The tenth episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online. (Sorry about the delay!)
In this episode: a new phone for Storm; Paul can’t think of Jennifer Jason Leigh‘s name; left-coast trip angst; a donor breakdown; Storm apparently doesn’t know Paul as well as he thinks he does; comfort foods around the world; Gary Burghoff saves Storm from being beaten up; and the elusive Colonial Viper flight jacket.
Audience participation alert! Please post your comments below on the topics of “comfort food/discomfort food” and/or “the fictional world you desperately wanted to be a part of.”
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I love spaghetti with a thick, meaty, cling-to-the-noodles-but-not-soak-in sauce, because that’s how my dad makes it. However, if I were to be more faithful to my southern roots, it would be chicken-fried chicken. (Which is not to be confused with fried chicken.) Chicken breasts soaked in milk, then covered in seasoned flour, then dipped in milk again, then floured again and then pan fried, not deep fried. Delicious. However, I do have deep Cajun roots, and my father does make a mean chicken and sausage gumbo.
Food that I dread include mushrooms and shrimp. I can like shrimp, but they have to be cooked just so, so I usually dislike them. Mushrooms are deeply rooted in horrible memories. I thought I’d be clever and hide it amidst a bite of chicken fajita taco salad, but no, I felt it as it slid down, every inch…
Oh, and as for my world, due to my generation I suppose, the world of Harry Potter. I liked the idea of a secret magical underworld existing just beyond our view, instead of on some other planet or in some other dimension.
The fictional world that I would like to be in is the one for Stargate SG1. I have a strange attraction to Major Samantha Carter, pretty, geeky and tough. She can order me around any time… but enough of that.
While the grilled cheese w/ soup combo is always comforting, I’m with Ryan. For me, it’s my mom’s spaghetti sauce. She makes it from scratch and it’s always meaty, and thick, and just filled with deliciousness. It’s definitely a hug in food form.
My discomfort food is one that makes a lot of people say “Huh?” For some reason, no matter who makes it or what kind of toppings are on it, I am just not a fan of french toast. I’ll eat it if there is no alternative, but I won’t be happy about it.
And, finally (I’ll shut up eventually, I promise), even though I’m an 80s child, the fictional world I wanted to be a part of when I was young was the 60s version of Batman. I used to watch it in reruns when I was in elementary school and desperately wanted to be Batgirl’s sidekick. I even used to annoy my 2nd grade teacher by writing stories about how Batman and Robin ate Batmeals of Batburgers, Batfries and Batcorn-on-the-cob. 😛
Hey Paul, when I was in highschool I had a friend who bought one of those BG jackets. You are right, it wasn’t so much a jacket as a costume piece. One layer of suede, no lining, raw edging all around. The buckles were cool but so heavy they started to pull themselves off the jacket.
Isn’t “Hug The burrito” a porno?
Comfort Food: My own concoction of Dinty Moore Beef Stew mixed with an equal portion of White Rice. 🙂
Discomfort Food: Any fruit that should have been consumed yesterday. “Eat it, it’s still fine!” Yick.
And here’s a handy reference for telling the difference between JJL and PC 🙂
And when I was a a kid, I desperately wanted to be a Doctor Who companion.
A few years ago I would have said Pokémon for sure, I just wanted so bad for those cute little things to be real but now I’d have to agree with the person who posted Harry Potter. I read and reread the books constantly and watch the movies over and over til it drives my husband crazy. I just want to go to Hogwarts!
Comfort food, well anything sweet really! Icecream and cake is good though it was cheesecake last night. Burger King or McDonalds is also a good one. I’m easily pleased lol.
The toy I wanted but never got: The Snake Mountain playset from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. After getting Castle Greyskull, my parents deemed all the large playsets to shoddy and cheap and not worth the money, and refused to buy one for myself or my brothers.
The toy I got: All of my friends had an Atari. I asked for an Atari. My parents apparently read Consumer Reports, and bought me an Intellivision. Great. Guess who I could do borrow-game-trades with? NOBODY. Years later when the Intellivision was on the fritz and the 8 bit Nintendo came out, we asked to get one so we could play Super Mario Brothers. My Mom used that as an excuse to write a letter to Intellivision to complain about it not working properly, noting in the letter that her kids had been asking to get a Nintendo. Mattel sent us a replacement Intellivision, and we were stuck with it for another year or two until the Intellivison finally entered the dead format cemetery.
Chipotle Chicken Burrito
Khan’s Mongolian Barbeque in Richfield, MN (near MarsCon)
Mrs. Grass’ Chicken Noodle Soup
Campbell’s Tomato Soup (made with milk, not water)
Tombstone Pepperoni Pizza
Morningstar Farms Breakfast Links
Buffalo Wild Wings w/ Spicy Garlic
Any catered dinner I was forced to eat at a wedding as a child.
Toon Town in the modern age – In the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” I loved the idea of a city where all of the cartoon characters I loved and watched on TV and in moves all lived together. I had always hoped they’d do a sequel that took place in modern times, so I could have seen the Transformers, He-Man, the Ninja Turtles, etc. all interacting in one huge super-cool cartoon crossover.
Next time you’re in Madison, you should visit the Mount Horeb Mustard Museum:
I’m sitting here trying to digest a steak burrito from Chipotle as I listen to the podcast. I guess my comfort food would have to be split pea soup. I don’t think I need comfort food much any more; I’m probably too divorced from my emotions and all that. My all-time favorite comfort food would be something my mom used to make called “egg and milk on toast.” She used to make that whenever I was sick, but now I haven’t had it in years. My discomfort food is hot pockets. They’re like molten evil in a crust made of damned souls. And seriously, while I’m on the topic, did it bother anyone else that they used to claim in their ads that the crusts were “crusty”? WTF?
What will happen after show 100? Will there be an integer overflow and you will go to -100?
I see (using information that is publicly available to everybody) that your server is an Ubuntu server. Terrific choice, server dude.
“Divorced from my emotions” is the name of the fourth track on the upcoming album of my emo band.
I’ve never been a mustard fan personally. Ketchup, ftw on hotdogs and mayo on like Subway (moar on Subway below)
Well here’s the comfort/discomfort food information for me (in Cleveland)
Comfort Food: I’m going to have to agree with Storm here – I do like the grilled cheese. I also like certain kinds of soups (especially from the “Tradition” brand – it’s the only soup that’s really microwaveable that doesn’t taste any worse IMO than if you actually use a stove) not necessarily tomato, and I certainly don’t indulge in the same together. I guess what I’m trying to say is I like donuts. That’ll be my comfort food.
Discomfort foods: Olives and mushrooms. I’m a pretty big fan of Subway, and my sandwich typically has everything on it, including the spicy things, except for olives. I just don’t like them. When it comes to pizza, I enjoy cheese and peppers, actually (though I haven’t really had the latter on my pizza in a long time, sadly) but I hate mushrooms on my pizza and anywhere else.
I don’t know if this fits into your definition of young, but I always wanted to live in the world of the Legend of Zelda series, specifically Ocarina of Time (for the Nintendo 64).
I would name the server “Peppy Hare” from Star Fox, who famously said “To barrel roll, press Z or R twice” and to “DO A BARREL ROLL.”
Nobody said “on average” at the end before the outro song, which sounds cool, almost as if played with an ocarina…. ahh, too much Nintendo 64 in this comment.
Anyway great show, as always.
Comfort foods- Peanut Butter and home made strawberry jelly on white bread with Nestles powder chocolate milk.
Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup when I am sick
My homemade soups (any of them)if I am well enough to cook!
Discomfort foods- most cooked fish (I love sushi though)
Squid and octopus sushi
Liver- I know what that thing is used for, I ain’t eating it. Ditto kidneys.
Fantasy land I wished for- Never-never Land. I waited YEARS for Peter Pan to come to my window and teach me to fly.
Hey, I had a crush on Robin in Batman too!
When I got older, Star Trek TNG-I was in love with Data.
Toy I wanted but never got (so I got it for my son when he was old enough) The Visible Man or Woman.
Sure loved that chemistry set I had- the really good old fashioned kind with test tubes and a bunson burner and tongs and 30 different real chemicals, many of which were very poisonous. *happy nostalgic Skullcrusher fangirl sigh*
When I was a wee lad (grade 1) growing up in Ukraine near the Hungarian border, the only TV I was allowed to watch during the week was the 7PM bedtime ‘cartoon’ for kids on the Hungarian channel. One of these cartoons (and I dunno which country it orinated from) was about a kid who lived in the attic, and at night after he was all tucked in he would get out of bed behind his parents’ back, and use a saw to saw out a hole in the floor. The whole led to a gigantic slide, that slid down into a magical fantasy world.
What actually went on in this fantasy world I don’t remember, but I remember worrying my parents by persistently asking for a good place where I could saw a hole out. I was a good kid: I asked for permission!
Comfort food: banana+honey sandwiches
Discomfort food: mushrooms, shrimp. I’ll eat both if I HAVE to, but they really do make me uncomfortable. Mostly the rubbery texture.
@romanv, they have enough digits that they won’t have to worry about that til show 1000. Then it would go to -999.
Comfort food: baked mac & cheese. anything chocolate. spaghetti. lasagna.
Discomfort food: mushrooms, particularly disgusting black portobello ones. I don’t like them but often end up having to eat them graciously since I’m a vegetarian and the person I’m visiting has attempted to accommodate me with mushrooms.
Imaginary world: I love Harry Potter, but their world is almost as unsettlingly violent as ours, and they let their kids fight their battles for them! I’m going with Pern.
I don’t really have a comfort food, but as for discomfort, I can’t eat fruit. Aside from regular orange juice to defeat the terror that is scurvy, I just can’t do it. Something about the smell, the texture, it just utterly revolts me. I see you bite into an apple, you might as well be biting into a fresh turd.
As for fictional worlds I wanted to live in, mine was the 1980s New York of Ghostbusters. Nothing special, just mid eighties New York, with ghosts to bust. The saddest day of my life was learning that professional ghosbuster was not a viable career option. I never really got over that let down.
-Farina w/ a little bit of sugar and butter (mom *always* made it on snow-days)
-Buttered hard roll (I didn’t realize this was my comfort food until I moved out of NJ and found it impossible to find it done correctly, or in a 7-11 for breakfast)
-Mom’s home-made meatballs. My bedroom was right above the kitchen growing up and I would wake up to the smell of frying meatballs. mom and dad would put some aside so my sis and I could ‘sneak’ a few for breakfast while the rest went into the vat of sauce that would be cooking on the stove all day.
-asparagus – not since and incident in 5th grade. *shudder*
-mustard – this goes beyond the simple ‘I don’t like the taste’, it’s the fact that mustard *severely* creeps me out. to the point where if you HAVE to eat it near me or in front of me, please, just don’t tell me, don’t let me see it…ugh…it will really, really weird me out and give me the creepies.
What, no one is going to say the Marvel and/or DC Universe?!?! Hello I know I’m not the only geek who sat in his recliner shooting pretend webs. That’s why the “Go webs go!” scene in Spider Man I will always be the best scene in a comic book movie ever.
Comfort food: Entermann’s Chocolate Chip cookies. I feel sad, let me go to the store real quick … oh look COOKIES! Nom nom nom… hey where’d the entire box go?
Comfort food is still ice-cream, despite the farting and stuff.
Discomfort (or unsettling) food is chocolate flavored vitamins.
Desperately wanted to be a part of Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
I love peanut butter sandwiches.
I absolutely will not touch pizza with pineapple, because pineapple is weird.
I would love to be in the Discworld (by Terry Pratchett)
Discomfort food would have to be anything with squid or octopus. I can sometimes eat it, but I grew up being afraid of the suckers sticking in my throat, and the chewy-ness of the raw and over-fried versions is just nasty.
Comfort food? Blanket “salty” but probably Red Robin Blue Cheese Burger with steak fries.
I wanted to be a part of the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey…at least until she started churning out a book a year. Having magic and being “chosen” at age 13 to be a representative of the crown. Well, that or “Chuck,” on NBC. I <3 Adam Baldwin.
Comfort food: Tea Rings(they’re like cinnamon rolls) and Egg Drop Soup.
Discomfort food: Beats. They make me cry.
World I Wanted to Live in: Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
I’m a minion too! I just haven’t sent in the picture. Damn my memory!
Comfort: PB&J sammitches. My sibs and I would eat them after swimming in the pond in our backyard, when we were really hungry. Chocolate cake would be a dessert comfort food.
Discomfort: I’ve never eaten any organ meats. That just grosses me out to no end. Don’t eat any meat now, anyhoo.
I guess I didn’t have a fantasy world that I wanted to live in. I can’t think of anything. (BORING!)
Comfort food: Tomato, ripe and fresh from the vine. Cut the thickest slab you can, and put it on bread coated in a good layer of mayonaise. Salt a little. Add another bit of mayo-bread, and eat. A BLT without B or L…. but, a tomato that has never been chilled, with the brightness of summer…. reminds me of a great youth.
Discomfort vood: Vienna sausages. I wanted to say chitlins, but there is something about that gelled goup on the top of the sausages right after opening the can…. ::shudder::
Fantasy World: I grew up in the StarWars era, so I loved that world. I also wanted to live on The Galactia (though I’m not Mormon). I liked the lands of Tron (I’d have to insist on being a user, though). Strangely, though, I never considered the negatives — I wasn’t worried about the MCP, or the Emperor, or the Cylons…. huh.
Comfort food: fresh homemade bread/ tortillas/ sopaipillas
I have great memories of waking up in my grandmother’s house to the smell of her making tortillas and roasting green chilies over the fire.
Discomfort food: Anything citrus. It burns me like bleach.
Fantasy world: I always wanted to live in Willy Wonka’s factory where everything was edible and everything was exciting and fun but still a little dangerous.
@Candace: wait…cry? For reals? Please share the details on this trauma if you would, I find it most intriguing. Were you attacked by a roving band of beets as a child? So many food phobias: we seem to be very odd group of people, don’t we?
Comfort: I make a killer cream of potato soup with leek and dill that I learned from my mother and tweaked. It’s my #1 comfort food.
Discomfort: I ADORE cucumbers. They, however, inexplicably do not share my attraction. They manage to give me terrible heartburn. *pout* What did I ever do to THEM?
I always wanted to open a door and find Narnia waiting for me. I still kind of do. 🙂
Sorry so late on this…Comfort food in Cleveland is Melt.
Next time you guys come to town, we are so going there.
Comfort: my mother’s flan, with extra caramel. Nothing else will do. Except maybe my grandmother’s couscous with marga.
Dis-comfort: I like oysters, somewhat–once I’ve resolved to not think too much about what I’m eating, have resigned myself to the inevitable oyster grit, and have dosed the oyster with a healthy squeeze of lemon (not quite 1:1 oyster:lemon, but not far off). And, honestly, I don’t like oysters ENOUGH that the payoff’s worth all the not-thinking and lemonifying.
In the “foods I loathe” category, I nominate cheese and bananas. I seem to be alone in the Banana Haters Club, but I’ll have you know that I’ve met two fellow cheese-haters. One of whom was full-blooded French. So there.
Comfort foods: macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, fried cheese curds (particularly the ones served with buttermilk ranch dressing at Hickory Park in Ames, IA. Actually, just about anything at Hickory Park qualifies as really awesome comfort food). Hmm. Odd, it seems there’s a theme here.
Discomfort foods: Just about anything with onions. Also baloney/bologna– this one is particularly painful because I used to love baloney sandwiches when I was a kid (particularly if there was a mustard smiley face!), but my parents bought some questionable bologna/baloney from a dingy little shop on a camping trip once when I was maybe 6 or 7, and it was awful. It tasted like someone had thought it’d be funny if they smoked the meat, but used cigarettes instead of hickory wood. My mother insisted there was nothing wrong with it, and, in an attempt to “get rid of it before it went bad” (refusing to accept that it had probably already gone bad), refused to let me have anything else for dinner but a baloney sammich. I went on a hunger strike and she finally got the point. I don’t think I’ve touched the stuff since.
I’m a little behind on the podcast, but I thought I’d chime in anyway.
Comfort foods: Beef stew (my great-grandmother’s recipe using her secret ingredient), chicken pot pie, and tuna casserole. Pretty much variations on a theme, now that I think about it.
Discomfort foods: There are very few foods I actively dislike, but I don’t like eggplant or zucchini on their own. Oh, and bologna is on my only-if-I’m-dying list, although hot dogs (which are basically the same thing) are a hockey game staple. Go figure.
Comfort Food: Mom got a recipe for an Amish cake dessert called Woopie Pies from my great aunt Anastasia. These are round versions of Devil Dogs® only 100% better.
These were an all day procedure as you had to make the cake halves and then you had to add the frosting in the middle, then wrap them. These were wonderful. Rich and moist with a wonderful cream filling. Mom’s fudge’s is great too.
For lunch once in a while Oscar Meyer Fried Bolgna sandwich with the edge a bit burnt.
Discomfort food: Patty Pan squash. It is to weird of a shape. Also mushrooms. I was staying at one of my mom’s friends and she made pancakes for dinner except, for some weird freaking reason she put canned mushrooms in them. I sat there for a long time picking all the mushrooms out. I think I remember telling her please don’t put any in mine. Why do adults do crap like that to kids?
Favorite fantasy place: All I wanted was the Map of Time from Time Bandits when I was younger.
Now I like the idea of Disc World. I would make a good Granny Weatherwax one day.
Good call on the Whoopie Pies, @RoxofSpazhouse. Haven’t seen any in a long time.
And mushrooms take yet another hit.
Mac n cheese, a hot pretzel and a large drink with lots of ice, half Mountain Dew, half green Gatorade from Wawa (Philly area 7-11 type place.) The beverage, by the by, is also good for hangovers. The two comfort fords I miss being a vegetarian are Lebanon bologna & pork roll. Yves cuisine are you listening?
Wouldn’t want to live there but a trip to Victorian London to meet Sherlock Holmes would be dandy.
My comfort foods are mash potatoes with gravy, a ham and muenster cheese sandwich with mayonnaise, tomato and lettuce on wheat bread and a Chipotle Burrito with rice, steak, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese and lettuce.
My discomfort foods are mushrooms, mushy onions (I like crisp onions), prunes and cottage cheese.
The fantasy world I would live in is that of James Bond because James Bond is amazing.
WaWa AND pork roll? You have now gone beyond ‘comfort food’ and into ‘making me wistfully homesick’ territory 🙂
A bit late to the party here. Just catching up on the podcasts.
– mashed potatoes
– Mom’s pot roast
– homemade mac & cheese
– grilled cheese and Campbell’s tomato soup
– mushrooms (actually make me gag)
– most seafood (tastes smelly)
I’ll let you decide on this next one. I’ve only met one other person outside of my immediate family who likes this. One of my dad’s favorites: peanut butter and mayonnaise sanwiches. Let’s see if the photo embeds work. If not, here’s the link.
P.S. Forgot to add, for mapping purposes, I’m in Los Angeles. Also, yes, I did eat that sandwich. Yum!
P.P.S. Maybe in my next comment, I will remember everything I intend to say and not have to post another P.S.
P.P.P.S. This is what I get for responding before listening to all of the podcasts.
Comfort food memory: My husband cannot cook. This is a guy who used to measure out the water to boil the noodles for Kraft mac & cheese. But when I was sick, he actually made a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup for me. And it was good! 🙂
I’m late to the comfort food party.
My comfort food is a KFC Famous Bowl, which for the uninitiated is chicken nuggets over mashed potatoes, gravy, cheese, and corn. The boyfriend calls it “America: The Bowl.”
I actually mark my calendar on days when I have one, and only allow myself to have one each month or so — otherwise I would eat them all the time.
Kraft Mac&Cheese is the first and main thing that comes to mind.
There’s also “tuna hot dish” (tuna casserole made with cream of mushroom soup with crumbled potato chips on top) or “tuna cold dish” (tuna salad with shell noodles). Can you tell I’m from Minnesota?
That last entry is from me Carrie Dahlby, by the way. Really annoying it didn’t show my name.
Water chestnuts. They make all of my teeth jump .25 inch to the left.
Capicola (gabagool) ham. Yikes, what a texture.
Boo to Mrs. Flibble for dissing water chestnuts. While I wouldn’t call them a comfort food, they are indeed one of nature’s finest creations.
I’ve recently discovered a new comfort food: New England style lobster rolls. It’s a little silly that I was born and raised there and had to move to Missouri before actually trying one, but there you have it. The cool and tasty lobster meat, mixed with mayo, a little lemon juice, some parsley flakes and lightly dusted with paprika, all nestled in a buttered and toasted New England style hot dog roll. Oh yeah, you know what I’m saying.
@ Russ W::Why do New England style hot dog rolls taste so much nicer?I have a strong preference for them myself.Lobster rolls sound delish!
My favorite comfort food: Macaroni with Campbell’s condensed tomato soup right out of the can as a sauce (but not too much). I know it’s a strange one, but my mother used to make us this as an inexpensive side dish all the time. It definitely feels like a hug to me.
Discomfort food: Olives. Bleck!
Yellow curry is definitely my comfort food.
Either that or something mixed with enough sugar and caffeine to give an elk organ failure. Also Santiago’s green chile (Hottest friggin chile in colorado)
My comfort food is posole. A New Mexican stew made with hominy corn simmered for hours with pork and chile plus other vegetables such as onions and garlic. We usually eat it during the Christmas (holiday) season.
My discomfort food is pretty much anything green and crunchy!