Let’s Talk with Cheryl Hollon

Nah Dogs, Ice Cream, and Fried Chicken
By Cheryl Hollon

When life goes sideways, I seek comfort food.

Eating well has become a habit in my family. Perhaps an obsession. We have been eating an organic, locally sourced, low sodium diet for a couple of years. The changes were VERY slow, but we feel fantastic. Again, gradually, we find ourselves preparing more and more plant-based foods.

My husband, a retired chemical engineer, is an expert at the complicated recipes that please the vegan diet of my youngest son and his wife. He says it reminds him of performing analysis tasks in his research lab. He has perfected a vegan meatloaf that defies detection.

Surprisingly, more often than I would have predicted, I choose the vegan specialty when we eat in our local restaurants. Our very favorite is from a food cart. They are called NAH DOGS and are absolutely delicious. We’re supporting them wherever they appear in our city.

But when the anxiety of current events hits me right in the creative muse, I need comfort food to put me back at the keyboard. My first choice is Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream. Served up with a spoon right out of the carton. My next treat is Oreo cookies and a glass of cold milk. Takes me right back to childhood.

For fast food, I crave Lee’s Fried Chicken. There aren’t many of these chain stores around, but I love this because my mom also loves this brand. There is one by her house and every time I visit, I know we’re going to have a chicken dinner from Lee’s.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

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Comments

  1. Pizza for me or pot pie.

    • cherylhollon says

      When we were oblivious to the calories, we LOVED chick pot pie. I think my local Italian market makes them. I’m looking that up!

  2. I’m with everyone else re: ice scream. When I was a kid all we could get was ice milk, so I thought I wasn’t much of a fan until when I got older I ate the real thing! For years I always like anything chocolate, but my tastes have changed over the past couple of years. Now I like anything with a vanilla base — and where in the heck did Maggie find peppermint ice cream this time of year? I wait for the winter holidays to stock up on Publix’s Peppermint Stick — ate the last of it probably in February.

  3. My comfort food depends on my mood, but really good ice cream is definitely up there. I make my own. It’s so much better than anything I’ve ever bought because it’s completely fresh. It doesn’t sit in a warehouse for months, and only uses real ingredients, no chemicals or preservatives.

    • cherylhollon says

      I love to make ice cream. My favorite is strawberry when they are a little overripe. Fabulous.

  4. I love Ben & Jerrys Fish Food or caramel sutra for a sugar hit. But also making my own cheesy natchos, with Plain salted tortea chips, dolops of salsa and gucamolie, covered with grated cheese and microwaved just until the cheese melts.

    • cherylhollon says

      Oh, I used to make nachos for the family as a quick meal. I need to do that again! Thanks.

  5. Like you, I’m normally eating a plant-based diet with goat or sheep cheese and gluten-free carbs. However, while on Corona-brain, I’ve lapsed a bit into the ice cream cooler. I figure I won’t entirely sabotage all the diet/health changes if I only eat a little bit at a time. We found a grocery store 35 miles away that does curbside pickup and lo and behold they have peppermint ice cream year round. That’s my new guilty pleasure.

  6. I tend to favor salty snacks over sweets. So a small bag of Doritos, Cheese Its. or Chex Mix will give me a boost. For a meal, roast chicken or meat loaf or shepherd’s pie are easy dishes.

    • cherylhollon says

      Hi Nancy, I’m a big fan of meatloaf because it makes wonderful sandwiches the next day. I swear it always tastes better.

  7. Ice cream is always a favorite, a treat I allow myself only occasionally because I can’t trust myself with a carton in the freezer (my husband can’t digest ice cream). My comfort flavor is chocolate chip, as it reminds me of my childhood, with a special fondness for Hagen Daz Vanilla Chocolate Almond (chocolate-covered almonds in vanilla ice cream). I could go on, but I need to stop now, before I feel compelled to run to the store….

    • cherylhollon says

      I can’t be trusted with ice cream at all! My favorite is Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey. I down the whole pint in one setting. I like the sound of that Hagen Daz Vanilla Chocolate Almond. Hmmm.

  8. Great post. We’ve been trying to eat more plant-based meals, and we love it. My go-to comfort food is grilled cheese.

    • cherylhollon says

      My husband makes the best ones. It’s also my safe order when a cafe looks a bit dodgy. You can always count on a good grilled cheese.

  9. Cheese pizza or ice cream and coca cola

    • cherylhollon says

      Debra, I love a cold coca cola in the traditional glass bottles. Our specialty grocery store has them so we get a carton about once a year. There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.