What foods comfort you when you’re an emotional wreck, but aren’t beyond your capabilities to make in such a condition? “When I’ve had a crappy day, I come home and make a super eggy and pancetta laden carbonara. Top it with lots of black pepper and pecorino,” says icey.

jarona suggests “oatmeal with a ton of sweetened condensed milk poured over topped with some nuts and chocolate chips,” or “macaroni with butter and salt and pepper.” Or, if you’re feeling really bad, “[t]ake a jar of peanut butter—squirt a generous amount of chocolate syrup over and start eating with a big spoon.”

“My main dish is leftover mac and cheese into which I have dumped a can of cream of mushroom soup, canned peas and some cheese. Baked till bubbly, it looks good!” says Miri1.

“Recently, I have been making toaster oven s’mores,” adds icey. “I swear to you that it will not take more than 2 minutes between preparing and toasting. I preheat my toaster oven to 350 (sometimes I don’t even wait for the preheating to finish). On the little toaster tray, I put 2 (or 4!) graham crackers, topping 1 with 1 square of Lindt dark chocolate, and the other with a marshmallow. I put it in the oven until the marshmallow swells and turns a nice brown. Squish together and enjoy.”

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