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12 favorite comfort foods

Comfort food is a favorite sustenance that feels soothing when we eat it. This is the food we crave when nothing else sounds good. It’s what we reach for when we have reached our own limits. And it’s whatever we can stomach, when we are too queasy, sick, or tired to tolerate any other repast.

Here are my top 12 favorite comfort foods (listed alphabetically):

  1. chicken pot pie
  2. chicken rice soup
  3. chocolate chip cookies
  4. cornbread
  5. cream of tomato soup
  6. English breakfast tea
  7. grilled cheese sandwich
  8. ice cream
  9. macaroni and cheese
  10. oatmeal and brown sugar
  11. peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  12. soft pretzel

Most of these aren’t exactly home remedies for all that ails ya (so to speak), but they generally count on those days when eating gently is appealing or prudent. And this list of favorite comfort foods doesn't exactly include a lot of low-calorie, low-carb, low-fat options. But those considerations tend to evaporate during the most queasy, overtired, stressed, or otherwise compromised moments.

Certainly, during the sickest spells, as with a bout of flu, the only possible comfort foods I may be able to handle are applesauce, plain salted crackers, or light toast. (Skip Grandma’s old-fashioned milk-toast, though. That sends me right back to the … um … drawing board, so to speak.)

Remember the BRAT diet of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast? Well, you can keep the bananas till the queasiness wears off.

What great grub do you count as your favorite comfort food?

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