For me, Mom Food is often about comfort as much as anything else. When I’m sick or down, that’s the most likely time I’ll crave my mother’s cooking. In the past couple of months, it’s been obvious to me that I’m not the only one.
One of my standard, go-to comfort foods is tomato soup and grilled cheese. When I’m sick or pre-menstrual or just sad, this helps. It really does! One of the first “Awww, he loves me!” moments I had with James was when I was sick one day and he fixed me an upscale version of this comfort food: tomato-and-basil bisque, and a smoked-gouda grilled cheese on sourdough. Yumma.
Campbell’s was the soup of my childhood. My mom made wonderful soups (and I’ll share them all with you here), but my father preferred canned soups, so she kept them in the house, all Campbell’s: minestrone, pepper pot, cream of mushroom, tomato… Add a grilled cheese sandwich made with white bread and American slices, and we’re talking heaven.
Sadly, these days, Campbell’s tomato soup has become too sweet (corn syrup in tomato soup??) for me to enjoy, so I’m experimenting with making my own tomato soup. No recipe yet, but the basics are a sautee of onions and celery, some good canned tomatoes (I like San Marzano), and a blender. When I get it exactly where I want it, I’ll post about it, but meanwhile, it’s your turn:
What is your comfort food? In comments, please post a description and/or link to the food you rely on when you’re feeling blue or sick or lonesome. Do you crave the waffles your dad fixed on holiday mornings? Does it have to be your grandma’s cinnamon oatmeal? Let me know: I love learning about your Mom Food cravings! I’m a voyeur that way.
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