Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Comfort Food

I’ll admit it. I do enjoy nice restaurants and “snooty” food. If a menu item has the word "aux" in it, I get excited.

For my tenth birthday, I wanted a lobster dinner because it was fancy and unattainable in my little-bitty home town. My mom and grandmother drove me all the way to San Antonio to one of those lobster places where you get to pick out your own. I was in heaven. (That was way before the days of Red Lobster which my brother and I call “Dead Lobster.”)
I love fine food.

That’s not to say I’m a food snob. I don’t send steaks back because they’re cooked medium instead of medium-rare. Please.

To prove it, here are some of my favorite comfort foods. They’re definitely not high on the foodie scale.

Hamburger Helper - - I don’t know why, but ever since HH came out in the 70s I’ve loved that stuff. The lasagna and cheeseburger varieties are my favorites.

Chili dogs - - I love a good chili dog with lots of mustard. A great meal is a foot-long chili dog and tater tots from Sonic. Love. It!

Tamales with ketchup - - Back when I was growing up in my little bitty small town in Texas, lots of the Latino families would make homemade tamales and sell them on Saturdays. Back in the 70s, they were about $2.00 a dozen. For some reason, I’ve always eaten them with ketchup. They were a staple on Christmas Eve.

Onion Rings – Not the frozen little pre-battered ringlets, but the big hand-battered homemade things. With ketchup.

Patty Melt - - a grilled hamburger patty with Swiss cheese and grilled onions between greasy pieces of griddled rye bread. With lots of mustard.

Egg noodles - - simply dressed with extra-sharp cheddar cheese and a little butter.

Yep. These are some of my faves. Not that I can eat them every day, especially at this age, but I do enjoy them when the need arises.

So? What are some of your comfort foods?

I’d love to know.


At 3:06 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

Lasagne, mac and cheese, pizza, chicken and leek pie, chicken and dumplings, anything Tex-Mex, egg salad sandwiches, tomato soup and grilled cheese sammies.

At 6:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pizza, fast food, anything chocolate.

Why can't comfort food be healthy?

Although, I suppose that does defeat the purpose. But still.

At 5:56 PM , Anonymous Bro said...

I'm with you on the tamales and ketchup...and a red Coke.

At 11:23 AM , Blogger Citymouse said...

mach and cheese with velveeta
grilled cheese
pasticho, home made ravioli

At 10:22 PM , Anonymous Guess Who? said...

Can crab rangoon be considered comfort food? *smiles*

--Guess who? :) :)

P.S. I'll call ya' soon! Happy Friday! :)


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