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Random Wed Nov 05 2008

For Every Winner, a Loser

Today, as most of Chicago rejoices over the election of Barack Obama, we need to extend an olive branch to those whose shoulders hang a little low today over the defeats of their candidates (and looking at the local results, there's reason to be surprised and in some cases, pissed off) .

The Drive-Thru staff has assembled a list of their favorite comfort foods that may bring some comfort to those who are staring blankly at online election returns and contemplating watching nonstop "Felicity" reruns for the next week.

-Dolly Madison powdered donuts (the kind that come in the long bag) and hot cocoa.

-Granola (especially from Wicker Park's Milk and Honey) with soy milk.

-Giant bowls of sugarey cereal, like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Golden Grahams. Mixed with ice cream instead of milk. And topped with caramel sauce and nuts.

-There's something about potatoes. Baked potatoes are definitely comfort food, but I think I prefer them cut into wedges, roasted, and eaten with copious amounts of ketchup.

-My motto has always been,"it's a good day when you get soup." I always go to matzo ball soup for comfort.

-Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

-Anything with cheese. Even cheese by itself. And French fries. French fries with cheese--even better!

-Mac & cheese, followed by Coldstone Creamery's sweet cream and chocolate with Reese's peanut butter cups.

-Comfort booze: good bourbon.

-Simple roast chicken leg and a big'ol helping of baked and gooey mac'n'cheese. Potato chip crumble on top is optional.

-When I'm sick, my go-to comfort food is udon or egg zosui (sort of like Japanese congee). For stress, I run for cookies and chocolate. (Bad habit.)

-Macaroni and cheese with some yellow mustard mixed in.

-When I get down in the dumps, I like to make strange sauces out of whatever's in the fridge and spice cabinet and dip tortilla chips in it. Old habit I picked up in high school.

-Pizza of any (thick-/thin-crust) variety.

-Cheese enchiladas with mole poblano!

-I was just recently was introduced to this magical chicken poppyseed casserole-- it's mostly condensed soup, sour cream, cheese and Ritz crackers.

-Lox and bagels.

-Mac & cheese with hot sauce.

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Gemma / November 5, 2008 3:14 PM

...and grilled cheese with tomato soup! It looks like my contribution was omitted.

Emily / November 5, 2008 3:38 PM

Do you guys have recipes to go with these comfort foods? We're having a comfort food recipe contest and would love to have you enter!

The prize rocks!

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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