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Comfort Food!!!

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Conversation started on another board about, comfort foods!!!
Was wondering what are remembered as comfort foods.?

For me things like, green beans,potatoes and smoked neck, corned beef , potatoes and cabbage...
What is your "I Remember Mama" comfort food???

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  1. 7 bone chuck steak braised with potatoes, carrots, and onions.....or fried chicken with creamy gravy and mashed potatoes (shocker, huh?......)

    1. From KY, the Land of Biscuits and Gravy. While I've mastered most of Mom's dishes (including her cooked-to-death-and-back green beans), I've never replicated her biscuits and gravy. Have tried every biscuit recipe known to southern-kind, but no luck. Of course, she didn't measure a thing or write down her method, either. Watched her making them dozens of times, but no luck.

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      1. re: pine time

        Biscuits and gravy are one of my very favorite foods. I'm curious, what seems to be allusive about your mom's?

        1. re: pine time

          Yeah, what's different about hers? Did she learn it in KY? I do my grandmother's from very close to KY. I do remember those terrible green beans - I have never mastered those because I have never tried to!

          1. re: sandylc

            LOL, Sandylc, about "terrible green beans,"--they're gourmet-level "terrible," but "comfort food" nirvana!
            Mom was from the hills of Tennessee, so not sure if her method was from her Mom or evolved over time. Maybe it's just the nostalgia of hers, but seems they had a tiny bit of crunch in the crust, then pillow-soft innards. I've done baking powder, cat's head, yeast-based (she never used yeast in her life), buttermilk, ad infinitum. If anyone wants to link me to a heavenly biscuit, I'll certainly give it a go. Just had a mega-southern-road trip and bought White Lily flour (which she never used), so that's my next trial.

            1. re: pine time

              I'd love to do a southern road trip! That is some GORGEOUS country - sort of a secret paradise.

              Her flour was likely pretty soft in that region, so the White Lily might get you where you want to go. Did she use lard, maybe?

              EDIT: Oh, I can tell you that having used a wood cookstove for much of her life, my grandmother saw little sense in that dial on her stove, and baked everything at maximum temp - just turn it on was her philosophy. So temperature might play an unusual role here, as well.

              1. re: pine time

                Not sure these will replicate your mom's. I'm not much of a biscuit maker myself (and my own mother's were leaden), but I occasionally try my hand ay making biscuits b/c my husband loves them. The best I have ever made, by far, were Shirley Corriher's "Touch of Grace" biscuits.

                http://www.food52.com/blog/2819_shirl...

                I recently bought Nathalie Dupree's "Southern Biscuits." I'll look through to see if I can find a recipe that might fit your description and post if I can find something.

                1. re: nomadchowwoman

                  Gracias to you both! Hmmm, Shirley Corriher's look like Mom's did--they weren't picture-perfect, but tasted exquisite. And Sandylc, I'll report back on the White Lily experiment. Mom grew up eating food from a wood stove, but we had gas & electric by my day! She used plain old Crisco (altho' did paint the tops of her biscuits w/ melted bacon fat).

          2. Me too, K.Slink- mashed potatoes & good gravy of any sort, spoon me out a nice bowlful and stand back!

            Chicken & dumplings
            Homemade mac & cheese
            Cornbread stuffing with roast turkey or roast chicken or roast duck or roast beef or roast pork or what the heck, just by itself.

            A nice brunch for dinner: French toast (real maple syrup of course), coupla scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, nice crusty corned beef hash, home fries, toast with butter & good European jam, Ceylon tea with cream and sugar... And a new set of arteries, please.

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            1. re: eclecticsynergy

              I can't even duplicate, let alone top, her fried chicken. It's been many years now, maybe I should give it another shot.....

            2. My paternal Grandmothers chicken and dumplings
              My Dad's fried chicken
              My Mom's coq au vin

              1. Well, if this is "I Remember Mama" comfort food, it would be LIbbyland Dinners, Lemon Whip-n-Chill, and Beef-a-Roni (which I preferred to Spaghettios). My Mana doesn't like to cook, though she makes a wonderful apple cake!

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                1. re: nofunlatte

                  I still eat beefaroni topped with cheese. It's one of my gulity pleasure foods.