What is the real definition of comfort food? Is it the foods that you grew up eating, foods that are loaded with starches and are generally unhealthy for you but make you feel good, or is it any food that makes you happy? Whatever it is, these are my favorites right now:
Martha's chocolate black pepper cookies are incredible. The pepper makes the chocolate even more chocolatey, and the dutch chocolate isn't too sweet: just rich and delicious. I looked for sanding sugar in three different groceries and couldn't find it, so I guess it's going to require a trip to the kitchen shop because we'll be making these again for sure. I also love that you chill the dough in a log shape and then slice it to form the cookies; couldn't be easier!
Pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe is another one of our big favorites and has been for almost a year, I think. It's easy, fast and delicious, and I think we make it at least every other week.
I plan to make a chocolate souffle this week. We like making souffles for dinner around here; I get lots of help whisking the eggs and the vinaigrette for an accompanying salad. Souffle for dessert certainly sounds like comfort food to me, yes?
We make a lot of pizza, as well, and my sister gave us a delicious recipe for vodka sauce (with ham and spinach--yum!) that we make frequently. Those fit the comfort criteria, I think.
Mario Batali's Pumpkin Lune was delicious but loads of work with a hungry toddler underfoot. I'll make it again someday, but I don't think if falls under the comfort category if you're exhausted and surrounded by a mess of a kitchen when you're finished, does it?
Any other suggestions for things I should try?