MORE Editors Share Their Comfort Foods

We’ve all been there—it’s been a long, hard day and you’ve come home exhausted. Your first stop? The fridge. Here, 15 dishes that bring us back up again.

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Spaghetti with Marinara

Genevieve Monsma – Beauty Director


This dish was the first thing she learned to make growing up, and it has stayed a family favorite. “Tomatoes have always been comforting, even when I was pregnant.”


Rebecca Adler Warren – Associate Editor


“Even bad pizza tastes good.”

Blue Cheese

Nancy Stedman – Deputy Editor, Health


“I like it because it’s creamy and sharp.”  Try it with some crackers for an afternoon snack.

Macaroni and Cheese

Nanette Varian – Features Editor


“For some reason, when I don’t feel well, nothing hits the spot like simple cooked pasta shells with American cheese melted on top and a can of Coke.”

Cream of Wheat with Honey

Stephanie von Hirschberg – Features Editor


For her, it’s a sweet post-work comfort. “I don’t like to cook when I get home. I eat my main meal during the day.“


Jamie Miles – Editorial Assistant


“If you start your morning with pancakes, you know it’s going to be a great day.”

Pasta and Meat Sauce

Nicole Papantoniou – Web Assistant


Her mother made the classic dish every time she came home from college. “It’s nice and hearty and brings me back to my childhood.”


Cathleen Medwick – Literary Editor


“I used to love those big bars of chocolate from Scharffen Berger because you could gnaw on it, like a bone. It’s very comforting.”

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Susan Swimmer – Contributing Fashion Features Editor


“You dunk it, of course.” Despite the comfort she gets from the classic combo, both of her kids think it’s gross.


Tina Carr – Market Assistant


“It’s my food splurge.”

Sautéed Spinach

Susan Toepfer – Contributing Entertainment/Features Editor


“Macaroni and cheese and sautéed spinach is my all time favorite dinner.” She makes both gooey dishes from scratch.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Daniela Jelaska – Assistant to the Editor in Chief


“It’s special because you don’t eat it every day.”


Deanna Pai – Fashion/Beauty Assistant


She likes it crispy, not greasy. “I like the noise it makes when it’s being fried—the pops and sizzles.”

Fried Chicken

Rebecca MacCurtain – Accessories Editor


She likes the fried chicken dished out at Hill Country, a barbecue restaurant in Manhattan. “I like to eat bad food because I usually just eat salads.”


Mary Kate Frank – Consulting Associate Editor


“It’s something I don’t allow myself very much of and it reminds me of growing up.”

Ice Cream

Ila Stanger – Managing Editor


“It is a tie: pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe or Haagen Dazs butter pecan ice cream.”


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First Published August 5, 2011

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