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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Comfort Food Writing Prompt and Recommendations

By Marilyn Friedman

Last week, it started to get pitch black at 5 p.m. every day, and the weather finally cooled off. Although I'm not a fan of the early darkness, I am enjoying the chillier weather and the excuse to light my fireplace and excavate my winter wardrobe! Another thing I love about winter is indulging in a hot bowl of soup or some comfort food before sitting down to write. Here are a few of my favorite places to get comfort food in LA so my muse feels toasty and ready to get to work:
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Writing Prompt: Cold Weather Comfort Food
It's cold outside which means it's time to make baked apples with caramel sauce, Mama's crock pot chili, and of course, roast turkey with wild mushroom stuffing and heaps of piping hot gravy! Start by making a list of your 5 favorite comfort foods (or your fictional character's favorite comfort foods). Pick one. Now add a specific memory that comes to mind when you think of that dish. Last, add a sensory detail to this comfort food (sound, taste, touch or smell) that goes with your comfort food. Now write for 10 minutes about this comfort food, and make sure to include the memory and the sensory detail. Then, post the results in the comments of this blog to be entered into the contest for a free class!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with (feel free to email me if you want to remain anonymous but still enter the comment contest). I'm going to write about my mother's homemade hot borscht that she made on cold winter days. It was full of wonderful vegetables like beans, carrots, and potatoes and tasted like a warm hug.

Write about your favorite cold weather comfort food!  Post your 10 minute write in the comments of this blog, and you could win a free class!

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