Pretty well the whole east coast has been whacked with some nasty weather. Some friends in the central Piedmont of North Carolina told me that by mid-afternoon today they had already gotten over three inches of rain.
It looks like Roanoke got over an inch which is about what we got on the coast. We have see fog and cool temperatures before this rain. Nasty weather sometime demands comfort food.
What passes for comfort food depends on the day, the weather, how you feel, your location and your stage in life. One of the great comfort meals in Roanoke is the pot roast special at the the Pancake House on Thursday nights.
My late mother used to make what she called chicken and dumplings for cold rainy days. My wife maintains that they could be more accurately called chicken and big noodles. Her mother's dumplings were big fluffy things.
I was pleased when we started spending time on the coast to find that almost every local restaurant had a version of my mother's chicken and dumplings except they called the dish chicken and pastry.
Whatever it is, we often seek it out on a cold winter day. It is not something that comes from a can. There is always a local lady in the kitchen with her favorite recipe for chicken and pastry.
For some reason our kids consider grilled cheese sandwiches served with Campbell's tomato soup their favorite comfort food.
Actually if I were given a complete free hand in the decision, I would pick my favorite cold night, cheer-me-up food as my wife's clam chowder.
Unfortunately that requires convincing her to make it which now that she claims to have retired from cooking is easier said that done.
I wonder if begging will work.