Feeling Uncomfortable? Texture is the Key in Comfort Foods

Dear Reader:

I pulled several videos off the internet that I missed last Sunday from the CBS Morning Show…and particularly liked a segment on the types of comfort foods that we “stay at home” Americans are craving during these uncomfortable days. The pendulum swings far out in many directions with very diverse selections….(when celebrities and average citizens were questioned about their favorite comfort foods now.)

As different foods were discussed…I found myself nodding my head…finally realizing that I  was and am  craving all of the selections that everyone else is during these pandemic times… and the craving circles around texture.

For my personal night snack attacks… the comfort calling can go one of three directions for me…something crunchy and salty…something chocolate and soft, or something smooth and cool… like ice cream.

But as far as meals go…Difficult hard days (more about the psyche of an uncertain future  than anything else) are making my palette crave soft-textured foods. The harder a day…the softer the desired foods.

* Remember me talking about craving mashed potatoes these past several weeks… to the point that I will go to all the trouble to make mashed potatoes from one baking potato…because that is all I want.

Other soft dishes run the gamet from different types of pasta dishes to creamy tomato or potato soups.

We  had a “cold” snap (low fortes-high sixties) arrive in the lowcountry yesterday after the nineties earlier this week…so now I am ready to make another batch of spaghetti…in fact I just did …last night.

I associate spaghetti with warmth, fun, and family memories from the past and now…it always makes me feel good to just smell spaghetti cooking…and the tasting is pretty  darn good too! 🙂

Tomorrow night I will probably make a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato cream soup…it is just Campbell’s Tomato kicked up several notches with some fresh herbs and heavy cream…to die for. Another night mac n’ cheese…After all it is the Queen of comfort food!

So until tomorrow…When the going gets tough…go soft…soft comfort foods! 🙂

“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

(Comfort food means something different to everyone…even Pooh!)


The lantana is getting ready to make its grand entrance. I actually planted two more pots of lantana in the garden yesterday because I know that by July (no matter how well advertised certain sun flowers are) the garden will be pretty dried up and pitiful looking…except for the lantana. It is the anchor of a lowcountry garden or yard…no matter how hot, how long…like the energizer bunny it will just keep bouncing-ly blooming along.



Yesterday was Tommy and Kaitlyn’s third anniversary- the theme- leather. Kaitlyn ordered a beautiful leather case for Tommy to keep his wedding band in – made on Dingle Peninsula in Ireland!

Tommy sent Kaitlyn a beautiful bouquet of flowers…with green for Ireland….a friend of Kaitlyn’s made them shepherd pies for their special dinner… and then to top it off Mother Nature gave them the last super moon of the year– The Flower Moon. Plenty of God Winks on this anniversary! Happy Anniversary Tommy & Kaitlyn! Many Many more! 🙂

***I took this photo last night around 9:00 through a branch off the pear tree aimed upward into the cloudy evening here. Eerily beautiful!


Earlier in the evening I was sitting on the garden bench listening to the fountain gurgle when the garden lights started coming on…the one right above me on the pine tree cast light on the luscious scented Confederate Jasmine. So many senses touched me all at the same time!


Later as I started back in the house from walking around the block…I took this picture of my house…my happy place…waiting for me to come back in to the comforts of home.



About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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