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summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Mon, 28th Jul '08 12:56 PM

COMFORT FOODS - "FOOD THAT ONE EATS TO FEEL COMFORT OR ALLEVIATE STRESS RATHER THAN TO RECEIVE NUTRITION."

I didn't want a psyc lesson, I was only looking for a good definition for "Comfort Food." Was it really necessary to define, what is probably many of our favorite foods, as those consumed to "alleviate stress rather than to receive nutrition"? Ouch...the truth often hurts!

There are many definitions of course, so I am choosing - "food that is simply prepared and associated with a sense of home or contentment." Please add whatever feels right for you!

I have to post the traditional comfort food of freshly baked meatloaf, homemade mashed potatoes and homemade gravy from the drippings in the roasting pan. Oh...excuse me while I go to the kitchen for a ham sandwich.....

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Mon, 28th Jul '08 8:30 PM

Some of mine are nerds ropes, caramel bugles, cherry chocolate dr. pepper, and snickers cake. Not to mention more nutritious fare such as chicken fried steak, french fries, and jalapeno poppers. Evil foods.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Tue, 29th Jul '08 2:12 AM

Jalapeno poppers? Now we're talking contentment! Have you had the pleasure of biting into a popper filled with real cheddar instead of jack or cream cheese? Add a side of Ranch for dipping each glorious bite...heavenly!

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 589)
Thu, 31st Jul '08 11:09 AM

My comfort foods:

1. Chiles Rellenos-filled with great cheese etc.
2. Lasagne
3. Veal anything

Worst foods: Anything served in school cafeterias

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Thu, 31st Jul '08 1:13 PM

mmmm Chile Rellenos...ughghhghg

My comfort foods:

Turkey with all the trimmings (it can be Thanksgiving any day!)
Beef Stroganoff
Ginger Ale mixed with Cranberry Juice--I know, not a food, but still...
Tapioca Pudding

And the one that I have the most often:

Tuna Salad (made with light tuna, mayo, celery and a teensy bit of minced onion--NO secret ingredients and NEVER Miracle Whip!!!) on buttered and toasted (or grilled if my husband is making them for me) english muffins...mmmmmm

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 589)
Thu, 31st Jul '08 9:09 PM

Lol, I just made Beef Stroganoff two days ago.

Yummy leftovers....

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Thu, 31st Jul '08 10:32 PM

Oh but "taco24", you did not share your killer ingredient to make your stroganoff very, very special......

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 589)
Thu, 31st Jul '08 11:02 PM

I added one half cup of Bailey's Irish Cream to the sauce. Fantastic flavor! Really does add a special flavor to the sauce.

"drooling"



summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Fri, 1st Aug '08 7:02 AM

Thanks for sharing Susan! Sour cream and Baily's....what a concept!

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Fri, 1st Aug '08 7:07 AM

The popularity of Miracle Whip in something in the world of food, I have never understood Rnmorg! As far as considerng tapioca a comfort food, I have a few words to say.... Yes! Now, all fellow tapioca endorsers, put your hands in the air and wave em' like you just don't care!!!!

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Fri, 1st Aug '08 7:10 AM

My next comment would obviously have to be...why in the heck am I trying to type comments at 6am! Only half way through my first cup of coffee...thus, not able to yet spell the most simple of words!!! I is a college student....

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Fri, 1st Aug '08 7:22 AM

Hey - Miracle Whip is the only brand of that type of stuff allowed in my house. When folks ask for my recipe, lets say, for Potato Salad, and I write down Miracle Whip - they make it instead with Hellmann's and then complain that it doesn't taste as good. Miracle Whip rules!

Anyway - comfort foods depend on my mood -

Blintzes
Pierogies
beef stew
chocolate
chocolate chip cookies

Those are probably just a fraction.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Fri, 1st Aug '08 7:59 AM

Oh God, I did forget the chocolate chip cookies! In terms of comfort, and this is EMBARRASSING, my husband and I used to celebrate little victories or triumphs by getting chocolate chip cookies and dipping them in cream cheese frosting....UGH! I definitely couldn't do this now...unless I had my daughter's homemade cream cheese frosting....mmmmmm

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 1st Aug '08 7:28 PM

Cream cheese frosting with choc chip cookies. Sounds heavenly. Twice I sinned terribly by dipping peanut butter cookies/oreos in white chocolate pudding. Oh my!





taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 1st Aug '08 7:30 PM

Another thing

When my dad was alive, he used to love tapioca with coconut. Very easy on the stomach. I used to make oodles of it for him. I miss that now. Thanks for the tapioca memories.

toledosugar
Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Fri, 1st Aug '08 9:26 PM

When I get a munchie attackI Anything in the kitchen is comfort food.

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.6 - Posts: 5083)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 12:39 PM

My Moms' spaghetti sauce - the smell throughout the day as it simmered (and sneaking a spoonful) was heavenly. There was nothing special about it- just tomatoes, sugar, spices - but coming inside after a cold day it was great.
Hot chocolate in front of the fire as our feet dried out.
Mac and cheese from scratch - I learned how to make a white sauce when I was 6 for that.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 3:09 PM

Donleigh - The basic white sauce your mom taught you how to make is called the "Mother Sauce"....quite a metaphor for you! A mother sauce or mother dough or anything of a basic origin is all that is needed for hundreds of wonderful creations in cooking and baking! Thanks for sharing a very sweet memory or your early days in your mom's kitchen.....

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.3 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 3:22 PM

On the mayo vs. Miracle Whip issue, I think it has a lot to do with what one grew up with. I recently switched to Hellman's, thinking I would be moving up in the world of taste. But I didn't like the way it tasted in tuna or egg salad. I like it on turkey sandwiches, but I had to go back to Miracle Whip for salads.

My comfort foods all seem to remind me of my childhood:
Hot chocolate after playing in the snow, just like Mom always made
Chicken and Noodles, mine aren't as good as Mom's or Grandma's
Meatloaf and potatoes/gravy, Dad taught me how to cook and this was one of the first I learned (my hubby makes it now)


taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 589)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 11:00 PM

Oh, it has been ages since I have made homemade spaghestti sauce. What a chore it was. I remember doing a quick parboil, and very rapidly having to peel the tomatoes..... Everything was done by hand too. How heavenly it smelled though. Dipping fresh bread in the sauce was to die for.

Can my 51 year old stomach take that acidity anymore?

"Sigh"

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 1:31 AM

I hate to sound like a cliche....BUT! Fried chicken. Black-eyed peas with chow chow and hot sauce. Corn bread with butter, and greens!

Or any and all breakfast foods....except maybe lox And I'm with stout on the nerds ropes, they are heavenly..yes, heavenly.

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 589)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 1:33 AM

Ok, I am clueless. Nerd ropes?????????

Is that a candy? I have heard of nerds, but not the ropes.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 5:20 AM

I'm right there with you for "any and all breakfast foods"! I would like to add - Anytime, day or night!

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 6:36 PM

I've seen two different kind of nerds ropes, the tropical and the regular. The regular flavor is better I think....a delectable gummy center with nerds attached to the gummy rope. Mmmmmmm.....YUMMY!!

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 8:13 PM

Taco24 - you are still ahead of me with the nerd rope facts! Stoutyoungman was kind enough to help us out, but I still don't get the concept...a nerd hanging from a rope?

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 589)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 11:17 PM

Same. I am clueless....

Found an image here:
http://www.candydirect.com/novelty/Nerds-Rope-Original.html

First I have heard of them. Goodness, I feel old.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 1:42 PM

Way to go Susan! I visited the site and now have brought the "dead cat...back" !

"Nerds rope is a spectacular candy. Nerds rope is a soft candy string with nerds stuck on the outside of the sweet candy rope. This soft gummy rope is covered with tiny tangy crunchy nerds candy. They are as much fun to play with as they are to eat them. So try a nerds rope today and see how this candy treat will amaze your taste buds.

I do recall 'Nerds" candy...but for some reason, I'm thinking "nerd" as in person ! The description "nerds stuck" makes sense...had a hard time with the "nerds hanging" concept.

Okay Jeremy...you didn't mention "fun to play with" ...next challenge please!!!!!

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 5:42 PM

Bewildered by choices!!!

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Sun, 17th Aug '08 2:38 PM

Grilled peanut butter sandwiches with a glass of milk.

Grilled cheese sandwiches with a bowl of tomato soup.

A bowl of Popeye's chicken skin (you didn't say it had to be healthy)

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Sun, 17th Aug '08 8:36 PM

Chicken skin...OMG...surely you jest, Beth! All I can say to that is......yessssss!
Thanks for coming clean with this one...it is sure to ease any feelings of guilt simply by knowing...one is not alone!

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 4:06 PM

Being raised by grandparents I was blessed with many genuine comfort foods. Some not so healthy although I was always told to "Eat that fat, it's good for you" and " My goodness, Donny, you're just skin 'n bones,,,eat up!" I remember good things like Biscuits and gravy, eggs fried in butter, southern fried chicken with sweet corn bread and mashed taters w/ cream gravy. flaky pie crusts made with LARD!, great goulash, etc. Just walking through my grandmothers kitchen would jack cholesterol levels up! They lived to be 94 and 90 so it worked for them. I still use her sweet corn bread recipe regularly but have modified it to fit in with my type II diabetes. The rest of her recipes died with her. She just cooked everything by "ear". Growing up in the forties and fifties meant total ignorance of things like cholesterol and calories. I guess it would be debatable to say it was a blessing. I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.


rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 1:03 PM

Donden made me think of another comfort food I wish I could have again...What I wouldn't give for Chicken Croquettes cooked the way I had them more than 30 years ago...mmmmm. Nowadays, the closest I can come is something that my Brazilian CNAs make for me: Coxinhas (pronounced ko-SHEEN-ya) which are almost the same as the croquettes, minus the gravy. They are very complicated to make and all of the recipes I've ever seen for them are the same, so I don't get them very often! Here is a link to one recipe:

http://www.sonia-portuguese.com/recipes/coxinha.htm

barb1111
Barb1111  (Level: 104.1 - Posts: 215)
Thu, 21st Aug '08 12:13 AM

My comfort foods are those that remind me of when I was a kid so they would include pasta fagoli, tripe stew with potatoes (it isn't menudo but more an Italian take on it), pastine with butter and cheese or a meatball sandwich.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Thu, 28th Aug '08 10:18 AM

My comfort foods are hams and beans with fried potatoes, potato soup, and no bake cookies. My mom made the best no bake cookies but when I use her recipe they never turn out right. Why? I don't know but when she makes them I love them.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Thu, 28th Aug '08 11:54 AM

Hello Kathy...please consider sharing that "no-bake cookie" recipe with us. One of us may just have a solution to offer. Alice shared a no-bake recipe with us...would love to see your mom's recipe as well!

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Thu, 28th Aug '08 11:26 PM

I will do that. She has her recipe published in a church cook book and people seem to like it. I will find the recipe and post it.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 6:26 AM

Chyenn has a solution for Kathy's "comfort food" dilemma! This is a cut and paste from "Recipes Available" for anyone following the post in this topic area. I was interested as to the solution myself...anything with peanut butter ranks highly in my "comfort food" zone!

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Scifidwarf (Level: 17.5 - Posts: 162)Mon, 1st Sep '08 11:15 PM

Here is my mother's recipe for no bake cookies. I don't make them though because mine never turn out well. We usually have to use a spoon. Leave it to me to screw up no bake cookies.

1 stick margarine dash of salt
1/2 c. milk 1/2 c. peanut butter
2 c. sugar 2 1/2 c. rolled oats
3 T. cocoa 1/2 t. vanilla

Boil first five ingredients in a medium size saucepan for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add remaining three ingredients. Stir well. Let stand for a few minutes. Drop by teaspoonful onto waxed paper.

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Chyenn (Level: 70.2 - Posts: 1033)Mon, 1st Sep '08 11:46 PM

i use exactly those ingredients but the preparation is different. Your cookies won't set up if you boil the peanut butter with the other ingredients. Boiling the sugar with the milk, sugar and margarine makes a candy base for the cookies that will solidify as it cools and boiling the peanut butter will interfere with that process.

here's the way i do it:

1 stick margarine
1/2 c. milk
2 c. sugar
dash of salt
3 T. cocoa

1/2 t. vanilla

1/2 c. peanut butter
2 1/2 c. rolled oats

Melt margarine in 3 qt. sauce pan, add sugar, salt, and cocoa until smooth. Gradually stir in milk, then bring the mixture to a boil. Boil 3 minutes but do NOT stir while boiling. After 3 minutes remove from heat, immediately add vanilla and peanut butter, mix well. Stir in oats. Working quickly, drop by teaspoonful onto waxed paper.




scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 8:20 AM

I will try that. Thanks. I don't know how my mom got it to work but she always made them when I was a kid and I loved them. She made them a couple of months ago and I couldn't stop eating them. Thanks for the help. I'm goint to try that.

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.6 - Posts: 1332)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 8:31 AM

Kathy, i think you'll see a big difference and will enjoy the results. i have made them like this for years and you are right, they are true comfort food. i could never get enough.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 10:27 AM

I had some once at a party and they had coconut in them. Yuck! I hate coconut but even I liked coconut I can't imagine it tasting good that way. I will definitely try it your way though. I will let you know what happens.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 10:37 AM

We await your results Kathy...with bated breath!

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:10 AM

I posted this somewhere else...not sure if it was here or in the BBS, but it is, bar none, the simplest and best PB cookie recipe I've ever had.

1 cup of sugar
1 cup of peanut butter
1 egg

mix, scoop, bake at 350 for...8-20 minutes, depending on how thick you make your cookies. it doesn't really matter, because if you under- OR over- cook them, you'll still scarf them down. They are best cold...we put them in the fridge right away when we make them. Best to double or even triple the recipe, as it does not make a whole lot.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 2:24 PM

Curious as to how much the "dough" spreads during baking Robin, and how far apart to place on the cookie sheet. Is it more of a drop than a shaped cookie? Sounds like a "to-die-for" cookie!!!

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 589)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 5:39 PM

Rnmorg

For real? Only three ingredients?



scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 11:16 PM

I think it's interesting that there is no flour in these cookies. I have a no flour PB cookie recipe but have never tried it. I need to try this and see how it tastes. Thanks.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 11:05 AM

It does work out to be a flatter cookie. I have to admit to not having made the recipe myself; my kids LOVE it and make it all the time, though. I was a little skeptical about the ingredients, but yep, really...NO flour! They're so good; I'm looking forward to hearing if anyone makes them!

Robin

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 11:32 AM

I've made these before, and they are really tasty. I like to melt some choc. chips and spread on top. They have always turned out great, even with my crappy oven.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 12:37 AM

Excellent Erin! I like!


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