What is Comfort Food? The answer will be different for everyone — and for many very good reasons. Mood, weather, personality, memories, family, and friends are some of the many things that play into what your comfort foods might be.
What is comfort food?
Why exactly do we grab for a particular food in our pantry, or cook a certain recipe at a certain time?
Some people think of comfort foods as something soothing when they’re sad or upset.
You know, like if you’ve had a really rough day, so you stop on your way home for a pint of coffee ice cream, that you hope to have while you watch mindless TV? Not that I know who that would be. 😉
It can Evoke Feelings
For others, a comfort food is something that might evoke a nostalgic or sentimental feeling. For example, you love making waffles on lazy weekends because you remember your dad doing the same when you were growing up. (Also me.)
Comfort Food: A Category of its Own
And then, there’s simply a group of foods or meals that seem to have created their own special category called “Comfort Foods.” These are typically foods that roast, simmer, or braise for a long time. (Why do you think slow cookers and crocks pots are so popular?)
Typically served warm or hot, think saucy and creamy, warming spices (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom are a few) or melting cheese. “Soups and Stews” might as well change their category name to Comfort Foods, as they can be all of these things. Foods in this category are generally cooked in the cooler months of fall and winter. After all, they warm us up and they’re cozy. They simply make us feel good.
- A food that can be calming.
- Foods that might bring you back to a pleasant childhood memory.
- Something that will warm you up in cold weather.
- A meal that might help mend a broken heart.
- A food that simply makes you feel good, for no particular reason.
And the list goes on. And on.
From left to right in the image above, these are some of the best comfort food recipes. In my humble opinion, of course. Hopefully there are enough to keep you warm and feeling good for the next several weeks.
Off we go . . .
The Best Comfort Food Recipes
I want to know so please tell me in the comments!