Does comfort food rule and can it be healthy?
Simple recipes that work well are popular. The lasagna recipe was really the only truly complicated recipe; the rest were generally simple. The cookie recipes were especially low-key. Of course, I follow the same trend: the recipes that I use most often are generally the most simple.
Along those same lines, none of the recipes, from what I could tell, required special equipment. This of course makes sense. For any recipe to be popular, it should involve kitchen equipment that almost everyone has access too.
Looking at the survey results, you realize that most people get recipes from websites rather than from their mothers, but most of these recipes would be in the category of “just like mom’s.” Chicken pot pie, chocolate chip cookies, carrot cake, banana cake, meatloaf, pot roast — these are the type of recipes that dominate the list. These are the recipes that appeal to the majority of cooks on the website.
However, I do want to note that these recipes are American comfort foods. My Japanese-American mother-in-law talked about white rice and a vegetable stir-fry as her comfort food. It made me realize how cultural our comfort food is. What we ate growing up has a huge influence on what we consider comfort food. If allrecipes.com had a majority of Asian readers, I bet the list would be completely different, with a lot more rice, vegetables and seafood recipes.
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