Do you have a pint of your favorite ice cream inthe freezer? Is your office desk drawer filled with asupply of your favorite candy? Do you reach oftenfor your favorite cereal box in the pantry even if it’snot for breakfast? Then you’re not unlike millions of the rest of us who daily yearn for comfort foods -those concoctions which provide the kind of spiritu-al, emotional and self-satisfaction that we require.Comfort foods are not designed to be especiallyhealthy or politically correct, but they supply a wel-comed respite from the stresses of the outside world.Any food with personal meaning for the consumercan be considered a comfort food, many people asso-ciate the term with Southern cooking. TraditionalSouthern recipes often call for significant amounts of sugars, carbohydrates and fats, often all at once.Deep-frying is also a cooking method preferred bySouthern cooks. Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese,and biscuits all qualify as comfort food for trans-planted Southerners or those with relatives in theSouth.A comfort food, especially one high in carbohy-drates or fats, is often more satisfying than otherofferings. An ideal comfort food should “stick to theribs”, meaning it supplies a sense of fullness and sat-isfaction long after it has been consumed. Manypeople choose a personal comfort food for that veryreason. A quart of premium ice cream or an extralarge slab of ribs can be very emotionally satisfying,which is ultimately the point of eating comfort food.A comfort food may also trigger positive memo-ries of childhood meals or other occasions. Manypeople seek out ethnic or regional comfort comfortcomfort food as a coping mechanism in an unfamil-iar environment. As long as a person can still obtaina favorite comfort food, the rest of the challengesmay seem more surmountable. A comfort food suchas a childhood cereal or novelty candy may not havethe same appeal for others, but many people findgreat comfort comfort comfort in reconnecting withfoods foods foods from their earlier years.What are comfort foods? They are foods thatsoothe the psyche by reminding us of comfortingchildhood memories. For most of us, these foods arefar from gourmet and generally epitomize homecooking. They invoke feelings of nostalgia, safety,and security.In a recent poll, readers were asked to revisit theirfavorite American comfort foods. The responsesshowed distinctive trends relating to age, childhoodregional location, and ethnic upbringing. It comes asno surprise that peanut butter and jelly sandwichesand grilled cheese ranked highest, but who needs arecipe for those? Those two aside, the next higheston the list were meatloaf, mashed potatoes, brisketpot roast, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese,spaghetti, and surprisingly, good ol’ tuna casserole.Enjoy these comfort food recipes found in theWaiting For A Cure Foundation’s award-winningcookbook, Pink Palate and it’s newest desert cook- book, Sweet Success. You may order these cook- books online at www.waiting4acure.com.
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