When our floors were refinished back in January 2017, we were trapped in one tiny corner of the house for hours on end. Our incarceration gave Greg and me a craving for comfort food.
There’s something about a familiar food that puts us back in a good place especially when there’s chaos all around us. Food changes with the seasons too–at least for me.
When it’s blistering hot, I love nothing better than a giant salad with all my favorite vegetables, topped with feta cheese. I can eat it with or without dressing as long as there is salt and cracked pepper.
Sandwiches are another home-food in the summer. My mouth waters when I think of a fat roast beef sandwich on sourdough bread–and a giant Kosher pickle on the side. There was a Jewish deli in Chicago that had the BEST deli sandwiches. Only the locals knew about it, and it was always packed.
Greg loves ribs in the summer, and chili in the winter. We both love homemade pasta sauce on spaghetti.
The sauce is a simmering blend of tomatoes, sauce, sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, and a medley of seasonings slow cooked on the stove top over a couple of hours. Greg likes to have a nice red wine with pasta. Sometimes some of it actually goes into the sauce, but most of it goes into him. 🙂
And bread! It doesn’t matter what kind of bread it is as long as it comes straight out of the oven.
Winter is when I like to cook hearty stews and soups, and many more cookies and cakes than are good for us. I think most of us tend to cocoon in the winter so we want what makes us feel safe and warm.
When life becomes sad, mad, chaotic, or scary, comfort food always seems to make things right again. It makes me think about my mom, home, and safety.
What’s your comfort food? Does it change with the seasons?
And can you believe it’s October already? I love October! All the best things happen in October. We have the State Fair, Halloween, and our wedding anniversary.
What’s happening for you in October?