Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ten on Tuesday - Comforting

The Ten On Tuesday prompt for today is one that is very near and dear to my heart,
10 Favorite Comfort Foods. When I'm feeling in need of comfort, food (and drink) is one of the first things I turn to to soothe my soul. I may even play fast and loose and include drinks in my list.

  1. The first one has to be macaroni and cheese. Homemade with gouda, smoked mozzarella, and sharp cheddar, then baked with breadcrumbs on top is my ideal, but even Velveeta boxed shells and cheese will do in a pinch. The Kraft stuff of my childhood (orange powdered cheese?) just doesn't do it for me. 
  2. Grilled cheese sandwich, with or without tomato soup.
  3. Chicken noodle soup, with extra noodles, please.
  4. Mashed potatoes, extra butter, please.
  5. Soft egg on buttered toast. This is really a poached egg, but since we called them soft eggs when I was growing up, that's what comforts me.
  6. Corn fritters. These are best when made by my grandmother and eaten with my sister and cousins while we have a contest to see who can eat the most.
  7. Biscuits, warm with melting butter.
  8. Snickerdoodles. I don't know Mrs. Sigg, but her Snickerdoodles are the best.
  9. Scrapple. In case you're not familiar with this, it's essentially mush made with pork scraps and cornmeal, then fried to delicious crispiness. I haven't had it in decades, but I grew up in eastern PA where it was common, and now I want some. 
  10. Hot tea. Obviously not a food, but very comforting in almost any form. English, peppermint, chai -- a mug of hot tea provides immediate comfort to the body and soul.
A small caveat -- many of these are better if someone else prepares them for you
(with love), but they are all comforting even if you have to get out the cast iron skillet and fry your own scrapple.

What are your favorite comfort foods?


  1. I agree that they are all better when someone else does the cooking. And it's true that nothing is more comforting than a hot cup of tea.

  2. I love how mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and grilled cheese ended up on more than one list!

    Corn fritters sound so delicious, and scrapple! I have never had them, but they sound delicious!

  3. I think tea is my all time comfort food(?) And I grew up - and still live in - PA so I definitely know what scrapple is although I have not had it since I was a kid.

  4. Love your list, 1-5 and #10 especially!

  5. I'm coming to your house when I need a food hug :)

  6. Your mac and cheese looks so delicious. That really is a great comfort food.

  7. That mac and cheese....is there a live app for that? Oh my I could just reach in with a fork....

  8. My friend who grew up here in Philadelphia loves scrapple too. I think it must be an acquired taste otherwise.

  9. Your mac and cheese sounds awesome. Recipe?

  10. first list I've seen with hot tea - and I'm thinking "of course"! also grilled cheese. that was one of my major cravings when I was pregnant and it still makes me happy.

  11. The syrups are from Starbucks - I usually get a pump and a half in a large cup. Really quite good. The mac + cheese on your list sounds so good!


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