I love to eat. That’s an established fact. Set a plate of Comfort Food in front of me and you have a friend for life. : ) But I’m amazed at how much food I can wear without even eating. Check out these wardrobe finds (left to right, top to bottom) They match the 20 yummy comfort food items listed below. 1) Mac & Cheese 2) Lazagna 3) Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup 4) Mashed potatoes 5) Spaghetti & meatballs 6) Chef Boyardee 7) Entenmann’s 8) Pancakes 9) Fried Chicken 10) Chili and Saltines 11) McDonald’s 12) Pie 13) Ice cream 14) Little powdered donuts 15) Chinese food 16) Sugar cookies 17) Oreos 18) All other cookies 19) Chips and dip 20) Couples PIZZA shirts!!
Like you, I never thought we’d be experiencing anything like the past few weeks. God bless our President & VP, Health Experts, First Responders and ALL the brave health care workers for their amazing efforts. With our personal “stay in place” requirements, (so far, we’re still open here at KHT and proudly processing your PIA (pain in the @%$) Jobs! During my time keeping an appropriate distance from my team, I thought of what I usually think of, and that’s FOOD! Not just your run of the mill meals, (I’m lucky, as Jackie is an amazing cook, way better than me!) but rather that stuff that is not necessarily good for you “comfy food”. You know, the stuff that just makes you feel good at every bite. Now, the experts will tell us there’s nothing good in comfy food (too much of this, not enough of that) but my hat goes off to the scientists who have figured out how to trick our brains into eating the whole box/bag. So, to be fair, along with your sensible diets, and routine exercise plans, and getting lots of sleep, taking your vitamins AND WASHING YOUR HANDS … here’s a list of really FUN stuff to eat – so we can feel a little better about our situation. I’m sure I missed a few favorites in my top 20, so be sure to call me or email with your additions to the list. Thanks to buzzfeed and shape.com for the “sensible” recipes.
1. Macaroni and cheese from a box. Hard to know why we love this so. I can’t eat mine without a bit of Russian dressing. How about you? And, aside from the traditional curved noodle shape, what’s your second and third favorite – alphabet or cartoon shapes?
2. Frozen lasagna. Don’t even start with me. Stouffer’s gets that job done faster than I can even read a lasagna recipe from start to finish. And I never can wait long enough for it to cool down.
3. Grilled cheese and Campbell’s tomato soup. This one is a total “Mom memory” for me. Steamy hot soup, gooey cheese, and multiple dunks. Although Jackie simply shakes her head, I also add wonderful bread and butter pickles to the mix. Remember, grilled cheese should be cut with a knife and fork. Oh, bring it on!
4. Mashed potatoes. Doesn’t matter what the other sides are, just make a big well with the spoon, drop in butter or yummy gravy, and dig in. GIVE IT TO ME.
5. Spaghetti, red sauce and meatballs. Two ways – all mixed together to get the yummy taste infused with the noodles or think sauce piled high on top (so I can taste some of the naked pasta) – a little cheese sprinkled on top, and fresh garlic toast (2 piece minimum) – STOP THE BUS!.
6. Chef Boyardee anything. This one’s not at the top of my list – but for those who love ‘em, go for it. The tiny meatballs are a hoot. – granted my favorite was always SpaghettiOs!
7. Entenmann’s Raspberry Danish twist. Entenmann’s “anything” is usually good – hot cup of coffee, a little butter after 15 seconds in the microwave (like I need that too) and a knife – toughest part is when to stop. When I’m tired of the sweet fruit fillings, I jump to coffee cake and crumb cake.
8. Pancakes. Any kind of pancakes. – Plain, blueberry, cinnamon are my top three (chocolate chip too) – and of course maple syrup – sticky, gooey, hot and sweet – side of eggs and bacon – leave me be!
9. Fried chicken. Plain, KFC, Popeye’s, freezer microwave, with gravy, as a snack, as a meal. With biscuits and mashed taters. Grilling is fine, but just nothin’ like fried chicken especially with KFC’s coleslaw!.
10. Chili with saltines. This is a seasonal favorite, but on the list for sure. I love ALL chili – hot, sweet, lots of beans, lots of meat, and of course LOT OF HEAT! Little cheese and onions on top and I’m good to go. Add a few Fritos and it’s to the moon and back! Next time you have Chili, try adding a teaspoon of horseradish to your bowl, you will never be the same!
11. McDonald’s. (mostly the fries) We’re all alike – we see the arches, think “oh, not so good for me, then our taste buds kick in – “just some fries” will do, until we get to the window … Big Mac, two hamburgers, large fry, big Coke … “dessert with that” – ok, gone this far. And how good is the ketchup with the fries – (you want some right now don’t you?)
12. Pie. Basically, all of the pies. Apple rocks (warmed in microwave, then alongside vanilla ice cream) – but for me ANY pie is just fine. And, of course I’ll have seconds – duh!
13. Did I just say Ice Cream. (this could be a blog post all its own) Vanilla – just the way God intended with chocolate, bananas, nuts and don’t forget Maraschino cherries with a little juice does it – along with EVERY flavor invented by man – big scoops, small spoon, topping to pick from – heaven!
14. Those mini powdered doughnuts from the gas station. Probably surprised you with this one. You know, the tiny white ones – can slam a sleeve in no time. And if they are out, I can always grab one of those cinnamon circles – sticky and oh so good.
15. Chinese food from the mall or strip center. Just the words “15 minute” over the phone gets me going – yes, of course I’m there 5 minutes early>>> not sure I’ve had a bad meal – hot, spicy, traditional – all good – and those deep-fried egg rolls should be outlawed!
16. Any frosted sugar cookie from the grocery store, seasonal or not seasonal. You know the ones they put by the checkout in the clear plastic containers. I think they actually talk when you approach – “please, take me home, I’m held hostage here at the store -save me”.
17. Oreos – Ok, I waited long enough – doesn’t’ matter the color, or thickness – bring ‘em on. Dunked in milk of course, unless I’d rather twist and teeth scrape the white filling. Question – is it ok to put the scrapped halves back together, and then milk dunk?
18. All other cookies on the planet. Nuff said. And where are those damn girl scouts with the thin mints – seems like an eternity since I placed my order.
19. Chips and dip. This is almost illegal. So many choices of chips to choose from – all good, even the weird spicy oddball flavors. Cleveland’s own Lawson’s Chip Dip still number one – followed by all the other fat laden, over salted, saturated fat, likely toxic concoctions – can you say Frito SCOOPS!
20. PIZZA! Saved it for last. Not sure where it fits on the list – again, for me anything goes (except for those little fishy thingie’s – ew!) Fat, thin, NY, Chicago, frozen, right from the oven or take out, I am very happy sliding down a few pieces – how about you?
I am now going for a long, long, long walk to get prepared!
DO YOU LIKE CONTESTS?
As you may know the Kowalski Heat Treating logo finds its way into the visuals of my Friday posts.
I. Love. My. Logo.
One week there could be three logos. The next week there could be 15 logos. And sometimes the logo is very small or just a partial logo showing. But there are always logos in some of the pictures.
So, I challenge you, my beloved readers, to count them and send me a quick email with the total number of logos in the Friday post. On the following Tuesday I’ll pick a winner from the correct answers and send that lucky person some great KHT swag.
So, start counting and good luck! Oh, and the logos at the very top header don’t count. Just in the pictures area. Got it? Good. :-)))) Have fun!!