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Some of Philly's top chefs square off Wednesday in the 2nd annual John DeBella Comfort Food Fest. They will prepare their versions of American comfort food. In honor of the food that makes you feel good, here is a list of the best comfort foods.

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The 2nd annual John DeBella Comfort Food Fest is happening Wednesday. Some of Philly's top chefs square off preparing their versions of American comfort food. So in honor of the food that makes you feel good, we have put together a list of the best comfort foods.
Chocolate chip cookies and milk can make a great snack or perfect dessert.
Sweet! A barbecue wouldn't be complete without a husk of corn on the cob. You can boil or grill it, but it will be sure to put a smile on your face.
Oh, tuna casserole--Some love you, others hate you. But you have earned a spot as an American comfort food.
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Grandma's favorite! Apple pie can be made many different ways, but the base still remains the same--A true comfort food.
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Ice cream comes in all scoops and flavors, but it will always make you feel great, even when you're down.
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Potato salad, originally from Germany and Poland, invokes thoughts of summer BBQs and picnics in the park.
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The savory chicken pot pie is a full chicken dinner floating in gravy, all wrapped up inside a flakey crust.
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The hot dog was originally from the sausage family. The first hot dog served in a roll (closest thing to the modern dog) was served on Coney Island in the 1870s.
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What reminds you of your childhood more than a grilled cheese sandwich and bowl of tomato soup? Camden-based Campbell's is the most famous maker of the orange-red soup. Grilled cheese first jumped onto the scene in the 1920s as a open-face sandwich. By the 1960s it became what it is today.
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Baked beans are stewed and sweetened to make it a great side.
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Deep frying is nothing new, but fried chicken is synonymous with the American south. When served with other picnic staples such as watermelon and potato salad, you can't go wrong.
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Pot roast is made up of braised beef and is typically tenderized through slow cooking.
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The pumpkin is native to North America, but this sweet eat got its start in England. It made its trip across the Atlantic with the Pilgrims and became an American tradition though centuries of perfection.
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Beef stew is a true comfort for any cold winter night. The stew has been around for thousands of years.
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You can just see the silver diner when you get a whiff of a plate of meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy and a side of veggies. American meatloaf got its start in Pennsylvania as scrapple.
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Macaroni & Cheese is every kid's favorite. There are plenty of ways to make this dish -- to bake or not to bake? It even has a spot in American history: Thomas Jefferson served the gooey dish at the White House in 1802.
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Oh, chili! It's the official dish of Texas and will warm your heart and stomach. This stew came over the border from Mexico in the late 1800s.
Some chicken noodle soup not only cures your cold, but can keep you warm in the dead of winter.
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J-E-L-L-O! Whether it comes in a cup or as a mold, with fruit inside or with some whipped cream, it's sure to be a favorite classic snack.
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