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All About the Comfort Food

I am all about my comfort food. I have food issues anyway and they drive Matt insane. He’s one of those people who can eat anything in the fridge, freezer, or pantry and be happy. I am….not one of those people. I have serious food cravings and if something doesn’t appeal to me then I won’t eat it. Period. I will go hungry before I eat something that doesn’t appeal to me in that moment. I know, I’m messed up. There are reasons for my food issues but we won’t go into those today. One day I’ll tell you all about it though. Anyway, there are certain foods/snacks that I consider my comfort food group. When I’m stressed, or anxiety is kicking my butt, or life is just on my nerves I go for the things in my comfort food group.

Delia’s Comfort Food Group

1. Frozen M&M’s– they have to be frozen. Regular, unfrozen, M&M’s just don’t do it for me. I know, I’m strange.

2. Five Guys Cheeseburger– no other cheeseburger will do for my comfort food.

3. Double Stuff Oreos– dipped in milk, of course.

4. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream– the green kind, not the white kind. I’m picky.

5. Wendy’s French Fries– I used to go for McD’s but now I go straight for Wendy’s.

6. NY Style cheese pizza– the greasier the better, of course.

7. Salt Water Taffy– it reminds me of my childhood. We went to the beach every year and my mom always bought me a ton of salt water taffy.

8. Cajun Pistachios– my grandfather used to eat these by the bag full and for some reason they just bring me comfort when I’m upset.

9. Alfredo Mushroom Pasta– in high school I was a waitress in an Italian restaurant. I ate alfredo mushroom pasta every day for a year.

10. Loaded Baked Potato Skins– I love the TGI Friday’s kind. I don’t know why these make me happy but they do.

Looking at that list I’m amazed that I don’t weigh 200 pounds. I do attempt to minimize the indulgence in said comfort foods in an effort to not weigh 200 pounds but hey- comfort food is better than being a raging alcoholic, right? That’s how I justify it anyway. Ha! ย I keep some of these yummies on hand, hidden in the top recesses of the pantry, for emergency meltdowns. Matt just rolls his eyes and sighs one of those sighs that you know means they want to say something but they don’t want to die. You married gals know the sigh I’m talking about. You’d think after 17 years together he would have a firm grasp on my food issues but the man doesn’t get it. I tell him it’s not his fault that he’s simple. snort.

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  • We are Wendy’s people too!! I do weigh lot but in my defense I don’t drink ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Oh my goodness I am so hungry now! Those all sound amazing!

  • Thank goodness you included one thing on this list I don’t like (Cajun Pistachios) to prove you were not inside my head (or stomach) when you wrote this list. Five Guys Cheeseburgers . . . drool. Ellen

  • I’m kind of similar in that if I get hungry and there’s nothing specific I want to eat, I’ll skip eating for a while but then I’ll just graze until I’m full but unhappy. Apparently I like my food to mean something to me at that moment.

    Pasta and chocolate are definitely huge comfort foods to me, as is my mom’s shepherd’s pie (which is really cottage pie, as any British person will tell you). Really any good canned soup casserole, as long as it has meat (preferably red, but chicken will do). You can tell I’m from the midwest.

  • I’m the SAME way! I get cravings and nothing but that exact thing will appease them! Pizza, McDonald’s and Middlewarth BBQ Chips are just a few!

  • I completely get craving certain foods and only those foods will do. I’m glad to know there’s someone like me out there.
    I love mint chocolate chip ice cream too. Right now my go-to thing is Reese bells. I know they come in cup form, but it’s the Christmas bells I want.

  • I like the mint too but the peppermint is my favorite (the pink one). I gained weight just reading your list ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Frozen M&Ms sound great, especially the mini M&Ms. Wendy’s fries are way superior to any other fast food fries. I’ve had plain, chicken, and shrimp Alfredo, but not mushroom and now I have a new craving…thanks, but we’re still having stew for dinner tonight, maybe tomorrow.

  • 3, 6 & 10 would make my list too! The ONLY time I drink milk is with double stuff oreos…and by drink i mean dunk my cookies in.

  • I’ve never tried frozen chocolate…interesting! Have you had Trader Joe’s Jo-Jos? I prefer them to Oreos.

  • I used to work at Friday’s. Their potato skins are so yummy! I haven’t been in years, but now I really want to go. (and the green mint chip ice is way better.)

  • I’m throwing my M&M’s in the freezer right now! Gotta try that!

  • I love frozen M&Ms and mint chocolate chip ice cream!

  • Holy crap! I was in the middle of my comment and the darn power went out!! So I had to switch to my laptop and then realized um duh! – no power means no wifi dummy. so going bluetooth….and I have no idea what the heck that means, I yelled for the hubster. he’s torn between being upset that I woke up and feeling on heroic for coming to my “rescue” and showing off his technical prowness.
    so um, anyway….where were we? Ah yes, my best chocolate is hidden in the freezer under the frozen veggies because no one in this house is going to look there.

  • Lots of good choices – especially the potato skins, greasy cheese pizza and Five Guys cheeseburger. I’ve never frozen my M&Ms, but I always freeze my Reese cups to make them even more perfect than they already are.

  • On Friday night, we had friends over, and I made melted ham and cheese sandwiches with poppy seeds in the mustard. Apparently, my mom wasn’t the only 60s mom who made these this time of year, and so half of us were filled with nostalgia, and half looked at us when we were nuts.

    When the party was over, my husband said, “They were good, but I wouldn’t call them dinner food.” I said, “That’s NOT why I made them–they were memory food!” My memories, my comfort.

  • Hi Delilah, I’m visiting after a long time!! In appreciation of my readers and commentors, I posted this today: http://www.bigaandlittlea.com/2012/12/top-commentors.html. Do come over and check it out!

  • I am the EXACT same way about candy…I am obsessed with frozen candy! Great list…I am definitely hungry now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh how I love potato skins. yum. There is nothing more satisfying than comfort food, for real.

  • I adore Five guys! When I am in the mood for a really great burger, that’s always where I go! I’ve never tried frozen M&M’s though. Something to consider! Isn’t food great!

  • Can you believe I have never had saltwater taffy? But I agree with your version of eating certain food only frozen or refridgerated: Most chocolate flavors live in my fridge, not in my candy drawer! =)