Anyone who knows me knows I love food. And some food resonates with me more than others – some are comfort food. And some of these food choices are better enjoyed at certain times of the year, like having a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup on a cold winter’s day. The taste, warmth and ambiance enjoyed with the food simply makes me feel content.
Comfort food does not include a limited list of food choices. Any food can be labelled comfort food and typically elicits a sense of happiness as a result of indulging in it. These food choices are often something familiar to us and can sometimes even be associated with nostalgia, like enjoying Grandma’s homemade apple pie over the holidays. Often, the term “hearty” comes to mind when we think of comfort food because food like lasagna, pizza, clam chowder, and other similar dishes provide a substantial source of fullness. But comfort food can also include ice cream (this is a big one for me), cheesy beer bread, pulled pork sandwiches and other “less-filling” alternatives and they are just was well enjoyed.
Food is also typically consumed around the table, with friends or family that we interact with. In this sense, food also brings us together to create a social environment where we can enjoy the food and each other’s company. Again, reinforcing and linking a sense of comfort not only with food, but with the atmosphere surrounding the food experience. That’s my kind of comfort food.
What makes your comfort food list? Why do you enjoy it so much?
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