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Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 12:54 PM GMT+4
Contributed by: Julia Beard

FoodIt's late February. It's cold and dark, and you've got some cold/flu/cack. Or maybe you're just feeling blah or down with cabin fever.

You make that food that helps by warming your heart as well as your body. Maybe it's from your childhood, maybe it's part of your healthy regimen. But it's what helps get you through.

Foodie Forum asks, "What's your comfort food, and how do you make it?"

 

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    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: whyknot on Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 02:36 PM GMT+4
    Wild Blueberry Pancakes.. slow cooked so they puff up.. as low as your gas stove can go..Warm Maple syrup..heated of course, and unsalted butter..
    Some places carry the Wild frozen ones.. small and cook well .. about 50% blueberries and 50% mix..

    Usually a late night snack, as morning food takes less than 1/2 hour to make..

    I have a mini copper pan to heat the syrup.. keep a close eye on it ..
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: Genie on Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 02:48 PM GMT+4

    Organic beef liver, onions, bacon and mashed potatoes.

    Miso soup.

    Granola and soy milk.

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    Wonders Never Cease.
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: babalu on Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 04:10 PM GMT+4
    Spaghetti - and it's linked driectly to the days my dad had off from work when I was a kid; he'd make spaghetti - started in the morning and simmered all day - neighbors would come; with their banjo's, acoustic guitars, and singing voices - the day ended with the big plate of spaghetti.
    The only time I didn't get into trouble for being an idiot, was when I spun around like a ballerina with my plate, and off the plate it flew onto the floor - Not a word of scolding, just a happily provided replacement and the quesiton "now, isn't this fun!"


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    If there is no wind, ROW!
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: cgrotke on Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 04:19 PM GMT+4
    Quick and easy: popcorn

    Slower: baked goods, like bread, pies, cakes, muffins, cookies... the
    process of baking is actually the comfort part of this. It's nice to slow
    down, mix things, make a mess, and have something warm at the
    end.

    The pancakes above reminded me, though, of baked French toast.
    Instead of wimpy slices of bread, get a real loaf of french or italian
    bread and cut inch thick slices. The mixture is basically the same as
    regular French toast, but you add a cup of syrup to the mix and let it
    all soak up... usually 20 minutes per side.

    Bake them instead of cooking in a pan. 350 for 40 minutes or so
    usually works, but you should watch it depending on your slices and
    oven.

    Top off with heated syrup and some confectioner's sugar. One piece
    usually fill you for the day, and gives you a sugar lift like few other
    breakfasts.
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: annikee on Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 04:32 PM GMT+4
    If it's a cold, chicken soup with dumplings.
    Just the blahs, it's pastry- strudel or danish.
    For real comfort, I love a grilled cheese sandwich or macaroni and cheese or meat loaf. All childhood foods, all like home.


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    "Kindness and love being the core of human interaction rather than power and material gain is at the heart of everything worth struggling for"-SK-B
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: Maus Anon E on Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 06:04 PM GMT+4
    Cold: Soup. I don't care if it's made out of chickens or not, as long as it's hot.

    Flu: Ditto Annikee's homemade mac and cheese.

    Cack: For gods' sake, don't eat anything! Maybe a cracker.

    General comfort: Anything that has more cheese in it than can be considered healthy for you. Olives. European sausages. Corned beef.

    -Maus

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    Psyche!
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: JoanneN on Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 08:12 PM GMT+4
    I myself love to have a bit of dark chocolate for general comfort, or maybe some mashed potatoes with garlic.

    Turkey soup or lentil.

    Homemade macaroni and cheese or lasagna with Linguicia.
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: annikee on Wednesday, February 27 2008 @ 12:11 AM GMT+4
    Oh, man, lasagna........

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    "Kindness and love being the core of human interaction rather than power and material gain is at the heart of everything worth struggling for"-SK-B
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: janed on Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 08:17 PM GMT+4
    Pinto beans, collard greens, fried okra, sliced "good" tomatoes and cornbread. When I lived in Vermont I missed this southern standard vegetable plate more than anything!

    And there is something about pot roast with carrots, onions and potatoes and something green on the side that really takes me back.

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    janed
    Kimchi jjigae
    Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 08:32 PM GMT+4
    I make a version of kimchi jjigae that I first had at Shin La. I don't make it as well, but it's good and good for you. Spicy and warm.
    Kimchi jjigae
    Authored by: Maus Anon E on Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 08:51 PM GMT+4
    Mmmm Kimchi soup.
    Best/Most authentic Korean Restaurant this side of the international dateline? Woo Jung Restaurant in Ayer, MA. It's actually worth the drive just for lunch or dinner. Not fancy, not expensive, but the food is out of this world. Very traditional, and serves a significant local Korean population, so the food is not adjusted for American palates.

    (Uh oh, drooled on my keyboard.)

    -Maus

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    Psyche!
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: Chef on Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 09:08 PM GMT+4
    Roasted half duck with a pomegranate and orange glaze, horseradish
    mashed potatoes and candies carrots. Just the thought of a dinner like
    that makes the gloom of winter melt away. As a child growing up wintery
    comfort food was grilled cheese sandwiches with a warm bowl of tomato
    soup, a handful of chips and a glass of milk. Living in Vermont during the
    winter, I'm more inclined to bake and use the over more. Eating a
    homemade lasagna with garlic bread is another dish that brings comfort
    to the cabin fever that sets in about this time of year. And banana bread
    always brings a smile to my face, anytime of year. Okay, now I'm
    hungry, it's dinner time.
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: JoanneN on Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 10:01 PM GMT+4
    Oh yessssss! Bannana bread I hardly ever get to make it cause my family eats all the bannanas! I still use my Nana's recipe when I have the chance.
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: Beecher on Tuesday, February 26 2008 @ 11:19 PM GMT+4
    Ahh, finnan haddie.
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: Wantastiquet on Wednesday, February 27 2008 @ 02:43 PM GMT+4
    Peanut M&M's. You can carry them with you in your coat pocket and have easy access to "comfort food" as you go about your day.
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: annikee on Wednesday, February 27 2008 @ 08:54 PM GMT+4
    OK, Secret Guilty Pleasure here:
    I'd love an old fashioned Swanson's tv dinner with meat loaf, tater tots, corn and that brownie for dessert, which I dunked in the tomato sauce. Lacking that, the turkey dinner with the stuffing underneath, mashed potatoes, peas and apple thingie. I was a latchkey kid! We ate lots of tv dinners!

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    "Kindness and love being the core of human interaction rather than power and material gain is at the heart of everything worth struggling for"-SK-B
    Ahhh, Comfort Food...
    Authored by: NorahCook on Wednesday, February 27 2008 @ 09:59 PM GMT+4
    Depth of winter seems to call for this kind of question! In its honor--deep snowdrifts of mashed potatoes with a sunlight-colored dab of butter melting on top... honey-glazed carrots... ground turkey meatloaf with chopped cranberries