Monday, April 5, 2010


By Kate

Yesterday I spent a happy day with my extended family, where everyone brought a dish and ham was the main attraction. We ate early, enjoyed a long afternoon together, then had a long drive home. By seven o’clock in the evening, I was hungry again. The first thing I thought of was not the leftover pasta or the turkey burger in the fridge. It was my comfort food -- grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup.

That has been my standard comfort food since I was a child. My dad was a cop and worked shifts, so whenever he was on the afternoon shift, Mom made us a whole week’s worth of her comfort foods – pancakes and sausage; bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches; egg salad sandwiches, and good ol’ grilled cheese.

As I got older, my grilled cheese got fancier, first with the addition of fresh tomato slices under the cheese, then using whole wheat bread, later using cheddar cheese. Now, since I’ve given up gluten, I use a brown rice bran bread that gets wonderfully crunchy when grilled, and I use goat cheese because – well, read my latest book, SLEEPING WITH ANEMONE, and you’ll see why. As for the soup, I try to buy low sodium organic and add basil.

But I will never be able to give up completely on the ORIGINAL grilled cheese sandwich, made with processed American cheese, whole butter, wheat bread, and Campbell’s Tomato Soup.

What is your comfort food and why is it special?