What's your favorite comfort food?

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Garden Kitty, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. centerstage01

    centerstage01 Well-Known Member

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    Cheese grits
    The Potato in all its glorious forms
    tortilla chips
    Ben & Jerry's strawberry cheesecake ice cream
     
  2. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

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    Love grits! So hard to come by in these parts. Love oatmeal too, and have never been able to replicate by beloved grandmother's version, sigh.
     
  3. Sarah

    Sarah Active Member

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    Nope not together. But ginger ale is a comfort food as is coffee ice cream. I agree with the soups. Especially tomato soup.
     
  4. leesaleesa

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    Skyline chili. Oh, and I lived one year in Iowa and they have this franchise called Maid-Rite. Not that I get them often, but I am meeting a friend in Iowa next week and I plan to eat three Maid Rites with yellow mustard, onion, and pickle. Then I just may get me a breaded pork tenderloin. Iowa has some good comfort food. Oh man, they also have the Canadian bacon/sauerkraut pizza there!
     
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  5. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

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    Everyone who says homemade Mac and Cheese is #1, do you have a recipe?

    I only ever tried it once, the recipe was basically: make a white sauce on the stove, cover over macaroni, add bread crumbs, and bake in the oven. I found it dry.

    I'm not a fan of Kraft Dinner, but I do like home made pasta. Usually I just make a white sauce and add parmesan reggianio, then toss over pasta.

    But I'd love a good recipe for home made mac and cheese.
     
  6. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

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    Pizza, mint chocolate chip/cookies & cream ice cream, cannoli, Key Lime pie
     
  7. allezfred

    allezfred Old and Immature Admin Staff Member

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    Another vote for potatoes so long as cheese isn't involved.
     
  8. Lanie

    Lanie Well-Known Member

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    Pot roast. Roast chicken. That kind of thing. Looks like the weather will finally cool down for winter soon, so I can make some pot roast!
     
  9. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

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    The basic baked mac and cheese recipe is:

    Cook 1 lb of elbow macaroni until al dente

    Make a white sauce with 2 cups of milk (whole is, of course, best tasting), 2-4 TBS flour (I always put more than called for), a small onion, and butter (cook the onion in butter until soft, add the flour, cook 1-2 minutes, take off heat, add milk, put back on heat). Once the white sauce is made, add 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or cheeses of your choice, and I normally add 2.5-3 cups cause if you're gonna do it... :shuffle:). The basic recipe I first used called for whole grain mustard mixed in (1 tbs, I think?), and another common ingredient is nutmeg.

    Throw the elbow macaroni in the cheese sauce and mix thoroughly. Spread in a baking dish. Top with breadcrumbs, bake at 350.

    So, yeah, that's basically it. It never seems dry to me. There are about a thousand variations on the simple recipe, of course, using all sorts of cheeses, adding broccoli, adding bacon... there was this amazing looking one in a magazine once with bacon, bell peppers, hot peppers... 1300 calories per serving. Bet you it tasted amazing. I couldn't justify actually making it :lol: You could always experiment with different pasta shapes and cheeses, and adding various vegetables, to see if it makes it less dry for you.
     
  10. SpiralGirl

    SpiralGirl Well-Known Member

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    What do grits taste like in comparison to oatmeal?

    I'm another one for home-made mac and cheese, especially when the cheese goes all brown and crispy on the top :swoon:
     
  11. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

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    I think many make it without a recipe, just from having done it many times. I will vary the cheese for example, based on what I have, maybe use cream instead of milk if that's what I have, different pasta shapes, possible add bacon or onions or tomatoes, and vary the topping from cheese and/or bread crumbs to nothing at all.

    I suggest checking a site like Martha Stewart, where you know the recipe has been tested and perfected. Taste of Home is another good one - real recipes from real home cooks (often likely to have pre-processed ingredients, but this is comfort food after all!).

    For a gourmet mac and cheese, this one is really good - Double Dutch Mac and Cheese with Chard from Bon Appetit

    I'm not a grits expert, just tend to like porridgy foods like oatmeal, cream of wheat, grits and congee. Much as I'm a cheese fan, I don't find it works with grits (don't shoot me southerners!), and I prefer congee plain as well (instead of with meat or shrimp). I guess you could say that oatmeal has lots of flavour on its own, but grits are a lot plainer to me.
     
  12. allezfred

    allezfred Old and Immature Admin Staff Member

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    Grits (what a horrible name for a food :yikes: ) are quite similar to polenta.
     
  13. SpiralGirl

    SpiralGirl Well-Known Member

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    I don't think I've never had congee, grits or polenta. I've travelled a fair bit for my age, so even if we don't eat them in England, I probably could have somwehere. Now I feel so un-cultured :drama:
     
  14. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

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    Polenta is pretty common in Italian restaurants and I've seen it on menus in non-Italian restaurants as well. Grits are pretty much a southern US speciality, and I never had congee until I went to Hong Kong :)

    (Happy memories of breakfasts of dumplings, fried rice with condiments, congee and tea - yum yum yum!)
     
  15. Rex

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    A better question for me would be what ISN'T my comfort food. :shuffle:
     
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  16. SpiralGirl

    SpiralGirl Well-Known Member

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    I must have had polenta at some point and just not realised then! Also, I spent 4 weeks in China so I probably had congee and didn't realise either. Thanks for the clarification :)
     
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  17. Lanie

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    So have I told you lately that I love you? Dinner tonight!
     
  18. PDilemma

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    This ^

    And homemade brownies.

    For my husband it is soup. Any kind of soup. I make it all winter.
     
  19. allezfred

    allezfred Old and Immature Admin Staff Member

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    They probably have polenta in Waitrose. ;)
     
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  20. Rob

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    Macaroni & Cheese - any variety, gourmet, Kraft, Giant prepared meals, Trader Joes, who cares.

    Grilled cheese with bacon and tomato soup.

    If I am sick:

    Thai Tom Yum Koong soup (spicy shrimp chili soup)
    Spicy Chicken soup
     
  21. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    For me, a sandwich steak sauteed in real butter with Kraft or home made mac n cheese. DH can tell when I'm really upset as I'll cook up a plate and tell him to scrounge for his own dinner. He hates mac n cheese. Another weakness is gingerbread. I'll make it when I'm stressed.
     
  22. skatingfan5

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    Adding to the mac and cheese contingent -- especially home made with extra cheese, but nearly any kind will do. :)

    Also, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup -- and even without the soup.

    And mashed potatoes like my grandmother made -- perfection!

    Coffee ice cream -- my local food coop has a really :swoon: one: Ciao Bella Triple Espresso Gelato. I buy it whenever it is on sale.
     
  23. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

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    Thanks to this thread I had no choice for lunch today - I made mac n cheese :)
     
  24. Sarah

    Sarah Active Member

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    Grilled cheese and tomato soup is wonderful! Or I'll settle for grilled cheese and tomato. Yum! I love grilled cheese on rye bread.

    I had mac and cheese too. Granted it was of the frozen dinner variety, but it was convenient and thanks to this thread, I wanted mac and cheese.
     
  25. Simone411

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    Here's a list of some of my favorite comfort foods, and it's a miracle that I haven't gained a lot of weight. :lol:

    Grilled cheese sandwich (yes, I love them, too)

    Chicken Quesadillas

    Chicken Alfredo

    Beer battered shrimp

    Chocolate Cake

    Blue Bell Pralines & Cream ice cream.
     
  26. KikiSashaFan

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    When I make Mac and Cheese I simmer the uncooked macaroni in milk until it's almost fully absorbed and then just add grated cheese and whatever extras I want like garlic or whatever. Always comes out nice and creamy.
     
  27. pat c

    pat c Well-Known Member

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    I'm a mac and cheese person as well, and grilled cheese and tomato soup. Great comfort foods. :)

    I've used philadelphia cream cheese w/mac and cheese, milk, water........all good.
     
  28. mkats

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    I'm attending grad school in the south, but we have students from all over the country. Shortly after arriving, one of our newly transplanted classmates asked "what's a grit" :lol:

    For me, chicken noodle soup for sure...
     
  29. PDilemma

    PDilemma Well-Known Member

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    I made it tonight. Because of this thread. :)
     
  30. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

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    Amy's frozen mac and cheese is honestly amazing. I hate off-brand boxed mac and cheese (or really anything that isn't Kraft - even Annie's isn't as good), but I bought Amy's once and couldn't believe how amazing it was. I always have a few of them in my fridge for stressful nights :lol:

    Nothing beats homemade baked though, even if other varieties are nearly as amazing.