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Brrrrrrrr ... It's cold!

Posted Monday, January 4, 2010, at 11:38 AM

This cold weather sure makes it hard to keep my New Year's resolutions that involve eating healthier!

Did you make a resolution to eat better? Is your craving for comfort food trumping your desire to shed the extra weight?

Regardless, what is your favorite comfort food, healthy or otherwise?


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ice cream, regardless of the weather, always works.

-- Posted by gottago on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 11:44 AM

Gottago - Surely you can give me a suggestion for a healthy comfort food for the paper this week:-)

-- Posted by sfowler on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 11:54 AM

Sushi always does it for our family.

While in the Northwest a few years ago, we pigged out on sushi for breakfast lunch and dinner. By the week's end we were content to eat something else, but the craving continues.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 2:33 PM

Chilled M&Ms. (You can't freeze 'em, but mine never leave the freezer between purchase and eating.)

-- Posted by David Melson on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 3:06 PM

Sorry Sadie, I didn't realize you only wanted healthy things.

I think that when we are craving those 'comfort' foods we are looking for something to help increase the serotonin level and maybe even something warm. Unfortunately, sometimes the search for such results in consumption of an unhealthy amount of simple carbs with little concern for vegetables or protein.

I found myself also going for casseroles in the winter months. A healthy one I made last year was a pork casserole that contained wild or brown rice, chicken broth, choice of cream of mushroom, chicken, or celery, pork tenderloin, touch of vinegar based (as opposes to tomato based)BBQ sauce, along with tons of celery and carrots.

-- Posted by gottago on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 4:07 PM

When it comes to comfort food, I don't think one considers whether it is healthy or not - just does it make you feel good.

I used to bake bread the long way - yeast, flour, etc. It used to warm me (all the kneading) and the kitchen with the baking. Then while it was still warm, we would eat it with butter and jam with hot chocolate or cider.

However, now that my "assistants" are grown and gone I make beer bread. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare to bake and only 55 minutes in the oven. We still eat it warm with the butter melting and jam with our hot drink of choice. Savoring the mix of favors I remember back to when my girls were home and we giggled and laughed as flour sprayed the kitchen and the youngest got her hands stuck in the soft dough and how we all snuggled up on the couch to savor the "fruits" of our labor. Both the bread and the memory warm me on cold days.

-- Posted by amalphia on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 4:43 PM

It's ice cream, but I'm lactose intolerant.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 6:35 PM

It's ice cream, but I'm lactose intolerant.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 6:56 PM

Soup,casseroles,pizza!bar-be-que...

Anything that sticks to the ribs.

I like spicy things-especially anything "ethnic".

Chicken n' dumplings,grilled cheese sandwitches,popcorn...

In winter,we'd get out all the fruits,nuts and other produce we'd put up and dole out the "batch" cooking of desserts,entrees and what not that we'd done up on dreary days then frozen or exchanged with others.

On lazy nights,we'd thaw out some stew or chili,make some cornbread and serve with milk or cider.

Other times,we'd have white beans and hot dogs or polish sausage with saurkraut or turnip greens.

Pasta,rice and potatoes weren't quite so indulgent if accompanied by hearty vegetables and any meat,egg or cheese used as a condiment.

When the dark winter doldrums got too plentiful,we might add warmth and color with fancy-hued bell peppers.

There'd be spicy ground beef,onions and tomato sauce at their core and Marvin Aday on the stereo.

"Meat Loaf" would be blessing our plates and adding sass to our ears.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 2:48 AM

This may sound silly to some, but I crave hard boiled eggs. I eat about 2 dozen a week. They are yummy and good for you.

-- Posted by honda14 on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 1:54 PM

Chocolate. I always crave chocolate when it's cold. or hot. Or temperate...

but my favorite comfort food in winter is a beef stew.

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 2:54 PM

hot bagels with cream cheese and watercress.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 3:59 PM

Mac n Cheese, or creamy thick potato soup, or there is always your basic well loved chili and cornbread. Hot tea or cocoa (the real stuff made with hot milk, sugar and cocoa)

We may even be able to make some "snow" ice cream if we are lucky.

I can feel my jeans getting tighter with every letter I type.

My grandmother would have hot apple pie.

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 2:29 PM


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Sadie Fowler is lifestyles editor for the Times-Gazette.
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