One of my plans for blog posts for this year is to share a little about my upcoming novel and other works in progress. The idea is to take a small tidbit and relay it into a post that everyone can relate to. I’ll post these periodically throughout the year.
Stephanie Harris is the protagonist in my upcoming novel. Early in the book, an upsetting incident occurs, so she turns to comfort food. Her choice is a cheeseburger because it reminds her of the many times her (now deceased) father took her to a local café for a cheeseburger and fries.
Her choice surprises her friend because Stephanie usually eats healthy and gets regular exercise (although she quickly develops an affinity for the local Taqueria when she returns home to Texas).
Comfort food. We all have our favorites—for some its chocolate, others ice cream, or even a bowl of homemade soup. Others may have a variety of comfort foods that they turn to, depending upon their mood or the situation.
Personally, I can’t say that I have a favorite comfort food. However, there is one meal that, to me, epitomizes a family meal. I have many fond memories of seeing my mother standing in the kitchen while she made chicken fried steak. Of course, she would make gravy and mashed potatoes to go with it.
I recall countless times when our family would sit down to such a dinner (we called it supper in those days.) I think this was my Dad’s favorite meal.
For me, it’s not just about the food, but it’s the memories. Memories of a simpler time. Memories of visits from out of town relatives. A time when folks would sit around the table and talked long after the meal was finished. And even though I haven’t cooked this particular meal in ages, it’s still one of my favorite meals.
What about you? Do you have a comfort food? A certain meal that brings back fond memories? I’d love to hear about it, so please share in the comments.