"All food is comfort food. Maybe I just like to chew." - Lewis Black
Summer is officially over. The pumpkin spice season has begun. The days are shorter, the sun still shines on us, but the air has the quality of imminent change that can already be perceived in nature. Here and there the foliage is turning yellow, red and orange, and many of us are slowing the pace and seeking comfort and warmth. The recent events, hurricanes, and earthquakes, stirred up many lives and brought uncertainty even to those who slept safely in their homes. Comforting food within the sanctuary of one's home is one of the strategies that help us deal with distress.
Mr. Black might be right. Any food can be a comfort food if it is associated with childhood memories of emotional comfort and warmth, for instance. It isn't always the healthiest choice, but it works every time. America is a melting pot where many cultures and cuisines meet. There isn't a single food that will satisfy everybody in the time of emotional need, but most of us have a favorite dish or snack that does the trick when needed.
For some it is that special dish that grandma made, a piece of pumpkin pie, a bowl of strawberries and cream, or maybe simply a cup of hot chicken soup, when one is not feeling well. For Maya Angelou it was always the greens, cornbread, and fried chicken. For Sandra Lee - cookies; for Jessie Ware - ice cream; for Wolfgang Puck - Wiener Schnitzel; for Geoffrey Zakarian - Naples-style pizza. For me it has always been chocolate.
In some situations, food is a therapy par excellence. Comfort food helps release two powerful neurotransmitters: dopamine and serotonin in the brain and makes us feel good. Unfortunately, if the underlying causes of distress are not addressed, we may end up in a vicious cycle. Overeating and gaining unnecessary weight are the unwanted consequences, so caution is advised.
Whether you are craving comfort foods or simply are enjoying cooking for others, always make sure that you are eating in good company. Having a few good friends and loved ones for dinner can help you take your mind off your worries and reduce stress and anxiety that come with the day to day living. Cooking and eating together can be fun!
For all those who love food and cooking, hobby cooks, distinguished chefs, gourmets, and gourmands, Jimmo created the Gourmand Collection that features some of the most popular comfort foods: Pumpkin spice, bacon, or chocolate cake. To help you make up your mind and get ready for the gift giving season, Jimmo offers 15% discount on all items in this collection. Simply type
at checkout. This offer expires September 30th.
Wishing you a very happy browsing and a beautiful start into the Pumpkin Spice Season -
Dominique, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo Designs