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Comfort Food

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Just sitting here and thinking about comfort food. When someone asks what you feel like eating do you think of the past and comfort food? Or is it something we only turn to for solace and warmth?

For my mother-in-law, food was love. She poured herself into everything she made and shared it with us. Watching her and writing down what she did as she cooked, we saved and cherished each recipe and each memory. Whenever we all get together and cook, we remember those times that came before. It makes me wonder, are we trying to recapture those moments? The memory of waking up to the smell of toast and bacon and coffee. The holidays filled with laughter and love and good food. That's the essence of comfort food to me.

Can the feelings be separated from the food? Instead of seeking comfort from food, can't we just seek comfort from the memories? Those memories are so much more than food and, yet, I can still smell the food, I can taste each bite. Then again, I can still hear the laughter and the murmuring voices. Maybe by pulling up those memories I can be comforted and not have to actually eat. Hmm. Would it work or not?
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  • KAREN608
    It's hard to separate memories from food.
    But I also have memories like the smell of the hose water on the hot cement sidewalk in the summer, fresh mown grass in the summer as I pushed the old fashioned reel mower, pulling weeds, painting my room. Come to think of it my parents made us work for them all the time! ha ha.
    2357 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    I think it is really hard to seperate those kinds of memories but certainly possible. The sense of smell always seems to trigger memories and can transport you to a different time. Cherrish all the memories but always remember that they are special because of the people, not the food.
    2471 days ago
  • EABL81
    Beautiful blog, Linda! Because we celebrate (and commiserate) together with food, I think it's inevitable that those memories of those close to us become linked with food and comfort as well. I guess the trick is not to let the food act as a stand-in for the rest. When you figure that one out, will you let me know, too?

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    2471 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8643915
    Wonderful blog with such special memories. I know what you mean about smelling and tasting those things from years back - I can do that too. Isn't that special???? My problem is when I think about the "old food" - it makes me hungry! Good luck to you! emoticon
    2472 days ago
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