Comfort food exists for a reason-- we as human beings need comfort sometimes! When we are having a hard time or a rough day, relying on comfort foods is sometimes exactly what we need in order to feel a little better. According to Brainy Quote, Amy Bloom mentioned comfort foods when she said, "My ideal meal varies, depending on the time of year. Lobster on a deck overlooking a beach at sunset is one - but all my kids have to be there because they are all lobster-lovers. Making a bolognese sauce over pappardelle for my husband on a winter evening, because he loves my bolognese sauce and it's his comfort food." We can probably all relate to craving those food options every now and then.
According to Brainy Quote, David Walliams said, "When I want comfort food, I buy Maltesers. I like all chocolates, but especially those. I can eat them, and because they're so light, I can convince myself that they are not actually that unhealthy." Chocolate is a huge comfort food option that has been popular since it started being produced so many years ago. It is used in chocolate cakes, chocolate brownies, chocolate ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate bars and more. It really helps people feel comforted! Let's see how many kids are in the future based on these comfort food preferences!
Macaroni and Cheese?
Cheese lovers everywhere love this dish more than anything. "Macaroni and cheese—also called mac and cheese or mac n cheese in English, can sometimes be called macaroni pie in Caribbean English, and macaroni cheese in the United Kingdom—is a dish of English origin, consisting of cooked macaroni pasta and a cheese sauce, most commonly cheddar." (Wikipedia). This is the ultimate comfort food because it is the perfect side dish or the perfect entree, depending on a person's mood!
According to AllRecipe, to make perfect orange chicken one must "Pour 1 1/2 cups water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce into a saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Stir in the orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chopped onion, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and let cool 10 to 15 minutes." That does not sound too difficult or complicated at all! In fact, it sounds like a plan for dinner tonight!
This is one of the dishes that is best when it is homemade. "Lasagna is a type of wide, flat pasta, possibly one of the oldest types of pasta. Lasagne, or the singular lasagna, commonly refers to a culinary dish made with stacked layers of pasta alternated with sauces and ingredients such as meats, vegetables and cheese, and sometimes topped with melted grated cheese." (Wikipedia). The layers of food that are used in this dish can be different depending on the chef.
These cookies are just about the best thing ever! For any holiday, these cookies can come in handy. "A sugar cookie is a cookie with main ingredients such as sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla, and either baking powder or baking soda. Sugar cookies may be formed by hand or rolled and cut into shapes. They are commonly decorated with additional sugar, icing, sprinkles, or a combination of these." (Wikipedia). Do these cookies sound amazing? If so, go ahead and pick them!
These sandwiches are very comforting! "A grilled cheese sandwich is a basic sandwich generally made with one or more varieties of cheese on any sort of bread, such as flatbread or wheat bread, that may include spreads such as butter or mayonnaise. A grilled cheese sandwich is made by grilling the sandwich with butter or toasting it out." (Wikipedia). How flavorful and tasty! Pick or pass on a plate of grilled cheese sandwiches for this comfort food quiz round!
Soft Pretzels are amazing and can be purchased from little mall shops anytime! "Wetzel's Pretzels is a Pasadena, California-based franchise of fast-food restaurants. The first Wetzel's Pretzels location opened in 1994 at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach, California. Currently, Wetzel's Pretzels has 300+ locations in the United States and six other countries worldwide." (Wikipedia). Wetzel's Pretzels is only one of the places out there that does this! There is also Auntie Anne's as well as a few other chains.
This soup is so popular for a reason! "Tomato soup is a soup made with tomatoes as the primary ingredient. It may be served hot or cold in a bowl and may be made in a variety of ways. It may be smooth in texture, and there are also recipes which include chunks of tomato, cream and chicken/vegetable stock." (Wikipedia). Tomato soup is deliciously enjoyed with goldfish crackers sometimes and other times it can be enjoyed with grilled cheese!
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream?
According to Modern Honey, in order to make this sweet and cold treat, "with egg yolks: Combine the cream, whole milk, and vanilla beans into the medium pot. Whisk the sugar and egg yolks together in a small bowl until fully combined. When the cream mixture reaches 95 degrees or feels warm to the touch, remove from the heat." That sounds pretty easy! most folks prefer to just buy a carton or tub of this ice cream from the store!
"The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial nightshade Solanum tuberosum. In many contexts, potato refers to the edible tuber, but it can also refer to the plant itself. Common or slang terms include tater, tattie, and spud." (Wikipedia). The best part about potatoes is that they can be turned into crispy potato chips and salty french fries after some preparation. Without potatoes, we would not have some of our favorite snacks ever! Pick or pass on potatoes.
According to Add A Pinch, to make a chocolate cake one must "Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans." How yummy does that sound? Cocoa is an important ingredient for this recipe! Pick or pass.
Ready for a yummy breakfast option? "Oatmeal is made of hulled oat grains – groats – that have either been milled, steel-cut, or rolled. Ground oats are also called "white oats". Steel-cut oats are known as "coarse oatmeal" or "Irish oatmeal" or "pinhead oats". Rolled oats can be either thick or thin, and maybe "old-fashioned", or "quick", or "instant"." (Wikipedia). Oatmeal has been around for ages and it has truly changed the game when it comes to calming and delicious breakfast foods.
This Thanksgiving dessert is something to write home about! "Pumpkin pie is a dessert pie with a spiced, pumpkin-based custard filling. The pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time, and pumpkin pie is often eaten during the fall and early winter. In the United States and Canada, it is usually prepared for Thanksgiving and other occasions when pumpkin is in season." (Wikipedia). Ever tried this type of ie before? If so, was it yummy? Pick or pass for this round!
According to All Recipe, in order to make a stack of these fluffy guys, one must "In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake." Pick or pass on pancakes!
According to All Recipe, to make the best dumplings ever one must "Stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in medium size bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in milk to make a soft dough. Drop by spoonfuls into boiling stew. Cover and simmer 15 minutes without lifting the lid. To make parsley dumplings, add 1 tablespoon parsley flakes to the dry ingredients." Those directions sound easy enough to make such a wonderful meal! Pick or pass now.
"A waffle is a dish made from leavened batter or dough that is cooked between two plates that are patterned to give a characteristic size, shape, and surface impression. There are many variations based on the type of waffle iron and recipe used." (Wikipedia). Waffles are often being compared to pancakes since both are breakfast foods and both can be stacked. Both can be buttered up and covered in drizzles of syrup. How tasty does that sound! Pick or pass.
"Noodles are a staple food in many cultures. They are made from unleavened dough which is stretched, extruded, or rolled flat and cut into one of a variety of shapes. While long, thin strips may be the most common, many varieties of noodles are cut into waves, helices, tubes, strings, or shells, or folded over, or cut into other shapes. Noodles are usually cooked in boiling water, sometimes with cooking oil or salt added. They are often pan-fried or deep-fried." (Wiki). Pick or pass.
According to Wikipedia, "A cinnamon roll is a sweet roll served commonly in Northern Europe and North America. In Denmark, it is known as Kanelsnegl; 'cinnamon snail' and is a form of wienerbrød. Its main ingredients are flour, cinnamon, sugar, and butter, which provide a robust and sweet flavor." Cinnamon rolls are super sweet and super yummy! They can be purchased from little mall shops r made at home from the can! Pick or pass on cinnamon rolls right now!
According to Food Network, to make the perfect vanilla cake one must "Whisk 3 cups flour, the baking powder, and salt in a bowl until combined. Beat 2 sticks butter and the sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to medium; beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla after that." That sounds simple enough!
These make anyone feel ready for dinner! "A roll is a small, often round loaf of bread served as a meal accompaniment. A roll can be served and eaten whole or cut transversely and dressed with filling between the two halves. Rolls are also commonly used to make sandwiches similar to those produced using slices of bread." (Wikipedia). The best part about dinner rolls is that one can add butter to them if they so choose! Pick or pass now!
This meal is perfect for the fourth of July. "The hot dog or dog is a grilled or steamed link-sausage sandwich where the sausage is served in the slit of a partially sliced hot dog bun, a bun of size and shape to hold the sausage. It can also refer to the sausage of its composition itself. The sausage used is the wiener or frankfurter." (Wikipedia). Everyone surely loves a great hot dog with the right toppings adding to it!
This Italian dish is truly worthwhile! "Spaghetti is a long, thin, solid, cylindrical pasta. Spaghettoni is a thicker form of spaghetti, while capellini is a very thin spaghetti. It is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine. Like other pasta, spaghetti is made of milled wheat and water and sometimes enriched with vitamins and minerals." (Wikipedia). The better the noodles are, the better the overall dish turns out to be. The same rule applies with the meatballs and the spaghetti sauce!
Corn On The Cob?
Ever tried Corn On The Cob? "Corn on the cob is a culinary term used for a cooked ear of freshly picked maize from a cultivar of sweet corn. Sweet corn is the most common variety of maize eaten directly off the cob. The ear is picked while the endosperm is in the "milk stage" so that the kernels are still tender." (Wikipedia). Try to pick or pass on Corn On The Cob for this yummy comfort foods quiz round!
This meal is a crowd pleaser and an easy choice to make for lunch or dinner. "Pizza is a savory dish of Italian origin, consisting of a usually round, flattened base of leavened wheat-based dough topped with tomatoes, cheese, and various other additions baked at a high temperature, traditionally in a wood-fired oven." (Wikipedia). Pizza is great with any topping but most popularly, people add pepperoni to it. Pick or pass on a tasty slice of pizza for this round!
According to All Recipes, in order to make cornbread that everyone will just adore "in a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean." That recipe sounds easy enough to do and the results are definitely worth the cooking effort!
"Alphabet pasta, also referred to as Alfabeto, is a pasta that has been mechanically cut or pressed into the letters of the alphabet. It is often served in an alphabet soup, sold in a can of condensed broth. Another variation, Alphaghetti, consists of letter-shaped pasta in a marinara or spaghetti sauce." (Wikipedia). This comfort food dish is so popular, there is even a song about it! It is now time to either pick or pass on this comfort food dish!
Chocolate Chip Cookies?
It is time to either pick or pass on the world's most popular cookie ever! "A chocolate chip cookie is a drop cookie that originated in the United States and features chocolate chips or chocolate morsels as its distinguishing ingredient. Circa 1938, Ruth Graves Wakefield added chopped up bits from a Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate bar into a cookie." (Wikipedia). Everything about chocolate chip cookies is wonderful. The smell is incredible and so is the taste! These are Santa's favorite too!
Fried chicken is great! It "is a dish consisting of chicken pieces usually from broiler chickens which have been floured or battered and then pan-fried, deep fried, or pressure fried. The breading adds a crisp coating or crust to the exterior of the chicken. What separates fried chicken from other fried forms of chicken is that generally the chicken is cut at the joints, and the bones and skin are left intact. Crisp well-seasoned skin, rendered of excess saturation, is a hallmark of well made fried chicken." (Wiki).
Garlic bread is the best! "It is typically made using a French baguette, or sometimes a sourdough-like Ciabatta which is partially sliced downwards, allowing the condiments to soak into the loaf while keeping it in one piece. The bread is then stuffed through the cuts with oil and minced garlic before baking. Alternatively, butter and garlic powder are used, or the bread is cut lengthwise into separate slices which are individually garnished." (Wiki). Pick or pass on garlic bread now.
"French fries are served hot, either soft or crispy, and are generally eaten as part of lunch or dinner or by themselves as a snack, and they commonly appear on the menus of diners, fast food restaurants, pubs, and bars. They are usually salted and, depending on the country, may be served with ketchup, vinegar, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, or other local specialties. Fries can be topped more heavily, as in the dishes of poutine and chili cheese fries." (Wiki). Pick or pass.
According to How To Feed A Loon, to make chicken salad one must use "a large bowl, mix together the chicken, grapes, almonds, celery, scallions, dill, & parsley. In a small-medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, lemon, mustard, salt, and pepper. Add the mayo/mustard mixture to the chicken mixture and gently stir until well mixed." How tasty does that sound? It sounds incredibly tasty! Chicken salad is one of the healthier options on this quiz so try not to pass!
This comfort food is most commonly cooked, served, and eaten during the earlier hours of the day-- breakfast time! "Hash browns or hashed browns are a popular breakfast dish that first started showing up on breakfast menus in New York City in the 1890s, a simple preparation in which potatoes are pan-fried after being shredded, diced, julienned or riced, in the style of a Swiss Rösti." (Wikipedia). Some folks like to eat their hash browns with ketchup! Pick or pass.
Powdered donuts are very comforting. "A doughnut or donut is a type of fried dough confection or dessert food. The doughnut is popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty vendors." (Wikipedia). It is time to either pick or pass on a chance to eat a plate of powdered donuts! It would tough to pass up a chance to enjoy these!
Toast and Jam?
For this comfort food quiz round, toast and jam is the comfort food option that is up for question. The bread can be any kind... white, wheat, or whatever! All that matters is that it is toasted so that it has a crispier texture to it. The jam can be strawberry, grape, or any flavor that a person wants it to be. It is now time to make that final call-- is toast and jam getting picked or is it getting passed on?
Chicken Noodle Soup?
This comfort food helps people who are feeling kind of sick... people who are not feeling quite up to par. "Chicken soup is a soup made from chicken, simmered in water, usually with various other additions. The classic chicken soup consists of a clear chicken broth, often with pieces of chicken or vegetables; common additions are pasta, dumplings, or grains such as rice and barley." (Wikipedia). Pick or pass on a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup for this round!
"A chocolate brownie is a square, baked, chocolate dessert. Brownies come in a variety of forms and may be either fudgy or cakey, depending on their density. They may include nuts, frosting, cream cheese, chocolate chips, or other ingredients." (Wikipedia). How yummy! To make these, one must "Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. ... To Make Frosting: Combine 3 tablespoons softened butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 cup confectioners' sugar." (All Recipes).
Beef and Broccoli?
According to Delish, in order to make the perfect meal of beef and broccoli, one should "Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch until garlic is coated, then stir in broth, remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar, remaining 1/3 cup soy sauce, and Sriracha. Bring mixture to a simmer. Add broccoli and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes." It is interesting that this dish includes a form of sugar mixed in!
This food is considered brain food by many. "Some eggs are laid by female animals of many different species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and fish, and have been eaten by humans for thousands of years. Bird and reptile eggs consist of a protective eggshell, albumen, and vitellus, contained within various thin membranes." (Wikipedia). Eggs, when they are scrambled, taste totally amazing! They also taste great sunnyside up, hardboiled, and more! Time to either pick or pass on some eggs for comfort!
Chicken Pot Pie?
According to All Recipes, one must "Heat oven to 425°F. Prepare pie crusts as directed on box for Two-Crust Pie using a 9 inch glass pie pan. In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender. Stir in chicken and mixed vegetables. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown." If one chooses to correctly follow all of these steps, they will end up with a very yummy meal!
In order to make yummy snickerdoodle cookies, "Preheat oven to 400 degrees F 200 degrees C. Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs, and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt. Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard." (All Recipe). These cookies are awesome for the holidays and any other time too!
According to All Recipes, one must "Preheat oven to 425 degrees F 220 degrees C. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix noodles, onion, 1 cup cheese, peas, tuna, soup, and mushrooms. Transfer to a 9x13 inch baking dish, and top with potato chip crumbs and remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is bubbly." If one does all of that, they will have a tasty dinner to find comfort in!
Red Velvet Cake?
Greg Henry once said, "It's easy to make fun of Red Velvet Cake and its miraculous red food dye. But the truth is– the magic in this cake comes in the not too sweet alchemy of cocoa powder and vinegar. The red food dye is just for marketing magic. However, it’s the part that does indeed “make the heart young again.” (Sippity Sup). He is so right! This cake has its own sense of magic. Pick or pass on it!
Here is a yummy breakfast food option to find comfort in. "Bacon is a type of salt-cured pork. Bacon is prepared from several different cuts of meat, typically from the pork belly or from back cuts, which have less saturation than the belly. It is eaten on its own, as a side dish, or used as a minor ingredient to flavor dishes." (Wikipedia). bacon goes great with other breakfast foods like eggs and pancakes. Time to pick or pass now!
Ever been to Starbucks and wanted to order something yummy to eat with that cup of coffee? "A croissant is a buttery, flaky, viennoiserie pastry of Austrian origin, named for its historical crescent shape. Croissants and other viennoiserie are made of a layered yeast-leavened dough." (Wikipedia). Croissants are yummy with or without butter and they taste the best when they are warmed up. They have crispy layers that lead to soft and fluffy insides! Pick or pass on this now!
In the mood for something a little spicier than the rest of the food options on this quiz list? "Chili con carne or chilli con carne, meaning "chili with meat" and sometimes known as simply "chili" or 'chilli', is a spicy stew containing chili peppers, meat, and often tomatoes and beans. Other seasonings may include garlic, onions, and cumin." (Wikipedia). Spice is the best part of chili and it is what makes it stand out amongst the competition with other foods.
Ready for another tasty breakfast option? "A sausage is a cylindrical meat product usually made from ground meat, often pork, beef, or veal, along with salt, spices and other flavorings, and breadcrumbs, encased by a skin. Typically, a sausage is formed in a casing traditionally made from intestine, but sometimes from synthetic materials." (Wikipedia). Sausage taste so good with other breakfast items like eggs and pancakes! They are often used in breakfast burritos. Pick or pass on some tasty sausage now.
"A cheeseburger is a hamburger topped with cheese. Traditionally, the slice of cheese is placed on top of the meat patty, but the burger can include many variations in structure, additions, and composition." (Wikipedia). Fast food restaurants everywhere serve cheeseburgers! "McDonald's is a fast food company, founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California, United States." (Wikipedia). They are really the most popular place to go for a cheeseburger in most places!
Peanut Butter Cookies?
"A peanut butter cookie is a type of cookie that is distinguished for having peanut butter as a principal ingredient. The cookie generally originated in the United States, its development dating back to the 1910s. If crunchy peanut butter is used, the resulting cookie may contain peanut fragments." (Wikipedia). Ever eaten a peanut butter cookie with a tall glass of milk? These cookies are totally worth the calories because of their awesome flavor. Pick or pass on these yummy cookies now!
Paul Hollywood mentioned this tasty dessert when he said, "Dad was a baker, and we lived above the bakery, so I was always popping down to have an apple pie or a doughnut or a custard or gypsy tart: I had a very sweet tooth, and I think that that was what got me into doing what I do now." (Brainy Quote). Apple pie is the best dessert to use to satisfy a sweet tooth! Pick or pass right now!
In order to make breakfast muffins, one has to "Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large glass mixing bowl, combine eggs and milk and whisk well. Stir in 3/4 c. cheese, cooked bacon, salt, and pepper. Divide mixture evenly among 12 greased muffin cups. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 c. cheese and fresh chives." (All Recipes). That sounds pretty easy and quite tasty! It is time, for this fun comfort food quiz round, to either pick or pass!
"Meatloaf is a dish of ground meat that has been mixed with other additions and formed into the shape of a loaf, then baked or smoked. The final shape is either hand-formed on a flat pan or created by cooking it in a loaf pan." (Wikipedia). According to All Recipe, one must "Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish."