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Kivarita Jun 9, 2006 09:58 PM

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?

TIA!
Kivarita

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    Wayne Keyser Jun 9, 2006 10:48 PM

    "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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      Gary Soup Jun 9, 2006 11:33 PM

      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.

      Link: http://eatingchinese.org

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        Mad Jun 11, 2006 10:07 PM

        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.

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          globalgourmand Nov 22, 2009 06:58 PM

          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..."

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          eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife May 21, 2008 01:42 PM

          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 :)

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            Graceeh Jul 30, 2009 08:01 AM

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

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            Anoel Dec 29, 2009 07:20 AM

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

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            Pat Hammond Sep 1, 2006 02:38 PM

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

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              globalgourmand Nov 22, 2009 06:59 PM

              Tuna Pea Wiggle-- HILARIOUS!

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              The Jimbles Apr 30, 2007 07:35 AM

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

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                lgss Apr 8, 2008 03:57 PM

                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.

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                  Will S. Aug 11, 2009 07:25 PM

                  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.

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                    alkapal Aug 12, 2009 04:35 AM

                    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?

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                      Will S. Sep 13, 2009 09:14 AM

                      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.

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                        alkapal Sep 14, 2009 05:02 AM

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

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

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                    herbalista Sep 11, 2009 09:06 PM

                    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.

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                      herbalista Sep 11, 2009 09:09 PM

                      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.

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                        melaffin Oct 25, 2009 09:21 PM

                        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!

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                          fooodin Nov 3, 2009 10:29 PM

                          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
                          www.foood.in

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                            Hopelover Jan 18, 2014 08:37 PM

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

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                              mrsgus Mar 7, 2014 06:55 AM

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

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                              Aaron Jun 9, 2006 11:10 PM

                              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

                              Mix.

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                                Offbalance Aug 9, 2006 05:58 PM

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

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                                  mrsgus Mar 7, 2014 06:56 AM

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

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                                  MommaJ Jun 10, 2006 12:19 AM

                                  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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                                    DS Jun 10, 2006 09:48 AM

                                    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.

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                                      chittachef Jun 10, 2006 02:06 PM

                                      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.

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                                        Hot Dish Jul 20, 2006 04:28 PM

                                        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.

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                                          upstate girl Apr 30, 2007 11:53 AM

                                          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.

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                                            Starr77x May 28, 2007 05:28 PM

                                            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!!!

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                                              vicsailgarden May 13, 2009 07:56 PM

                                              WoW!
                                              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!

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                                                eveh Aug 16, 2009 03:29 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  eratosthanes Jan 2, 2010 08:55 PM

                                                  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?

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                                                  Graceeh Jul 30, 2009 08:11 AM

                                                  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!

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                                                    czyha Oct 24, 2009 01:33 PM

                                                    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.

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                                                      yakitat jack Dec 7, 2009 10:11 PM

                                                      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.

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                                                      Julya Dec 10, 2009 01:29 PM

                                                      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.

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                                                        wineos Jan 17, 2010 12:12 PM

                                                        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.

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                                                          sandylc Nov 14, 2011 12:18 PM

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

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                                                            DishDelish Nov 14, 2011 01:19 PM

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

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                                                        PhoebeB May 28, 2007 06:58 PM

                                                        Sounds like variations of Noodle-Kugel to me.

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                                                          eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife May 21, 2008 01:44 PM

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

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                                                            weezerific Sep 8, 2009 06:24 PM

                                                            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!

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                                                              melpy Jun 8, 2013 07:13 AM

                                                              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.

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                                                        soulshine Jul 24, 2006 12:26 AM

                                                        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?

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                                                          oakjoan Sep 3, 2006 06:51 AM

                                                          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.

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                                                            griddlegirl Sep 17, 2007 05:30 PM

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

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                                                              eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife May 21, 2008 01:47 PM

                                                              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!

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                                                                kubasd Mar 21, 2009 07:09 PM

                                                                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...

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                                                                  coll Mar 29, 2009 04:14 AM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    melpy Jun 8, 2013 07:16 AM

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

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                                                                  SusieQ32 Jun 11, 2009 07:21 AM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    Julya Dec 1, 2009 05:24 PM

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

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                                                                      coll Dec 2, 2009 12:56 AM

                                                                      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!

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                                                                    vicsailgarden May 13, 2009 07:58 PM

                                                                    My father likes baloney and peanut butter sandwiches.
                                                                    ouch!

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                                                                      lscanlon Aug 1, 2009 06:38 AM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                      ideabaker Aug 7, 2008 09:55 PM

                                                                      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

                                                                      Ingredients:

                                                                      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

                                                                      Directions:

                                                                      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...

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                                                                        p38 Aug 8, 2009 09:23 PM

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

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                                                                          maydaycolorado Aug 17, 2009 08:49 AM

                                                                          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!

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                                                                            guilty Nov 5, 2011 11:52 AM

                                                                            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.

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                                                                            JJKRCRJRL Aug 21, 2009 10:54 AM

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

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                                                                              pattiadleybryan Oct 4, 2009 12:51 PM

                                                                              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!

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                                                                              Marilyn Jul 24, 2006 12:36 AM

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

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                                                                                teamkitty Aug 10, 2006 03:53 AM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Sep 17, 2007 04:35 PM

                                                                                  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...

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                                                                                SgtStens May 2, 2009 07:54 AM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                  amethiste May 2, 2009 11:30 AM

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

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                                                                                    coll May 2, 2009 12:06 PM

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

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                                                                                      Bigley9 Nov 15, 2009 03:30 PM

                                                                                      I grew up eating lasagne made with cottage cheese

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                                                                                        Raffles Jan 19, 2014 09:42 AM

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

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                                                                                      ajville Jul 29, 2009 01:19 PM

                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                        piccola Jan 17, 2010 04:19 AM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                    SusieQ32 Jun 11, 2009 07:19 AM

                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                      howboy Jul 20, 2009 11:30 AM

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

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                                                                                        hotmexi Aug 3, 2009 02:09 PM

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

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                                                                                        jomi53 Aug 21, 2009 01:04 PM

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

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                                                                                          rccola Oct 11, 2009 09:04 AM

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

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                                                                                            globalgourmand Nov 22, 2009 07:01 PM

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

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                                                                                              Michelle Feb 26, 2014 10:21 AM

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

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                                                                                              cosmogrrl Nov 23, 2009 07:02 PM

                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                              paulj Jun 10, 2006 01:12 AM

                                                                                              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).

                                                                                              paulj

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                                                                                                fara Jun 10, 2006 02:13 AM

                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                  piccola Jun 10, 2006 02:28 AM

                                                                                                  We had a few, and they came mostly from my dad. He mixes apple, orange or grape juice into plain yogurt; he makes this stew out of pork marrow bones, potatoes and carrots; and he makes spaghetti carbonara by deliberately scrambling the eggs instead of making a creamy sauce (it's pretty good, too, IIRC).

                                                                                                  My mom used to make us cream cheese and jam sandwiches, too.

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                                                                                                    KathySK Jun 11, 2006 03:36 AM

                                                                                                    For some reason we only had cream cheese and jam as a sandwich filling during Passover, on matzah. I never have that combination at any other time of the year.

                                                                                                    Kathy

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                                                                                                      realitykraft Jul 29, 2006 11:59 PM

                                                                                                      I had cream cheese and jam on matzoh packed in y lunch box during passover,made by my gentile mother(please make no comments). It always made me sad because the moisture from the cream cheese sucked the snap out of the matzoh.

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                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Sep 17, 2007 04:38 PM

                                                                                                        i grew up on cream cheese & jelly sandwiches, and during passover it was the same thing - on matzoh. you're right, it used to make the matzoh so soggy! then again, so did anything with moisture. tuna salad, egg salad...sandwich fixins just aren't matzoh-friendly. i think the only one that didn't destroy it completely was plain peanut butter.

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                                                                                                          saltedherb Jul 28, 2009 08:03 PM

                                                                                                          Cream cheese and jelly was the only sandwich my brother would eat through his whole childhood.

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                                                                                                            ellyse Oct 9, 2009 08:17 PM

                                                                                                            Cream cheese and Jelly was the best on bagels, we also ate egg noodles with cottage cheese and bananas with sour cream and a dash of sugar!

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                                                                                                              eight_inch_pestle Dec 24, 2009 11:17 AM

                                                                                                              Cream cheese and jelly on bagels is best with bacon top. Now that's childhood memories.

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                                                                                                                coll Dec 25, 2009 02:56 AM

                                                                                                                One of my favorite childhood memories: when Dad made us dinner, it was often cream cheese and jelly on bagels, and Campbells Tomato Soup with wide egg noodles added. All of us still make this meal occasionally in his memory. I have passed on his secret to the younger ones: He used half milk and half water in the soup.

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                                                                                                                  misterkot Jun 10, 2010 10:16 PM

                                                                                                                  i always liked cream cheese and jam on sourdough toast.

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                                                                                                        pescatarian Aug 3, 2006 09:00 PM

                                                                                                        At passover, we made "matzah pizza" - matzah smothered with Manischevitz Tomato Mushroom Sauce and shredded mozzerella

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                                                                                                          Chew on That Sep 19, 2007 09:23 AM

                                                                                                          I LIVE on matzah pizza during Passover and use the same exact sauce! I always feel so unhealthy on Passover because that's one of the only things I'll like for lunch. I don't like matzah sandwiches. Seeing you bring this up made me so happy!

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                                                                                                            rccola Oct 11, 2009 09:06 AM

                                                                                                            Try sliced tomatoes which have had the liquidy seed part removed and grated cheese. If you like kimchee, kimchee on matzoh is killer.

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                                                                                                          evasgramma Sep 16, 2009 06:17 AM

                                                                                                          cream cheese with dill pickle relish on a toasted bagel!! Yum!!

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                                                                                                            tonina_mdc Sep 16, 2009 11:46 AM

                                                                                                            That sounds absolutely delicious, evasgramma! I love toasted bagels slathered with reduced-fat cream cheese and topped with large amounts of fresh dill or chives. They are wonderful enough that I occasionally dream of having them during the winter, when it is tough (or expensive!) to lay hands on fresh herbs.

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                                                                                                          mariacarmen Sep 19, 2007 10:49 AM

                                                                                                          i had a friend who was from Venezuela in grade school, and she used to bring cream cheese and strawberry jam sandwiches to school. loved them.

                                                                                                          my grandmother used to make me sour cream and sliced bananas with sugar. mmmmm . ..

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                                                                                                            jchamberlain Jun 23, 2009 11:33 AM

                                                                                                            My sister likes to put cream cheese grape jelly, and a sausage patty on a bagel. I kind of liked it.

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                                                                                                              alkapal Jun 23, 2009 04:48 PM

                                                                                                              j -- oh yeah, grape jelly on a sausage biscuit is very good, too! now that cream cheese is just decadent. ;-).

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                                                                                                            srr Jun 10, 2006 03:06 AM

                                                                                                            My mom used to make a "vegetable" soup that started with ground beef and a big can of stewed tomatoes. Anything else was fair game. Yum!

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                                                                                                              bryan May 20, 2007 05:03 PM

                                                                                                              My mom used to do that too. We called it hamburger soup. I still make it at least once every winter. It's about the only time I ever use canned veggies.

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                                                                                                              wyf4lyf Jun 10, 2006 03:34 AM

                                                                                                              Peanut butter & bacon sandwiches

                                                                                                              Peanut butter chicken (slather p-butter over chicken pieces and bake in the oven)

                                                                                                              My mother always made the following after Thanksgiving and she insists that you HAVE to use Miracle Whip. We never used the stuff any other time. I cringe every year when I pick up the jar and bring it home...but I wouldn't dare try using anything else in this recipe!!

                                                                                                              HOT TURKEY SALAD - serves 8-10
                                                                                                              3 cups cooked turkey, diced in bite size pieces
                                                                                                              1 -1/2 cups chopped celery
                                                                                                              2T grated onion
                                                                                                              4 hard boiled eggs (sliced)
                                                                                                              1 small jar pimento (or chopped red pepper)
                                                                                                              1 small package slivered almonds
                                                                                                              1 cup Miracle Whip
                                                                                                              1 cup grated Jack cheese
                                                                                                              2 T lemon juice
                                                                                                              salt and pepper to taste
                                                                                                              potato chips

                                                                                                              Mix together all ingredients and pour in medium size casserole which is very lightly greased. Sprinkle crushed potato chips over top. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 30 minutes. This is best if it stands in refrigerator for a few hours before re-heating.

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                                                                                                                boogiebaby Jun 10, 2006 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                I've been eating peanut butter and bacon sandwiches since I was about 8 years old! It's something we used to make at Girl Scout camp. I like it best on toasted bread.

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                                                                                                                  coll Jun 10, 2006 06:08 AM

                                                                                                                  We grew up with peanut butter and bacon, and also peanut butter and butter.

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                                                                                                                    foodiex2 Jun 10, 2006 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                    PB and bacon were a Saturday staple in my house growing up too. Also PB and banana (an Elvis favorite) And my grandmother always butter the bread before PBJ or PB and bacon. Her reasoning was that it kept the PB from sticking to the roof of your mouth.

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                                                                                                                      pamd Jun 10, 2006 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                      ...and you forgot fluffernutters!

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                                                                                                                        macca Jun 10, 2006 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                        The kids in my family still like fluffernutters. I think it may be a boston area thing. We go to the Outer banks in NC every couple of years with my family, my siblings and there families. We meet my cousins and their families from Ohio there ( this year there will be 25 of us). Their kids had never heard of fluffernutters. Not they love them.
                                                                                                                        We bring a big jar of Fluff. Last time we were there, we ran out of fluff. It was really hard to find at the local Food Lion. Was not with the pb and jelly as it should be- but was tucked away on the bottom shelf with the baking items.

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                                                                                                                          maydaycolorado Aug 17, 2009 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                          I was at the Food & Wine Festival in Aspen a couple of years ago and they made Fluffernutter sandwiches with CHOCOLATE peanut butter! OMG...I have never had anything so decadent! We were stealing all the leftovers! Chocolate peanut butter is hard to find, but oh so worth it!

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                                                                                                                            evasgramma Sep 16, 2009 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                            Ate Fluffernutters as a child in the '60's in NW Penna., near Ohio. Still love them, sent my kids to school with them in their lunches, here in Canada. Also had Peanutbutter and Mayonnaise, NOT Miracle Whip, and Amish Peanut Butter, made with Peanutbutter, whipped with molasses. That was like having a Hallowe'en Toffee kiss!

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                                                                                                                            slyfox Jun 10, 2006 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                            My visiting Yankee cousin will never quite recover from our Red Sox fluffernutters....he was and still is horrified by the memory....and we thought it was the coolest thing between white bread!!!

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                                                                                                                              Mr. F. Jun 10, 2006 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                              Fluffernutters rock.

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                                                                                                                                Bigley9 Nov 15, 2009 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                I was so in love with fluffernutters that we named our cat after them!

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                                                                                                                                  momjamin Dec 7, 2009 03:28 AM

                                                                                                                                  That's a great name for a cat ;-)

                                                                                                                                  When I went to summer camp, there was always a loaf of white bread, a jar of PB, and a jar of fluff on the table for the kids who didn't like what was being served. I wonder if the camp has had to go nut-free since then -- fluffersoybutter?

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                                                                                                                                    Bigley9 Dec 7, 2009 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                    Fluffer-soyer just doesn't have the same ring!

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                                                                                                                              krissywats Jun 11, 2006 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                              My father did the same but his reasoning was that it kept the Jelly from soaking through the bread. He also put butter on his tuna sandwich that he took to work for the same reason

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                                                                                                                              Yongeman Jun 10, 2006 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                              Yeah! Peanut butter and butter--but cold, hard butter. That's the best.

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                                                                                                                                hungryann Jul 20, 2006 12:29 AM

                                                                                                                                Other favorite pb combos in my house:
                                                                                                                                -pb with cream cheese
                                                                                                                                -pb with cheez whiz or processed american slice cheese
                                                                                                                                -pb with nutella
                                                                                                                                -and the classic: pb with butter
                                                                                                                                YUMMO!

                                                                                                                                Other stuff I loved when I was little:

                                                                                                                                -Raw egg yolk whipped with sugar, cinnamon, cocoa and maybe a splash of OJ (this was supposed to be a fortifier since I was a scrawny kid)
                                                                                                                                -Smashed up chocolate chip cookies with pureed banana and peanut butter

                                                                                                                                Ahh! the memories!!

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                                                                                                                                  tonina_mdc Sep 7, 2009 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                  Isn't it funny how many odd thing PB seems to end up with when you're a kid? My mother used to mix PB and bananas - not such an odd combo, but she would mush the banana into a lumpy paste, mix in a ton of peanut butter, and eat the whole mess out of a bowl with a spoon! To this day, I shiver a bit over the memory....

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                                                                                                                                    raidar Sep 7, 2009 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                    Oh that sounds wonderful! I have some ripe banana's sitting around. Thanks for lunch!

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                                                                                                                                      MartiniGenie Oct 18, 2009 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                      PB, dill pickles and Miracle Whip sandwich! Still have to have one on occasion.

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                                                                                                                                        dooflaer Nov 26, 2009 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                        Yes! Someone else knows of peanut butter with pickles. I'm not a mayonnaise guy, so I would just have sandwiches with peanut butter and pickles. My dad got that from somewhere. Everyone I've told about it thought it sounded disgusting but after trying it had to agree that it's delicious.

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                                                                                                                                      tonina_mdc Sep 8, 2009 12:09 AM

                                                                                                                                      I'm glad somebody likes that idea (other than my mother!) because it always gave me the willies when I was a kid. Now something I DID devour was something my mom always called "green junk" - gross name, but delectable. It was pistachio pudding mixed with pineapple, chopped walnuts, mandarin orange segments and things like that. I still request it for holiday dinners - and I carry off all the leftovers!

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                                                                                                                                        egging Sep 16, 2009 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                                        oh, I love "green junk" too! At my house we called it watergate salad. We'd mix a package of dry pistachio pudding with a tub of cool whip then add in pineapple, mandarin orange bits, tiny marshmallows, nuts, etc. Makes me think fondly of my grandmother, who made the best version.

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                                                                                                                                          tonina_mdc Sep 17, 2009 02:02 AM

                                                                                                                                          Isn't that funny! I've heard of watergate salad of course, but the version I know is made with apples and never had pistachio pudding. The first time my (then future) husband came to a holiday dinner, he saw me beg for and carry off the green junk and thought it was the grossest mess ever. I eventually got him to try it and he tolerates it now, although he still doesn't get the major appeal of it. I guess it's just something you have to grow up with in order to truly love....

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                                                                                                                                            FibroLady Oct 4, 2009 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                            The one with apples is called WALDORF salad...apples, raisins, nuts, mayo, etc. My aunt and uncle always made watergate salad for all the holiday meals.To me, it was just...meh. I actually prefer the Waldorf salad. (which was invented at the hotel of the same name(

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                                                                                                                                              tonina_mdc Oct 4, 2009 11:56 PM

                                                                                                                                              My bad, you are quite correct. I'm slipping in my frazzled middle age. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                alkapal Oct 15, 2009 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                oh yes! a freshly made waldorf, with top-notch ingredients, is a revelation.

                                                                                                                                                just beautiful and so delicious!

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                                                                                                                                            mountaincachers Nov 24, 2009 03:37 AM

                                                                                                                                            Wow! That sounds similar the the peanut butter, mayo, and lettuce sandwiches I used to eat as a kid. I was told that the origin was my grandfather who didn't like sweet stuff like jelly with pb. This was one I quickly learned not to tell my friends about, and haven't had one in years. Doesn't even sound appealing now, though I still love pb. Now I prefer to eat it melty on toast with honey or Nutella. Clearly, I have more of a sweet tooth than my grandfather.

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                                                                                                                                      Seldomsated Dec 4, 2006 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                      How about crunched-up potato chips on open-faced peanut butter sandwiches?

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                                                                                                                                        thegirlwholovestoeat Jun 11, 2009 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                        My favorite was ham, cheese, peanut putter, jelly and chips of any kind all in one sandwich... I kind of want one now!

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                                                                                                                                        MrsCheese May 28, 2009 08:23 PM

                                                                                                                                        I grew up eating peanut butter and iceberg lettuce sandwiches on white bread. The crispy iceberg keep the peanut butter from sticking to the roof of your mouth and provides a little more texture. I still love it (and everyone thinks I'm weird).

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                                                                                                                                          buttertart Jun 5, 2009 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                          I don't! We had these too (my mother's idea), and I still love them. Also good with leaf lettuce. Another thing that's wonderful with PB in sandwiches: sliced tomatoes. The two flavors are great together. On the sweeter side: sliced apples, preferably hard first-of-the season ones, salted lightly.

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                                                                                                                                        SLO Jul 17, 2006 04:09 AM

                                                                                                                                        MMMMM on toast so the peanut butter gets warm and a bit runny .. and with the bacon .. NIRVANA

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                                                                                                                                          cooknKate Jul 17, 2006 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                          PB and bacon is one of my most favorite things to eat! Also PB and crushed potato chips on bread is yummy! I also posted at the end of the thread about PB and green olives

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                                                                                                                                            Amanda please May 28, 2007 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                            My Mom made us "fish-a-ma- jig sandwichs
                                                                                                                                            mashed up flounder with mayo on hamburger buns.

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                                                                                                                                              patmatw Sep 4, 2009 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                              Mm-m-m, cooknKate, I thought I had posted that for a second, PB and bacon is also my fave, on toast is best, and I don't know anyone else in the world that's ever tried PB and potato chips. It's like having chunky peanut butter, only better! Glad to have read your post and know there's another like me out there.

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                                                                                                                                                patmatw Nov 5, 2011 03:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                I must have posted this elsewhere, but my mom sliced onions paper thin to put on her peanutbutter and white bread sandwiches. I never got up the courage to try it.

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                                                                                                                                            schoenick Apr 30, 2007 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                            Growing up my mom used to make peanut butter and banana sandwiches and also peanut butter and pickle sandwiches. My husband thinks the pickle sandwiches are gross but I still crave them when I'm missing home.

                                                                                                                                            Also - I made up a recipe when I was first living on my own and money was scarce - box of mac\cheese (the $0.25 a box version), can of "cream of" soup, can of tuna - Mix all three and serve.

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                                                                                                                                              KaimukiMan May 1, 2007 03:38 AM

                                                                                                                                              I was also raised on peanut butter and pickle sandwhiches. For mystery readers it is a favorite in the "Alphabet" series by Sue Grafton

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                                                                                                                                                TalN Jan 22, 2008 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                Sounds like your tastes are similar to mine. In 6th grade I ate a peanut butter & mustard sandwhich on a dare (hey, he was cute!). I have indulged in this sweet & sour combination ever since. Hmmm, maybe I will try dill pickles sometime.

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                                                                                                                                                  eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife May 21, 2008 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Ahh - that reminds me of my "Macarena Macaroni" - KD with canned diced tomatoes, kidney beans, mushrooms and chilli powder mixed in :)

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                                                                                                                                                    mrschef1 Jul 15, 2009 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                    One of the first "recipes" I learned to make was boxed mac & cheese, sauteed onion, canned mushroom stems & peices and tomato sauce. I made it for years, my kids named it mac-a-tooney. I remember once I began to learn more about food, trying to "gourmet it up" a bit. It was awful. Stick to the basics though and I'd still eat a couple of bowls full!

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                                                                                                                                                    Julya Dec 1, 2009 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                    OH! I just found this after I posted about Peanut Butter, Bacon and Tomato sandwiches! Nice to know others had them too!!! :)

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                                                                                                                                                    wyf4lyf Jun 10, 2006 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Glad to know I wasn't the only kid eating PB-bacon sandwiches! I also ate PB and mayo and got laughed at a lot by other kids. Haven't eated that in years.

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                                                                                                                                                      slyfox Jun 10, 2006 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                      fried bologna with Hellmans on Arnold white toast!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                        rumple Dec 21, 2007 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Fried balogna with mustard on white bread!

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                                                                                                                                                          jomi53 Aug 21, 2009 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                          As a kid it was fried bologna with fried onions on bakery rye fried in lots of butter

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                                                                                                                                                        ratbin Jun 10, 2006 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Loved peanut butter and mayonnaise!

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                                                                                                                                                          Louise Jul 18, 2006 04:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Grandpa likes peanut butter and bologna, or pickles, or the three together. Sometimes with mayo, so it doesn't stick to the roof of your mouth. He must know something, he's over 90 and still does the crossword every day. If that's what it takes, I don't think I'll make it.

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                                                                                                                                                            pattisue May 21, 2007 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I thought we were the only ones! Peanubt butter, bologna and cheese, as well as mayo. Haven't had a sandwich like that in many, many years. I loved it as a kid, but I'm kind of afraid to try it again.

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                                                                                                                                                              vicsailgarden May 13, 2009 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                              My dad likes peanut butter and balogna too.
                                                                                                                                                              Is your grandpa Norwegian from the midwest like mine?
                                                                                                                                                              Been trying to figure out where he got it!

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                                                                                                                                                                Northforker Jan 1, 2010 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Thick sliced bologna, extra crunchy peanut butter, and 2 slices of kraft american cheese on wheat bread is my favorite sandwich, been eating them for 30 years, I haven't asked my heart's opinion, it wouldn't be good.

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                                                                                                                                                                Bobierto Sep 3, 2006 02:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Oh man, my Aunt Lorna used to eat PB and mayo! Never heard of it anywhere else! And if my mother ever asked my dad to make dinner, it was either waffles with tiny bits of ham in the batter, or fried bologna sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Tom Steele Nov 5, 2011 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  My late brother LIVED on peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches. He would eat 2 or 3 in one sitting. He also liked to dip a stick of butter into a bowl of sugar and eat it like a banana. I was horrified!

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                                                                                                                                                                  soyummmy Aug 15, 2009 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Andrew Zimmern from travel channel's Bizarre Foods was in Minnesota and had a burger with PB and Mayo. He said it was amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                  My mom's goulash was ground beef sauteed with onions, elbow macaroni and can of Campbell's tomato. served with bread and butter...mmm. i made sandwiches out of it!

                                                                                                                                                                  Breakfast when I was a little girl was sliced bananas in a bowl with orange juice and sprinkled with sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                  Great (but ugly) appetizer:
                                                                                                                                                                  brown ground beef and ground sausage, mix in velveeta and spoon onto cocktail rye, and toast on baking sheet. you can make a whole bunch, and freeze before toasting, and throw them in the oven whenever you need to!

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                                                                                                                                                                    mse924 Sep 7, 2009 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Soyummy, the appetizer you described is a favorite in my family. My grandma used to make it whenever she had people to her house and we called them "the cheeseburger things". My cousins and I used to fight over who got the ones that were browned the most. Come to think of it, we still do :)

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                                                                                                                                                                      mray Sep 24, 2009 04:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      I grew up around Sedalia, MO and the Drive In there served a Goober Burger with everything including peanut butter and I still put peanut butter on my burgers. All my friends are used to it but I love the look on someone's face that isn't used to it!

                                                                                                                                                                      My partner's family always eats strawberry jam on the fish they fry up at the family cabin. They make it into a sandwich with white bread. It's really not bad. . .

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                                                                                                                                                                        coll Sep 26, 2009 07:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Both sound good to me, probably takes away some of the greasy taste. I may have to try them myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                          wekick Jan 17, 2010 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Nothing better than a goober burger. I make mine at home with chunky peanut butter and a thin slice of onion and a little extra salt.

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                                                                                                                                                                      krissywats Jun 11, 2006 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      My father used to eat peanut butter on his hotdogs. Still makes me want to gag but he loved it - never in my life heard of peanut butter and bacon....that's hysterical!

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                                                                                                                                                                        MsDiPesto Jul 17, 2006 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I learned of the joy of PB, Mayo and Lettuce sandwiches from my spouse's dad. I've read that they serve PB & Bacon at one of the ivy league clubs in NYC....

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                                                                                                                                                                          cheesehead in recovery Sep 2, 2006 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          PB & MAYO With Lettuce! My grandmother loved that combo!
                                                                                                                                                                          It makes be cringe with good and weird memories when ever i hear it. She's physically still with us, but mentally not in this world anymore. Its good to know that she wasn't alone in her love for these weird sandwiches!

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                                                                                                                                                                            SilverlakeGirl Dec 21, 2007 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Strange.

                                                                                                                                                                            We used to eat those as kids. That's 50 years ago and I hadn't thought of it til now.

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                                                                                                                                                                              mountaincachers Nov 24, 2009 03:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Wow again! I posted above about this sandwich. I can't believe I'm seeing it here, like a long lost friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                        Candy Jun 10, 2006 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        My mother's exotic PB sandwich was made with mint jelly, I prefered peanut butter and bread and butter pickles.

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                                                                                                                                                                          stuckinschool Jun 13, 2006 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          liverwurst and pickle sandwiches!

                                                                                                                                                                          can also be spread on a cracker with a slice of pickle on top if you wanna get fancy :)

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                                                                                                                                                                            WineWidow Sep 1, 2006 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            YES! liverwurst and pickles are a divine combination! The sour brininess of the pickles totally sets off the rich creaminess of the liverwurst. Yum! We always had them openface on slices of very dark rye.

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                                                                                                                                                                              sweetie Apr 30, 2007 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Actually my thing was (still is) liverwurst and jam. Preferable strawberry jam.

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                                                                                                                                                                                vicsailgarden May 13, 2009 08:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                you've gotta be kidding!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                I love liverwurst and I love jam ... but for 2 different meals

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                                                                                                                                                                                  beekeroc Sep 30, 2009 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Jam with perogies! I love to mix both sour cream and jam, preferably raspberry, and so does most of my family. Does anyone else do this , or are we just weird? Whenever I told anyone this they were freaked out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal Aug 13, 2009 04:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks for sharing that, sparkina. TMI.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  lulubelle May 20, 2007 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I use to take liverwurst (fron the tube), sweet pickle relish and yellow mustard an mash it all together as a spreadd for crackers or toast. YUM!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    eveh Aug 16, 2009 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    We ate Souse meat sandwiches. I can taste that wonderful jellied texture and the pickled taste. I can't find that type of Souse meat anymore. We also ate hoghead cheese sandwiches too but they had nothing to do with cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      maydaycolorado Aug 17, 2009 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      My mom used to make something called Salamangrundi...basically ground up bologna, pickle relish and a little mayo...spread on bread for a sandwich...it was a real favorite

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                                                                                                                                                                                        evasgramma Sep 16, 2009 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        SALMAGUNDI or SALAMAGUNDY
                                                                                                                                                                                        (pirate food: Caribbean, Atlantic, Indian Ocean 17th-18th centuries)
                                                                                                                                                                                        a mixed dish consisting usually of cubed poultry or fish, chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, onions, oil, etc., often served as a salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          rgerr1 Apr 28, 2010 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          My mother-in-law made the same thing, probably withmore mayo than your mom used, but they called it "Party Meat" (because they only made it for special occasions!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          unmoored Dec 21, 2009 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          My Mom is from the Boston area and used to make liverwurst sandwiches on pumpernickel with slices of green bell pepper. Fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, she made pita sandwiches with cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, Miracle Whip (no substitutes), salt and pepper. I still eat them all the time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Sep 19, 2007 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          my mom used to make me liverwurst on toast sandwiches with a bowl of campbell's tomato soup on rainy days. LOVED IT!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          jen kalb Jul 17, 2006 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          My mother's family all devour peanut butter and onion, PB tomato and onion, PB cuke tom and onion etc I think they use mayo but Mom has never been able to entice me into the cult.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Cynsa Jul 18, 2006 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, yeah! PB and onion with a sprinkling of salt... it's the BEST!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              jrham Jan 18, 2010 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              My grandmother makes PB and cheese sandwiches... kind of strange but actually don't taste that bad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              skamama Oct 24, 2009 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              One Sunday night ritual was peanut butter and onion sandwiches. Our PB & onion was with chopped scallions and Miracle Whip-type salad dressing. It doesn't work with mayonnaise.

                                                                                                                                                                                              The other Sunday night ritual was chocolate pudding cake. Dad had been a bachelor a few years before meeting Mom, and he had some recipes of his own he liked to stir up. We ate it warm in bowls after we came home from church, often with vanilla ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Chocolate Pudding Cake
                                                                                                                                                                                              2 cups flour
                                                                                                                                                                                              4 tsp. baking powder
                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 tsp. salt
                                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                              4 T. cocoa
                                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup milk
                                                                                                                                                                                              4 T. melted shortening or oil

                                                                                                                                                                                              Sift first five ingredients; stir in milk and melted shortening. Spread the stiff batter in a large rectangular pan (I do mean large). Sprinkle over the top:
                                                                                                                                                                                              2 cups brown/white sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 cup cocoa
                                                                                                                                                                                              Then pour over it 3-1/2 cups hot water. Bake 35-45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. The "cake" rises to the top leaving chocolate pudding underneath. Cream or whipped cream is good on it, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Blush Nov 6, 2009 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                My mom made that dessert all the time but we called it Brownie Pudding. I still get excited when she makes it! We're in SW Ontario, Canada, btw.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Duster17 Dec 10, 2009 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  My mom, also from Ontario called it brownie pudding as well. Any of you Canadians ever heard of bachelor cake? Casting my memory back, there was some sort of chocolate on graham crackers? And put in the fridge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Rubee Jun 10, 2006 09:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Another fan of peanut butter and bacon, and also peanut butter and sharp cheddar sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The hot turkey/chicken salad is a popular Southern recipe. It's even in the "Paula Deen & Friends" cookbook.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              amkirkland Sep 10, 2006 01:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              my brother and I would put PB between two slices of american cheese. It really disturbs me these days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                PhoebeB May 19, 2007 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                At last, a PB and cheese sandwich fan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                When we kids were old enough to fend for ourselves on Sunday nights after our big Sunday "dinner" (lunch), I invented the PB/Longhorn Cheddar/sliced tomato sandwich. I'd butter two slices of bread, spread PB over one and lay sliced cheese on the other, put them under the broiler until they bubbled, lay slices of a straight-out-of-the-Victory Garden tomato on one piece, salt and lots of pepper, slap them together. To this day it's my favorite fast comfort food, and my grandchildren have become positively addicted to it. And bacon would be great on it, too. Bacon goes with anything and PB is the staff of life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  btrswttx00 Jan 9, 2008 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  How about PB with pancake syrup mixed in! Yum! My mom would sometimes also also mix in molassas. With bananas was a good one! Bacon is really yummy too! My cousins did the PB and mayo...never cared for it! Just good eating!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    ArikaDawn Jan 10, 2008 03:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Love PB and syrup sandwiches. A must have with chili.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sparkina Aug 13, 2009 12:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That PB and pancake syrup reminds me of something I make called a Tri-State Sandwich

                                                                                                                                                                                                      PB -- (Georgia)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maple syrup -- the REAL stuff (Vermont)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Applesauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                      between two slices of toast

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        DishDelish Aug 13, 2009 03:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not sandwiches, but peanut butter and syrup on top of pancakes was my fav. as a kid. When I was done with the pancakes I would glop a spoonful of peanut butter on my plate and top with syrup. Yum!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          pattiadleybryan Oct 4, 2009 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          In the Louisiana hot summer Sunday evenings, we would mix peanut butter and honey with a dash of vanilla, spread it on fresh bread. YUM, YUM!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            tonina_mdc Oct 4, 2009 11:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh wow, that sounds awesome! Ratio of peanut butter to honey please? I'd love to give that a run!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              pattiadleybryan Oct 7, 2009 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Really you just play around with it until it is the sweetness that you like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Approximate: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 2 tablespoons honey. Top that with sliced ripe bananas and you have a masterpiece.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            maydaycolorado Nov 5, 2011 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            My brother used to take peanut butter and syrup, pour it on a plate and stir it all up...he called it "round and round"...I never tried it...it looked too sweet for me! He loved it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              DishDelish Nov 14, 2011 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              That was my favorite! I would have done this more however my Mother would only allow me a small amount.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wtg2Retire Nov 14, 2011 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              When we were kids, my sister and I used to mix up some creamy peanut butter with Karo white syrup when we got home from school. Also great on a slice of homemade bread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gayle Jun 12, 2006 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yum, PB & Bacon. Love it. My mom served it with an ice cold glass of chocolate milk. Delish! She still makes it for me sometimes when I go to visit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            upstate girl Apr 30, 2007 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I used to eat mayo and grape jelly sandwiches when I was little. Have not had one since then and don't plan on going back anytime soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            cookiekelly May 28, 2009 11:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bologna on Saltines with Miracle Whip. NO mayo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              almond3xtract Jul 7, 2009 07:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              My mom always eats peanut butter, bacon and mustard on white toast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                raidar Jul 24, 2009 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                PB and Bacon is an absolute family favorite. PB with most things. PB and Honey, PB and Banana, PB and jelly or jam, PB with butter..Heck sometimes we just add layers. Slice of bread, PB/bacon, slice of bread, PB and banana, slice of bread. Best triple decker sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                emdb Jun 10, 2006 05:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My irish nana's "goulash."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 lb ground beef, browned in BUTTER w/1 large or 2 med. chopped onions, seasoned with salt and black pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 lb cooked wide egg noodles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 28 oz. cans tomato chunks w juice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 mondo block velveeta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Combine meat/onion mixture with tomatoes in stockpot. Bring to simmer. Add velveeta, in chunks, until sauce turns close to cheeto-orange. Adjust seasoning for salt and black pepper. Stir in noodles over low heat, let continue to cook 5 minutes until noodles suck up a lot of the sauce and are nice and mushy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Serve with pepsi. And chocolate cake from a box mix, topped with powdered sugar. Or a thawed Pepperidge Farm freezer cake. You get the picture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My husband wouldn't eat this at first, but now he admits that every six months, it's a got to have dish at the end of a bad day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  macca Jun 10, 2006 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Creamed shrimp on Toast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Canned shrimp and a can of peas & carrots. Make a bechamel sauce ( mom used American cheese).Add the shrimp and vegatables to the sauce and heat through. Serve over toast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We had this for dinner sometimes during Lent. I used to love it. Still serve it at least once during Lent, even now!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    coll Jun 10, 2006 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My mother made something similar, but served over rice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Frozen shrimp with condensed cream of shrimp soup (Cross and Blackwell is the brand she used) thinned with some sherry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also made cut up chicken in condensed cream of mushroom soup, thinned with sherry, served over Jiffy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cornbread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I never make these myself, but loved them when I was a kid.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      macca Jun 10, 2006 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Got a recipe from relatives in the midwest that uses cream of chicken soup. Sounds weird, but it is good, and feeds a crowd:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Package frozen Ore Ida home fries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      can cream of chicken soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      container of sour cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stick of butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      16 oz shredded cheddar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      shredded onion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mix all together in a casserole. Top with crushed corn flakes and bake @ 350 for about an hour, until chesse melts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This can also be "doctored" up easily. Can add ham, brocolli, use mushroom soup instead of chicken, etc. I brought this recipe home from a visit to relatives in the Mid West, and it never fails- whenever I brin it to a gathering, am always asked for the recipe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        coll Jun 10, 2006 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds good, I also keep seeing recipes with tater tots too, so many recipes made with Campbells soup!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just remembered another recipe, but I'm sure we're not the only ones that made it; it's probably from when Pillsbury invented crescent rolls because I remember my mother making this alot in the 60s-70s.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Chicken Things" (no idea what the real name is)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6 oz cream cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 Tbs mayo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 cups cooked chicken or turkey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        salt and pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        poultry seasoning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 Tbs milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chopped onion and celery is optional

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mix all together and put in crescent rolls, fold to make packet. Close edges with tines of fork. Dip in melted butter and then bread crumbs mixed with parsley.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bake 350 for 40 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is more delicious than it sounds, and great for using up Thanksgiving leftovers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tastycakes Jan 21, 2008 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i used to make these in college - i got the idea from a my roommate's girlfriend. we experimented with putting in sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes, and basil and garlic and they were delicious. i need to make these for the superbowl for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i have also been known to add a can of tuna and a generous amount of ketchup to boxed macaroni and cheese. or mix tuna with hot spaghetti noodles, mayo and fake powdered parmesan cheese and lots of black pepper. we also used to eat leftover steamed rice heated in a pan and then scrambled with eggs, and served with sour cream. let's not forget refried beans spread on toast and broiled with a slice of american cheese - government cheese that doesn't really melt, and the giant cardboard tub of government chocolate chip ice cream, served in a glass with 7-up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          egging Sep 16, 2009 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          we had a similar recipe we called branding potatoes--they were a must at the the post-branding feast on my family's cattle ranch. It consisted of shredded potatoes (fresh or frozen), sour cream, cream cheese, and onion. Heavenly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kim shook Jun 10, 2006 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My mom made that shrimp soup dish, too! It was a real fancy 'company' dish in those days. Pepperidge farms had come out with those puff pastry shells and she would serve the shrimp 'stuff' in those with rice. You know, I must have been really influenced by that meal, because even today I have a can of cream of shrimp soup in my cabinet. It is probably at least 5 years old. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kivarita Jun 10, 2006 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We had something similar to this - also called "goulash" but it was like homemade hamburger helper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 lb. ground beef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 onion, diced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 28 oz. can ready cut tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 8 oz(?) can tomato sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 6 oz.(?) can tomato paste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 lb. large elbow macaroni

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brown the ground beef, add onion - saute until softened. Add tomatoes, sauce & paste. Simmer 15-20 minutes. Add sugar if needed to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. Meanwhile, boil the macaroni. Then toss it into the beef/tomato mixture. Voila!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Served, of course, with white bread. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jillp Jun 10, 2006 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's exactly the recipe my mother used for her "goulash." It was amazingly flavorless, too - not a bit of zip to it, in accordance with the mid-century Midwestern cooking tradition. She still loves it and makes it occasionally.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mamma_spice Jun 1, 2009 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, we had the same goulash too--absolutely NO flavor. Mom also made "Spanish rice"--the same thing with rice instead of elbows. Those were the dishes that sent me over the edge and made me take over the cooking at age 10. No offense to those who like it, though, I just like spicy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fara Jun 10, 2006 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            my aunt makes something similar and it's called "american chop suey"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Das Ubergeek Jun 10, 2006 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, my mother used to make it too. I knew it as American chop suey, but we always called it "macaroni mess". That was what caused me to learn to cook... I hated it, I hated the very smell of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jen kalb Jul 22, 2006 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                my midwestern dad has always made the same stuff - called slumgullion. Yuck. It was diff from the Johnny Marzetti they served in my Ohio public school (I think it must be called "marzetti" in Cols. there because of the famous Marzetti's restaurant (now gone, of course) and the sauces carrying that name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hondo77 Apr 9, 2008 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                American Chop Suey is officially a tradition in my family. I had it when I was a kid and it's now my son's favorite dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Zoe Jun 10, 2006 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had a friend long ago who made a dish like this and called it "Scottish Lasagna".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  phil Jun 11, 2006 10:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GThat recipe is what my mother and my aunt called Johnny Mazzetti. I wasn't raised in the Canal Zone. My mothwer made German potato salad(potatoes, bacon and onion in a sweet sour sauce made with bacon fat, vinegar and white sugar. I've never seen anyone make a similar concoction.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Louise Jul 17, 2006 02:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My Grandma makes that and it is very tasty. She's in Ohio.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cynsa Jul 18, 2006 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I grew up in Columbus, Ohio...my dad made his Johnny Mazzetti with flat egg noodles...there's a pinch of sugar in his recipe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Louise Jul 18, 2006 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My oops. It's the potato salad that Grandma makes. I was suprised the first time when it did not go into the fridge, but dang, it's tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Though she's been around a while, she may well have heard of Johnny Mazzetti.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kivarita Jul 19, 2006 04:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My dad's side, where the recipe comes from, is from Michigan. Either way, it's in the middle!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kelli2006 Sep 10, 2006 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That style of potato salad(German) is the only kind that I will eat. I can make the more common potato salad with mayo and mustard, but it is not something that I will ever do for my family.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I grew up in Amish country of N-E Ohio and we were also served Johnny Marzetti in schools. My daughter never had to eat it at school and will occasionally ask for it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My mother used to make hamburgers out of a mixture that was usually reserved for making a meatloaf. They are delicious when grilled over charcoal and served with onion and tomato.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It is amazing the foods and recipes that we thought were a family idea, only to find out later that it was a local specialty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Boston_Otter Sep 5, 2009 03:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We were also served Johnny Marzetti in the school cafeteria in Gahanna, Ohio (right outside Columbus). My mom's was better, though!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            loveysangel Dec 4, 2006 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We grew up on german potato salad, and now my kids love it. We have it with fried chicken or ham and on holidays mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm good stuff :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              berkleybabe May 28, 2007 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yup, we had that. German--also had the bacon and onions in rutabaga and also in green beans. My father called it "eingebrengcht" (sp?). Very typical of Austrian/German preps (my grandparents were Austrian.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So, basically what ISN"T good with bacon and onions?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TonyO Jan 21, 2008 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Still making that here in Vermont (remember it growing up in Upstate , NY)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  zitronenmadchen Apr 8, 2008 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  my dad makes the same thing, with celery seed, the recipe comes from a very old, very falling apart copy of Betty Crocker from the 60s

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NellyNel Jun 17, 2009 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Phil,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I used to live near a German deli that make potato salad that way - it was my very favorite. I dream about it till this day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you know the recipe?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cooknKate Jul 17, 2006 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We had something like this too, although it was with rice, not macaroni.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bookgirl234 Jul 23, 2006 01:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My mom made that goulash too except after the elbow noodles were added she put layer of shredded mozzarella on it, put the pot top on and let it melt. I still like it but rarely make it because it serves so many. I did make it recently with some leftover sauce for the nostalgia value and my 8-year old niece loved it so it might be popping up in my life again. She also did a version of it called Lazyman’s Lasagna – basically the same recipe except egg noodles instead of elbows and a small carton of cottage cheese added near the end of cooking. They were the first dinner dished I ever learned to make.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Every family in our town seemed to make a similar goulash - my best friend's mom put some ketchup (along with tomato sauce) in hers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        loveysangel Dec 11, 2006 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My mom made this too, in the winter especially, except we called it meal-in-one. We always had cornmuffins with it. My kids werent thrilled with it, they called it barf-a-roni. LOLOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cassandra Dec 13, 2006 01:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My grandmother, who lived in southern Ohio, made this every single time we came to visit. Her's was topped with american cheese, and, most importantly *bacon*!! I have tried to recreate her exact recipe many times, to no avail.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife May 21, 2008 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My mom used to make that too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sal Vanilla Jun 5, 2009 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Add chili powder and beans and Partner - you got's Texas Goulash! Yeeeeee Haw. My mom made it all the time growing up. I take exception to the poster who declared your version tasteless. It is basically sketti.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                almond3xtract Jul 7, 2009 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sounds a lot like what my mom calls California Goulash. We add canned corn, mushrooms, black olives, and a little bit of Velveeta. Pretty yummy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cathy N Oct 14, 2009 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You're all WAY too fancy. My German mother would brown ground beef in butter and add cooked elbow macaroni to it, with MORE butter. She'd let it sit in the frying pan until the noodles on the bottom would get golden brown and stir it. She'd do it a few times so you'd get some crunchy noodles mixed in with the soft. She'd add more butter & salt at the dinner table to hers; I'd add ketchup to mine. I still eat it occasionally but have courageously added some chopped onions & mushrooms to the ground beef. Much more modern:>)!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bryan Jun 10, 2006 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow does that bring back memories. Mom used to make something she called, oh man, "Plenty More in Kitchen" Casserole. Same ingredients but canned mushrooms and corn were added for vitamins - surely not taste - and the noodles were mixed in. It was then topped w/ cheese and baked in the oven for an hour or so. One time she got creative and added rasins to it. Poor Mother wasn't much of a cook. We used to call the casserole "Belly Bomb" for reasons I shall spare the reader.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The first time my bf "cooked" for me he made cheeseburger macaroni hamburger helper w/ corn added. I took a hesitant taste and said "OMG, Belly Bomb"! Needles to say, I do the cooking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lgss Apr 8, 2008 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My grandmother was raised by an aunt and many double cousins. They had a family code when they had company. PMK meant plenty more in kitchen and FHB meant family hold back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Mar 21, 2009 09:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >>>>PMK meant plenty more in kitchen and FHB meant family hold back.<<<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that is too funny! i'm just imagining how this would go down!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    did the family get a look of alertness all of a sudden? did the company find it odd? "oh, pardon me, i didn't quite understand what you said."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOL!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jackzig Aug 15, 2009 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My grandmother was even less subtle. She would say "have all you want, as long as we have enough for tomorrow night." That usually curbed appetites.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Will Owen Jun 14, 2006 01:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My mom's "goulash" was ground beef, kidney beans and egg noodles with bacon in a sauce made from Campbell's tomato soup. I hadn't had it in maybe fifteen years when I stopped over at an uncle's house in San Bernadino (where my grandfather was also staying), and my aunt made it because it was such a favorite with both uncle and grandpa she figured I loved it too. She was right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      melly Jul 17, 2006 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My mom made something similar..called "Romanian goulash"..as my grandma was from there. We didn't use velveeta. I have it in my "trailor trash" recipe holder. I love it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        antjones9 Jul 18, 2006 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Pepsi is a nice touch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cookiekelly May 29, 2009 12:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Coca-Cola Chicken:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Equal parts cola and ketchup, maybe a dash of hot sauce, salt & pepper. Add chicken pieces. Simmer on stove top til done. My mom didn't but I remove chicken and reduce sauce. Eat with a baked potato and green beans. Yum!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          powella May 3, 2007 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So glad to find another goulash recipe! My mom's was similar: browned ground beef, can of "veg-all" mixed veggies, a can of tomato sauce(plain), and a block of velveeta. Oh, and she used cooked shells, medium sized. Ooof...I think I feel a shopping trip coming on for the velveeta and vegall.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rHairing Nov 5, 2011 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OMG we called this Johnny Marzetti but we baked it with macaroni noodles and in the last few minutes added more Velveeta which took on a rather plastic look yet we fought for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So a year or so ago I am sitting in my cube and at lunch a smell crosses my desk, as many do at lunch when you sit near the kitchenette. However, it's my Johnny Marzetti!! Turns out, it's my co worker who sits next to me! When I asked her about it, she was embarrassed. Turns out her mom used to make this thing called "goulash", especially when money was tight. Oh and BTW, co-worker is Irish. As for me? I have always homed in on my Danish heritage but when I booked a hiking trip through Ireland this summer, my mom informed me my great grandpa on her side was from Belfast!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            brooklynmasala Jun 10, 2006 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Strawberries or cut cantaloupe in milk. This was a breakfast dish that my dad made up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cooknKate Jul 17, 2006 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I eat strawberries in my cereal, love them with milk

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pamd Jun 10, 2006 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ok- this thread should come with a warning- do not read if pregnant! I had some strange thoughts & cravings as I read it. (I mean this in a funny way, not offensive)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Unfortunately, I can't think of any strange thing I ate growing up---other than, when I went camping I used mix WITH MY HANDS:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ground beef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lettuce
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              all up together in foil & put it on the fire- ate it with a fork when done, yum! (but not too strange)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              also, did anyone else ever put potato chips on tuna sandwiches?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                coll Jun 10, 2006 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My mother used to make what she called tuna casserole (canned tuna with cream of mushroom soup) served over potato chips, I hated it! I make it now with tuna salad baked in with mac and cheese, and peas, extra cheese and maybe some breadcrumb topping, so I guess I shouldn't talk!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  wyf4lyf Jun 10, 2006 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes! My Mom's tuna casserole was a glop of tuna, mayo and cream of whatever soup with peas, then toped with potato chips. I got married and my husband introduced me to his mom's tuna-noodle casserole which was MUCH better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  macca Jun 10, 2006 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think chips on tuns is quite common- not my cup of tea- and I can't abide ANY kind of tuna casserole. Don't like hot tuna- keep the cans in the fridge, so my tuna salad is cold as soon as I make it. Just a quirk, I guess.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dooflaer Nov 26, 2009 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nice! I love cold tuna but have never thought of putting cans of it in the fridge. Duh!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jeanmarieok Nov 29, 2009 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I keep my canned tuna in the drawer in the fridge, too - makes my husband crazy, but it makes perfect sense to me. I am also not a hot tuna fan!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    toodie jane Jun 10, 2006 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yes, and iceberg (the outer green leaves) and potato chip roll-ups. So good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jazzpjr Jun 10, 2006 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yes.. potato chips on tuna sandwiches and salami sandwiches.....way back when....ahhhh...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        melly Jul 17, 2006 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bologna sandwiches with potatoe chips (the thin ones) and a glass of pepsi with ice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wineos Jan 17, 2010 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Potato chips on sloppy joes! My kids now do this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        heidipie Jun 11, 2006 12:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In grade school I used to put Nestle's Crunch bars in my tuna sandwiches. (Don't tell my mom.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          krissywats Jun 11, 2006 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What do you mean 'used to'? If there's a tuna sandwich and sour cream and onion chips are around - all bets are off.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mila Jun 13, 2006 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BBQ Chips on Tuna Sandwich.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Craving food from 20 years ago now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Will Owen Jun 14, 2006 01:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Waddaya mean, DID? I do - doesn't everybody?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              French fries on a grilled cheese sandwich is probably weird, but I had a passion for that for a while...had to be greasy fries and greasy, squoodjy snack-bar grilled cheese. I was skinny then...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cooknKate Jul 17, 2006 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love eating tuna salad with Krunchers potato chips, it gets the salt craving really well!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pikawicca Jul 18, 2006 01:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Who wouldn't put potato chips on a tuna sandwich? Very yummy, perhaps surpassed by bread and butter pickles.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  toodie jane Jul 29, 2006 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sure did! nice flavor combo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and one of my favorite taste discoveries a a chowpup was lettuce and potato chip wraps-- a great combo. Use the gark green outer leaves of iceberg (Mom always asked the produce man for untrimmed iceberg)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    patmatw Sep 4, 2009 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Try dill pickle flavor potato chips on tuna sandwich. Delish!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nami54 Oct 12, 2009 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I STILL put potato chips (or fritos, even better!) on my tuna sandwiches!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        raidar Oct 24, 2009 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Likewise. So good!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JEN10 Oct 25, 2009 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is there any other way?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wekick Jan 17, 2010 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          potato chips on toasted tuna fish and fritos on ham salad

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DreamCyn Jun 18, 2010 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My best friend and I used to make these sandwiches with pretty much EVERYTHING we could find in her parent's fridge, usually including several kinds of deli meats, mayo, miracle whip, any green leafy thing, vinegar, and especially any any any kind of potato chips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          slyfox Jun 10, 2006 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This should be changed to wierd and disgusting sounding family reciqe secrets! Although some are intriguing! My inlaws do RoyalMilkCrackerStuffing and dont even think of serving anything else on thanksgiving or you will be excommunicated from the family. Rinse Milk crackers in water to soften, add 1 finely diced onion, 1 egg and 1 stick of melted butter. Now heres where it gets intense.....there are also 3 necessary versions to this. First batch, stuff turkey, second goes into buttered dish and into oven, last batch is fried into little latkes for snacking and then heated in the toaster oven for late family arrivals.....anyone!!!!!!!!! Bueller!!!! Very funny thread!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            slyfox Jun 10, 2006 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was considering the qeanut butter and bacon.......but graqe jelly on garlic bread....or was it strawberry!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BeeBee Jun 10, 2006 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We frequently had two sandwiches that I've never seen outside of our home, yet I still can't really believe they're particularly unusual. The first is egg and olive, just a typical egg salad with a large quantity of halved pimiento stuffed green olives mixed in. This was always served on multi grain bread. The second is cream cheese and jelly on nutbread. My sister loved this and requested it often. I actually never particularly liked it, but it's not bad. I suppose you could substitute any sweet quick bread for the nutbread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              coll Jun 10, 2006 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cream cheese on date nut bread was one of my favorite sandwiches,we always used Thomas brand: but I got some recently and it didn't taste as good as I remember.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                piccola Jun 10, 2006 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Try the grown-up version now: whipped goat cheese on crusty date/walnut (or and fruit and nut) artisanal bread. The tang of the cheese is perfect with the sweetness of the fruit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                emdb Jun 10, 2006 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cream cheese and strawberry jelly on toasted oatmeal bread. Or sunflower seed bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And we'd have that egg and olive salad on sourdough, open faced, with cheddar melted on top. Tuna salad with olives, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  wyf4lyf Jun 10, 2006 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I loved cream cheese and jelly as a kid (still do), on whatever bread is available. Great on bagels, too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wendy8869 Jun 10, 2006 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We used to eat cream cheese mixed with chopped pimento stuffed green olives on bread. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      emdb Jun 10, 2006 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, I love that stuff. I can't help stopping at a Bruegger's Bagels for their olive pimento cream cheese on a pumpernickel or rosemary olive oil bagel. Mmmmm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tdg Aug 3, 2006 10:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        yes!! cream cheese and green olive sandwiches are great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cheese Boy Jun 10, 2006 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Since we're on the subject of cream cheese, try this. Lightly toast a plain or sesame bagel that's been halved, and then smear it with plain cream cheese. Make a circular moat in your cream cheese, as if to draw a big 'O'. Drizzle HONEY in that moat. Take the bagel half as it presently is, take a bite, and enjoy the deliciousness. (The reason for the moat is so that you don't have honey dripping all over yourself). Enjoy! It's a Greek thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          toodie jane Jun 10, 2006 09:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          instead of the honey, spread the toasted bagel half with cream cheese or ricotta, then dip it face down into a plate of freshly toasted pine nuts. My favorite winter breakfast. What a flavor combo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frosty Melon Jun 13, 2006 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Or, take the cream-cheesed bagel, slap slices of Swiss on top, and put it under the broiler until melted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            egging Sep 16, 2009 10:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            yum!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ctscorp May 23, 2007 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Egg and olive! I have that in my fridge right now. Dad's visiting and his mom recently passed away and she made the best egg and olive. He prefers it on seeded rye. But I'm curious -- Grandma was from Elmira, NY, and then migrated southward to super-rural southern New York State. She was also married to a French Canadian. Any connections? Where did egg and olive come from? Besides being SO DELICIOUS. (Oh and not only potato chips on tuna, but Fritos, too. Yum.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              twh1475 Jan 12, 2008 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hey BeeBee,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Grew up eating Egg & Olive sandwiches on white bread. LOL have a jar of olives in fridge right now to make a batch. Another thing was Lebanon Bologna Gravy, made like chipped beef gravy, except using Lebanon Bologna (NOT Sweet). And the last one was Porcupines, a type of meatballs made with ground beef and a box of rice-a-roni...YUM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kivarita Jan 13, 2008 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tim, I wish I knew you when I was growing up. I would have sent you all of the Porcupines my grandma ever made. To this day I won't even eat the Beef Flavor Rice-a-Roni. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MlleYeuxBleus Jan 27, 2008 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My stepmom introduced me to one of her favorite sandwiches when I was a kid... cream cheese & maraschino cherry, usually on oatmeal bread. I was used to regular ol' pb&j, so cream cheese & cherry seemed fancy to me at the time!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cathodetube May 9, 2009 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A friend used to make a loaf cake with maraschino cherries and nuts. Wish I could find a recipe for it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    judyjudyjudyd Aug 1, 2009 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cathode, this one doesn't have nuts, but they'd be easy enough to add:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Little Cherry Pound Cakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3/4 cup butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3/4 cup shortening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 cups sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6 large eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1/8 teaspoon salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 cup milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 teaspoon almond extract
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cherry Glaze
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Garnish: maraschino cherry halves

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Drain jar of cherries, discarding juice. Chop cherries, and set aside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating 1 minute. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended. Stir in flavorings and 1/2 cup chopped cherries. Spoon batter into 7 greased and floured 5 3/4'' x 3" mini loaf pans. ( Recommend greasing your pans with shortening for best results.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bake at 300 degrees for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans, and place on wire racks set over wax paper. Drizzle Cherry Glaze over slightly warm cakes. Garnish, if desired.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Refrigerate cakes to let glaze harden.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yields: 7 mini pound cakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cherry Glaze

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1/4 cup butter, softened
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 ( 3-ounce ) package cream cheese, softened
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 cups powdered sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 tablespoons milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 teaspoons vanilla extract
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1/4 cup cherries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and milk; beat until smooth. Stir in vanilla and cherries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yield: About 2 cups.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cathodetube Oct 20, 2009 02:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the recipe!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sarah C Jun 10, 2006 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My family had a thing for sweet with salty. That's not so unusual, except for some of our regular combinations:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pot pie made with leftover roast beef and potatoes, with a piecrust top, eaten with sorghum syrup over the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Waffles for supper with ground pork sausage and honey (I still love this one).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another use for leftover roast beef: Hash, made with the beef and potatoes and cooked in a light broth (not fried) and served over white bread --Wonder bread, of course -- with sugar sprinkled over the top! I can taste this in my mind and it still tastes fine, but I wouldn't dream of making it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Other typical supper entrees (we didn't eat "dinner" at night in Arkansas) might include pineapple or apricot fried pies served with cold lunch meat, or strawberry shortcake -- the biscuit kind -- with cold cuts alongside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One of my favorite afternoon snacks was cold fried chicken with chocolate cake. Or ice cream with potato chips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sarah C Jun 10, 2006 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Forgot perhaps my mother's strangest concoction: Wild garlic grew in our yard, so when my father grilled steaks she would make "garlic bread" to go with it. To do this, she would smash up the green garlic cloves, spread them along with margarine on slices of the aforementioned Wonder bread, wrap this in foil and heat in the oven. To eat, we spread jelly over the top.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Non Cognomina Jul 20, 2006 04:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sarah, are we related? We had the roast beef and potato pot pie with sorghum, too! My mom always snuck peas in it, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also did pancakes with pork sausage patties and sorghum for dinner, sometimes with ice cream on it. (Dad called it the "supper express train," since dessert came with dinner.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    toodie jane Jun 10, 2006 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for all my early years, our family traveled to the coast for every Sunday to the beach, where we all spent the day playing in the sand & surf while my dad fished.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We were all deliciously tired at the end of the day after the drive home, so Mom would do her quick, go-to meal: tuna mixed with cream of mushroom soup, heated and served over white Langendof toast, topped with heated frozen peas. Sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The fish went onto the freezer or we had it for dinner on Monday. The cat got the leftover bait! (He loved Sunday!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Marie Jun 10, 2006 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe not too weird at the time. My favorite dish as a kid was sloppy joes made with ground beef and tomato soup from the can served on hamburger buns.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        berkleybabe Jun 10, 2006 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Cracker Mush" (pronounced moosh) :A snack or meal, but doesn't require a recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Take as many Nabisco regular, not honey, graham crackers as you'd like. Break into pieces in cereal bowl. Pour milk over. Eat as breakfast, lunch, supper, snack, when you're sick or sad...comfort and love in a bowl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Only known in our family...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Candy Jun 10, 2006 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I used to do that for breakfast when I was in high school instead of cereal. I did not have a name for it but it was what I ate most mornings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fennelhead Jun 10, 2006 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Actually known in our family as "sideboards" because the grahams were arranged on the bottom and up the sides of a bowl before the milk was poured in. This was a breakfast food in our house.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              janedoe67 Jun 10, 2006 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              my family did this all the time. I still have a bowl once in a while....takes me back. Great combo of crunchy and mushy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                wyf4lyf Jun 10, 2006 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We still eat "graham cracker cereal" in our house...my kids love it. When they were little (they are now teens), they loved to break up the crackers in the milk with a spoon and make a huge mess. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  piccola Jun 10, 2006 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My dad does that with arrowroot crackers, though he actually mixes them with Corn Flakes. It's what I crave when I'm sick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    toodie jane Jun 10, 2006 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Haha! this was my comfort food when I had my wisdom teeth extracted and couldn't chew! I've been a graham cracker milk-dunker all my life. Still my snack of choice when I come home from work exhausted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      krissywats Jun 11, 2006 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My grandfather did this dating back to when he was a kid (he'd be well over 100 now). He also liked it with regular crackers - blech!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anne H Jul 17, 2006 04:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This was my grandfather's evening snack-- saltines broken up in a bowl, with milk over it. Eaten with a spoon. I used to love it, when we were visiting grandparents. He'd be about 106 now-- sounds like they were about the same generation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kmills9408 Jan 11, 2008 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My grandfather does this with saltines and buttermilk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Grillmeister Sep 1, 2009 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As a kid I remember white bread torn into cold buttermilk on a hot summer day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chowdawggy Jan 4, 2010 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mama and Daddy used cornbread rather than white bread in their buttermilk; and when no cornbread was available and Daddy had the hankering, he'd eat Fritos in buttermilk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DawneeBabe Apr 30, 2010 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow..does this bring back memories...Dad at the kitchen table at bedtime crunching up saltines into a bowl, small diced onion bits, S & P then pouring cold milk over it all...never ate it myself...;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        uman Sep 11, 2006 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I thought we were the only family who had what we called "graham crackers and milk". I still crave it and have it at least monthly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anybody else notice that graham crackers have changed in look and taste though? In like the last year?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          maydaycolorado Aug 17, 2009 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We had that a lot when I was little...loved it! Also had just plain soft white bread broken up and served with milk and sugar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Julya Dec 1, 2009 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We called it cracker cereal, and used crushed saltines with sugar and milk....yummy!! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              we made mush with graham cracker crumbs... nabisco's pre-crushed crumbs...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chris Jun 10, 2006 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OMG! That is my family's sloppy joe recipe. LOL I'm sure it was on a can at some point, but you're the only other person I've ever know to make it with the gumbo. Dh loves it and sometimes instead of serving it on rolls I mix white rice in it for, you guessed it, sloppy rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Enjoy!
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jvozoff May 2, 2007 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ok - I know this is a late reply, but I've just seen this thread. This is exactly how my mom (and I) make Sloppy Joes, but without the mustard. And I thought we were the only ones who knew the secret of Chicken Gumbo Soup in sloppy joes. I like to eat it like a dip on potato chips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chittachef Jun 10, 2006 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Grape jelly omelets. A simple egg omelet was filled and folded with Smucker's grape jelly. Wherever the egg made contact with the jelly would turn an unatural blue-green hue. There is NO way my kids would touch this dish and I'm not sure I would even enjoy this concoction any longer. My mom,in her way, must have been thinking "crepe".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  shameless Jun 10, 2006 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My dad used to make that for me when I was a kid. I loved it and thought he was the best cook ever. (This was not a big compilement considering my poor mother's culinary ineptitude.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I remember asking if we were part gourmet, like part russian, part polish, part gourmet. Hah!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wendy8869 Jun 10, 2006 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My mom used to make me a puffy omelette which had beaten egg whites folded into the yolk. I'd spread jelly on that... it was good!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      wyf4lyf Jun 10, 2006 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh my gosh, I'd totally forgotten about this! My mom used to make me jelly omelets with grape jelly, too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        piccola Jun 10, 2006 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can see how that would work - after all, people (by which I mean everyone who's ever gone to the sugar shack) pour maple syrup on eggs...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pikawicca Jul 18, 2006 01:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've eaten many a wonderful jam omelet in France over the years; it's not considered strange there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Das Ubergeek Jun 10, 2006 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From the "I won't eat that anymore" files:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Macaroni mess", a.k.a American chop suey: brown raw macaroni in oil, add ground beef, S&P, and a can of tomato sauce. Simmer until the macaroni isn't crunchy anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hot dog soup: leftover boiled hot dogs cut into chunks and simmered in store-brand vegetarian vegetable soup. I would eat the soup, my sister would eat the hot dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From the "I still crave this" files:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Butter-sugar bread. Take white bread. Spread butter on it. Top with white sugar. Watch your glucose count skyrocket.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pickle "roll-ups": Take deli ham and spread whipped cream cheese on it. Insert dill pickle spears (patted dry). Roll. Slice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Peas and eggs fried with garlic, olive oil and onions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Pizza Jen" -- country ham and dried beef layered with various kinds of cheese and baked

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            coll Jun 10, 2006 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We used to mix cinnamon and sugar and put it on toasted buttered bread, that was so delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wyf4lyf Jun 10, 2006 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes...we always called it "cinnamon toast" and I still crave it when I'm not feeling well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                danna Jun 12, 2006 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My mother would soften the butter just slightly and mash in the sugar and cinnamon until it made a paste. Spread paste on bread and put under the broiler until it bubbles and makes a delicious, crunchy, bubbly crust.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had no idea other people just buttered their toast and added cin/sugar until a high school friend was over one day and I made cin toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mamma's version is so superior it's almost a different dish (IMHO).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kubasd Mar 21, 2009 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  this was a special weekend treat for us, cinnamon toast is the best, and it has to be broiled with lots of butter....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wineos Jan 17, 2010 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes! Here, too! We visited my mom for Thanksgiving and woke up one morning to a big cookie sheet full of "cinnamon toast." My daughters were spoiled.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  starbucksbrew Sep 17, 2007 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We did that too! My grown up version is butter, cinnamon, and sugar on an egg bagel, for a french toast flavor. I don't use the cinnamon-sugar that comes mixed together. I put a big dose of plain cinnamon first, then top with sugar so it crusts over in the toaster oven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pattiadleybryan Oct 4, 2009 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We still love cinnamon toast! Have you ever had egg in a basket?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My husband's dad used to make Eggs in A Basket for the kids when they were young. This is an easy way for your grandchildren to eat eggs and a good thing for beginner cooks to make.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MommaJ Jun 10, 2006 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Still do! There used to be a brand of mixed cinnamon/sugar, sold in the spices area of supermarkets; it was in a container shaped like a bear (no, I don't know why). It disappeared a few years ago, so now I mix my own and keep it in an old spice jar for easy sprinklin'!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Das Ubergeek Jun 10, 2006 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, but this had no cinnamon :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        macca Jun 10, 2006 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No they are still sold on the Boston area. I have one in my cupboard. My 26 year old neice is a frequent visitor, and she loves the stuff- on toast and in applesauce. We keep this, along with Nutella, in the cupboard for her visits!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        D.Gresh Jun 10, 2006 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This can't possibly be unusual can it? My kids regularly ask for cinnamon toast for breakfast. I even learned how to make it in home ec some 30 years ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Das Ubergeek Jun 10, 2006 09:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, except it contains no cinnamon. I didn't like cinnamon as a kid (but now I love it).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sarah C Jun 11, 2006 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My mother made that for me when I was small. But there was a disaster once. We were visiting my grandparents on the farm in Iowa, and my mother found what she thought was brown sugar in the cupboard, and made this for me. I took a bite and burst into tears. Turns out it was brown salt. I've never heard of brown salt otherwise, but assume it was used for pickling or canning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cooknKate Jul 17, 2006 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Try cinnamon sugar on buttered graham crackers- now THAT is yummy!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            almond3xtract Jul 7, 2009 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We did the toast too, but with cinnamon in addition to the sugar. (Still yummy!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And I also still roll pickles up in lunch meat, but not with the cream cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              aggiecat Jul 28, 2009 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We had a "fancy" family appetizer recipe that called for the "Buddig" type chopped lunch meat, specifically pastrami, spread with a stripe of cream cheese, put a slice of bell pepper and a green onion on the cream cheese, salt lightly then roll up and slice on the (gasp ooh fancy) diagonal and arrange on platter, and suddenly you're a genius chef. I know, pretty lame, but actually fairly tasty if memory serves.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Jul 28, 2009 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i've had that done with roast beef, wrapped around a green onion with cream cheese. it was pretty good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  egging Sep 16, 2009 10:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yes, we did this too! It was our special New Year's Eve appetizer when my sisters and I would throw a party for the family. Fun memories!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rgerr1 Apr 28, 2010 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My Grandmother made homemade white bread every week. She would slice a thick slice, slather it with butter and then put a heavy coating of sugar on top. Still can feel/taste that crunch of the sugar, then the butter layer on that delicious white bread. Loved it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              janet of reno Jun 10, 2006 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My mother was not known for her cooking (unlike HER mother, alas..) but she did make one dish I liked (and I'm sure she made it up for the combination of inexpensive and healthy....). She took broccoli and steamed it, then put sliced hardboiled eggs on top, covered it with cheese (Like the American sliced type) and put it in the oven until the cheese melted. I love broccoli so I liked it. The other thing she used to do is cook rice and serve it with honey for breakfast. The only other person I know who ever ate that was my husband, who ate it when he was growing up in India. He shares my love of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                wyf4lyf Jun 10, 2006 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is such a fun topic. My best friend's Mom used to have popcorn with milk for breakfast or a snack. I remember she said she grew up eating that as they couldn't afford packaged cereal. I've never seen or heard of anyone else doing this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SarahT Jun 11, 2006 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My grand father always had popcorn with milk saying it was his fav with his older brothers' post civil war Southern upbringing

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    missykins Jul 19, 2006 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wait a minute, you mean pour the popcorn in a bowl and pour milk over it and eat it with a spoon? Hmm, I've done cereal with water when I'm out of milk . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      choctastic Dec 4, 2006 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      other people have done this. i remember reading about it in the little house on the prairie books. i think it was in farmer boy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife May 21, 2008 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ha ha! As soon as I started reading the popcorn and milk bit, I thought of Farmer Boy too :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          luciaannek Nov 17, 2011 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My mom did this too. She'd pour popcorn in a bowl, a little maple syrup and then add milk. We loooooved it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      shanagain Dec 11, 2006 08:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My great-grandfather and grandfather did this but with buttermilk. They also liked cornbread or saltines and buttermilk. (Poured in a glass and eaten with a spoon.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        polyhymnia Jan 10, 2008 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I remembered reading that this was an early american breakfast when I was a kid and tried it a few times when I was little. One tip: make sure your popcorn isn't salted before you pour the milk on!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MysticYoYo Sep 17, 2007 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alton Brown mentioned that popcorn and milk recipe on a Popcorn episode of Good Eats.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ratbin Jun 10, 2006 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We used to get leftover rice, cold, the next morning with milk and sugar. I loved it. I still eat it occaisionally. It makes my husband gag.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Will Owen Jun 14, 2006 12:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We had it the same way, though with a sprinkling of cinnamon as well. At that time (as now) I was not particularly fond of either cold rice or cinnamon, and so I never regarded it as quite the treat my mom thought it was, though I ate it dutifully.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sharuf May 21, 2007 03:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In our farmhouse, hot rice with milk and cinnamon was one of the wintertime "Hot mush" rotations. Others were oatmeal (of course!), corn meal mush, cream of wheat, and probably several others which don't leap to mind right now. Sometimes raisins or chopped dates or figs were added. We had a choice of sugar, brown sugar or honey to top it off. The hired hands seemed to like anything that was put in front of them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kmills9408 Jan 11, 2008 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I LOVE this! My mom used to make it for me when I was little. I think I like ordering chinese more for the left over rice in the morning than the actual dinner...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          susancinsf Jun 10, 2006 11:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I still eat the rice with honey (warmed with bit of milk) when I have left over rice....and while I am not sure the brocolli thing was really that good for you (lots of cheese!), it was quite tasty!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Amuse Bouche Jun 10, 2006 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On Christmas morning, we always eat pancakes with turkey giblet gravy. Family tradition. I've yet to meet a non Bouche family member who has tried this. It's delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also grew up on what's referred to in my house as "Daddy's special hamburger" -- a relic from my dad's bachelor days. Crumbled ground beef browned and mixed with quantities of cheddar cheese and worcestershire sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We also used to eat peanut butter sandwiches on romaine leaves instead of bread, but that's become more popular with the low carb craze.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vacationmomma Jun 5, 2009 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am late to this topic...but couldn't resist replying. Our family, Pennsylvania Dutch from Central PA...always made turkey gravy and waffles in the days following Thanksgiving, to use up the leftover turkey. I still make it today. Of course, having lived in a lot of different states in the last 30 years. I have had explaining to do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eileen Jun 10, 2006 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My father used to make jelly omlettes as previously mentioned. My mother-in-law used to make spaghetti and mix it with butter and ketchup. I called it "poor man's spaghetti". but the gradchildren always asked for it along with my husband. My aunt used to make tuna fish with hard boiled eggs chopped in it and mixed with mayo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              amy_rc Sep 17, 2007 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              some people don't eat their tuna with diced eggs and mayo???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                vttp926 Sep 17, 2007 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i make tuna salad without eggs but i do use mayo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thegirlwholovestoeat Jun 11, 2009 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We had "poor man's lobster" which was whatever white fish was available (we lived in AK) boiled and dipped in butter it ketchup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AlaskaChick Jun 23, 2009 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Still eat that today tho tendency is to skip the ketchup and boiling is frequently done in wine. And then theres the trimmings from whatever salmon you're filleting, poach in water/wine, drain,flake and mix in butter and salt and pepper. Serve with crackers or just a fork.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Terrie H. Jun 10, 2006 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My mother apparently had a thing for dill pickles because she would make us cream cheese and sliced dill pickle sandwiches for our lunch box all the time. She also made a rather tasty flank steak (back when it was cheap) rolled around dill pickle spears, doused with Heinz chili sauce flavored with lots of Worcestershire sauce and baked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also made a drink I have never seen anywhere -- mixed Welch's grape juice and pink lemonade. That one is worth knowing (don't use yellow lemonade or it will be a horrible color!).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SundanceKC Sep 3, 2006 03:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My mom made "purple gurple" — equal parts Welch's grape juice and frozen limeade. It was pretty good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mr. F. Jun 10, 2006 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Molasses and milk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Julya Dec 1, 2009 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Loved molasses and milk when I was a kid! Still do, actually.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      luciaannek Nov 17, 2011 08:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I eat this almost every day with black strap for the iron! I love it, especially if i have time to warm it up. I put black strap in yogurt and kefir too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ratbin Jun 10, 2006 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My husband's family relishes a dish called "Ham Barbeque" which is chip-chop ham sliced into long strips and heated with bottled barbeque sauce. Then it gets spooned onto hamburger buns (white). Ick! They also have something called Macaronioa (I don't really know how it's spelled and neither does anyone else.) which is canned tuna made into a sauce with oil, garlic and water served over pasta. It's actually pretty good especially when you add steamed broccoli and black olives. It's the only thing my husband can really cook.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We used to get olive loaf and Miracle Whip sandwiches on Wonder Bread at my grandmother's. The thought of those causes my husband to react the way I do to the Ham Barbeque.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yongeman Jun 10, 2006 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is the best bedtime snack. My mom made, and then I started making these. They're kind of in the smores family.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spread Ritz crackers with Cheez Whiz. Put a marshmallow on top. Broil on about the middle rack until the marshmallow is toasty. Pop the whole thing in your mouth. My kids love them today (50 years later).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yongeman Jun 10, 2006 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        French toast. Made the usual way. But with homemade chili sauce instead of sweet syrupy or fruit topping. Now I have it with bottled salsa. Makes my kids want to hurl, but that's how I like it. We'd have it with ketchup if we'd run out of Mom's chili sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tuqueboy Jun 10, 2006 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rice crackers slathered with marmite. This was before sodium was invented ;)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          p.s. Best topic ever!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Missyme Jun 10, 2006 09:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For a snack, we would have bread and butter with sour garlic pickles. My father doesn't like dairy, so he would just wrap the pickle, or sometimes a banana but never the pickle and banana at the same time, in the bread and salt it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BJ Jun 10, 2006 10:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have just thought of one that I haven't had for years. I am not sure if I could eat it now. White bread, covered with brown sugar and milk.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A second one which I do make when feeling stressed. Brown hamburger meat and season with salt and pepper and maybe worchestshire sauce and ketchup. Add chopped onions and brown. Add water to make it into kind of a sauce and then thicken with some flour. Serve over mashed potatoes. We call this Gruel and it always makes one feel better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mayjay Jul 20, 2006 01:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The gruel you mention is similar to my family's "spaghetti and meat" (my husband loves that name). You just add a can of spaghetti to your description and serve over mashed potatoes. It sounds terrible, and my husband doesn't get it at all, but I still sometimes crave that when I'm under the weather.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  berkleybabe May 28, 2007 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In our house it's Hamburger Gravy, a relic of my husband's parochial school days. Used to be made with the grease from the burger, and flour, we use canned (lower sodium) cream of mushroom. It's actually comforting and delicious, esp. in winter. I gave a co-worker the recipe and she almost wept--she went to the same grade school and had been searching for years for the recipe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Seldomsated Jun 1, 2007 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just made this a couple nights ago, and used homemade chicken stock instead of canned soup, using a flour-stock mixture to thicken, then gradually adding milk to thin out and add some milk-fat to it. Added a couple dashes of poultry seasoning, lo-salt beef bouillion and black pepper to tart it up. Comfort food! Hamburger and gravy is a dish that lots of military men have learned and passed on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our dish I don't remember any other family making was a chop suey recipe, served with the canned crunchy noodles and Minute rice. Ixnay on the last two items these days, but the chop suey itself holds up quite well - quite soy saucy, caramelly flavored, with hearty complexity with the beef and pork cubes' flavors mingling.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Antilope Sep 17, 2007 09:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My Mom would make, at different times, hamburger gravy, bacon gravy and last but not least, tuna gravy. These were all served over crumbled toast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chef chicklet Dec 22, 2007 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We had hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes, and I loved it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          btrswttx00 Jan 9, 2008 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This brought to mind a lunch my mother made for me when I was in grade school. Penny Gravy. She sliced up a hot dog into thin slices and browned it a bit of butter.Then added flour and mild to it to make the gravy. She served it over toast. Some times she made the creamed tuna over toast too. I'm still not much on hot tuna!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    meagan Jun 10, 2006 10:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Grilled jelly sandwiches! Yummers! Just buttered white bread and Welch's grape jelly and grilled like grilled cheese sandwich. I haven't thought about those in a long time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yenni Jun 11, 2006 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      add some softened cream cheese on the other slice of bread before grillling ---- that's really yummers !

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        biltong Jun 11, 2006 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I used to take English muffins and grape jelly and toast them until the jelly bubbled and melted into the muffins. It was tooth achingly sweet... until one day when I was in 7th grade the muffins caught on fire and burned up the kitchen and part of the house. We then ate at restaurants for the next few months while the kitchen and house was rebuilt. I never ate them again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kivarita Jun 10, 2006 10:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have another one for ya -- and this is from the other side of my family -- fried bologna sandwiches. Not as scary as it sounds. Take 2-3 slices of bologna (Oscar Meyer, of course) -- score it in three places so it'll stay flat while cooking. "Fry" it in a non-stick skillet and serve on white hamburger buns. Why hamburger buns? I dunno - but it was always way tastier than just white bread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kim shook Jun 10, 2006 10:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can get fried bologna sandwiches (or bologna burgers) at lots of restaurants in the South. I have eaten them all my life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            macca Jun 11, 2006 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My dad used to make fried bologna sandwiches all the time. And in parts of Ohio they actually have them on the menu in some restaurants!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              krissywats Jun 11, 2006 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The only way I would eat bologna as a kid.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hollyd May 31, 2009 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the only way I will eat it NOW!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Deenso Jun 11, 2006 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fried bologna and fried salami sandwiches were staples of my childhood. Converted my husband to same 35 years ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cooknKate Jul 17, 2006 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I loved fried salami sandwiched as a kid, my mother would get mad because she said it stunk up the house

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Will Owen Jun 14, 2006 12:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In some diners in the South, fried bologna is offered as a breakfast meat. The fried bologna and eggs at the Hermitage Café in Nashville is, well, breakfast all right...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    btrswttx00 Jan 9, 2008 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We had fried bologna sandwiches too! The other way mom would make it was to flour and fry the bologna. Place the slices on a cookie sheet. Top this with mashed potatoes. Make a hole in the mound of potatoes and fill with lots of shredded cheese! Bake this for a few minutes till the cheese is all melted! This is soooo good! She did the same thing with split and fried hot dogs! So delish! I have since then made a easier prettier version where I just mound the mashed potatoes in a butter sprayed cassarole. Top with french sliced hot dogs and top all this with chedder cheese. Baked till hot and bubbly. Tastes great! Looks great!
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pplachno Jun 2, 2009 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My co-worker at school here in West Texas invited all the teachers and staff to a barbecue he was having out at the lake. He's hispanic, and the invitation said he'd supply hotdogs and Mexican Steak. I had to ask him, and he told me Mexican Steak was thick sliced boloney. He laughed and laughed when I said, "You put it right on the grill? That sounds good!" I love fried boloney, but grilled boloney is even better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Jun 3, 2009 03:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        this reminds me: sometimes my dad would call hot dogs "tube steaks". lol.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart Jun 5, 2009 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mine too. I always thought it was WWII soldier lingo. Also called doughnuts "sinkers". (Today is National Donut Day, after all...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal Jun 5, 2009 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ok, that would explain it, as my dad was a wwII vet, as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              coll Jun 6, 2009 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SOS (you know what that is) is definitely soldier lingo, my husband ate it in the Vietnam era. Funny he never requests it now, just mentions it .... ;+}

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Jun 6, 2009 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i never heard that term until i got here on chowhound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                my aunt billie used to make creamed chip beef on toast, and i thought it was grand! i still will make it every now and then. she also made me "special" scrambled egg sandwiches, on soft, crustless white bread, with mayo and then cut into 9 squares.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think his mother used to make it too, but not one of his favorites. He probably should request it though, he's getting more into softer foods as time goes on. I have to cut his lunch sandwiches into 8 pieces now so he can chew them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mrschef1 Jul 15, 2009 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Soft scrambled eggs with cream cheese mixed in, so good. I also love Fritos (or pretzels) dipped in cream cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Jul 16, 2009 04:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the eggs with cream cheese is also good with smoked salmon slices folded in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      notyourmomma Jun 14, 2009 06:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We grew up eating fried pepperoni slices with lettuce, tomato, mayo on white bread, kind of a PLT instead of a BLT. A little bit spicier and those pepperoni slices leach a lot of fat and get crispy real quick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My dad used to make a big bowl of hot toasted bread, topped with scalded hot milk with a chunk of butter and lots of salt and pepper. This was his hangover cure and I remember sitting on his lap as a toddler and eating a bowl along with him. It is one of my most cherished memories. I love "milk toast"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DawneeBabe Apr 30, 2010 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh My Gosh!!...Love 'milk toast'!!!..it was Grammas go-too for whenever I was sick..colds, measles, sore throats or just feeling 'not up to snuff' as she would say..still cures what ails me all these years later. Toasted homemade bread, warmed milk with butter..and later in life some S & P......a bowl of that and a warm blanket on a 'yucky' day still soothes my soul...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      luciaannek Nov 17, 2011 08:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fried bologna sandwiches are a big deal in Cleveland. They're on some pretty fancy (or at least, fancier than you'd expect) menus around here. Including a Michael Symon Restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      heidipie Jun 11, 2006 12:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The first recipe I invented and gave a name to was Chocolate Squink:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Vigorously stir a (large) bowl of Breyer's Chocolate ice cream until it is the consistency of soft-serve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Top with three sheets (four rectangles each) of crumbled Honey Maid graham crackers. Stir.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spray Redi-Wip on top. Top with a cherry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eat while watching "The Partridge Family" on a Friday night when your parents are out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        casalbore spirit Oct 30, 2009 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I used to beat the chocolate Breyer's ice cream to get the air out before eating.Made it taste so much better.Kinda like a pre chocolate Haagen- Dazs flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wendy8869 Jun 11, 2006 01:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My mom got a recipe from my dad's mom for bean soup. I was actually planning on making it next week (my comfort food). It's just great northern beans, cooked in just enough water (sometimes with a ham bone or ham hocks) until done and then add milk until its nice and creamy. At the table, serve with a big bowl of chopped dill pickles and pickle juice to add to taste (as well as a few slices of cornbread). The pickles really make the meal. Yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gatun Jun 11, 2006 06:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I grew up on 'johnny mazzetti' and have never heard of it made outside the Canal Zone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Debbie W. Jun 12, 2006 01:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My mom used to make a casserole called Johnny Marzetti which had ground beef, macaroni shells, onions, grated cheddar cheese, tomato sauce, canned mushrooms and some red wine. Is yours the same? This was in Los Angeles in the 1970's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gatun Jun 12, 2006 01:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yep, thats the one, The canal zone one was altered to have green olives in it, a tomato sauce called Arturo sauce and butter noodles

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                lissar Dec 13, 2006 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's from the I Hate To Cook Book. At least, there's a recipe with that name in it. I'm not sure which chapter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  maydaycolorado Aug 17, 2009 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have that same cookbook! It's so old and worn, but I love it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            macca Jun 11, 2006 06:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My grandmother used to make coffee jello. She would serve it to us with milk and sugar. We loved it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mailgirl Jun 11, 2006 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Quite a few similarities...I guess we all come from some form of quirky families. Here's mine... cottage roll( a form of sweet pickled pork shoulder) hash made with cubes of the leftover meat, carrots, onion and cabbage.White bread spread with butter and bittersweet chocolate sprinkles.Mashed potatoes mixed together with mashed rutabaga(turnip). Liver with fried onions and a can of stewed tomatoes(oddly delicious)and served with the above mash.At Holiday turkey time, a toasted hamburger bun(white of course...how often is this popping up on this thread...so much for nutrition)topped with shreds of turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy and popped under the broiler to heat through.Rice krispie squares made with marshmallow and peanut butter and topped with melted chocolate chips.Stuffed beef heart and one time(only one time thank God) a cow's tongue with a mustard sauce...EEEWWWW( I was 8 at the time, it doesn't seem quite as disgusting now...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Miss Needle Jun 11, 2006 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In my Korean-American family, my sister loved these -- sticky sushi rice, wedge of Vlassic cucumber pickle with extra garlic wrapped up in a slice of Boar's Head bologna.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yum Jun 11, 2006 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  japanese-american here.. on a similar note...rice and lettuce and mayo wrapped in nori(seaweed wrap dor sushi) yum try it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BJ Jun 11, 2006 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  An easy dessert that I had many times while growing up. Not sure if it was my Mothers idea or mine. Sliced bananas, brown sugar and a covering of milk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JMF Jun 11, 2006 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My English mother couldn't and still can't cook a tasty dish if her life depended on it. Her idea of cooking is Heinz Vegetarian beans on buttered toast. (Which I still eat every few months when I get a craving.) I started cooking when I was around 8-9 and took over the family cooking at around age 12 as a self defense measure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When I was around 10 I came up with a recipe that turned into a family dish. I would fry up chop meat and onions with soy sauce. Then add sour cream and Tobasco sauce and cook until it was thick and creamy. I then would take iceberg lettuce leaves and wrap a tablespoon of the meat sauce in a leaf and eat. I have varied the recipe a bit over the years adding ginger, toasted sesame oil and using chili garlic paste instead of Tobasco, but otherwise it is very much the same and I make it several times a year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was in my late teens when I first had meat wrapped in lettuce leaves at a Korean restaurant (Kalbi and Bulgogi) and realized that I had created a fusion version of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      btrswttx00 Jan 9, 2008 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love cold Pork and Beans on not buttered toast with a good sprinkle of salt and pepper!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      krissywats Jun 11, 2006 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Five I've never seen anyone else make. All with names: Chinese Hamburger, Chinese meatballs, Sunday Roast, Chili Size, Peach cobbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chinese Hamburger consisted of cooked hamburger, soy sauce, cream of mushroom soup, onion, instant rice placed in our corning wear bowl with the light blue pattern and baked with La Choy Chow Mein noodles on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chinese Meatballs were hamburger rolled into balls, soaked in soy sauce, rolled in flour and fried (SO GOOD!!!), served with cooked carrots and ramen noodles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Every Sunday of my life I'd come home to a roast that was cooking: it was always the 3 inch thick flat variety with a bone in it that my mom had covered with Lipton's onion soup and a can of cream of mushroom and one of cream of chicken. Cover with foil and cook for several hours while at church. It makes it's own amazingly good gravy. Serve with instant mashed potatoes and canned green beans (my mother had a special way of cooking those, too: put the green beans and liquid in a pan and boil until all the liquid is gone - add butter....I made this for friends in college and they all couldn't believe how good canned greenbeans could be...hahahaha)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chili Size: Open-faced hamburger (white toasted/seared bun!) covered with chili, cheese and onion, eaten with knife and fork. My mother SWEARS that this was a common food in the Lompoc area of CA when we lived there and that the Mexican population called it 'Chili Size'. I've tried to find out where she got this and what it's actually called, but to no avail. My husband laughed the first time I recommended we have 'Chili Size' for dinner - I really thought everyone knew!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peach cobbler: white cake mix, prepared as recommended on the package, largest can of peaches in heavy syrup. pour cake mix into pan, cover with peaches and syrup. I've made this as an adult. Super yummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can't think of one chicken recipe - we always ate beef...amazing my cholesterol is so good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wyf4lyf Jun 11, 2006 09:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Chili Size" was (maybe still is?) an item on many coffee shop/diner menus. I think Bob's Big Boy still has them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS Jun 12, 2006 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, when I was an IHOP waitress in the late 70's we had "Chili Size" on the menu and it was exactly as you describe it. In New England anyway it was not a popular menu item....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sharuf May 21, 2007 04:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have had to train my company cafeteria folks to make a chili size for me. Then grab a bottle of tabasco to make up for the chili character shortcomings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            toodie jane Jul 29, 2006 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            you can get chili size at Frank's Famous Hot Dogs in SLO. I think it's a standard deli/diner menu item. Frank's does a really good one!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KaimukiMan May 1, 2007 03:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it was a sad day when Denny's took the Chili Size off their menu in the early 80's

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TalN Jan 22, 2008 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That Chili Size was on the menu at the IHOP next to my college campus in Texas. It was my regular dinner after dar hopping! But its long gone and forgotten my them now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kubasd Mar 21, 2009 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  johnny rockets serves a chili size.... not sure how good it is though

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Mar 21, 2009 09:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >>>>It was my regular dinner after dar hopping!<<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TalN, i thought those "DAR" ladies we're a little more uptight.

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