First of all, I have to tell you that my presence online will be rather spotty for a few days. I have run into technical difficulties at home. Not to say I will be entirely absent from the online world. Just that my access will be limited.
I want to put it out there that one of my favorite HSU events is about to happen: the Soul Food Dinner is Sunday evening at 6 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan room. We who pine for our Southern moms' cooking especially enjoy this awesome dinner. Last year it was fried chicken, green beans, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, and cornbread. And the proceeds support HSU's Multicultural Center. The cost is $7.
My first semester at HSU, the school cafeteria served soul food for a week in February (Black History Month) and it was amazing! There was red velvet cake for dessert. I never get to the cafeteria anymore, so I don't know if this is still a February event.
If you like Soul Food, you might want to try the little cafe called Bless My Soul Cafe in Eureka on Fifth Street. They have catfish and black-eyed peas on their regular menu! I can't remember if there are hush puppies. Added to the list of serious yumminess there are also a few spicy Cajun dishes and some very decadent desserts.
The owner of the cafe consistently wins first prize for her sauces at the Humboldt County Fair. And oh-my-my, I just realized she has posted a bunch of her recipes here.
And no, I am not African American. Soul Food and Southern working-class food, also known as Comfort Food, seem to be the same thing, as far as I can tell. The distinction is discussed in a section of this Wikepedia article on Soul Food.
So tell me, what is your comfort food?