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(UPI)   Psychologists say comfort food is bad on the waistline, but good for mental health -- almost as if it 'comforts' a person   (upi.com) divider line 116
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2011-03-28 01:48:55 AM  

dready zim: hollowmoon: Homemade chicken soup, mashed potatoes and chicken gravy, pumpkin pie, pot roast....

I love cooking myself because it just feels good to make good food for the people you love.

You cook yourself? How do you taste?


Like chicken I imagine.

Let me fix that:
I love cooking, myself, because it just feels good to make good food for the people you love.
 
2011-03-28 02:00:46 AM  

Mock26: FishyFred: URAPNIS: Mock26: Line a pan with a layer of frozen tater tots. Cook as per directions. When you have 8 minutes left add 3 or 4 diced hot dogs to the pan. When done put a layer of tots and dogs in bowl, add salt, ketchup, and mustard. Repeat until bowl is full or pan empty. Eat.

A truly great comfort food.

That doesn't sound very good.
And I'll eat most anything.

Seriously. There is nothing remotely interesting about that dish.

What is not to love about hot dogs and tater tots?


The lack of 1 large block of Velveeta, a can of cream of whatever-ya-got-soup and maybe some diced jalapenos or red bell peppers for color.
 
2011-03-28 02:11:54 AM  

Dwight256: I heart this thread. My favorite comfort food is

French Dip Italian beef and Fries. Very few restaurants can screw this up.

Hells to the yes.

FTFY.
 
2011-03-28 02:40:29 AM  

FishyFred: Comfort food doesn't have to be bad for you. But you do have to exercise it off.

Go overboard with the ice cream? Go overboard at the gym.

/Ben and Jerry's Mud Pie


You can also make better food that's still comfort-y. Well, and still exercise (that helps your mood too).

Tuna casserole tonight:

Combo whole wheat rotini and vegetable laced (spinach/tomato) penne
Tuna
Very generous helping of peas and carrots
Lots and lots of dill (and some pepper and oregano)
Cream of mushroom soup + skim milk
Mushrooms
Touch of soy
Thin layer of decent cheddar

Not gonna say it's healthy, but I got veggies and protein covered and my need for comfort food fully sated.
 
2011-03-28 02:50:47 AM  
1/2 lb bacon, chopped, cooked extra crispy

1 box kraft mac and cheese (kraft dinner for you canuks)

Use the bacon grease instead of butter for the sauce and add some extra grated cheese. And maybe a dash of hot sauce, mustard and worcestershire.

Add some frozen chopped broccoli if you want to feel a little healthy, vitamins or some shiat...


Use a lb of bacon and 2 boxes of mac and cheese and more broccoli, add even more cheese and one egg (tempered) to the sauce and bake in a 9x13 pan w/ breadcrumbs ontop if you want baked mac and cheese.
 
2011-03-28 02:51:04 AM  

hollowmoon: dready zim: hollowmoon: Homemade chicken soup, mashed potatoes and chicken gravy, pumpkin pie, pot roast....

I love cooking myself because it just feels good to make good food for the people you love.

You cook yourself? How do you taste?

Like chicken I imagine.

Let me fix that
I love cooking, myself, because it just feels good to make good food for the people you love.


Hell yeah this.

As far as my good friends go, I'm a Polish grandma. If you haven't been eating well, I will cook for you and make *sure* you get at least one decent meal in ya. Everyone is much happier afterward anyway, especially after a night of drinking when I can magically make a awesome meal out of whatever randomness I find in the kitchen of whatever friend's place we end up crashing at. And that makes me extremely happy too.

Although as much as I loved my grandma, I won't force folks to finish heaping plates. To be fair to her, she remembered when there wasn't anything *to* eat... so get it while it's there to get, I suppose.
 
2011-03-28 02:59:44 AM  

if_i_really_have_to: Pasta, potatoes, bread...

Newsflash - Low serotonin levels cause you to crave carbohydrates because carbohydrates contribute to increased serotonin levels, and increased serotonin makes you feel happier/calmer.

Carbs - insulin - tryptophan - serotonin - happy!

This is why people on Atkin's are often depressed and with unusual incidents of violence or abnormal levels of anger (called "Atkins Attitude").

Some people are naturally low producers of serotonin and should absolutely never go on a low/no carb diet because it will ruin. their. life.


I don't see anything wrong with carbs. At all.

An over-reliance on them (and on huge portions of meat to count as a 'real meal'), sure. Processed to hell and back nonsense, sure. And sticking to white flour/rice as the only option, most definitely. I still like my bread, pasta, whatever mixed with whole wheat and regular - maybe I just need more practice at making sauces/meals that can stand up to the whole wheat taste - but quinoa, teff, millet, oats, brown rice, wild rice, barley... fun to learn to cook with 'new' carbs too. But maybe that's just me.

/cooked with millet for the first time this weekend
//'nother tool in the pantry arsenal
 
2011-03-28 04:39:58 AM  

if_i_really_have_to: Pasta, potatoes, bread...

Newsflash - Low serotonin levels cause you to crave carbohydrates because carbohydrates contribute to increased serotonin levels, and increased serotonin makes you feel happier/calmer.

Carbs - insulin - tryptophan - serotonin - happy!

This is why people on Atkin's are often depressed and with unusual incidents of violence or abnormal levels of anger (called "Atkins Attitude").

Some people are naturally low producers of serotonin and should absolutely never go on a low/no carb diet because it will ruin. their. life.


Fast burning carbs make my blood sugar ping pong horribly and then I puke a bunch and end up in the ER if I'm not careful. I like semi-atkins eating, it keeps me out of hospitals. Ramen may or may not fuel a lot of coders, but it sends my sugars in the stratosphere, and then I crash hard afterwards. I'm a lot nicer person on heavily reduced carbs.
 
2011-03-28 04:49:03 AM  
ANY fast burning carbs really screw with my blood sugar and make me a much nastier person than a serotonin deficit ever could. Depends a lot on your body chemistry. With luck, by the time you're about 30-35 you have figured out what does and doesn't agree with your metabolism. Isn't particularly "one true way".
 
2011-03-28 10:47:53 AM  
My comfort food...


www.united-nations-of-beer.com

and

www.beveragewarehouse.com
 
2011-03-28 10:51:40 AM  
Yesterday I learned that Nabisco or one of those snack behemoths has a cracker or something called Munchies. How can you trademark a generic term for food?
 
2011-03-28 11:11:40 AM  

Barnstormer: Yesterday I learned that Nabisco or one of those snack behemoths has a cracker or something called Munchies. How can you trademark a generic term for food?


Idk, but its not a cracker, its a mix of doritos, cheetos, sun chips and pretzels. Its actually really really good, but idk why they didnt just call it stoner chow.
 
2011-03-28 12:24:09 PM  

petuniapup: URAPNIS: My mother makes a macaroni and cheese casserole with cream of mushroom soup, pimentos, and a dash of mustard. I think that's all.
Either way, no matter how hard I tried, it was just never as good.

Adding macaroni & cheese to your ingredients might help. ;)


I knew, knew, knew someone would bring that up!
It was omitted at the risk of sounding redundant.
 
2011-03-28 12:33:27 PM  
Let's see...

Processed.
Processed.
Processed.

Most of the time, it's the chemicals doing the comforting.
 
2011-03-28 08:11:06 PM  

URAPNIS: petuniapup: URAPNIS: My mother makes a macaroni and cheese casserole with cream of mushroom soup, pimentos, and a dash of mustard. I think that's all.
Either way, no matter how hard I tried, it was just never as good.

Adding macaroni & cheese to your ingredients might help. ;)

I knew, knew, knew someone would bring that up!
It was omitted at the risk of sounding redundant.




*shrug* I knew what you meant, but at the time, my response seemed amusing. Thanks for taking it in stride.
 
2011-03-28 09:45:37 PM  
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