Isn’t Comfort Food Great?

There’s nothing like coming home after a day of work, collapsing onto my couch or bed, and then making a quick, easy, and delicious dinner that just makes me really feel at home. Usually, it has to be something rich, cheesy, and warm, considering the weather in Chicago lately. What’s your favorite comfort food?

Mine would definitely have to be either chicken and dumplings or macaroni and cheese. I’ve made them so many times, I actually have my own recipes for each. That being said, I can’t have chicken and dumplings now because of my change to a plant-based diet, so I’ll just rave about macaroni and cheese for a little while.

When I was a kid, my mom always used to make me and my sister the macaroni and cheese from the blue box. Don’t get me wrong, I still make it for myself on occasion, but there’s nothing like a homemade dish of mac and cheese. I like to caramelize a top layer of cheese under the broiler just prior to serving.

To me, comfort foods are foods that bring up happy experiences of our childhoods or just make us feel at ease. Usually, they’re also so rich and hearty that I typically fall asleep after eating them. I guess they can make us a little bit too comfortable sometimes.

Comfort food can really be anything; some of my best foodie friends use everything from soft pretzels to smoothies as their comfort foods. They can also range from appetizers all the way to dessert, don’t even get me started on my love of fried cauliflower or beignets (basically very light donuts dusted with powdered sugar).

If you need some delicious comfort food recipes, check out some of these on Recipe4Living: Southern Fried Chicken, Beef Fritters With Spaghetti Creole Sauce, A Luxury Meatloaf

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