When your glasses keep fogging up, your nostril hairs freeze and your fingers double up in your gloves for extra warmth, you know it's time for some real comfort food.
So what exactly is comfort food? Wikipedia tries to define it:
Comfort food is traditionally eaten food (which often provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling to the person eating it),or simply provides the consumer an easy-to-digest meal, soft in consistency, and rich in calories, nutrients, or both.
Well that certainly makes it sound boring!
I think the definition varies from person to person--and for me, it can be something that dear old Mom used to make, but it can also come from say, Noodles and Company.
I definitely think comfort food is inherently bad for you, but despite that it makes you feel warm and snuggly inside GUILT FREE.
My favorites are (in no particular order): homemade macaroni and cheese with bread crumb topping, lasagna, Swedish meatballs (like Mom used to make), tuna casserole, and chili.
One website I checked listed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and grilled cheese as comfort food, and I guess that sorth of fits the category, but one of the entries was pretty far-fetched, and that's gelatin. What?
The only way gelatin is comfort food for me is if it's in the form of a Jello shot.