Comfort Food

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Once again, I’m  joining the weekly blog challenge at Long and Short Reviews. Check out some of the other authors too. This week’s topic: Favorite Comfort Foods and Why.

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Comfort food is a dangerous one for me, because the truth is I should probably take less comfort in food, and more comfort in exercise. That being said, there are a few items on my comfort food list.

Macaroni and Cheese: The main reason this is a comfort food is because it’s not all that common in Japan. I have to make it myself and cheddar cheese can actually be rather expensive. It’s cheaper lately, thanks to Australian imports, but not as common. Whenever I  visit family in the US I eat macaroni and cheese almost every day. It’s filling and satisfying; plus even though it’s a side, it works for me as a main meal with a salad. Three cheers for macaroni and cheese.

Grits: I miss grits. I grew up in the Southern US, so I ate them fairly religiously. I never thought much about liking or not liking it because, well, in the south you get grits for breakfast or you go hungry. I wouldn’t mind some at the moment though.

Deep fried octopus: I never thought it would become a favorite, but there it is. Octopus, squid, and eel are common in Asian food dishes and in all honesty, I really like octopus. Oh well.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: The world’s best cookies. I struggle between regular chocolate chip and oatmeal chocolate, though I seem to have more cooking successes with oatmeal chocolate chip. I have yet to achieve the perfect cookie-I still fiddle around with the flour/baking soda ratio. If anyone has tips, please leave them in the comments.

White Castle Cheeseburgers: My dad used to take me to pick up an order of White Castle cheeseburgers with him when I was young. (Guess my age!)  My mother wasn’t a fan, but Dad let me ride beside him in the passenger seat. It was a daddy-daughter outing only as my mother didn’t much like them. If I was good, he’d sneak me a few Nutter Butter peanut butter sandwich cookies while we went to get White Castle cheeseburgers.  I haven’t had one in decades, likely, but I mainly think of them when I think of my dad.    ( Are Nutter Butters still around?)

Rice Krispie Treats: are awesome!!!!!!! So, I have a friend, a Japanese woman whom I work with. One day, we decided to take our kids out to the park and bring some snacks. I made Rice Krispie treats. She took one look at them and squealed with joy. I was so shocked. She later told me she’d live in America for two years when she was in elementary school and one of her favorite memories of American life was Rice Krispie Treats. Like I said, Rice Krispie Treats are awesome.

 

According to Melora Pazlar, “there’s nothing worse than half-dead racht”. (DS9: “Melora“)

 

12 thoughts on “Comfort Food”

  1. I like grits, too. Haven’t had them in years, though. Deep fried octopus is one of my favourite treats. It’s so good.

    What’s your idea of the perfect chocolate chip cookie? I love them when they’re soft and chewy. They’re even better if you use real vanilla flavouring in them instead of the imitation stuff.

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  2. You sidetracked me with “My Cousin Vinnie”… “No self-respecting southerner uses instant grits!” … love that movie so hard.

    We have a local restaurant here called Mr. Macs that offers about 10,000 ways to eat mac and cheese. It’s very, very dangerous to the waistline.

    Re: octopus/squid–I introduced my toddler daughter to it before she old enough to think she should think it was icky. Now it’s her item of choice when we go out for seafood 🙂

    Side note: I can’t imagine living somewhere where cheddar cheese is expensive (or hard to find). That would be a deal breaker…

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    1. Yay! Mac and Cheese fans. I have noticed that I can’t eat breakfast cereal anymore. Way too much sweet in the morning.

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