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Jun 9, 2006 09:58 PM

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

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Does anyone have family recipes for foods/meals you really enjoy but that you've never heard of in anyone else's family? Might seem like a weird question, but the reason I bring it up...

Sloppy Joe's at my house growing up, and at my house now, are not tomato-based, aka Manwich-like. They're made w/ ground beef, a can of chicken gumbo soup, a diced green pepper and ketchup and yellow mustard. I've never heard of this in anyone else's family...*ever*. It sounds like a "back of the soup can" recipe, but I've never found it. And because it has yellow mustard, my husband refuses to eat it.

The other one we've got is a play on chicken and dumplings, involving 2 cans of Chunky-brand Chicken Noodle soup and a can of refrigerator biscuits. Anyone else heard of this? Anyone wanna volunteer your, ahem, unique family recipes?


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    Wayne Keyser

    "Tuna Stuff" - great and quick comfort food.

    2 cans tuna (drain only one)
    1 can Cream of Celery soup
    1 can green peas, drained (or, better, cooked frozen peas)

    Put 'em all together, warm through, serve atop 6 pieces white toast

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    1. re: Wayne Keyser

      Had plenty of that growing up myself. It's just "Easy Tuna a la King." My mother also sometimes made it with fettucine-like noodles. Anyway, it was better than creamed chipped beef on toast or salmon casserole made with cheap tinned salmon.


      1. re: Gary Soup

        Our version of shepherd's pie was layers of plain old ground beef "seasoned" with worcestershire sauce and mashed potatoes then topped with potato chips --have no idea where it came from but my adult son still remembers it fondly. My Dad made a charming dish which was simply ground beef with a can of cream of mushroom soup poured over - yuck!! My early cooking days were filled with "cream of" soups.

        1. re: Mad

          Same here. Growing up, our shepherd's pie was ground beef, frozen peas and corn, a can of cream of ___ soup, and topped with Tater-tots.

          My boyfriends' family regularly makes some disgusting things that I've found questionable...

          "Turkey enchiladas" with-- you guessed it-- cream of ___ soup and cream cheese. Not a trace of anything red (or green, except for canned jalapenos.)

          Corn chowder is ALWAYS served with blueberry muffins. Always. (...???)

          "Chicken fricassee" is jarred chicken gravy on plain mashed potatoes. Actually, this is now called "fricken chicken" by his dad.

          ...but they're just so patient with any of my mistakes... I love you guys! I'll eat anything but those "enchiladas..."

          1. re: globalgourmand

            Your turkey enchiladas sound a lot like my mom's chicken enchiladas. Cream of mushroom soup, a can of green chiles, and some sour cream. I always thought they were the best. Imagine my surprise the first time I ordered chicken enchiladas at a Mexican restaurant!

        2. re: Gary Soup

          We had something similar to that, but it was "Creamed Peas on Toast" - a basic white sauce with fozen or canned peas, on toast - YUM! Comfort food :)

          1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

            We had this too! I still make it once in a while and I'm 63! You said it... YUM!!!

              1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                My mom did that same thing, sometimes added a can of tuna to beef it up. I usually got the job of buttering the bread slices as they came out of the toaster

              2. re: Gary Soup

                Oh! I LOVE creamed chipped beef - even buy the packets in the store these days. :)

                1. re: Anoel

                  Tr y Souffer's frozen creamed chipped beef. Not too bad.

                  1. re: Querencia

                    Agreed about Stouffer's. I also just bought two cans from Vermont Country Store which are great:

              3. re: Wayne Keyser

                Sounds a lot like the old Maine favorite, Tuna Pea Wiggle!

                1. re: Wayne Keyser

                  This was my dad's specialty. Only we used to eat it spooned over fried Chow Mein noodles.

                  1. re: Wayne Keyser

                    We had something similar though with a can of mushroom soup and made with rice or pasta mixed in. The recipe appeared a a children's cookbook we had. It was made as a casserole and coated with crushed potato chips.

                    1. re: Wayne Keyser

                      Canned tuna seems to be the but of many of these recipes. Growing up my dad prepared a dish called Tuna Pie.

                      The shell was crushed up saltines mixed together with butter pressed into of course a pie pan. This was then filled with tuna mixed with onions, celery, eggs, Cream of Potato Soup, bread crumbs and old bay seasoning I think was his secret, but to this day he will not tell me.

                      My aunt also had this thing called bean dip, which incidentally contained no beans and was in fact cooked ground beef mixed with sour cream and chili starter. Suffice to say many vegetarians fell victim to unfortunate name.

                      1. re: Will S.

                        will, i'd eat that tuna pie! i find it funny that your dad still won't give you his recipe! ask him what is he waiting for, 'cause hounds wanna know! ;-). have you tried to replicate the tuna pie?

                        1. re: alkapal

                          I tried making it, but I was not as good as I remembered it, a little weird. Perhaps I was remembering my youth. It turns out that the secret ingredient was celery salt and a ton of garlic powder.

                          Here is the recipe he gave me (its not very exact):

                          Crushed saltines mixes with melted butter pressed into pie pan for the crust

                          Mix for filling:
                          2 cans tuna
                          onions. finely chopped
                          celery, finely chopped
                          1 egg
                          1/2 can cream of potato soup
                          garlic powder and celery salt to taste
                          breadcrumbs to absorb any liquid

                          put the filling in the crust sprinkle with bread crumbs
                          bake at 350 until set. (you basically poke it and when it fell firmer its done)

                          good luck! I hope you enjoy it as much as I used to.

                          1. re: Will S.

                            thanks! i'll bet it's cute in little ramekins! ;-).

                            i could see some tiny diced blanched carrots in that, too.

                      2. re: Wayne Keyser

                        I just found this thread. We did something similar, but we'd make a few cups of thick cream sauce (butter, flour, milk) and add frozen mixed vegetables and drained canned tuna. Served it on toast. I still love it.

                        1. re: Wayne Keyser

                          Just found this thread. We had "clam howder trash" (clam chowder hash), which was just clams, bacon, onion and potatoes. Add clam broth or water for liquid and black pepper. We always put a spoonful of butter on top of our bowls.

                          1. re: Wayne Keyser

                            I'm newly CHOWbound but this is the best site I've seen yet! Would like to share some Super Simple Comfort Foods that must be tried at least once: Spaghetti made with chicken instead of hamburger or sausage - an Egg McMuffin with 1 and 1/2 packets of strawberry jam drizzled between the egg and the ham - a bowl of chili using mashed potatoes as the bowl - and saving the best for last - - - Kidney Bean Soup: 1 can dark red kidney beans, 1 can milk, and a fairly thick slice of butter heated on the stove until the butter melts into the milk - stir in salt and pepper to taste and all your cares melt away - an added treat is to serve it with toasted cheese sandwiches - perfect for dipping!

                            1. re: Wayne Keyser

                              Hi Wayne!!!!

                              Good one !!! How do you get an idea about this recipe.? I am food reviewer and i always remains curious about reseraching new recipes.Thanks for this recipe.
                              I will be nice on your part if you continue to tell me the latest recipes.I will also do the same.

                              Neha Sood
                              Food Reviewer

                              1. re: Wayne Keyser

                                We called that: Shit on a shingle! It's still good to this day!

                                1. re: Wayne Keyser

                                  Oh, yes, this was another common dish at our house! We called it "Tuna a la King"

                                  1. re: Wayne Keyser

                                    I do something similar to this but take tuna, velveta shells and cheese with a can of lesueur peas and mix all together on the stovetop

                                    1. Wierd and Healthful Bean Dip:
                                      2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
                                      1 can non-fat refried black beans
                                      1 avocado, mashed
                                      1/2 cup fresh salsa
                                      juice of 1/2 to 1 lime
                                      lots of chopped cilantro
                                      cracked pepper


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                                      1. re: Aaron

                                        I think I'm going to try that without the avocado one of these days...that sounds delicious!

                                        1. re: Aaron

                                          That doesn't sound weird, it sounds GOOD! Will have to try with Trader Joe refried black beans....

                                        2. My late mom used to cook elbow macaroni, then add butter, lots of cottage cheese and sour cream. Very rich, somewhat bland comfort food--and I loved it! I made it a few times when the kids were little to a tepid reception, and it's so unhealthy anyway, so I stopped and haven't had it for years. Don't know if my mom made this up or it has some provenance. Gee, I want some right now!

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                                          1. re: MommaJ

                                            My mother used to make something similar: noodles and cottage cheese, with plenty of butter and s&p (but no sour cream). To this day, I crave it when I am under the weather. The rest of my family finds it revolting.

                                            1. re: DS

                                              My mom made the same dish always using large curd cottage cheese which would get soft and a bit oozy when chewed. Also, noodles and milk - one savory preparation with wide egg noodles, warm milk, butter, salt. A sweet version was made using pastina and milk which we sprinkled with large crystaled colored sugar. These were interchangeable as breakfast or dinner items.

                                              1. re: chittachef

                                                This is similar to comfort food my Russian-born spouse makes: noodles with sour cream (and possibly a bit of garlic). Can be made more heart-healthy w/yogurt or cotttage cheese. Ditto the post above--sugar can be added to make it breakfast food.

                                                1. re: Hot Dish

                                                  My mom makes "macaroni and milk", similar to the other postings minus the cottage cheese. Just elbow macaroni, milk, butter, salt, and pepper. I guess that makes this a recipe we THOUGHT was only made in our own families!

                                                  My mom also makes "sinkers" which are similar to a dumpling. They're made with flour and egg only. They are really heavy, hence the name "sinkers". My mom adds them to all different kinds of soup. My family loves them but we've had many guests who have turned their nose up to them because they're so heavy and have such little taste. I guess it just tastes like my childhood to me.

                                                  1. re: upstate girl

                                                    Oh my gosh!! My family makes this and we call it "White Macaroni". My 21 year old son still loves it. My husband and daughter-in-law think it's disgusting. I can't believe someone else makes this!!!

                                                    1. re: upstate girl

                                                      We always just called these dumplings. I had no idea that any other family made them or that they were called "sinkers." Ha! that's funny. I love it. I'm so glad my husband likes them - I think he's the only one besides my brothers & sisters. I will call them that from now on. We add a little salt to our recipe though. Tried parsley once ... but just too much flavor HA!

                                                      1. re: vicsailgarden

                                                        My Dh's Grandmother made these and I liked them, so we still have them. I drop them in boiling chicken stock and serve them as a side dish, or maybe add back the chicken and have chicken and dumplings. They are chewy that is why we like them. Substantial, not fluffy little things.

                                                        1. re: vicsailgarden

                                                          I use the flour/egg only mix, but I roll them and cut them into wide strips so they get softer during cooking. I have been making this since I was 13, and my family still asks for it, so it must be good. Would those be thick noodles then instead of thin dumplings?

                                                          1. re: eratosthanes

                                                            They are dumplings. And similar style dumplings are found via regions. Cook's Country City Slicks or slickers? LOL. My mother always made these. Love em...and that woman used chicken necks, thoroughly picking every piece of chicken from them after broth was made. THAT'S stretching a budget. I can't even find necks anymore.

                                                        2. re: upstate girl

                                                          I make this too and call it macaroni soup. I came up with the concoction on my own and everyone else here thinks it's gross; to me it's delicious comfort food!

                                                          1. re: upstate girl

                                                            Upstate girl, LOL, my baba called those flappers and made flapper soup with them. Haven't heard of this one outside of our family. Make chicken broth. Then drop in the flapper dough (flour, egg and little onion salt) using a teaspoon. When flappers float to the top, add chopped green onion and dill. Finish the soup with heavy cream. The chicken was used for a cream chicken recipe that was served with pyrohi and cabbage rolls. Love Ukrainian food! I swear every recipe ends with 'add dill and cream'.

                                                            We also had flapper pie, but I think this was a Canadian prairie thing. Graham wafer crust filled with custard and topped with meringue. Yummy, made it this summer for dinner at prairie friend's place.

                                                            We did have a dish called sinkers, but these were a dessert made with left over bread dough. Basically cinnamon rolls packed into a casserole dish and baked in cream. OMG, I might have to make those soon!

                                                            Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

                                                            1. re: czyha

                                                              When you say Canadian prairie and Ukrainian you are taking about Germans from Russian. Your flappers (dumpling, sinkers) is a very old German soft noodle called SPATZLE.

                                                            2. re: upstate girl

                                                              My mom was of German descent and she too made these heavy flour and egg dumplings, always put them in soup. I prefer them to the fluffy, biscuit type of dumplings.

                                                              1. re: upstate girl

                                                                My mom used to make "rice cereal" which is the same as your mom's "macaroni and milk" only subbing white rice for the macaroni, and sugar for the salt and pepper. We would get so excited when we knew we were getting "rice cereal" for breakfast.

                                                                1. re: wineos

                                                                  We used to have rice with milk and sugar for breakfast.

                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                    We grew up eating leftover rice with milk, butter, sugar and butter. Absolutely comforting.

                                                              2. re: Hot Dish

                                                                Sounds like variations of Noodle-Kugel to me.

                                                                1. re: PhoebeB

                                                                  Ah, I had a bf whose mom would make something similar, with elbo macaroni mixed into scrambled eggs - great w/ketchup and hot sauce!

                                                                  1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                                    When I was little, the scrambled eggs/macaroni/ketchup thing was the only protein I would eat. I still basically only eat eggs with the ketchup, maybe I should try the noodles again!

                                                                    1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                                      My fiancé makes elbows with scrambled eggs too! It is a side dish. I can't stand it but we do eat egg pastina with Parm.

                                                                  2. re: Hot Dish

                                                                    Mom used to make the Noodles and cottage cheese version too. We used to throw fresh peas on top.

                                                                2. re: DS

                                                                  Ha, that is still a favorite of my family. In fact it is the most often requested side dish, even amongst the finicky and the cottage cheese haters.

                                                                  Another favorite dish in my family has been "Cottage Cheese Pancakes" which are really crepes, filled with small curd cottage cheese seasoned with minced onion, garlic, salt and plenty of black pepper. I grew up on these and when I talk with family members who have since moved away, they complain about missing them. My cousin said she has attempted to make them but they just don't taste the same as mine, which apparently taste just like mom's and grandma's.

                                                                  Also "California Chicken Casserole" which is shredded chicken and corn tortillas layered with a mixture of salsa and cream of chicken or mushroom soup (or a mixture of the two) and tons of cheese, lasagne style. You bake it until it's all golden crusty outside and ooey gooey inside. I can just feel my arteries clogging!

                                                                  And "Chicken & Rice" another fave of the family still. Shredded chicken, tons of chopped scallions, soy sauce, and very buttery rice. This is so simple and they really seem to love it. I make it brown rice now, but when I was growing up it was made with minute rice.

                                                                  The other super easy chicken dish we grew up on was chicken thighs (I remove the skin), 1 c. soy sauce, 1 c. sugar, 1 c. water, and 1 can of pineapple (chunks or crushed) w/ juice. You just bring it to a boil, cover, simmer until tender and falling off the bone.

                                                                  Mom used to make balogna sandwiches with either butter and yellow mustard or sweet relish and mayonnaise. I've always hated balogna, so I had salame instead. We also had tons of "Toasted Tomato Sandwiches" which consists of toasted white bread, buttered, top with mayonnaise, thinly sliced tomatoes, and sprinkled with salt and pepper. My ex used to request a breakfast treat his father made when he was growing up. Smashed avocado on buttered toast that has also been slathered in mayo, then generously topped off with with black pepper and viola, you've got "Triple Fat Toast"

                                                                  Mom would also take left over mashed potatoes and throw them in a skillet with a generous amount of butter, brown em' up, push them over to the side and add a few beaten eggs, scramble those up and combine the whole mess. This was my favorite breakfast treat as a child. My grandpa always made scrambled eggs with salame for me when I spent the night. Just about all the members of my family will take left over spaghetti and throw it in a frying pan with a bunch of butter, garlic salt and paremsan, fry it up until it gets all orange an gooey and than eat it on garlic bread. Can you tell I came from a fat family or what?

                                                                  1. re: soulshine

                                                                    We used to have something we called (made up name) Enchiladas San Fermin. Corn tortillas softened in oil, rolled around cottage cheese mixed with sour cream and chopped green onions. We added pieces of canned green chiles and liberal amounts of garlic powder and s&p. Then a large piece of jack cheese went on top and it was rolled up. More cottage cheese mixture and cheese went on top and it was all baked in the oven.

                                                                    Actually, it was extremely good. About 1000000 calories per enchilada, but that was in the olden days before we knew about such things as heart attacks and cholesterol.

                                                                    Also, my mother used to make bean stroganoff - I've posted the recipe a couple of times here. Ground beef, sour cream, onions, kidney beans cooked as a casserole.

                                                                    1. re: soulshine

                                                                      My husband grew up eating bologna with butter and mustard sandwiches and still eats them to this day.

                                                                      1. re: griddlegirl

                                                                        Mmmm bologna! My fave was the big wax coated tube, the kind you slice yourself. My parents used to slice it thick and fry it up to make my fave breakfast, fried bologna sandwich on toast, with lots of ketchup!

                                                                        1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                                          fried bologna sandwiches were my fave growing up!! bologna sliced and fried, served on white toast with ketchup is the best..... ahh those days before we had to worry about fat and calories...

                                                                          1. re: kubasd

                                                                            Fried bologna on a runny egg sandwich (with cheese of course) is a favorite in my house. Not really fried though, just cooked on the griddle with the eggs until it puffs up.

                                                                            1. re: coll

                                                                              Just made an upscale version of this for my fiance's breakfast but used hot sopprsata instead of baloney.

                                                                          2. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                                            Ooh! I lived on Bologna and mustard sandwiches. It had to be on white bread of course.
                                                                            I also enjoyed toasting Bologna on bread. It was a great after school snack.

                                                                            1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                                              I loved fried bologna sandwiches too, with lots of ketchup!! :)

                                                                              1. re: Julya

                                                                                I just watched Bad Santa last night, didn't remember that he was showing his hosts how to fry bologna, then he put it on white bread with some salsa on top and told them it was a quesadilla or something. So not as uncommon as some people might believe!

                                                                            2. re: griddlegirl

                                                                              My father likes baloney and peanut butter sandwiches.

                                                                              1. re: vicsailgarden

                                                                                As a kid I ate many many many Balogna and Peanut butter sandwiches, they usually had a thin slice of yellow cheese on them. Always though it was one only I created and ate.

                                                                              2. re: griddlegirl

                                                                                When I was 11 or 12 years old, by best friend and I used to bicycle to his grandma's place, which took us a good 45 minutes, She always served us bologna and ketchup sandwiches, which she called "brownie" sandwiches. I never understood the name, but I still whip up a brownie sandwich occasionally.

                                                                                1. re: griddlegirl

                                                                                  I had a math teacher that used to eat onion sandwiches. So we avoided asking him questions in class for fear that he would kill us with his onion breath.

                                                                                  1. re: Veggigal

                                                                                    I LOVE onion sandwiches. Sliced onion (especially sweet onion) on crusty bread or roll, with a light shmeer of mayo. :-)

                                                                                    1. re: The Professor

                                                                                      You're brave. That's sounds really, pretty good. But I'd be too afraid of my breath.

                                                                                2. re: soulshine

                                                                                  Soulshine, your California Chicken Casserole sounds a lot like my Mom's "The Bomb" beef casserole, a kind of Mexican lasagne thing using corn tortillas--- her recipe was:

                                                                                  The Bomb Casserole


                                                                                  Hamburger Meat (Minced/Ground)
                                                                                  Jalepeno Peppers (canned or a mix of fresh and canned, drained)
                                                                                  Onion, finely diced
                                                                                  Canned Corn (kernels), drained
                                                                                  Cream of Mushroom Soup
                                                                                  Corn Tortillas
                                                                                  Fine Shredded Cheddar or Mix of Cheddar/Montery Jack Cheese


                                                                                  Preheat oven to 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit.

                                                                                  Make the Meat Mixture:
                                                                                  Brown the Hamburger Meat and drain. Add one cup of the drained Uncooked corn. Add ½ of the onion depending on size and taste. Add ½ cup of the Jalepeno peppers chopped and drained.

                                                                                  Assemble the Casserole:
                                                                                  In a flat glass casserole dish or small lasagna pan, place some of the meat mixture into the pan. Add a layer of cheese. Layer on the corn tortillas on top, then add another layer of meat mixture. Place cream of Mushroom soup on top, then cover with cheese and bake until cheese is completely melted.

                                                                                  *I usually put some of the cream of mushroom soup with the meat and layer it in as well as put it on the top... makes for a little more mess, but oh so tasty! And for folks who don't like spicy you can defuse the bomb by dropping the jalepenos...

                                                                                  1. re: soulshine

                                                                                    Cottage cheese pancakes you describe are called Nalysnyki. They are Ukrainian crepes.

                                                                                    1. re: soulshine

                                                                                      We had cucumber sandwiches...basically white bread with lots of butter, sliced cucumbers,, salt and pepper. I love them still! We also used to take Cheerios, dip them in butter and then back into the Cheerios, so you got a gob of Cheerio-fat goodness! My arteries never recovered!

                                                                                      1. re: maydaycolorado

                                                                                        In my family, dipping Cheerios in cream cheese was a traditional finger food for kids. I've never found anyone else who did this, but this Cheerios with butter story is pretty close.

                                                                                      2. re: soulshine

                                                                                        Do you cook the garlic and the onions before you add them to the cottage cheese for the "Cottage Cheese Pancakes"? Thanks

                                                                                        1. re: soulshine

                                                                                          Fried Bologna sandwiches are the bomb! Nothing better - you must use miricle whip though and mustard. My mom would mix them together before spreading on the bread. YUM!

                                                                                        2. re: DS

                                                                                          Yep, my Mom made it too....I make it now but I add
                                                                                          fresh dill to it !

                                                                                          1. re: Marilyn

                                                                                            The noodle/cottage cheese/sour cream dish sounds like a form of dairy kugel to me, not dissimilar from the "Exciting Noodle Kugel" recipe in Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cooking.

                                                                                            1. re: teamkitty

                                                                                              yep, sweet kugel for the holidays for sure, but i also think every jewish household had some variation of cottage cheese & maybe sour cream with noodles for a basic dinner.

                                                                                              haven't thought about that in years. of course now i'm craving it...

                                                                                          2. re: DS

                                                                                            My mom used to serve me spaghetti and marinara sauce (from a jar, I imagine) with cottage cheese. I don't know where she got the idea, but for years that used to be the only way I would eat spaghetti. Now it seems horrifying to me, and I've never heard anyone else who had it either.

                                                                                            1. re: SgtStens

                                                                                              Sounds like an ersatz lasagna? Substitute ricotta for cottae cheese and add mozzerella and you might have something there.

                                                                                              1. re: amethiste

                                                                                                My husband's family (very Italian) used to serve ziti and sauce with ricotta on the side. Only way he'll eat it now.

                                                                                                1. re: amethiste

                                                                                                  I grew up eating lasagne made with cottage cheese

                                                                                                  1. re: Bigley9

                                                                                                    Me too, that Italian stuff was a mystery to us!

                                                                                                2. re: SgtStens

                                                                                                  Growing up we always ate spaghetti or lasagna with cottage cheese. It's delicious! The cool creaminess off the cottage cheese just adds the perfect foil to the tomato sauce. We still do it, my two year old loves pizza and cottage cheese. It is similar to the ricotta theory below. Also similar to sour cream with Mexican food, now that I think about it.

                                                                                                  1. re: ajville

                                                                                                    I do this too, but it's better with small-curd cottage cheese instead of the usual lumpy/runny stuff, which waters down the sauce.

                                                                                              2. re: MommaJ

                                                                                                We used to make elbow macaroni with butter and ketchup. It was slippery, flavorful, fast and simple. A version of pasta with sauce. Admittedly, I tried it again last year for the first itme in many years and it wasn't as delicious as I remembered, but I still think it's a great kid dish!

                                                                                                1. re: SusieQ32

                                                                                                  This is still, to this day, my first choice comfort food. Especially good with a glass of chocolate milk.

                                                                                                  1. re: SusieQ32

                                                                                                    They eat macaroni with butter and ketchup to accompany meatballs or sausages in Sweden!

                                                                                                  2. re: MommaJ

                                                                                                    Sounds like what my Polish grandma use to make . I could never go with the cottage cheese

                                                                                                    1. re: MommaJ

                                                                                                      My grandmother mixed this up: it's basically an unbaked dairy kugel.

                                                                                                      1. re: MommaJ

                                                                                                        Both my boyfriends' mom and grandmother make their lasagna with cottage cheese instead of ricotta. ::SIGH::

                                                                                                        1. re: globalgourmand

                                                                                                          I do this also because my family does not like ricotta, nothing wrong with that!

                                                                                                        2. re: MommaJ

                                                                                                          My mom used to make egg noodles with Kraft Parm cheese, butter and poppy seeds. It was usually served as a side dish but was one of my faves. Speaking of cream of _ soups, she'd also make pork chops with cream of mushroom soup ( the thin ones with a bone). Just cook them up in the oven 'til golden, then smother with cream of mushroom soup put back into the oven for a bit, then mix the yummy bits from the bottom in with the soup. It really was tasty.

                                                                                                          Of course I'm not above using some canned or frozen items in my cooking to save a bit of time. So I don't sneer at people who do. Besides, in a lot of my dishes that do use said items no one has noticed!

                                                                                                        3. Wiener Pie

                                                                                                          Sliced hotdogs in an onion and tomato sauce, topped with a layer of cheese and corn bread batter, baked in a dutch oven.

                                                                                                          Toasted oatmeal
                                                                                                          Raw oats toasted in a generous quantity of butter and sugar. A simple, but rich version of granola made on the stove top (or electric skillet).


                                                                                                          1. taco beef and taco beans both made with onions, ketchup, soy sauce, worchestire and tabasco.
                                                                                                            sometimes my mom would use the leftovers the next day with eggs.

                                                                                                            curried vegetable/chicken stir fries w/ a dash of orange juice.

                                                                                                            not a recipe, but alfafa sprouts and mayonnaise on white bread.