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Re: What meals did you grow up on

#51 Post by Mike Rodgers » July 6th, 2019, 1:46 pm

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Porcupine meatballs
Can you send a couple of fat rattle snakes?
Will post a great recipe if anyone ask
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Re: What meals did you grow up on

#52 Post by John Walter » July 8th, 2019, 4:47 pm

Growing up in Michigan:
Venison
Pheasant
Duck
Walleye
Perch
Smelt
Washed it down with Stoh’s and Vernor’s!

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Re: What meals did you grow up on

#53 Post by Todd F r e n c h » July 8th, 2019, 4:57 pm

My mom, bless her heart, was a terrible cook, so I can eat just about anything nowadays.

Boiled dinner
Liver and Onions
27 cent casserole
Cheapest steak imaginable fried to a full brown hue inside and out
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Tuna casserole
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Re: What meals did you grow up on

#54 Post by Randy Bowman » July 8th, 2019, 7:20 pm

Steve Manzi wrote:
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Dave McIsaac wrote:
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SOS - "$hit On a Shingle

Chipped beef, butter, flour, milk and pepper over toast

Sounds gross, but is quite tasty
My father flew bombers in WWII. My mother had standing orders:

NO chipped beet on toast
NO Wonder Bread
NO White Chicken meat
Funny, my dad flew B-25's out of Burma in WWII. I had to suffer through mom's version of SOS, usually using unseasoned ground beef. I thought Wonder Bread was the bread available. I got all the white chicken meat because I was the only one in the family that would eat it. The only standing order was don't ever serve vegi-burgers again.
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Re: What meals did you grow up on

#55 Post by Randy Bowman » July 8th, 2019, 7:24 pm

How many of your parents had a bowl of bacon grease or other grease that sat on the stove for easy access? Was there a huge can of Crisco in the pantry?
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#56 Post by Steve Manzi » July 9th, 2019, 12:10 am

Randy Bowman wrote:
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How many of your parents had a bowl of bacon grease or other grease that sat on the stove for easy access? Was there a huge can of Crisco in the pantry?
Now it is my turn to laugh Randy. My father made my mother keep ALL bacon grease. The smell of it made me what to puke. I hated that smell. He made us use it on horses Hopple Burns (which are basically like a floor burn in gym, that some horses get from their equipment at times). I absolutely could not touch that shit. It immediately made me heave.
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Re: What meals did you grow up on

#57 Post by Victor Hong » July 9th, 2019, 7:55 am

Randy Bowman wrote:
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How many of your parents had a bowl of bacon grease or other grease that sat on the stove for easy access? Was there a huge can of Crisco in the pantry?
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Re: What meals did you grow up on

#58 Post by Mike Rodgers » July 10th, 2019, 5:07 pm

Awww! Let's talk grease...
When I was in Cayman Island I watch a old islander women doing breakfast, Norah was 80 and her assistant 70. Norah did the best turtle soup you can imagine, same recipe as her grandmother, so we are talking pirate time frame here. At breakfast the bacon fat was saved to be used for french toast and pancakes, it was absolutely awesome. For my part I had so many tubs of fat in the fridge that my wife got really pissed off. I had duck fat, foie gras drippings, Bacon fat and the beef fat from pan searing steaks. all awesome in my opinion.
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#59 Post by Bdklein » July 11th, 2019, 10:45 am

My mother was a good cook, but was sick a lot .
The one meal that sticks in head, was fried flounder , with a side of large egg noodles mixed with creamed spinach . Yum
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Re: What meals did you grow up on

#60 Post by Jim Marmion » July 11th, 2019, 11:42 am

Shepherd's pie
Lamb chops
Pork steaks baked with stuffing
Surprise pie
Fishfingers
Lancashire hotpot
Spag bol (Friday or Saturday)
Rotating roast for Sunday lunch: beef/lamb/chicken
Sunday tea toasted ham or tinned salmon sandwiches with crisps, mini-rolls and Battenberg cake.

Steak and chips on birthdays. Baked alaska to follow.

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#61 Post by K John Joseph » July 12th, 2019, 9:07 am

We ate a lot of microwaved frozen vegetables and a lot of microwaved chicken breasts in some sauce. It was all relatively healthy and all relatively bland and overcooked. Even so, we sat down and ate as a family almost every night and that was wonderful. We also ate a ton of salad, and my mom would cut up avocado, red onion, and tomatoes into spring mix almost every night. Still love that. But the meals that stick out in my mind more than any other are:

Venison backstrap medallions overcooked until they tasted like iron and copper ingots
"Chef salad" which was a big salad with a bunch of turkey and ham sandwhich meat and occasionally some cheese cut up into it.

To be fair, my mom is actually a fair cook, but does not at all like to cook. So there were many time-oriented short cuts. She would make a spicy pasta with prosciutto and fresh garlic that was wonderful, and a clam pasta with a white wine and lemon sauce that was also exceptional.

I also grew up on leftovers. I got so effing tired of them that, as a junior in high school, I refused to eat dinner one night. Mom looked me in the eye and said, you want something else, cook it. I said fine. She handed me a 30 minute meals cook book. We proceeded to cook together once or twice a week until I learned how to cook reasonably well. A wonderful life lesson that has helped me on many occasions, though I still overcook chicken breasts 8 times out of 10.
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#62 Post by Mark Golodetz » July 12th, 2019, 9:38 am

I went to an English public school. The food went from appalling to adequate.

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#63 Post by Greg K » July 12th, 2019, 1:14 pm

Chicken cutlets. So many chicken cutlets.
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#64 Post by s.nellessen » July 12th, 2019, 5:24 pm

Swiss steak. Alton Brown's recipe looks interesting.

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#65 Post by RDHudak » July 14th, 2019, 7:05 am

Instant mashed potatoes. They're still my favorite.

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Re: What meals did you grow up on

#66 Post by Brandon R » July 15th, 2019, 8:46 am

Jim Marmion wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 11:42 am
Shepherd's pie
Lamb chops
Pork steaks baked with stuffing
Surprise pie
Fishfingers
Lancashire hotpot
Spag bol (Friday or Saturday)
Rotating roast for Sunday lunch: beef/lamb/chicken
Sunday tea toasted ham or tinned salmon sandwiches with crisps, mini-rolls and Battenberg cake.

Steak and chips on birthdays. Baked alaska to follow.
What's in a surprise pie? Presumably some mish-mash of leftovers in a crust?
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Re: What meals did you grow up on

#67 Post by Jim Marmion » July 15th, 2019, 11:36 am

There is no single childhood meal that I think about more. My mother passed some years ago and took the recipe with her. A shame because it's like no other dish I've come across.

It's essentially an amalgam of mashed potato, corned beef and fried vegetables and then baked in the oven. Fry up some onions and large chunks of mushroom and a little fresh tomato too. There was a sauce involved (either condensed mushroom soup or more likely a plain or light cheese roux). The vegetables sit at the bottom in the sauce. Add some thin slices of corned beef over the top. Cover all with a thick layer of mashed potato and grated cheddar cheese to finish then bake for 20 minutes or so.

I should add that I've been a vegetarian for 30-odd years but I reckon I could readily eat this if put in front of me. Whilst there are plenty of quorn or other substitutes for chicken and beef I've never come across a fake-meat corned beef brand. If I ever find one this will be the first thing I try!

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#68 Post by Renato S. » July 15th, 2019, 7:37 pm

Pizza, hot dogs, and hamburgers!

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#69 Post by Sean Devaney » July 16th, 2019, 11:01 am

I love this thread!

Grew up on casseroles based on the holy trinity of hamburger, pasta and cheese: Yuck-yuck, Special Crud and Grandma's were three staples. Spaghetti and Beef Stroganoff made frequent appearances. Always served with a salad and/or vegetables (fresh or frozen). Steak, Salmon, Trout, Chicken and Lamb less often. Summer Thursday nites my mom would take us to local parks to grill hot dogs and hamburgers while my dad was at his Lions Club meeting.

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#70 Post by Richard T r i m p i » July 17th, 2019, 1:08 pm

I remember jello, tang, triscuits, cheerios, PBJs, apple sauce, assorted fruit juices, ice cream, Campbell's soups, Coca-Cola... staples around the house. Hot dogs and hamburgers too.

Mom was big on meat, starch, veg dinners. Dad didn't like chicken. Her cooking, adventurousness and health consciousness evolved dramatically over 2 decades from overcooked frozen veggies to fresh....with much more thoughtful food purchasing (farmers markets, butchers, fish mongers, cheese shops, international foods, etc.) and preparations. She mastered turkey tetrazzini and a beef roll-up dish with chicken/turkey stuffing topped with a reduction sauce that I love. She also turned out a very acceptable Paella. The qualities of those dishes, and especially her stuffing, will forever elude me. Her baking skills were appreciable. She's my primary inspiration for everything gastronomic.

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#71 Post by Scott G r u n e r » July 17th, 2019, 8:14 pm

I keep a lot of traditionals in the mix that I ate and learned to cook as a kid.

Classic (to me) Beef Stew
Betty Crocker Pork Fried Rice
My mom’s lasagna
American “Italian” Spaghetti- made with ground beef and mccormick spaghetti with mushrooms seasoning packet.
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#72 Post by Scott G r u n e r » July 17th, 2019, 8:23 pm

Randy Bowman wrote:
July 8th, 2019, 7:24 pm
How many of your parents had a bowl of bacon grease or other grease that sat on the stove for easy access? Was there a huge can of Crisco in the pantry?
I still keep the bacon grease. Though I filter it eith a coffee filter. Use it for bruss sprouts, roast potatoes, fried eggs.... i keep in coffee mug in fridge tho
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