All photos/art by Heath Robbins
So much more than just fuel for our bodies, comfort food can also give great pleasure and solace. Sometimes it’s the act of cooking that comforts; the methodical pace of chopping and slicing offers a primal, satisfying rhythm that connects us to ourselves.
Sometimes it’s cooking with and for others that restores calm. Other times still, it’s a pint of butter-brickle ice cream eaten on the couch with a spoon, feeding not just our physiological needs but our very souls.
Food moves us all in different ways, and just about everyone has his or her idea of “comfort food.” It could be a recipe that, as you prepare it, lets memories of a long-passed grandparent bubble to the forefront of your consciousness…or an exotic spice that takes you back to a special night in a land far away…or just the thing you need to eat when you’ve got a bad case of what Holly Golightly called the “mean reds.” Perhaps it’s the texture of a certain food that fills and warms you like a blanket.
Food comforts me in any number of ways. Hand-kneaded bread, Barb’s Bolognese sauce, Nan’s quiche, a pulled-pork sandwich with beans and coleslaw, or sometimes just a Klondike bar have all placated me. Here are a few recipes that always set my wagon straight.
COMFORT FOOD RECIPES