Saturday, October 20, 2012

Autumn Comfort

When I find myself in time of trouble,
Mother Mary comes to me.
Bearing foods of comfort, 
Mac and cheese.
(Mac and cheese)
                                             (with apologies to John Lennon)

Autumn brings cool temperatures, short days, longer nights, and the urge to hibernate. With the change of seasons comes an appetite for foods that give the eater a feeling of warmth and well being.  We call these comfort foods. Most of these foods are high in carbs and calories, flavors and fat. There are no finer foods in the world.  

We all have our own comfort foods, most remembered fondly from childhood, foods like.  

Meatloaf and mashed pototoes (with lot of gravy!).
Pot roast with vegetables.
Hot dogs with mac and cheese, and its cousins beefaroni and chili mac.
Beef stew.
Tomato soup with grilled cheese or vegetable soup with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches..
Porcupine pie with tomato sauce.

For my wife, pasta and red sauce are essential ingredients. 

For me, all of the above leave me feel well fed, comfortable and ready to hibernate..

Ben Franklin once observed that "Wine is God's way of saying He loves us and wants us to be happy."

I now say that comfort food is God's way of saying He loves us and wants us to feel warm despite the chill of autumn.

So, what is your favorite comfort food?

When will you eat it next?