Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Comfort Food: What's Yours?

I've always had a thing for homemade potato soup. There is something so simple and familiar about it, and it always brings me back to when I was little and my grandma made it from scratch for me. If I'm ever craving comfort food, potato soup is my go-to.

Today I stumbled on the Wikipedia page for "comfort food" (there is a Wikipedia page for everything) and got to reading about comfort foods throughout the world. Potato soup isn't on the list anywhere, but chicken noodle soup was one of the common comfort foods in the States. Other common ones included pizza, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, and applesauce (mmm). Canada is similar to the States, while the United Kingdom prefers "bangers and mash" (sausage and mashed potatoes) and Ireland likes boiled stews, soda bread, and butter. Other popular choices include fried eggs with fries or rice in Spain and miso soup in Japan. You can read the full Wikipedia article here.

Also according to Wikipedia, comfort food is usually something simple and familiar that is associated with childhood. So I guess my love of potato soup isn't so far off after all.

What's your favorite comfort food? And, just for fun, do you think it's related to where you live?

Image: chicken stew via Cambell's Kitchen. Nom.

6 comments:

  1. Yummm potato soup. I don't have it enough for it to merit being called my favourite comfort food, but I have had an amazing potato dill soup that always makes me happy. I tend towards cheesy dishes when I'm in need of comfort, cheese toast or macaroni with extra cheese on top. Also, cereal always makes me feel good.

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  2. I think it would be lasagna for me. Probably not a typical comfort food, (although maybe in Italy) but I love it so much. And it was what I always had my mom make for my birthday

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  3. Ice cream most definitely. Or my gramma's chow mein :D I don't live in china but chow mein seems to be the favorite where i live.

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  4. My current comfort food is a casserole I make called Country Chicken Casserole. It has potato soup, carrots, peas, corn, and chicken in it and is topped with stuffing. It is sooo good! Ordinarily I hate leftovers, but this stuff is even good a second time around! I also like lasagna, but I wouldn't consider it one of my comfort foods. Oh, but when I am sick, my mom always made me cinnamon toast with the crusts cut off, cut into tiny squares ... and would have me eat it with a toothpick. For some reason, that always makes me feel better.

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  5. my mom's lasagna or stuffed shells, or any of her pasta dishes really.

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  6. I tend towards cheesy dishes when I'm in need of comfort, cheese toast or macaroni with extra cheese on top. Also, cereal always makes me feel good.
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