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Comfort Food Recipes

Comfort Food Recipes
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So much more than just fuel for our bodies, comfort food can also give great pleasure and solace. Sometimes it’s the act of cooking that comforts; the methodical pace of chopping and slicing offers a primal, satisfying rhythm that connects us to ourselves.

Sometimes it’s cooking with and for others that restores calm. Other times still, it’s a pint of butter-brickle ice cream eaten on the couch with a spoon, feeding not just our physiological needs but our very souls.

Food moves us all in different ways, and just about everyone has his or her idea of “comfort food.” It could be a recipe that, as you prepare it, lets memories of a long-passed grandparent bubble to the forefront of your consciousness…or an exotic spice that takes you back to a special night in a land far away…or just the thing you need to eat when you’ve got a bad case of what Holly Golightly called the “mean reds.” Perhaps it’s the texture of a certain food that fills and warms you like a blanket.

Food comforts me in any number of ways. Hand-kneaded bread, Barb’s Bolognese sauce, Nan’s quiche, a pulled-pork sandwich with beans and coleslaw, or sometimes just a Klondike bar have all placated me. Here are a few recipes that always set my wagon straight.


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Updated Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

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4 Responses to Comfort Food Recipes

  1. Michael Deming December 31, 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    Annie B. Copps,
    Where in the world did you learn about butter brickle ice cream? I grew up in Lincoln, NE and listed butter brickle ice cream as my favorite. No one I know in New England has ever heard of the stuff. Where can it be purchased in Maine? Good article on comfort food. Having lived in OK for my first six years, I learned to like, as a comfort food, cold-day-old cornbread crumbled up in a bowl with milk and some kind of jam{maple syrup now in New England}.
    Michael Deming

  2. Nelson Carter January 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm #


  3. gail o February 16, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    Comfort food is a staple here in cold and rainy Ireland! This applies in Winter and sometimes…even in Summer! We’ve had our worst snowfall in 30 years, just 2 weeks ago, we rarely get snow, only really up North, so its been major comfort food all the way!! Mom’s Irish (lamb) stew, no Guinness in it…no need! Tasty without! Mom’s roast chicken dinner, Dads sausage, potato and garlic crockpot casserole (actually a Rick Stein recipe, but it’s dad’s dish in our house!) Fish pie, freshly baked scones with real butter and or jam, batch loaf bread, porridge with maple syrup ( from New England of course!) failing that maple flavoured sugar-cane! Apples, pears, figs, etc are all baked, poached and so are made even more delicious!Of course a gratin, stirfry, or mash potato with whatever also does the trick!! Great article…Im hungry now, off to start dinner! What will I have… :0)

  4. Linda Chudej February 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    All of the comfort foods in the article are dishes my mother cooked all the time when I was growing up–plus here in Texas we consider enchiladas, posole, and carne asada comfort foods too! I enjoyed your take on comfort foods.

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