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?
Nutritionally, comfort food generally is what?
high in carbs or sugar
full of salt
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.?
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?
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?
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?
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"?