celery and bell pepper, and finally - finally! - stripping the meat from chicken that's stewed down into its cozy stock. Andouille, cayenne, even okra (although it's against The Rules) finish off the pot, and with a warm slice or chunk or three of thick crusty bread slathered with butter... Nothing better than a simple, perfect chicken and sausage gumbo.

                                                                      1. arktos May 19, 2011 02:07 PM

                                                                        Deep-fried things such as Fish & Chips (well made!), Tempura, fried oysters, veg fritters.

                                                                        Anything with avocado.

                                                                        Argentine-style butterflied grilled chicken with chimichurri sauce.

                                                                        Really 'well-made' mashed potatoes.

                                                                        Pork fried rice.

                                                                        Anchovy thin sliced pizza.

                                                                        Prime rib.

                                                                        Tibetan momos.

                                                                        Chile rellenos.

                                                                        Crunchy tacos from the Taco Bell.. sorry to admit that:(

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                                                                          phelana May 19, 2011 04:41 PM

                                                                          love the food love...

                                                                        2. mamachef May 19, 2011 05:05 PM

                                                                          I like your philosophy, phelana. I'm right there with you on the tomato. A fresh tomato is more than just gustatory pleasure; it's an emotional experience combining all the senses and including intangibles like taste memory. My other two, off the top of my head, are chocolate pudding and mashed potatoes with extra butter, salt and pepper on the side. These two actually serve a dual purpose: they lift me up if I'm down, and if I'm up, they make me even happier. Nice OP.

                                                                          1. scrumpchef May 20, 2011 09:19 AM

                                                                            my latest is full fat greek yogurt--plain...i literally sigh with happiness, my eyes roll back a little and my shoulders drop a few inches.

                                                                            good sharp cheddar on rye bread

                                                                            pastured eggs fried in ghee

                                                                            grilled halibut, simply prepared on top of salad

                                                                            a fig bursting it's seams with honeyed concentrated sweetness, still warm from the sun, pulled right off the tree and eaten in dappled sunlight

                                                                            a cup of Irish Breakfast tea, brewed strong, sweetened with rice milk

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                                                                              goodhealthgourmet May 20, 2011 10:19 AM

                                                                              how could i forget fresh figs?!

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                                                                                mamachef May 20, 2011 10:27 AM

                                                                                How!! I ask you!!

                                                                              2. re: scrumpchef
                                                                                mamachef May 20, 2011 10:27 AM

                                                                                scrumpchef, I can tell you really, really enjoy your food, and your descriptive on the figs is really very beautiful. I'm right there with ya.

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                                                                                  Miri1 May 20, 2011 11:20 AM

                                                                                  A big juicy slice of freshly opened watermelon.

                                                                                  Piping hot, creamy and gooey macaroni and cheese

                                                                                  Peanut M and M's

                                                                                  Ripe, juicy peaches and nectarines

                                                                                  Vegetable matza ball soup when the weather is cold

                                                                                  Matza and butter on passover. Or any time of the year.

                                                                                  And pretty much anything makes me happy as long as I'm sitting on a blanket onthe beach watching the waves. A true California girl, I am!

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                                                                                    DaisyM May 20, 2011 12:22 PM

                                                                                    Cherry Pie

                                                                              3. scubadoo97 May 21, 2011 07:23 AM

                                                                                Two recent meals that made me very happy utilizing some similar ingredients.

                                                                                Last nights dinner

                                                                                1. Pan seared and oven roasted Cobia over a mix of roasted and cubed sweet potatoes and artichoke hearts with minced oil cured olives

                                                                                This mornings breakfast

                                                                                2. A fried egg served a top of a mix of pan roasted red potato and artichoke heart cooked in evoo and a touch of butter with slivers of garlic and hot smoked pimenton. Would be a wonderful tapa eaten any time of the day.

                                                                                This kinda simple food just does it for me.

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                                                                                  Jeanne May 21, 2011 06:51 PM

                                                                                  NC soft shell crabs, steamed oysters, fresh from the ocean NC fish - all varieties - shrimp.

                                                                                  Fresh from the farm vegies & fruit - NC strawberries and blueberries.

                                                                                  My own shrimp & grits.

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                                                                                    awm922 May 22, 2011 05:18 AM

                                                                                    It's not just the food, but where and when you have it. Food that is related to family gatherings, special Holidays or a food that no one or place does it better. Here a few of my Happy Foods.

                                                                                    Fresh Zeppole from Lucibello's in New Haven for St. Joseph's day.
                                                                                    White Clam Pizza, hot from the oven with Foxon Park White Birch Beer at Pepe's on Wooster St.
                                                                                    Hot Dogs with Gulden's with onion rings at Chick's Drive-In in West Haven, CT.
                                                                                    Fried Clams with Onion Rings from The Clam Castle in Madison, CT
                                                                                    Filet Mignon, med rare with mashed potatoes, sauteed mushrooms and onions at Ruth's Chris.
                                                                                    Hot lobster roll at Dino's on Rt. 5 in Wallingford, CT
                                                                                    Steamed lobster at Abbott's in Noank, CT
                                                                                    A cup of Matzo Ball soup and a Pastrami on Rye with sauteed onions at Weintraub's in Worcester, MA
                                                                                    My moms Turkey Meat stuffing at Thanksgiving.
                                                                                    Mom's Lemon Meringue Pie that she always made me for my Birthday growing up.

                                                                                    and many, many more.

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                                                                                      hotdoglover May 22, 2011 05:31 AM

                                                                                      hot dogs.

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                                                                                      stefstef May 22, 2011 12:02 PM

                                                                                      Creamy Mac and cheese made with extra sharp cheddar cheese and a crunchy topping....bliss

                                                                                      1. mamachef May 23, 2011 11:50 AM

                                                                                        Today I found a bag of sour apple/caramel suckers, and by gosh it made me ever so happy.

                                                                                        1. Peg May 23, 2011 11:52 AM

                                                                                          If you mean food that makes me happy(er) when I am unhappy - then foods that are self-indulgent and just for ME but not so unhealthy that I end up feeling gross.
                                                                                          Examples are smoked fish on black rye with horseradish, soft boiled eggs, fresh raw peas, spaghetti with oil and garlic - plus of course a decadent cocktail served in a fancy glass.

                                                                                          1. Novelli May 23, 2011 12:36 PM

                                                                                            A nice bowl of pasta in tomato sauce.

                                                                                            I spent a weekend in Las Vegas where we did nothing but eat at every turn...pizza, fancy restaraunts, AYCE buffets, absolutely everything I laid my eyes on. And it was all very VERY good!

                                                                                            But nothing even came close to sitting down with the hot steaming bowl of pasta, after the 5 hour drive, when I got home. That was home in a bowl and made me tremendously happy!

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                                                                                              ksmith51432 May 23, 2011 02:38 PM

                                                                                              Apricots, warm from the sun, picked off my own tree; August tomato about 4-5 in the afternoon- 'tomato soup' warm from the sun- on a left over biscuit; roomtemp cornbread, 'fried' in a castiron skillet, the next day in a bowl with buttermilk and fresh cracked pepper. Lambfries from the Cattlemens's restaurant in Oklahoma City - any day, any time.

                                                                                              1. amyzan May 23, 2011 03:25 PM

                                                                                                I've had some of my happiest food out on the porch, especially early morning or in the evenings. Dining outside helps me to enjoy the good food that much more, no matter what it is. I love when I have or make the time to go outside to eat.

                                                                                                There are also specific foods that bring me joy:
                                                                                                ripe apricots, actually, almost any stone fruit that's ripe and sweet
                                                                                                uni and ama ebi, probably because I eat them so infrequently living where I do
                                                                                                roasted corn on the cob
                                                                                                soup or oatmeal in the winter
                                                                                                persimmons and black walnuts, especially when foraged with my dog on my mom's property
                                                                                                birthday dinners (or breakfasts in bed, for that matter!)

                                                                                                1. j
                                                                                                  jbsiegel May 23, 2011 05:20 PM

                                                                                                  Two words (well, actually 3): Chocolate & Peanut Butter!

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                                                                                                    FoodExpression May 24, 2011 06:58 AM

                                                                                                    are you norton?

                                                                                                  2. chefathome Jun 5, 2011 04:53 PM

                                                                                                    Most food prepared with love makes me happy. But the following do make me the happiest:

                                                                                                    - braised short ribs
                                                                                                    - osso bucco
                                                                                                    - foie gras
                                                                                                    - chicken liver terrine
                                                                                                    - duck breast
                                                                                                    - creamy mashed potatoes
                                                                                                    - bacon
                                                                                                    - pork belly
                                                                                                    - herb risotto
                                                                                                    - fresh grilled squid, especially tentacles
                                                                                                    - sweet lobster
                                                                                                    - sea bass baked in sea salt
                                                                                                    - fresh corn on the cob slathered with butter and chives
                                                                                                    - fresh figs
                                                                                                    - fresh almonds and walnuts
                                                                                                    - most preparations of lamb
                                                                                                    - sweet watermelon
                                                                                                    - freshly picked raspberries
                                                                                                    - fresh goat's cheese drizzled with new olive oil with Croatian prsut
                                                                                                    - homemade baked beans with bacon and maple syrup
                                                                                                    - chicken skin
                                                                                                    - pork cracklngs
                                                                                                    - creamy polenta with chanterelles and morels
                                                                                                    - anything with fresh white truffles
                                                                                                    - fresh herbs and veg that I have grown and nurtured with passion

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                                                                                                      Miri1 Jun 6, 2011 10:58 AM

                                                                                                      Since I've gone off dairy, my new happy food is vegan mac and cheese made with daiya "cheese" It's absolutely amazing!

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                                                                                                        chefathome Jun 6, 2011 12:29 PM

                                                                                                        Really? I have never heard of it. Where do you get it? I live in Alberta so chances are I won't find it around here...

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                                                                                                          liveloveat34 Jul 8, 2011 07:25 AM

                                                                                                          Do you have a specific recipe you use?

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                                                                                                        sugarflowers Jun 6, 2011 05:46 PM

                                                                                                        I have to slap on the 'good quality foodstuffs of all kinds make me happy!' addage to my post. ;

                                                                                                        But I also feel the foods that make me happy fall under two broad categories.

                                                                                                        Foods that make me happy: Healthy, Light, and Clean%3

                                                                                                        - Brown rice and pasta (way more than regular)

                                                                                                        - FRESH fish and shellfish cooked in lots of garlic and lemon and some wine

                                                                                                        - Summer tomatoes from the farmstand. They deserve their own category! Seriously, anything involving a summer tomato, with fresh herbs thrown in, is bliss

                                                                                                        - Actually, fresh herbs in general make me very happy. I have learned to appreciate the beauty and power of just-snipped tarragon, basil, oregano, dill, rosemary, and the like.

                                                                                                        - Garlic in anything. The more garlic the better!

                                                                                                        - Fruit salsas

                                                                                                        - Fruits: strawberries, raspberries, mangos, peaches

                                                                                                        - Vegetables: spinach, green beans, asparagus, red bell peppers, rainbow chard, morels

                                                                                                        - Greek yogurt, especially with fruit or honey

                                                                                                        - Homemade chicken soup

                                                                                                        - Roasted chicken with root vegetables

                                                                                                        - Greek-style lamb and classic Greek sides

                                                                                                        - Leafy, beautiful green salads. I could eat one every day, so long as I could play with the variety of the leaves and the proteins involved.

                                                                                                        - Tea. I travel the world through tea!

                                                                                                        - Sushi

                                                                                                        Foods that make me happy: Maybe I won't weigh myself tomorrow!

                                                                                                        - Creme brulee

                                                                                                        - Vanilla bean frosting and ice cream

                                                                                                        - Homemade waffles and sausage

                                                                                                        - Coq au vin

                                                                                                        - Garlic mashed potatoes with cream and roasted garlic, preferrably from Yukon Golds!

                                                                                                        - Sweet, smoky ribs with creamy coleslaw

                                                                                                        - Bread! Fresh, beautiful artisan breads and butter are just heaven

                                                                                                        - Cheeses, especially Brie, Camembert, and chevre

                                                                                                        - Beer-battered onion rings

                                                                                                        - A great, char-grilled burger on a beautiful roll with tons of flavor

                                                                                                        - A medium/medium-well steak with wine sauce, crispy onions, buttery mushrooms, etc

                                                                                                        - Chocolate truffles

                                                                                                        - Polenta, either grilled or creamy

                                                                                                        - Anything involving dark chocolate and raspberries/strawberries/nuts

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                                                                                                          arktos Jun 7, 2011 05:33 PM

                                                                                                          You must be 'happy' pretty much 24/7.

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                                                                                                            sugarflowers Jun 9, 2011 11:34 PM

                                                                                                            Haha, yes, but I try to get 'happy' off the foods from the first list most days of the week!

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                                                                                                          lilmomma Jun 7, 2011 05:07 PM

                                                                                                          OH MY! I am really getting hungry reading this!

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                                                                                                            beccydinosaur Oct 29, 2011 02:06 PM

                                                                                                            Fresh steamed broccoli... one of my perpetual cravings

                                                                                                            Watermelon on a hot summer's day

                                                                                                            My Oma's matzah ball soup

                                                                                                            Home made gnocchi!

                                                                                                            1. Kholvaitar Aug 12, 2013 05:47 PM



                                                                                                              Rare Porterhouse Steak
                                                                                                              Anchovies on Pizza

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                                                                                                                phelana Aug 13, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                what did you eat that made you happy today? For me, texture, color and taste blending together in sweet harmony...I had a cheese pastechi, a locally made pastry here in the Dutch Caribbean. It's fried so I indulge once a year..it was flaky and chewy and lovely..I shared with my dog so am even happier as is she...

                                                                                                              2. alliegator Aug 13, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                -perfectly seared scallops
                                                                                                                -noodle dishes from Asian street stalls
                                                                                                                -grilled shrimp with plenty of lemon for squeezin'
                                                                                                                -freshly squeezed grapefruit juice with lots of ice cubes
                                                                                                                -any kind of fruit flavored gelato
                                                                                                                -salted pistacios--get cracking!
                                                                                                                -anything (well, most things) that comes from a shacky looking place on a tropical beach

                                                                                                                1. fldhkybnva Aug 14, 2013 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                  I concur with many of the responses here that any well-prepared meal makes me happy. We mostly eat at home and I love the delightful feeling after a meal that comes together in just the right way which fortunately is often in our house or we are just hungry people who like to eat anything. If I had pick certain foods that always make me happy it'd be Grandma's Southern home cookin' of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, string beans, cornbread and stuffing.

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                                                                                                                    equalibra Aug 14, 2013 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                    So much! Everything delicious but especially:
                                                                                                                    Mashed potatoes with gravy (probably my number one comfort food)
                                                                                                                    Gelato (I always get lemon plus one other fruit kind)
                                                                                                                    Chicken noodle soup

                                                                                                                    The happiest feeling is tackling a new cooking project, and having it come out beautifully, and then sharing it with loved ones.

                                                                                                                    1. globocity Aug 14, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                      How about adding some Buffalo mozzarella with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar? That paired with a superb glass of wine and I am content.

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                                                                                                                        Goatjunky Aug 14, 2013 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                        Eating good food makes me happy... but what really make me happy is when i make something great and can share it. I bring leftovers to a foodie friend at work, give away my tamales and jams, love that everyone asks for my recipe for beans. Those food items then become something that make me smile and savor when i eat them. If that counts

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                                                                                                                          klyeoh Aug 15, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                          Ice-cream - virtually *any* flavour ;-)

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                                                                                                                            BigWoodenSpoon Aug 15, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                            Especially if it's from your local neighborhood shop. For my 40th birthday I made my own flavor: Chocolate Boysenberry.
                                                                                                                            Super Delicious!
                                                                                                                            Other foods that make me happy: My Mom's cooking.
                                                                                                                            Be it her magical Meatballs in Beer Sauce, Bean Dip, Potato Salad, Lasagna or the awesome Chinese feast she made for me on my 16th birthday, my Mom rocks!
                                                                                                                            Great chocolate, cheese & wine are a close second. ; )

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                                                                                                                              klyeoh Aug 15, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                              Oh yes, nothing like Mom's cooking :-)

                                                                                                                          2. The Librarian Aug 15, 2013 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                            Well-made matzoh ball soup!

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                                                                                                                              The Librarian Aug 15, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                              My husband just drifted through the kitchen and said that the food that makes him happy is raw chocolate chip cookie dough. And yes, he knows that you're not supposed to eat that.

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                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Aug 15, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                Baloney. (No, that's not a food that makes me happy.) I've eaten raw cookie dough my entire life, and I'm still alive. Tell him to enjoy without guilt!

                                                                                                                            2. JayL Aug 15, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                              So many things...just a few would be:

                                                                                                                              Fried Chicken (nothing fancy, bread it with flour S&P...keep all the fancy pants stuff for restaurants that charge three times too much)


                                                                                                                              Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

                                                                                                                              Country Ham Biscuits (salty as hell...don't rinse or boil my cured ham, please)

                                                                                                                              Nahunta Sausage (hot please)

                                                                                                                              Barbecue from Eastern North Carolina (Pete Jone's Skylight Inn if I'm buying it)

                                                                                                                              Pineapple Cake

                                                                                                                              Trini Geera Pork

                                                                                                                              Trini Bake & Shark

                                                                                                                              Trini Doubles

                                                                                                                              Do I have to stop?

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                                                                                                                                Beach Chick Aug 15, 2013 10:06 PM

                                                                                                                                Blueberry pie
                                                                                                                                Dozen kumamoto oysters
                                                                                                                                Ahi rare
                                                                                                                                Tomato sandwich w/kettle chips squished with gobbs of mayo on rye
                                                                                                                                Grilled corn cob
                                                                                                                                Fish tacos
                                                                                                                                Reese peanut butter cups
                                                                                                                                King Crab Legs
                                                                                                                                Onion bagel w/ schmear
                                                                                                                                Eggplant Parm
                                                                                                                                Lemon merinque pie

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