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CherylHutch
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Soooo, just out of curiosity, what do YOU find are your favourite "comfort foods". There are times when we just don't have an appetite for anything and other times when we could eat everything we could get our hands on. But whether one is hungry or not, there usually are always comfort foods that we find... comforting! Forget diets, what we SHOULD be eating, what we SHOULD BE EATING MORE of... but list the comfort foods you love, whether they are considered good for you or not. Let's compare and see how many seem to be traditional comforts for all of us :)

I'll start...

- Roast beef, yorkshire pudding, peas, mashed potatoes with gravy

- Shepherd's pie with a crisp green/veggie salad on the side of the same plate

- Mr. Freeze Pops!!

- Caramel Turtle Cheesecake

- A thick sliced tomato, cheese, pickle and mayo sandwich (go figure?)

How about you??

Cheryl

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Fried Potatoes with Kidney Beans on Top

Salmon Patties

Peas, carrots, tuna (creamed) and spread all over toast

Now I'm hungry....... thinks i neeeeed some comfort :)

Jennie

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Jennie - I thought I was the only one that liked creamed tuna on toast. George thinks it is gross and disgusting and won't even look at it. As he puts it, it looks like someone already ate it and brought it back up. Make a little cream sauce, throw in the tuna and veggies put over toast - yum......

Tina

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I knew we had "crap" in common..... that's too funny what George said cause my husband says the EXACT same thing. He can't stand to look at it either. I just love the stuff. Go figure!

Jennie

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Essential foods

McDonald's McDouble plain,w/onioin & pickles only x2 ($1.00ea)
McDonald's French Fries small w/extra salt x2 ($1.00ea)
White Castle Hamburgers 6 per box, x3 ($3.85 per box of 6)

Cannoli x6 ($2.50 ea)
Rum Babá x10 ($2.50 ea)

And for dessert.....?

zenmonk
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Klondike bars or tillamook cookies and cream.

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KFC chicken Gunther toodies catfish Rosies diners rootbeer float Fried spam sandwitch Italian sausage sandwitch

ketziah35
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My sick cravings are pancakes for breakfast and they have to be from Cracker Barrel and for lunch homemade chick noodle soup, challah bread warm with butter on it and fresh homemade apple pie with a streusel topping and creamy churned vanilla icecream.

Darn, why'd we have to start this conversation.

P.S. Can you please send me the recipe for yorkshire pudding and shepherds pie lol?

Ktz

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Fried Balonga Sandwich from WALDO, OHIO, the home of the famous fried balonga sandwich, MUSTARD and TOMATOE and LETTUCE only for me. For Dessert? Why their famous Blackberry Pie!!!!
I LOVED that place, miss it so much now that I'm in California, it was a two hour drive from my house to eat there, but so worth it!!! Next time I'm back there......

Jaylo969
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Fried Chicken wings & cole slaw
Reeses Pieces
Nestle Drumsticks
Rally's hamburger ( junk food delight! )

-Pat

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One of George's favorites is meat loaf. Now I must admit I make a killer meat loaf and he loves it. Add some veggies and mashed potatoes and he is in heaven. Not exciting, but total comfort food.

Apple pie of course.

Some good vanilla frozen yogurt instead of ice cream with some berries on top and a cup of coffee really rounds out a meal.

For breakfast, when time allows, some fruit filled crepes with maybe some bacon on the side. Light and lucious.

Take care - Tina

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My meatloaf is in the crockpot as I write. Potatoes just got put on the stove. I make homemade gravy, for veggie I'm just doing cottage cheese with fresh avocado and tomatoes on top. Come on over, pull up a chair or two.

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I had to go out for an ice cream sundae. Thanks to all of you! I was frustrated and aggravated, as my recovery from surgery 6 weeks ago is 2 steps forward, one step back, and I still am very limited. Needed comfort food!

As for meals: Brisket is a favorite from growing up (my grandmother's recipe). Also, a good roasted chicken. Side dishes - none in particular as "comfort food".

My mood determines my comfort food needs (tho carbs are high on the list.)

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I haven't like anything I used to eat since the treatments have started. I'm eating fruit and Cheerios. Love me some McDonalds 1/4 lb with Fries but I'm trying to avoid them except once and a while. Don't have anyone to cook for me so.........I usually don't feel like cooking. That's why Cheerios

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Alhough I was the caregiver not the patient, I've lost over 30lbs through this ordeal (at least I am now a size 6 and it's the only positive thing that came of all of this) but a hot fudge sundae is definitely my weakness! Yesterday was a bad day for me, I was really missing Hank and I went out and got myself a 3 scoop sundae. It did help

K

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Carvel ice cream cake and Dunkin Donuts Sugar donut....yummmm.

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How about a buffet where I can choose any and everything I want??? I do so love to eat!!!!!!
Sheri

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Salads - my favorite of all. Give me anything salad.
Gizzards - oh my goodness, could eat these very day.
Mexican - beef burritos with tons of onions and lots of cheese and mild salsa.
Lobster - drawn butter and you've got me hooked.
Pizza - extra cheese, pepperoni, onion, mushrooms, green peppers.
Stuffed Green Peppers
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

See list goes on and on.

Favorite Desert which never hardly eat is Dutch apple pie with vanilla icecream

Kim

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OMG!!! Are these what I think they are??? Are they like the things you find in little paper type bags stuffed up the turkey's bum (or hmmm... maybe it's in the neck cavity?) Tell me it isn't so, Kim! Tell me you aren't eating Turkey gizzards?!?!?! LOL!!

But I'll definitely join you in the Lobster with the drawn butter and the pizza with extra cheese.... just don't go putting no gizzards on the pizza :D :D

Cheryl

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Only do the chicken gizzards though not the turkey. That was one thing they said that could bring my platelett count up while on chemo (organ meat) and it worked - well think so :) Couldn't do the liver though - yuck.

Kim

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Sautee some onions, the livers (must be fresh), chop in a hard-boiled egg; salt and pepper to taste....

Every Friday night as an appetizer when I was a kid. I'd bring chopped liver sandwiches to school (grossing out the other kids, but I truly loved them!)

Big YUM!

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Talking about grossing the kids out at school, my mom would give me a cow's tongue sandwich (leftover from last night's dinner). Those were really good until one day after coming home from school I saw it cooling on the counter. My mom usually had it all cut up before we got home. That was the ugliest thing ever. Couldn't eat it after that :)

Kim

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LOL Kim! You amaze me! What is interesting is some of the foods listed here that people find as comfort foods, or just real good eats, be them a treat or an ongoing regular meal... others find gross! Obviously they are not gross to those that like them... but for us uninitiated, I have to tell you, the Gizzards and Cow Tongue are just a little too much for me to even contemplate. I know the vegetarians amongst us are probably cringing big time. I am not a vegetarian and have no problem with the concept of eating meat... but I guess I am a food snob and have no problem with steaks, ground beef, roasts, etc. I just can't see eating some of the other parts

But you go, girl! If it tastes good, brings back happy memories, then it's all a good thing :)

Cheryl

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Going to an outdoor concert, and stopping for some good deli sandwiches to bring along. I had been considering tongue before I saw your post, tho I think I'm going for the whitefish salad tonight. I want something a little lighter - too much heavy meat lately!

My mom used to boil tongues, too. It was weird, but I was okay with it. I probably have tongue sandwiches 4 or 5 times a year! Love 'em.

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Love Kentucky Fried chicken Livers, they have them in Ohio, but they don't have them here in California, which sucks!!! Oh well. But I love liver, cow, moose, etc.
Whenever my dad and brothers came home with moose I knew it was liver night, and my mouth would water at the thought of that delicious meat my mother would be cooking. (The heart was the next night).

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I've been eating a lot of ham and cheese sandwiches lately.

Tomatoes have been great this year.

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turkey pot pies, mashed potatoes, dark chocolate, ice cream!

*hugs*
Gail

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Home made chicken soup (caldo with salsa and corn tortillas)

Nopales (Cactus) with scramble eggs, tomato and onions, with and corn tortillas

Grilled Pork chops, hash browns, eggs, and gravy all over the hash browns!

Grilled rib eye steak on Texas toast, with french fries and sliced tomato

Navy beans with Greens, cooked with ham hocks, and cornbread

That's it, I could live forever off of these five items.......or maybe not! lol

and then there's lobster, crab legs, shrimp scampi............

and BLTs, and grilled pannis
and wonderful bread and cheeses with olive oil, brochette, ......ok that is it, I am doomed tonight, good night!

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When I want dinner, I usually find myself craving salmon fixed about anyway or Mexican food. My mouth is really oversensitive now to spicy food, though, so I get only the mildest Mexican foods I can now. We have a good family owned Mexican restaurant near us and we go there about once a week. I love chicken tacos or fish tacos from Rubios or La Salsa- never get tired of those, although I probably only have them once every few weeks or so, but I do find myself craving them sometimes in the middle of the day.
I could eat pizza from Pizza Hut once a week if I allowed myself to(some weeks I do!)
I've never been a mashed potatoes and gravy person, but I love red potatoes chopped up cooked with butter, garlic, parmesean cheese, and lots of oregano, salt and pepper.
Could eat those every day! I also love chicken breast (no skin) cooked about any way (except not fried- never liked the skin or any kind of coating over the meat).

For dessert... I love ice cream and I love warm peach pie with vanilla ice cream melting on top. Don't have the pie that often, but I do have ice cream several times a week. This is actually something I'm trying to get better about- not having ice cream as often. It's so hard- the hubby and kids freak out if I come home from the grocery store without ice cream. So it's always there tempting me, calling my name... :)

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Glad to see you back around Cheryl! Reading these posts made me hungry!

Comfort food eh? sounds silly, but one of my favorites is salisbury steak, mashed potatos and corn - one of those nasty, over-salted cheap frozen dinners! I can eat pizza any day, any time, but not from any place! Since I left Philly have only found 2-3 places that makes a good pizza (dominoes and pizza hut are NOT pizza, and they cut round cracker crust style pizza in squares here in MN, yuck). I miss philly cheese steaks and pretzels...

but wow - haven't heard anyone liking fried bologna in a really long time! and fried spam? YUMMY!

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My Mom made fried bologna and the gran kids called them, oh jeez, I can't remember! Something like puffy sandwiches, because the bologna would pop up in the middle. I have to call my Mom so she can tell me what they called them. Bubble, bubble sandwiches!

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Right now I'm having a favorite snack of cherry tomatoes that we grew in our garden, which came out wonderful! I halve the tomatoes, dab on some mayo, salt and pepper, and really chow on them.

And Ewwww on gizzards, disgusting!! LOL!! I think my hubby uses them for fish bait LOL!

Fried bologna...yummy!!!

Mow my comfort type foods are creamy casserole dishes, like creamy chicken noodles with fresh egg noodles or dumplings in them, and also broccoli cheese casseroles.

Spaghetti and Meatballs or Lasagna with some great fresh parmesan cheese.

And lots of fruits, we actually planted ton of watermelon this year, and had picked some and they tasted real awesome!! nice and sweet!!!Well time go !! Hope to all!!

Hugs!!!

~Donna

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Donna,

Your garden sounds wonderful! I would love to have watermelons growing in my yard!

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The Ronald McDonalds sells fried spam biscuits, etc., in Hawaii.

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Lisa, El Pollo Loco has good chicken tacos - the are small but sooooo good. Made with rotisserie chicken. I forgot I LOVE MY TACOS!

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Dang, I really want peach pie and vanilla ice cream at the moment.

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My wife makes this great crockpot stew with beef tips, condensed mushroom and cheddar cheese soups all over mashed potatoes with fried onion rings that I just love. Somehow it all mixes together and makes this amazing brown gravy. Absolutely one of my favorite stick to your ribs winter meals. I may have to put in a request this week and see if she will make it. Thanks for posting this, it made me feel all warm and cozy just thinking about a plate ... haha.

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Ok, this is not fair... that sounds soooo good!! And I have a crockpot!! When you put in a request this week for this wonderful stew, could you tell your wife there are some starving (oh, let's play the cancer card... it usually is good for extra sympathy points) cancer folk who feel they have enough energy to throw things in a crockpot if some wonderful wife would give us the recipe?? :D

::: sitting at desk with knife in one hand, fork in the other, ready to dig in::: :)

Cheryl

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Even I can make it ...

1lb beef tips
1can cream of mushroom stew
1can cheddar cheese soup
1/2 package dry onion soup mix

cook on high in the crockpot for about 5 hours stirring it up once in a while.

Then just mash some potatoes and cook up some onion rings. I personally like to put the onion rings on top of the mashed potatoes and then cover it all with the beef and gravy. I tell you it is one of my favorites and it's so simple.

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Wow... that really does sound simple!! So you don't brown or in any way cook the beef tips first? You just cook them in the soups for the 5 hours or so? Gee... it doesn't get much easier than that... and as soon as it cools down here, I am definitely going to give that a whirl!! Thanks for posting this!!

Cheryl

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Lox and/or Panera Bagels

Shrimp and/or Grits

Ziti – without meat & with lots of Italian spices

Red Salmon in the can or baked on the grill

Pizza with Asparagus and Mushrooms

McDonald’s Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream

Peanut Butter

Peanuts

Cheese

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans – all flavors!

Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Chocolate

I really like gizzards too! Fried or baked! My sister and I always drew straws to see who would win the turkey gizzard every Thanksgiving.

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that beef tip thing sounds great - gonna save this recipe and try it soon as the weather gets a bit cooler! They make this beef tip thing at the bar with a horseradish sauce of sorts (still can't get the cook to tell me whats in it) and the french fried onions that is to die for!

Donna - I love you - and i want some watermelon! gosh I miss having my own house! renting in townhouse central here really stinks.

I grew up in the best of both worlds - my grandma (mom's) is from kentucky, and my dads side is all italian....I have learned to cook and love sooo many things....I miss walking into my dad's house and just smelling the pasta and sauce and whatever he has in it! Can't wait to go home for Thanksgiving now!

AnneCan
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I found this question interesting but tough - during chemo what I crave varies everytime, but smoothies are fairly good consistently. Sometimes I crave meat, other times I can't even stand the smell of it. I do usually like pasta as comfort foods. I love seafood + my youngest daughter is making a clam chowder right now for dinner - it smells fantastic. Fruit is usually something I can enjoy, even after chemo.

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I only craved two things while going through chemo. Chicken fried chicken and orange juice. Dave would fix this for me every other Sunday night after getting done with chemo. His is THE best! He doesn't fry it which is probably why it's so good. He bakes his which makes it even more healthy.. Some mashed potatoes with gravy? Oh yeah. Since I live in Idaho and my brothers are potato farmers. I gotta love potatoes. :)

Shepherds pie. Nuf said about that one. I could eat it for breakfast, dinner or supper. Summer, winter or fall... it's the bomb.

Gizzards? oh yeah!! LOVE them too.

Dave makes a pork chop dish with potatoes and onions. Very tasty and VERY, very good!!

Lasagna, and Italian food in general is comfort food for me. It's all good.

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Is this while being on chemo? My wife would make me omelets stuffed with mushrooms, sausage, onions, and etc… and Apple pie!! Now that I’ve been done with chemo I eat everything in sight and I’m ALWAYS hungry!!!

Ps... I love gizzards!!

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take a roast, throw it in the crock pot, add a can or two of cream of mushroom, add garlic salt and pepper. Cover crock pot, on high for about 6hrs, until the meat just falls apart, make some egg noodles like for stroganoff, and add your meat portion on top of the noodles! Its great with corn as a side, or even on mash potatoes. WON a couple first prize cooking contest with this dish.

Use the left over to make

burros

Or cut a bit of the meat, add to a pan, add tomatoes, onion, green or red peppers, until softened, then add a couple eggs, this is Menchaca, toss in a tortilla, YUM! A bit of salsa!

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Any "Take & Bake" will do (Safeway "Signature" is better than Costco brand, IMHO).

Use a pizza stone and pre-heat it in an oven at 500 deg. for about a half-hour.

Decorate the Take & Bake pizza to taste with extra mozzarella, sliced raw onion, parmigiano reggiano, etc.

Reduce heat to 400 deg. and bake two or more pieces for 10 minutes or so.

Enjoy.

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Seriously... while reading all of these, they all sound soooo good and not necessarily hard to do!

And yes, it does beg the question... the difference between comfort foods while on chemo and comfort foods pre-diagnosis! There can be quite a big difference.

I'm on chemo now (Xeloda) and I don't know if it's the chemo or the pain meds that are affecting my appetite. Now trust me, I can afford to lose a lot of weight before anyone will need to get concerned . But as far as food goes, no I rarely have an appetite or get hungry at all, so if I eat it's just because I remind myself I still have to eat. Mind you, if you are not hungry, it really is hard to think of what to make or where to go if one is going to eat out because the interest is just not there. I find when I do eat, I haven't lost my sense of taste, it's still there and everything tastes just as good... I just have no real desire to eat anything... hence no desire to make anything.

Mind you, I'm getting ready to go out, but I did actually make two Banana Cheesecakes to take to a BBQ tomorrow afternoon. I don't mind cooking/baking for others, as long as I'm not too tired. After making the cheesecakes, I realized that that really did tire me out... and then I realized that today and tomorrow are my break days from the chemo. It seems I'm more tired when I get two break days than when I'm on the chemo... but when I'm on the chemo, my feet get worse and worse. Catch 22 situation ;)

Cheryl

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OOOOO My apologies, it was grilled pannis, sorry never tried that either...But I love all southern foods except for mountain oysters and chicken lips and roasted possum......and sorry no cow tongue either......

Bon' a petit'

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Hey Buzz,

I laughed so hard. Thank you for being you :o)

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Ha! Made me laugh. I wonder how many people know what you mean when you reference mountain oysters. *L*

*hugs*
Gail

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