Wednesday Wind-Down: Traditional Comfort Food

Food is a source of comfort for many of us. What better way to free your body and mind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life than by relaxing with some classic home recipes. Traditional comfort food soothes our senses because it reminds us of warm, joyous childhood memories.  Give yourself a break with these ten refreshing favorites:Photo from mhaithaca via flicker. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Mac & Cheese

Although this dish has its origins in Italy, baked macaroni and cheese has become a classic American food since it was introduced to the country in the 18th Century. Who wouldn’t be elated by this creamy blend of pasta and cheese? Even a spoonful is enough to make you feel cozy.

Meatloaf

Whether in winter or summer, the American meatloaf is a staple of everyday home cooking. The dish is loved for its tastiness and versatility. On a cold, wintry day, it gives you a warm feeling when served hot; for warm days, you can eat it cold with a salad. Serve it as a sandwich for a quick snack, have it for dinner, or bring it along on picnics. Remember fond family memories over dinner with meatloaf.

Brisket Pot Roast

With its sumptuous aroma and flavor, the brisket pot roast is a sure hit with kids and adults. A popular winter warmer you love coming home to, this dish is a pleasant reminder of holidays spent at home. Feel rejuvenated and get through the rest of the week by having a happy pot roast dinner.

Mashed Potatoes

For many, a Thanksgiving dinner won’t be complete without mashed potatoes. Simple to prepare yet delectable, this classic dish makes its way to the dinner table even on ordinary days. Experience the warmth of Thanksgiving whatever time of the year by serving mashed potatoes any time of the day.

Spaghetti & Meatballs

This favorite childhood pasta easily brings a smile to any adult’s lips. Everyone has a cherished memory of spaghetti and meatballs, from eating it during festivities or having it as traditional Sunday food. After a tiring day of household chores or work, de-stress and have nothing but good feelings before going to bed by cooking up this old-fashioned recipe just like mom used to do.

Grilled Cheese

Martha Stewart calls the classic grilled cheese an iconic sandwich. Take some bread and good old cheddar cheese for a hearty, happy breakfast. Add some tomatoes, ham, and favorite fillings the way mom did and start your day with renewed energy.

Shepherd’s Pie

Another traditional winter warmer, this dish mixes the best of potatoes and meat. A dish commonly prepared with leftover roasted meat, shepherd’s pie is a nostalgic reminder of home cooking. Clear your mind with good thoughts of home with this truly delicious pie.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

A favorite of many American kids, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instantly evokes school-day memories—from mischievous pranks to heartwarming firsts and relationships. Sit down with one for a snack and refresh your body and mind.

Apple Pie

Apple pie, crumble, and tarts bring to mind family walks, apple-picking in the orchard, and the sweet aroma that fills the house as mom bakes in the kitchen. Chase the blues away by letting your mind wander off to happy times as you savor this favorite apple treat.

Hot Dogs & Sausages

Whether grilled, made into a sandwich, or incorporated as an ingredient in recipes, hot dogs and sausages are timeless all-American food. Heat up the grill for a simple way to feel like a kid all over again or go cook up a bean and sausage stew for the ultimate comfort food.