This week I have been listening to Paula Deens' audio book of "It ain't all about the cookin', y'all". I cannot say that I recommend the book because of cursing and suggestive language, but for the most part, I have found the book interesting. The book is honest and to the point and I appreciate where she's been and who she is now. About two-thirds way through the book, she begins to talk about there being four types of Southern cooking. I was intrigued and as I listened along, I realized she was oh so right. Today, I thought I would drop a few lines on my favorite type of Southern goodness. COMFORT FOOD!! Can y'all relate?
You see to me, there is nothing more comforting than a steaming bowl of chicken n dumplins done up right. No matter how bad my day has been, no matter how stressed, stretched for time or icky I feel, this dish can do a world of good. Comfort food is usually starchy, cheesy, soft and of course, calorie laden. Comfort food can also be sweet....can we say banana pudding!?! I suppose it's a shame that we seek comfort in such a way, but Southerners life revolves are family and food, so I think it's only natural.
All day today I craved mashed potatoes and as I look back on my day, it was stressful. As luck would have it, I was out of potatoes and with the nearest store being 20 minutes away, I did without. In case anyone else is in the same boat, here's a pic that will hopefully suffice. Lol....
What comfort foods are a staple in your lives? Tomorrow, I will be talking about type number two......funeral food.