We’re close to wrapping the January issue of Block Club right now, in which we talk about comfort. It has been my goal for the last year to narrow in on subtleties and interpretations of our new broader themes. So when we began to discuss what might be in our Comfort issue, I set a
permeable loose impossible guideline that we avoid the clichés (isn’t that always a goal?) of this comfortable topic.
I’ve clung to this macaroni and cheese comparison in most of my conversations about the issue. “Let’s think beyond mac and cheese,” or “I want to go deeper than mac and cheese. You know? Comfort from within.”
And then, last week, I made* macaroni and cheese. And it was heaven. Gooey, warm, smooth, creamy, rich, reminiscent of every babysitter dinner ever worth remembering. It was just about perfect. I wanted to marry my bowl. I Googled getting a marriage certificate for a food wedding.
While we’re still not doing a mac-and-cheese (or cheese-and-mac?) story, let it be known: internal, soul-searching comfort is necessary, but external, textural, luscious comfort is just as real. Just as legitimate.
Proof that we can’t avoid wanting what makes us happy.
Stay tuned for BCM30/Comfort this January.