RE: What is your comfort food?
A Polish dish. I don't know how to spell it. Maybe my mother just made it up. But she called it "Motzchai," which basically means "to soak." It was merely a soup bowl of dark brown beef gravy...thicker than consomme, but not too thick, with noticeable bits of onions strewn through it.
With the bowl, you are given about 2 or three slices of rye bread. You put the bowl on a little folding table in front of the TV, turn the TV on to your favorite show (perhaps cartoons...maybe cowboys), and then dunk pieces of the bread in the Motzchai, until both are gone. If you want more, your mother rustles up some more, and with amazing speed. How she was able to make it from scratch at a moment's notice, it dawns on me of late, was amazing. So you dunked your motzchai, watched your cartoons, and all was well with the world.
That was my comfort food. Of course, if a feller needed even more comforting, there was always potato latkes. And hers were the best.