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Comfort Food

post #1 of 16
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Hi all. Just a newbie here wanting to introduce myself and get to know you all. As the thread's title suggests, I was wanting to know about comfort food. In these wonderful economic times <insert extreme sarcasm here>, I was wondering what us home cooks are cooking up in the way of comfort food for ourselves, our family, or our spouse/sig other. For me and my family we've scaled back a little bit and I've returned to cooking foods that I grew up on living in the midwest. Here's a short list of my personal favorites. Feel free to add your own. -mal carne- :D

1. Beef and Vegetable Stew
2. Chili
3. Meatloaf with garlic mashed potato
4. Sausage Gumbo
5. Pot Roast (makes good leftovers to use for #1 on the list)
post #2 of 16
1. Butchers sausages, mashed potatoes & onion gravy.
2. Spaghetti & meatballs.
3. Yorkshire pudding filled with sliced beef, vegetables and gravy.
4. Steak & kidney pie.
5. Dessert-Sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce.
post #3 of 16

Comfort Food

Here are some of the comfort foods my girlfriend and I enojoy:

1. Beef in Stout (stewed beef with a mushroom and beer gravy) over mashed potatoes
2. Potato Mousaka
3. Chili
4. Stove top popped popcorn with lots of melted butter, salt, and basil sprinkled over.
5. Beans and Rice (with chunks of spicy sausage)

post #4 of 16
spaghetti and marinara
popeye's fried chicken and coleslaw
some type of egg, rice and gravy... egg foo young or loco moko

that's all i can think of right now... i'm full from lunch :lol:
post #5 of 16
Lambs liver and onions with mashed potatoes. Hated this when young untill it was cooked for me by a very good but lazy chef (my father).I must stress this was in the home and not in his work!
post #6 of 16
a nice crispy Duck Confit leg over risotto made with duck stock.

turkey chili on halloween

a cheese burger

liverwurst or vealoaf with a slice of onion, and some mustard and/or horseradish on some fresh polish rye.
post #7 of 16
Stuffed Cabbage with Mashed Potatoes and peas
Open faced Hot Beef sandwich with gravy, Mashed potatoes
Hot turkey dinner with homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and veggie
Any kind of Gumbo with crusty bread
Thin sliced calves liver fried in bacon grease with sauteed onions and bacon on Rye bread
post #8 of 16
Basil on popcorn? Hmmm...

I can relate to the economy rant, I've not had a real job for three and a half years. Too young to retire, too old to rehire. Sigh.

But be that as it may, I will admit that I do have some income, and saved up for this weekend's dinner, spending over $200 to feed 5 guests, my wife and myself. Actually about half of that was for beer and wine - a good evening, worth the effort to save up.

Anyway, my point is that with a bit of planning you can make some good stuff with leftovers. Tonight was just soup and salad. But the soup was REALLY good. It consisted of the remains of the sweet onion soup from saturday, beef broth, some diced celery, some thinly sliced mushrooms, a small handful of rotini pasta and the remains of the beef roast. It isn't often that your soup meat consists of chunks from a choice grade standing rib roast. Yum.

I'll admit this was a rare occurrence. Comfort foods for me include lesser cuts of meat, like beef short ribs, lamb shanks, et cetera stewed, or braised, getting whole chickens that provide 3 - 4 meals in one fashion or another, homemade soups and such.

And I am fairly certain I've admitted this before, but one of my lifelong favorites is mac and cheese from the box. Yes, I know that I can make something so much better using selected ingredients and real cooking techniques, but sometimes ....

Food nourishes my body.  Cooking nourishes my soul.
Food nourishes my body.  Cooking nourishes my soul.
post #9 of 16
Oh, another one of my favorite comfort foods for a lazy weekend morning - coffee, some bacon strips and a couple of eggs, sunny side up plopped on a huge mound of cheese-laden corn grits.

Food nourishes my body.  Cooking nourishes my soul.
Food nourishes my body.  Cooking nourishes my soul.
post #10 of 16
you haven't seen the prices for short ribs and lamb shanks recently have you!! Short Ribs are 5.99 even 6.99 a lb by me in most stores (except for the little hidden mexican grocery that has them for 2.29lb on sale sometimes, but shhhh don't tell nobody!)
post #11 of 16
We eat a lot of game. Here's last Sunday's comfort:

Big elk sirloin roast. Browned real well in a cast iron dutch. Packed 2 bags of cranberries, brown sugar, orange juice and zest, herbs de Provence, 3 whole heads of garlic, S&P and smothered the whole thing with Guinness. Braised it in the dutch outside all morning.
Roasted new potatoes and carrots. That's it, anything else would have been overkill. A nice nap afterwards. What recession??
post #12 of 16
Can't believe no one's mentioned baked mac & cheese (sorry, teamfat, the box stuff doesn't count :look: ) but this is #1 in comfort food to me. Also, mashed potatoes, rice pudding, a warm brownie, or English muffins.
post #13 of 16
Pot roast
Bacon and eggs with the eggs sunny side up and cooked in the bacon fat
A fish fry with northern pike or walleye, baked beans, bread
tacos (hey they are a food group on their own)

Basically whatever I may be craving at the time, its 49 degrees today so I am going to burn a few hot dogs on the gas grill for supper :lol:
post #14 of 16
Mince and tatties
Cock a leekie soup
My mum's Eve's pudding!
post #15 of 16
Egg sandwich


Mac and cheese
post #16 of 16


Old stodgy stuff,

Pot Roast and Spaetzle
Stuffed Cabbage
Beef Barley Mushroom Soup
Braised Short Ribs with potato pancakes
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