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Comfort Food

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Asiago Potatoes, good for what ails ya.

Asiago Potatoes, good for what ails ya.

Perhaps it’s the cold nights, the fact that we just lit the season’s first fire in our wood stove, or my craving for grilled cheese and tomato soup… SOMETHING is causing me to think about comfort food. I just created November’s menu, and it reflects my thoughts with its slow-roasted ribs, mashed potatoes, bisque, and pumpkin bars. Last night, I made soup and grilled cheese for my family, and as I layered 4 cheeses between the Artisan bread slices, I wondered aloud as to what makes comfort food. “Something smooth, like soup,” Natalie answered. “Or dumplings,” she added. I questioned her choice. “Well, they are comfort food to ME,” she smiled.
And that’s just it. Comfort food is personal. We may agree as to which foods make the cut (home-made, warm-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies, anyone?) and when those foods are best enjoyed (snow days, cool nights, sick days), but what I consider comfort food may not be comforting to someone else. I asked Jack what he considered comfort food. “Tortellini, mac and cheese, basically anything carb-laden,” he rattled off without a second thought. His idea of comfort food is a potential heart attack and another inch to my waistline, I laughed to myself.
When I first met Bill, he watched as I made cookies for a friend whose grandmother had just passed. The idea of baking to bring comfort to someone was so completely foreign to Bill, that he asked me if I thought the cookies would bring our friend’s grandmother back to life. I explained my actions by telling him that it was just who I was. This is what I did for friends who were sad. I framed it within a “take it or leave it because I am not changing” ultimatum, and am glad that he learned to value the gesture and has grown to see the light. And years later, it is good to know that we raised kids who also see the value of comfort foods, too, because Linguine Alfredo and Pork Dumplings deserve their time in the spotlight, too.

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