I know there was a string about this quite some time ago, but I couldn't find it, (and we have so many new members), so I'd like to ask everyone these questions again: What did your mother (or caregiver) feed you while you were recovering from an illness? Do you ascribe any healing properties to those foods? Do you crave them when you get sick now? What do you serve your family and friends when they are getting over being sick? Are any of these foods tied to a cultural tradition that you know of? I'm thinking of writing an article about this, perhaps including some information about Chinese Functional Food traditions and Western hospital foods. Personally, besides some form of Campbells chicken soup (my 50s Jewish mother drew the line at making any kind of soup from scratch), I remember getting elbow macaroni and cottage cheese when I was just past the melba toast (what a vile invention!) stage of stomach flu. I haven't had that concoction in years, but it still sounds comforting to me.