Why do they call it comfort food? Might it be because we need it? Could it be that with our stressful lives this remedy is what will make things seem better? Could the culinary world be a better place for allowing comfort food to hold it's ... well comforting allure? Is comfort food the big cozy blanket of love and reassurance we are lacking in our lives?
Pancakes, bacon, fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, gravy and biscuits, chocolate milk, brownies, macaroni and cheese, freshly baked bread with butter or jams and pudding. These are still major players in the culinary world, and even with all of the trumped-up, fancy-schmancy dishes chefs can concoct, comfort food has an even stronger appeal to the masses. "Any time we have that warm, loved and cozy feeling after a meal ... we have usually eaten comfort food".
Wholesome goodness is, in part, the theory behind the branding of stick-to-your-ribs flavors, that have the healing propensities to make us feel oh so much better. We can put off thinking about problems until tomorrow, restore our bodies to that full-state and plop us down in front of the television with the handy remote. A soft throw and our family pets are the cure that when combined with a comfort meal, will enable us to feel happy, secure and safe.
I never hear diners say they are going to an expensive restaurant to experience comforting food. That's because chefs do not usually offer it to their patrons. They are more into the special gastric experience. Comfort food has its own psychology and thankfully, it is usually a combination of affordable foods that many times link us to our childhood, which can be a very good thing. Familiarity of home-cooked goodness lends a peaceful experience and offers us a floating island from the day-to-day grind.