Comfort food and nostalgia go hand and hand. It’s no surprise that classic comfort foods remind you of your childhood. You grew up with your mom making your favorite soothing meal as a consolation prize when you deserved a reward, when you weren’t feeling well, or when you just needed a hug.
Of course, dishes like mac ‘n cheese, mashed potatoes, and meatloaf have stood the test of time and are still giving comfort to this day. However, countless once-upon-a-time dishes did their job well, but for whatever reason, are no longer around for the party.
Chicken a la King
Queen of the comfort food dinners in the early 20th century, especially in winter, this steamy rich dish was created with diced chicken, mushrooms, veggies, and sherry cream sauce and served over toast or biscuits. It was crowned in the 1800s, appearing on menus in upscale restaurants, namely in New York City. But in the ’50s, Chicken a la King held court in households across the nation. Turkey a la King was just as indulgent, but neither are served as often today as a similar classic: chicken pot pie.
With Jewish and New York City roots, this drink doesn’t contain eggs or cream. It was a regionally revered beverage made with chocolate, seltzer, and milk and served often at soda fountains and in luncheonettes.