In these trying times I find it difficult to be cheerful in my food blog. We are living in highly charged political times and when you’re depressed by the news but can’t stop watching it, what’s the point of shamelessly promoting your chicken wing recipe? It just seems frivolous. As a result, instead of trying to be adventurous and creative in cooking, lately I find myself turning more and more towards comfort food.
Indulging in your favorite comfort food will likely not solve all, or even any, of the world’s problems. It just might, however, make you feel better. Better enough to calm your stress, sooth your emotions and collect your thoughts about what to do next and how to overcome your troubles.
In terms of comfort, I can’t think of anything more soothing than a big bowl of tomato soup and some grilled cheese sandwiches. Every bite feels like a cuddle with a baby or a puppy. When I’m in the dire need of cheering up, this is the soup I turn to with its sweet, slightly smokey depth of flavor, comforting warmth and satisfying memories of lunches past in a simpler, less insane world. Added bonus: it’s garnished with bacon and bacon is one of the many ways God shines his love down unto us. Who could resist that?