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Old 08-20-2012, 01:17 PM   #1
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Childhood & Teenage Comfort Dishes

Buonasera, Good Afternoon,


The heart warming dishes my maternal and paternal Grandmom used to prepare, have included a repertoire of comfort foods, I have been preparing my family ...

Coming from the Italian paternal side:

Lasagne al forno di Bolognese
Meatballs and spaghetti
Home made Focaccia and Pizza with 4 cheeses
Baked Ziti
Rigatoni baked with sausage and cheese
Venetian Calves Liver dusted / dredged in flour and sautéed on a bed of caramelized onions
Osso Buco
Veal Marsala
Veal Piccata
Baked Eggplant ( melazane di lecce ) Parmigiano
Lasagne with shellfish, fish and seafood
Pasta Fa zool with Cannelli Beans
Cannelli beans and escarole or spinach
Margheriteīs Pasta Sauces
All her Pastas

My Mom had prepared a lovely array of French Savoie specialties with a Swiss twist:

Savoie 3 Cheese Fondue with Kirsch
Roast Turkey & Stuffing
Meatloaf
Home made dark bread with seeds
Home made French style baguette
Grilled Cheese
Steak Diane
Prime Rib of Beef
Boulabaisse Shellfish and Fish Stew
Momīs Chicken Salad
Momīs Tuna Salad
Momīs Shrimp Salad
Baked Stuffed Potato
Momīs Cream Soups
Momīs Bisque of Lobster and Shrimp
Stuffed bell peppers
Momīs Cakes and Cookies A to Z

Would enjoy hearing all about your comfort dishes as a teen and a child.

All my best.
Margaux.

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Old 08-20-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
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For me, beans and brown rice is the ultimate comfort food. I like all kinds, but black beans with southwest seasonings or red beans with sausage are my favorites. We eat some type of beans at least once a week and raised our daughter the same way. These days when she comes home from college, the first thing she asks for is beans and rice.

In fact, I have a pot of them on the stove right now.
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Steve: Thanks for your contribution

My dear Galician Spanish Cuban friend Maria Vilarchao in Miami Beach prepares scrumptuous black beans with rice and Arroz con Moro, a variation using same ingredients.

Interesting reply. Have you eaten black beans with rice as a child or teenager too ?

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Old 08-20-2012, 02:31 PM   #4
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Interesting reply. Have you eaten black beans with rice as a child or teenager too ?
Never as a child. My father was always traveling for work and my mother was not a very accomplished cook, so we ate in restaurants a lot. As a result, other than some of my grandmother's wonderful German dishes, I didn't grow up with many comfort foods. When I moved away from my parents and began living on my own, I didn't have a lot of money. I quickly discovered how economical, versatile, and delicious beans were. I could buy a pound of dried beans for less than a dollar and make a week's worth of meals by stretching it with a little meat or some bread.
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For me there is not a shred of doubt....My Mom's chicken and dumplin's.
I can make 'em and they are good but they just don't taste as good as hers did.
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We have had quite a few threads on this topic over the years and some interesting posts. If anyone is up for some historical reading...

DC childhood food threads
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:58 PM   #8
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Mmmm... Grandma's yeast breads, white and wheat, dinner rolls, and best of all-- caramel rolls. When the Grands came to visit, Grandma always brought her big bread bowl along. Grampa brought his fishing gear. As far as I was concerned, they couldn't visit often enough.

And Grandma's Triple Banana cake was the best. With bananas in the cake batter, a layer of sliced bananas and ? (something) in between the layers and frosted with a different banana icing.

Now my mom could ruin a package of jello, as she often did. She did make very good pies. I use her rhubarb pie recipe and it's still one of my favoritie pies.
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Many Thanks For All Your Contributions

Pleased to hear all about your Comfort Foods while growing up.

Appreciate your contributions, feedback, nostaglia and humor.

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Dave,

Thanks for providing the 2004 Link.

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