I’m not sure if F.C. noticed it, but for her “June Jour” writing challenges, she put up not one but two prompts regarding food. She asks in both about what our favorite go-to comfort foods or culinary dishes are. You know, something you could eat for the rest of your life and never get sick of.
Well, I imagine that’s a question everyone could have an answer to, unless your only reason to eat is for nourishment and sustenance. I admit I feel that very way sometimes, but, dagnabbit, food can be so tasty sometimes… even if it’s only good for your taste buds but not for your health or waistline. (Memo to self: Find a new undergarment that really keeps that waist in, because… yikes!)
But putting aside concerns about health and waistline, let me
confess talk about just a few of the food I have never gotten sick of or even wanted to eat forever at one point of my life. I’m discounting frozen food or canned soup as my pantry and freezer are loaded with them (yeah, I live alone). And I also must state that, as you’ll discover below, I can be somewhat of a persnickety eater. No berries or tomatoes for me, I have to admit, although I’m sure they have some beneficial nutritious value.
Ice cream — and not just any flavor of ice cream, either (see, I told you I was persnickety). Vanilla and mint chocolate chip are my favorites, with chocolate and cookie dough a close second. Yes, it can do a number on my waistline (which is why I gotta start eating yogurt more often), but it can taste oh so good. I especially like Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, which is based here in Madison, has several locations here in town, and is known far and wide for its very tasty ice cream of many several different flavors.
Casserole — lots of pasta, ingredients like tuna or chicken, cream sauce (or cream of mushroom soup if you have it), and crunchy topping for aesthetics and taste buds. My favorite is green bean casserole, which has all the aforementioned agreements and, yes, green beans. My family serves it a lot during our holiday get-togethers and it’s really good (I always go back for thirds).
Pizza — because, seriously… it’s pizza!! I mean, who doesn’t love pizza?! Well, grade-school me, I must admit; I could never figure out the appeal of pizza, and the poor excuse for pizza that the creepy lunch ladies served up when I was a young lad in elementary school didn’t create a positive impression. (See? I am persnickety when it comes to food sometimes.) But my tastes (well some of my tastes) do change over the years, especially when it comes to pizza. The better the pizza is made, the more appreciable it is to my taste buds (sorry, creepy elementary school lunch ladies.) And the cheesier the pie or slice, the more delicious it is. It’s not just me saying that either. Case in point: A caller to 9-1-1 in Newfoundland, Canada complained that the pizza she ordered from the local pizza place didn’t have as much cheese as she had expected. Really people? You’re calling 9-1-1 for that?! But I digress… You can’t have pizza without the crust or cheese or tomato sauce, but throw in pepperoni or sausage or Canadian bacon and my mouth waters even more. We have a lot of pizza places in Madison, and not just Domino’s or Little Caesars: We have Rocky Rococo, Extreme Pizza, and especially Glass Nickel Pizza (“In Pizza We Trust”), which nearly everyone at my place of employment really, really loves (their pizza really is tasty).
Mashed potatoes — this is a food I really craved when I was little. I mean, it’s easy to eat, especially if your teeth are loose and growing out; it’s nice and fluffy, so it’s fun to play with on your dinner plate; and it’s perfectly topped off with gravy. True story: Some Sundays when my sister and I were… let’s say single-digits in age, Mom would make a big lunch. And when Mom was busy making lunch, Meet the Press would play on the TV in the background (it was Sunday after all). To this day, my sister equates mashed potatoes with Meet the Press. Yeah, my sister is practical now but she could be strange sometimes in her youth.
Pancakes — I always wanted pancakes for breakfast when I was a kid, and though I knew I couldn’t have it every day, I was excited when Mom made them. I would pour a ton of maple syrup on my pancakes, a combination that made my mouth water. I don’t get to make too much pancakes these days, but waffles are a perfect substitute. My mouth waters just the same as it did when I ate pancakes way back when.
Salad — of course, I do eat healthy food at least every now and again. As proof, you can find me most lunch hours at work heading down to the cafe located at my place of employment for their “build your own salad” (or sandwich, if I’m really starving) bar. It’s simple, affordable (they sell it by the ounce), and hits the spot. And for someone who spends his afternoons in a cubicle in front of a computer, not consuming a lot of calories is a must.
Chocolate — yes, I confess, I have a sweet tooth the size of Texas. My supervisor at work feeds that addiction to chocolate by keeping a stash of bite-size candies and M&Ms in a spare cubicle next to our team. So if I die of sugar shock, I’ll blame her. I do admit, though, that it’s partly my fault. I mean, chocolate is, well, tasty. But I know it’s bad for me. So I must start practicing restraint when it comes to sugaring up my sweet tooth.
So, what are your comfort foods that you’d love to eat forever if you want to? Or do you recommend any food item that my taste buds must appreciate? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!