Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Comfort Food

John and I were supposed to make mole chicken last night, but then we decided to shelve it in favor of making grilled cheeses and tomato soup. We weren't feeling like cooking, you see. And this got me thinking about comfort food.

By comfort food, I mean food that makes you nostalgic, or is emotionally comforting. Food that you come back to time and again. Food that you can make easily, and that you usually have the ingredients for. Comfort food should be easy, in case you have to make it at any time.

One of my favorite comfort foods is grilled cheese sandwiches. On Sundays after church when I was growing up, we'd have grilled cheese sandwiches and sweet pickles. Plain wheat bread and American singles.

My grilled cheese last night was on whole grain bread, with asadero and some sort of goat cheese. John sauteed some mushrooms, onions and garlic and added that to the sandwich. He also uses mayo on the outside of the grilled cheese instead of butter. Gives it a zing. We bought some La Madelaine tomato bisque to eat with it.

It was the perfect comfort food. The bread was awesome, and the crusts were perfect for dredging in the thick, creamy soup. I kinda want one right now.

What's your favorite comfort food?


Melissa said...

Mmmmm grilled Cheese :) Comfort food is the best, and whenever I am sick or not feeling well... I always wish my mom lived near enough to make me some crunchy chicken, it's chicken wings, rolled in a savory beaten up mixture of corn flakes, red pepper, salt, and Italian seasoning. Then you put it on a cookie sheet and bake it till it's cooked and crispy. So good, and better for you than fried chicken. Yum! Crap now I really want some.

The Nugen's said...

I am sorry but I have to correct your soup. It's Tomato BASIL (unless they had some sort of special soup of the day) and it is awesome! I love their soup! I could just drink it all day and I don't even like tomatoes.

The Waspy Redhead said...

I love tomato soup with grilled cheese. Our cafeteria has it for lunch every 3rd Friday. I'm a big fan of adding granny smith apple slices to my grilled cheese. My favorite comfort food has to be popcorn (homemade on the stove top) popped in canola oil with melted butter and plenty of salt. Yum.

Great blog! Good luck at the marathon this weekend!

ohmypuddin said...

@The Nugens It's called Tomato Basil, but it's made with heavy cream and is a thick soup, so it's a type of a bisque. Whatever it's called, it's delicious!

Stephanie said...


Standby meal would have to be spaghetti.

Kate said...

I totally have that grilled cheese and soup plate combo you pictured above! It also works for salad and soup when you are not trying to be comforting. However the bowl is huge, so you better want a whole can of soup for yourself.

Mac and Cheese is my comfort food. And tortillas and queso. I sense a theme of cheese when it comes to comfort food. :)


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