Comfort Food

What is it about comfort food? Everyone has one — except me. I’d be hard pressed to name one particular “go to” dish that evokes feelings of security, happy memories and world peace.

“Why is that?” I wondered to myself.

Searching through the “food memorabilia” section in the back of my mind, I caught fleeting glimpses of Mom’s macaroni & cheese, Grandma S’s oatmeal with brown sugar and half & half, Grandma M’s kolaches, my sister’s lemon bars, my son’s scalloped potatoes and my daughter’s Pina Colada pork chops. I also remembered every good meal I’ve ever eaten.

“Aha!” I thought to myself again. It’s not a matter of lacking a particular comfort food — it’s a matter of narrowing down the buffet! My brain is a recipe box, it seems…

My collection has expanded exponentially thanks to foodie friends and online recipes. Their marvelous dishes, enticing photography and whimsical, touching stories take me into the heart of their homes — their kitchens — and in turn, I’ve been blessed to prepare some very comforting food for my own family. (And me.)

There are no sweeter words than those of someone you love declaring: “That was really good, honey.” Okay, there are probably a few sweeter words about a lot of things, but for someone who admittedly has a four-word limit on conversational banter, my beloved’s compliments are manna from heaven. I added the “honey” — wishful thinking… :)

In these photos of my results (taken back in the “early days”), I hope to enhance your life with a visual prompt and tempt you to do what I did:  Pick one and have FUN! Food blogs are meant for more than just reading; good ideas –and good times — are just a click away. May you never again ask, “What shall I make for dinner?”

Whether you feel like sinking your teeth into a savory main dish, chopping vegetables for a pay-attention-stir-fry, consoling yourself with a good ol’ fashioned casserole, poking holes into a focaccia that’s as fun to make as it is to eat, or investing time in a labor-intensive batch of chocolate chip cookies chock full o’ bacon (yes, bacon!), you might surprise yourself and discover a new comfort food.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Enjoying sharing the comfort one plate at a time,

~ Kim

10 thoughts on “Comfort Food

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    • Mike, those are the best kind of foods — the ones with memories attached. (I Googled “Dublin Coddle” — YUM — would love to have your Mom’s recipe!)
      ~ Kim

      • Now if you googled “not your mothers dublin coddle” you would have found my interpretation of my mother’s dish which I would recommend trying..

        Her version just boils everything till it falls apart LOL (very typical Irish way of cooking) But it was my favorite meal as a kid

        • I just now did what all good journalists do: Go straight to the source. (I looked it up on your blog!) Sorry I missed that post in the early days of our food friendship, Mike, but nothing like a Sunday afternoon for catching up… it looks terrific and I can “smell it” already! :)

  3. OK, don’t laugh and don’t “knock it” until you’ve tried it. My sweety introduced this combination to a very skeptical me. Oreo cookie with a hamburger dill chip on top. Something about that sweet/sour taste satisfies and comforts. Maybe it’s because John introduced it to me? As he coaxed me saying…”try it, you just might like it”…I challenge you to do the same. Oh…by the way, did you notice not one single dish, pan or saucer was touched in the process?
    I’m not a fancy chef but I do know a wonderful meal when I eat one and I’ve been the very happy guest at Kim’s dining table. Great experience!

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