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Old 10-03-2010, 07:41 PM   #1
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What Are Your Favorite Comfort Foods?

Although I was born in California, I grew up overseas in Ghana, Thailand, and El Salvador. As an adult, I have also worked in Saudi Arabia and Beirut, Lebanon.

My comfort foods tend to be somewhat eclectic.

In Ghana I developed an appreciation for grilled yams. In Thailand I bought deep fried bananas from street vendors while walking home from school. Our cook made Pad-Thai and on the weekends, we feasted on dim sum at a local Chinese restaurant. In El Salvador I encountered paella and real refried beans (which are unaccountably neither refried or even fried here in the U.S). In the Middle East I discovered pita bread with hummus, baklava, and schwarmas.

I also remember my mother's cooking. Since my mother didn't know how to cook, she used convenience foods like canned ravioli or Kraft instant Mac and Cheese. On cold rainy days, I sometimes find myself craving these foods.

What are your comfort foods?


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Old 10-03-2010, 08:06 PM   #2
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Chicken Fried Steak with mashed potatoes and cream gravy. mmmmmm....


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Old 10-03-2010, 08:22 PM   #3
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mac-n-cheese with a cross rib roast.My birthday dinner.(cooked by someone else)

A fish fry! Fresh fish and veg dipped and ate outside right of the fryer.

Grilled whole fish with ponzu and wasabi

Roasted chicken and mashed potatoes.

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Old 10-03-2010, 08:28 PM   #4
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:09 PM   #5
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Chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade chocolate chip cookies.
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:41 PM   #6
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Biscuits and gravy or chicken pot pie!
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:36 AM   #7
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Especially if I am not feeling up to par, it is mashed potatoes and gravy, hands-down.

Not so much a comfort food, but more of a "feel good" food is chips and salsa, and guacamole.

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Old 10-04-2010, 10:14 AM   #8
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For me it's meatloaf and mashed potatoes, I mean we are talking comfort foods here and not culinary masterpeieces. My husbands favorite comfort food is something he calls Russian Fluff. I have never made it but it involves hamburger and canned Franco American spaghetti (uggg!).
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:58 AM   #9
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Cottage pie
Shepheard's pie
Fish pie
Steak and chips and gravy.
British fish n chips
Beef stew and beef suet dumplings
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:07 PM   #10
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Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich.
Mac 'n cheese with tuna.
Ramen noodles and crackers.

and one I haven't had in a very long time:
Mac and tomato sauce, it always ends up with lots more in it.

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