Comfort food is great at doing exactly that, comforting the person consuming the food. Comfort food often has its roots in tradition and nostalgia and tends to be delicious and fatty. Some studies that aim to further define comfort food have found that what people refer to as comfort actually does provide stress relief or comfort. This comfort can be dangerous if overdone, of course.

Here are some of Eric Gaulin’s best comfort foods:

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Meatloaf

A loaf of meat. Excessive decadence at its best. Meatlof is made by adding butter, bread and eggs to meat.

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Pecan Pie

Butter and Sugar are two key ingredients in comfort food desserts and Pecan Pie includes copious amounts of both. If done right, these pies can really relieve your stress.

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Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookies are often all you need to get over your homesickness. Try adding some vanilla ice cream too.

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Chicken-fried Steak

If you’re not from the south, this may sound like a meal thats exclusively relegated to the fairgrounds but chicken fried steak is a staple of some households.

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Beef Chili

The chunkier the better for this dish. Make sure you get the fattiest cut of meet you can find and maybe even a few vegetables to make some hearty beef chili.

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Fried Chicken

Comfort food is often defined by easy to cook. Well nothing is easier or more delicious than going to your local store and picking up some fried chicken.

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Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Take that extra gravy at Thanksgiving and pour it over some mashed potatoes and you have yourself a nice greasy treat to soothe your nerves and your stomach.

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Jambalaya

Chicken, Sausage and Shrimp are delicious on their own, why not add them all together? Well, that is exactly what they do in Louisiana, and the result is better than the sum of its parts.