It's been a while since I've pulled a post topic from Mari's "Memories and Thoughts" jar; so I decided to let my kids pick my subject for today. The only criteria that I gave the kids was, that I wanted the post to be something lighthearted. I didn't want to write about something complex, or something sad, and I think they did a great job finding something that fit the bill, when they chose "What are some of your comfort foods?"
I find it interesting that even though my mom was an amazing cook; it's not EVERY dish that she made that I would put on my comfort food list. For example, I learned how to make baked ziti, Chicken Parmigiana, and Eggplant Parmigiana, from watching my mom; and even though I love all of those dishes; I wouldn't refer to them as my comfort foods.
For someone who loves food, I don't think my comfort food list is very long. At the very top of it, of course is that bagel that I wrote about earlier. And then in no particular order, I'd have to include: Stuffed cabbage, brisket, potato latkes, kasha Varnishkes (roasted buckwheat groats w/ farfalle pasta and sauteed onions,) whitefish salad, rugallah, cappuccino (or any coffee really;) and cannoli. And now that the list is in print, I can clearly see that ALL of these foods are dishes that are Jewish style foods (with the exception of cappuccino / coffee and cannoli; but most Jews that I know, LOVE Italian food;) so I suppose that my original theory is correct. The foods that comfort us, bring us back to a certain place and time.
There is one food and one food only that I can think of to add to my comfort food list. It's a food that had nothing at all to do with my mom. It's not a food that I ever ate with her; nor anybody else that would give me a happy memory. It's just a food that is such yummy goodness, that whenever I am feeling out of sorts, thinking about eating it always picks me up; and that's celery. NO, of course not. I'm totally kidding. It's a food that I've mentioned before in "Swee treats," (drum roll please...) Cracker Barrel's, Macaroni and Cheese. YUM!
Truth be told, I rarely eat any of the foods that I've mentioned; for a number of reasons. First of all, most of them aren't readily available to me and secondly, I really try NOT to turn to food for comfort. Since I love to talk about, write about, watch shows about; and of course EAT, food; it hasn't been difficult to imagine what I would like to eat if I was looking for something soothing; and yet I've found that even just the IDEA of these foods or thinking about these foods, has been very comforting to me.
Till next time...
Queen of EVERYTHING