Easy Cooking, Easy Like Sunday Morning! On really cold or storming rainy days, when the lightning is flashing and the thunder bouldering like the universe crackling; or when the landscape is blanketed with snow or ice – there is nothing that warms the soul like a hearty pot of homemade soup. This is my comfort food. These inclement weather days are the best days to bunker in with family, set-back in your home and relax – unwind. The Holy Spirit is our spiritual Comforter, but God has placed other things in our lives that bring us comfort as well – giving us that warm and fuzzy feeling inside.
Now, I am not by any means conceding to being an ’emotional eater.’ Emotional eaters consume food (comfort foods) when they are at their weakest emotionally – facing a difficult problem, feeling stressed or bored. They eat a large amount of food, usually junk food, in response to how they are feelings vs hunger – also known as binge eating. These binge eating episodes can be triggered by the break-up of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, not getting a promotion, losing a job, etc.
Comfort food is somewhat like a good relationship, the company of a true friend that you crave the companionship of during certain dreary times in your life. It is something about the conversation – their sense of humor, wit, and honesty, the sound of their voice that automatically sets your mind at ease. For some people, it is ice cream, for others, it may be a pot of greens.
For me, it is soup. We just seem to have a connection during the winter and fall months when we are transitioning from fall, through spring into summer. Once that Tennessee summer hits with those blistering and humid 90-degree temperatures, the soup game is over until next year. Soup is the ultimate comfort food, the best imaginable. Soups seem to take on a life of their own, sometimes a little different but always delicious and satisfying. Chicken Noodle Soup, Chilli, Vegetable Soup, Beef Stew, Taco Soup … – and with today’s slow cookers, there are no excuses. Nothing says, “I Love You,” to family and close friends better than a hearty pot of homemade soup.
Now, don’t forget your bread – cornbread, grilled cheese whatever your preference. And, to top it off, bake that favorite dessert – peach cobbler, banana pudding, chocolate cakes are mine. You earned it! Bon appetite. Feel free to share your comfort food and their recipes.
“Warms the Soul.” — Yvonne James | https://www.yvonnejames.com
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