Today’s prompt is comfort food:

We’re not all 5 star chefs, but we all need to eat! Tell how to make your favorite dish. Does the recipe hold a good memory for you? Is it the act of cooking itself that brigs you joy, or the people that come together to eat it?

This prompt is hard for me. When I need comfort the last thing I want to do is cook. I want to curl up on the couch and have a McDonald’s quarter pounder and french fries. This is comfort to me.

My other comfort go to is Ghiradelli’s brownie mix. I don’t have a homemade go-to brownie recipe. When I crave comfort I crave easy, simple. I want to do as little work as possible.

I cook almost every night because I need to. I bake because I like to but I do it for enjoyment and to bring others joy. I might have a serving or two but then I give the rest away. I don’t find comfort in my meals or baking. Dinner is usually trying to reach a protein goal or fuel some kind of workout. Meals are typically utilitarian in nature.

Unfortunately I will need to find new comfort foods. With my recent celiac diagnosis I cannot eat either of my comfort foods. Not even McDonald’s fries. My diagnosis is still fresh and I would give my left arm to be able to eat McDonald’s fries when I need comfort but I can’t without risking serious illness and possible other diseases later in life. It is not worth the risk. And In and Out fries are just not the same.

Readers: What are your comfort foods?


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.