I did an informal survey of friends and what they call their comfort food. I got a variety of responses and to my surprise a similar food group - soup. When I asked friends about their comfort food, some provided a description on how to make it or key ingredients.
Here are the results of my short survey on comfort food:
- Homemade scalloped potatoes, ham and a side salad.
- Chicken pot pie.
- Soup, and in particular clam chowder.
- Earl's fries (restaurant).
- My mom's homemade buns with butter and jam.
- Mashed potatoes and gravy.
- My mom's homemade chicken noodle soup, made from scratch including using a real chicken to make the stock, and my grandmother's homemade noodles. Simply paradise.
- Mashed potatoes, Swedish meatballs and vegetables.
- Sardines (from the can) warmed.
- Chili - black beans, corn, lean meat, cilantro
- Root soup - bake in the oven to caramelize carrots, regular and sweet potatoes, onion and parsnips. Then put them a stockpot, add stock cayenne pepper, hint of cinnamon and cook. Use an immersion blender when cooked to puree the soup.
- Lentil soup - brown or red lentils, carrots, onions, garlic, curry powder, salt and pepper, shredded apple, stock and a can of cream of chicken soup.
- Homemade macaroni and cheese.
- Chili - cubed sirloin, lots of chili powder, kidney beans, corn, onions, garlic, mushrooms (variety of mushrooms), a can or two of beer and tomato paste.
- Homemade apple pie.
- Grilled cheese sandwich.
- Ice cream.
- Potato chips.
- Lastly, my comfort food is bowtie noodles and cottage cheese. After you cook the noodles (serving for one), you drain them, put them back int the pot and add about half a cup of cottage cheese, a little bit of milk and ground pepper. Cook until the cheese starts to soften and melt.
What is your comfort food?