Today's topic is "Favorite Comfort Foods and Why." When I was little, my folks split up and Mama, my sister, and I moved in with my grandparents. Mama went to work, and Grandmama pretty much raised us. And, friends, let me tell you, that woman could cook. Many of the foods I cook today are meals I remember her cooking for us. She was not a fancy chef... no Beef Wellington or fancy tuna cuts....but just some good ol' cooking.
On Sundays, we would have either pot roast with all the fixings or ham. Those were good... but the comfort food came in on Monday nights: hash or creamed ham on toast (waste not, want not). To this day, I will crave the goodness of ham in a hot cream sauce poured over buttered toast...mmmm..... my mouth is watering as I type.
When we were sick, Grandmama would break out her wonderful chicken and rice soup...chunks of chicken, bits of onion and carrots. It's still my go-to when I get sick. Makes me feel much better. There's a reason it's called "Jewish penicillin."
Another one of my favorite comfort foods is just plain mashed potatoes. I love potatoes in any form, but mashed is right up there at the top of my list. Grandmama used to let me drink some of the "potato juice"... the water the potatoes were cooked in. I couldn't drink too much, though, because she made her mashed potatoes with dry milk and would use the potato juice as the liquid. I don't know what it was about it that made those potatoes so good, but to this day I can taste them.
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