Trivia & Tidbits
Many people eat comfort food as it is tasty and a way to reward oneself. Comfort food reminds people of home. Connections are often made over the preparation and serving of food. Certain smells connote those moods. Certain foods are associated with specific people and certain meals can send you back in time.
Comfort food is usually less expensive and easy to prepare. Many people eat it as a way to reward oneself. The term "comfort food" has been around since 1972.
Fried chicken is a very popular comfort food. It was one of the few foods that could be held hot over long time periods and still be of an acceptable quality. Prepared other ways, chicken still held up much better than many other protein products such as beef or pork. It could be cooked, held, chilled, frozen, rethermalized and still be tender and moist if properly cooked and plated. Also, it was good because once fried, it could be taken as a travel food, brought to a church for a social, taken on picnics, and cooked a day or two before. Fried chicken was particularly good for people who did not cook on Sundays. Fried chicken continues to be a top choice for "Sunday dinner." Holidays and other gatherings often feature this dish.
Comfort food, such as fried chicken offers a temporary escape from daily pressures, a food that provides solace. Certain meals help calm you down and put things in perspective. Sit down and enjoy a meal from the past today.
Each person's comfort food may vary through his or her memories. Each has different sensitivity to taste, crunch, fats, sugars, fluid, and color.
Favorite home-made comfort foods in the US include meatloaf, mashed potatoes, fried chicken, pizza, and eggs.