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Old 09-08-2006, 10:27 AM   #1
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What exactly is comfort food?

Maybe this is a stupid question, but here goes. I always hear people talking about comfort food. I have a vague idea what it is. Can you guys clarify for me?

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Old 09-08-2006, 10:30 AM   #2
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Comfort food (to me) is good old fashioned home cooking like the kind of stuff my grandma or mom would make.
Meatloaf and mashed potatoes, fried chicken, pot roast, chicken noodle soup, etc.
Its food that you remember from your childhood and makes you feel like everything is going to be OK.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:31 AM   #3
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My definition is food that you grew up with that brings you back to your childhood when you eat it. Food that makes you feel warm and comfortable, not physically, but mentally.

For me it is things like grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup, bagles and lox, matzah ball soup, brisket, things like that.
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My definition is food that you grew up with that brings you back to your childhood when you eat it. Food that makes you feel warm and comfortable, not physically, but mentally.
So it's different for everyone. That makes sense. Some people might consider M&Ms comfort food if it is associated with fond memories, eh?
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:36 AM   #5
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I'd take it as a good sign that you don't know!

Comfort food is the stuff you want when you want reassurance and somthing emotionally fulfilling as well as gastronomically satisfying. By the nature of this they often include a good dose of carbs, like mashed potato, pasta carbonara. The food is filling, comforting and not challenging. Its usually, as Toots says, the stuff your mother made to cheer you up and its usually hot, not cold.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:39 AM   #6
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So it's different for everyone. That makes sense. Some people might consider M&Ms comfort food if it is associated with fond memories, eh?
Right on. It is connected to those happy childhood days that always elicit fond memories.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:48 AM   #7
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I think its beyond childhood memories...I think a vital elemant of its comfort is that its from our childhood, but I think its also got to be physically comforting - thats I think why so many have carb content because of the soporific nature of carbs. I think that its important there is little challenge in eating them too.

But yes, they are different for everyone and culture has so much part in it. In England I would say we find "nursey foods", ie, things we were fed as kids....things like sausages and mash ...to be classed also as "comfort food". And sad as I am about it my mother has never made a carbonara, but I find that to be "comfort food" too.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:57 AM   #8
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I regard comfort food as anything you eat when you really don't need anything to eat. Mostly the urge hits you when you're lonely or bored or both. It frequently occurs when the advertisements are on the TV, or when you're reading a good book in bed on a rainy day, or (if you live in a family), when nobody is looking. It's the little treats you stash away where you hope nobody else will see them. Whatever takes your fancy at such times is almost certain to be bad for you! (chocolate, dip and crackers, confectionery, cream cakes.....) It's the foods that supply the Sweet Fix or the Savoury Fix or the Fruit Fix. For me, it has very little to do with childhood memories. The food from my childhood is largely what I still eat!
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:59 AM   #9
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Here is the Wikpedia definition which I felt was pretty accurate.
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Old 09-08-2006, 11:21 AM   #10
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Comfort food to me are those meals that take me back to my childhood.

Fried Chicken, Mashed Pototoes & Gravy and Green Beans
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans
Chicken Noodles & Mashed Potatoes


Plus many, many more as mom was a wonderful cook.
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