Written by Riezl Baker, Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group

 

Riezl’s Rave – January 2022

When you’ve had a bad day, or when it is gray and rainy outside, what is it that you crave for? Comfort foods are nostalgic, evoke good memories and are often  associated with positive encounters we had in our chiIdhood. My favorite comfort food is “tocino” thinly-sliced pork cured in salt and sugar paired with garlic rice and fried egg. It is a popular Filipino breakfast meal that I grew up eating. I talked to my friends about their go-to comfort foods and even the most dignified taste buds find it hard to resist the favorite dishes that cue happy memories.

 

Chef Cindy Schultze

CHEF CINDY SCHULTZE

Owner-Chef, Cindy Lutini Catering

“ My go-to comfort foods are roast capon, mashed potatoes, gravy and caramelized brussels sprouts. They remind me of family gatherings around the holidays  with lots of laughter, snow, warm fire and sledding. Even though we had them during the holidays, I always request for them for my birthdays.”

Chef Zouhair Bellout with his children.

CHEF ZOUHAIR BELLOUT

Executive Chef, Reynolds Lake Oconee

“My favorite comfort food is “Bastilla.” It is Morocco’s famous chicken pie with spicy omelet stuffing, almonds, flavored with orange flower water and layered in a crispy, paper-thin pastry shell.  It is a complex dish that hits all the notes: savory, nutty, sweet, crunchy, and you can enjoy it hot or cold. It is even better the next day. It reminds me of my childhood in Morroco.”

 

“Grandbob” with his granddaughter

CHEF BOB GOUR

Chef Owner, Café 44

“ Pot roast is my favorite comfort food. My grandfather made the best pot roast ever, it reminds me of him and my childhood. He was a cook in the Navy and taught me at an early age the two most important things about cooking which are seasoning and temperature.”

 

Chef Bill Greenwald with his family

CHEF BILL GREENWALD

Executive Sous Chef, Eighty-8 Kitchen and Cocktails

“ My comfort and go-to dish is stuffed cabbage. My grandmother made them when we were kids and I can still remember the smell of the cabbage cooking.  It is stuffed with veal, beef, pork, onions, eggs and rice, topped with secret family sauce. My grandma always served it with George Washington’s egg nog.”

The Chef with his wife loves the smell of pan de Torta from El Salvador

CHEF JAMIE AMAYA

Chef/Co-owner, The Chef and the Wife 

“ My favorite comfort food is Pan de Torta. It is homemade cheese loaf made during Lent leading up to Easter. In El Salvador, it is eaten any time of the day: breakfast, lunch or dinner. All around town, you could smell the bread baking in homemade brick ovens using wood. It is delicious and has a very different and distinct smell.”