Like Mom Used to Make: Comfort Foods 101
by Staff
It wasn't until the last decade or so that the term "comfort food" began to be commonly used. But now there are entire cookbooks on it, and more and more restaurants are serving these homey, soothing dishes. How much do you know about this culinary craze?

What is "comfort food"?

  • food that tastes good when you're sick, like chicken noodle soup
  • food that reminds you of home and makes you feel happy and safe.
  • any warm or hot dish that makes you feel good on a cold day

According to Merriam-Webster, when was the term "comfort food" coined?

  • 1956
  • 1972
  • 1987

Nutritionally, comfort food generally is what?

  • high in carbs or sugar
  • full of salt
  • dairy-based

Are there any commonalities when it comes to the preparation of different comfort food meals?

  • They're generally time-intensive, since they're made with lots of love.
  • They're a snap to throw together.
  • You can't generalize. They can be easy to make or take hours.

When do people usually crave comfort food?

  • when they're happy
  • when they're sad or stressed out
  • both choices are correct

What is the most commonly reported comfort food consumed in the U.S.?

  • potato chips
  • ice cream
  • cookies

How do the genders differ in what they perceive as comfort food?

  • Men crave salty foods, while women want sweets.
  • Men want entire meals, while women want snacks.
  • There aren't any gender differences.

How does age seem to factor in to comfort food preferences?

  • Age doesn't seem to be a factor.
  • Younger people want sweets, while older folks prefer salty foods.
  • Younger people crave snacks and candy, while older folks want hot foods.

People crave comfort foods during times of social crises. After Sept. 11 2001, what foods sold well in U.S. restaurants?

  • macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, soup and pudding
  • hamburgers, fries and malts
  • fried chicken, rib-eye steak and chocolate cake

After Sept. 11, 2001, which foods did Americans buy more of at the grocery store?

  • potato chips and coke
  • boxed mac and cheese and chocolate chip cookies
  • instant potatoes and snack foods

Under what conditions does comfort food soothe us?

  • only if we eat it exactly as it was prepared when we were young
  • only if we eat it within an hour or two of craving it
  • even if we just write about it

Which chicken dish is a popular American comfort food?

  • fried chicken
  • chicken cordon bleu
  • chicken and rice casserole

Which of the following is a tip for making great fried chicken?

  • fry it in lots of oil
  • make sure you cover the chicken in a thick coating
  • marinate chicken in buttermilk overnight

Chili is a popular comfort food. Which areas of the U.S. are most famous for their chili?

  • New Mexico and Texas
  • Texas and Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Texas and Springfield, Illinois

Where did chili originate?

  • Texas
  • Mexico
  • Spain

When did Americans start eating macaroni and cheese?

  • when Kraft first came out with boxed mac and cheese in the early 20th century
  • when English settlers first made the dish several hundred years ago
  • when the dish came over during the Italian immigration wave during the late 1800s

When did Kraft first begin selling its boxed mac and cheese?

  • 1927
  • 1937
  • 1947

Which food is NOT a currently available?

  • mac and cheese ice cream
  • mac and cheese pizza
  • fried mac and cheese bites

Which advice columnist's meatloaf recipe became an instant hit?

  • Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby)
  • Ann Landers (Abigail Van Buren's twin sister)
  • Margo Howard (Ann Landers' daughter)

Which famous chef, when asked which food was a guilty pleasure, is said to have replied, "I have never felt guilt over any pleasure that I have had"?

  • Julia Child
  • Emeril Lagasse
  • Paula Deen