HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >


Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

  • k

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?


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. w
    Wayne Keyser

    "Tuna Stuff" - great and quick comfort food.

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

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

    22 Replies
    1. re: Wayne Keyser

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

      Link: http://eatingchinese.org

      1. re: Gary Soup

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

        1. re: Mad

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

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

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

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

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

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

        2. re: Gary Soup

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

          1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

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

          2. re: Gary Soup

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

            1. re: Anoel

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

              1. re: Querencia

                Agreed about Stouffer's. I also just bought two cans from Vermont Country Store which are great: http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/st...

          3. re: Wayne Keyser

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

            1. re: Wayne Keyser

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

              1. re: Wayne Keyser

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

                1. re: Wayne Keyser

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

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

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

                  1. re: Will S.

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

                    1. re: alkapal

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

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

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

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

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

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

                      1. re: Will S.

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

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

                  2. re: Wayne Keyser

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

                    1. re: Wayne Keyser

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

                      1. re: Wayne Keyser

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

                        1. re: Wayne Keyser

                          Hi Wayne!!!!

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

                          Neha Sood
                          Food Reviewer

                          1. re: Wayne Keyser

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

                            1. re: Wayne Keyser

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

                            2. 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


                              2 Replies
                              1. re: Aaron

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

                                1. re: Aaron

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

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

                                  57 Replies
                                  1. re: MommaJ

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

                                    1. re: DS

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

                                      1. re: chittachef

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

                                        1. re: Hot Dish

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

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

                                          1. re: upstate girl

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

                                            1. re: upstate girl

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

                                              1. re: vicsailgarden

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

                                                1. re: vicsailgarden

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

                                                  1. re: eratosthanes

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

                                                2. re: upstate girl

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

                                                  1. re: upstate girl

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

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

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

                                                    Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

                                                    1. re: czyha

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

                                                    2. re: upstate girl

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

                                                      1. re: upstate girl

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

                                                        1. re: wineos

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

                                                          1. re: sandylc

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

                                                      2. re: Hot Dish

                                                        Sounds like variations of Noodle-Kugel to me.

                                                        1. re: PhoebeB

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

                                                          1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

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

                                                            1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

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

                                                      3. re: DS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                        1. re: soulshine

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

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

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

                                                          1. re: soulshine

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

                                                            1. re: griddlegirl

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

                                                              1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

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

                                                                1. re: kubasd

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

                                                                  1. re: coll

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

                                                                2. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

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

                                                                  1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

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

                                                                    1. re: Julya

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

                                                                  2. re: griddlegirl

                                                                    My father likes baloney and peanut butter sandwiches.

                                                                    1. re: vicsailgarden

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

                                                                    2. re: griddlegirl

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

                                                                    3. re: soulshine

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

                                                                      The Bomb Casserole


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


                                                                      Preheat oven to 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit.

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

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

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

                                                                      1. re: soulshine

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

                                                                        1. re: soulshine

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

                                                                          1. re: maydaycolorado

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

                                                                          2. re: soulshine

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

                                                                            1. re: soulshine

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

                                                                            2. re: DS

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

                                                                              1. re: Marilyn

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

                                                                                1. re: teamkitty

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

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

                                                                              2. re: DS

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

                                                                                1. re: SgtStens

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

                                                                                  1. re: amethiste

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

                                                                                    1. re: amethiste

                                                                                      I grew up eating lasagne made with cottage cheese

                                                                                      1. re: Bigley9

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

                                                                                    2. re: SgtStens

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

                                                                                      1. re: ajville

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

                                                                                  2. re: MommaJ

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

                                                                                    1. re: SusieQ32

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

                                                                                      1. re: SusieQ32

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

                                                                                      2. re: MommaJ

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

                                                                                        1. re: MommaJ

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

                                                                                          1. re: MommaJ

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

                                                                                            1. re: globalgourmand

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

                                                                                            2. re: MommaJ

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

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

                                                                                            3. Wiener Pie

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

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


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

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

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

                                                                                                1. 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.

                                                                                                  16 Replies
                                                                                                  1. re: piccola

                                                                                                    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.


                                                                                                    1. re: KathySK

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                      1. re: realitykraft

                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

                                                                                                          1. re: saltedherb

                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                            1. re: ellyse

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

                                                                                                              1. re: eight_inch_pestle

                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                                                                  i always liked cream cheese and jam on sourdough toast.

                                                                                                      2. re: KathySK

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

                                                                                                        1. re: pescatarian

                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                          1. re: Chew on That

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

                                                                                                        2. re: KathySK

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

                                                                                                          1. re: evasgramma

                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                        3. re: piccola

                                                                                                          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 . ..

                                                                                                          1. re: piccola

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

                                                                                                            1. re: jchamberlain

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

                                                                                                          2. 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!

                                                                                                            1 Reply
                                                                                                            1. re: srr

                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                            2. 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.

                                                                                                              100 Replies
                                                                                                              1. re: wyf4lyf

                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                1. re: boogiebaby

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

                                                                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                    1. re: foodiex2

                                                                                                                      ...and you forgot fluffernutters!

                                                                                                                      1. re: pamd

                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                        1. re: macca

                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                          1. re: macca

                                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                                          2. re: pamd

                                                                                                                            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!!!

                                                                                                                            1. re: pamd

                                                                                                                              Fluffernutters rock.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Mr. F.

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

                                                                                                                                1. re: Bigley9

                                                                                                                                  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?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: momjamin

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

                                                                                                                            2. re: foodiex2

                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                            3. re: coll

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

                                                                                                                              1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                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!!

                                                                                                                                1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                                  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....

                                                                                                                                  1. re: tonina_mdc

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

                                                                                                                                    1. re: raidar

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: MartiniGenie

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: egging

                                                                                                                                          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....

                                                                                                                                          1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                            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(

                                                                                                                                            1. re: FibroLady

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

                                                                                                                                              1. re: FibroLady

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

                                                                                                                                                just beautiful and so delicious!

                                                                                                                                          2. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                    3. re: coll

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Seldomsated

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

                                                                                                                                      2. re: coll

                                                                                                                                        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).

                                                                                                                                        1. re: MrsCheese

                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                      3. re: boogiebaby

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

                                                                                                                                        1. re: SLO

                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                          1. re: cooknKate

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

                                                                                                                                            1. re: cooknKate

                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: patmatw

                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: boogiebaby

                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: schoenick

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

                                                                                                                                              1. re: schoenick

                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: schoenick

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

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: schoenick

                                                                                                                                                    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!

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: boogiebaby

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

                                                                                                                                                  3. re: wyf4lyf

                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: wyf4lyf

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

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: slyfox

                                                                                                                                                        Fried balogna with mustard on white bread!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rumple

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

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: wyf4lyf

                                                                                                                                                        Loved peanut butter and mayonnaise!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ratbin

                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Louise

                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Louise

                                                                                                                                                              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!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Louise

                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: ratbin

                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Bobierto

                                                                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: ratbin

                                                                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: soyummmy

                                                                                                                                                                    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 :)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: soyummmy

                                                                                                                                                                      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. . .

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mray

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

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mray

                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: wyf4lyf

                                                                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: wyf4lyf

                                                                                                                                                                        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....

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MsDiPesto

                                                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cheesehead in recovery


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

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: SilverlakeGirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: wyf4lyf

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

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Candy

                                                                                                                                                                          liverwurst and pickle sandwiches!

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

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: stuckinschool

                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: WineWidow

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

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sweetie

                                                                                                                                                                                you've gotta be kidding!!!

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

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: vicsailgarden

                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Sparkina

                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks for sharing that, sparkina. TMI.

                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: WineWidow

                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: WineWidow

                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: WineWidow

                                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: maydaycolorado

                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: maydaycolorado

                                                                                                                                                                                          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!)

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: WineWidow

                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: stuckinschool

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

                                                                                                                                                                                        4. re: Candy

                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jen kalb

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

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Cynsa

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

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: jen kalb

                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: skamama

                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Blush

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: wyf4lyf

                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Rubee

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

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Rubee

                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: PhoebeB

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: btrswttx00

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: btrswttx00

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: btrswttx00

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: btrswttx00

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pattiadleybryan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: btrswttx00

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: maydaycolorado

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: btrswttx00

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: wyf4lyf

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gayle

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: wyf4lyf

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bologna on Saltines with Miracle Whip. NO mayo!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: wyf4lyf

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: wyf4lyf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                45 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: emdb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: macca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I never make these myself, but loved them when I was a kid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: macca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: macca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: emdb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Kivarita

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jillp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Kivarita

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fara

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: fara

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: Kivarita

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Kivarita

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: phil

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Louise

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Louise

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Louise

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: phil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Kelli2006

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: phil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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 :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: phil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: phil

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: phil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: 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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Kivarita

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Kivarita

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kivarita

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Kivarita

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Kivarita

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Kivarita

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: almond3xtract

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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:>)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: emdb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bryan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lgss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >>>>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."


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lgss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: emdb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: emdb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: antjones9

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: emdb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: emdb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. b

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 Reply
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: brooklynmasala

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I eat strawberries in my cereal, love them with milk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              22 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: pamd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: pamd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: macca

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dooflaer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: pamd

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pamd

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jazzpjr

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: melly

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: pamd

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pamd

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pamd

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pamd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Will Owen

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: pamd

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pamd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pamd

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pamd

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nami54

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          potato chips on toasted tuna fish and fritos on ham salad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nami54

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 Reply
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: slyfox

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            18 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: BeeBee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: BeeBee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BeeBee

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BeeBee

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: wendy8869

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: wendy8869

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: BeeBee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Image: http://www.codeforfood.com/CafeAhRoma...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: toodie jane

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: BeeBee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: BeeBee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: twh1475

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: BeeBee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MlleYeuxBleus

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cathodetube

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Sarah C

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sarah C

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 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!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. "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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        16 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: berkleybabe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: berkleybabe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: berkleybabe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: berkleybabe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: berkleybabe

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: berkleybabe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: berkleybabe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: krissywats

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Anne H

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My grandfather does this with saltines and buttermilk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kmills9408

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Grillmeister

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: chowdawggy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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...;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: berkleybabe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: berkleybabe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: berkleybabe

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: berkleybabe

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 Reply
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Chris

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: chittachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chittachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chittachef

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chittachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chittachef

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          19 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: coll

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: wyf4lyf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: danna

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: wyf4lyf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: wyf4lyf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 slice of bread – you can experiment with different kinds of bread: white, whole wheat, sour dough, texas toast, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 egg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Butter for the bread and pan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Salt, pepper, nutmeg (optional)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Butter your bread on both sides. Using a small juice glass or biscuit cutter, cut a circle out of the center of your bread. Heat your pan with a small amount of butter and place your buttered and cut bread in the pan. Break an egg into the center. Season with salt, fresh ground black pepper, and a touch of grated nutmeg (optional). You could even add a little grated cheddar cheese. You decide if you want the yellow to be cooked or not. Once the white part begins to cook, flip and cook the other side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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'!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MommaJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, but this had no cinnamon :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MommaJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: D.Gresh

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: Das Ubergeek

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: almond3xtract

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: aggiecat

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. j
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              janet of reno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              14 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: janet of reno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: wyf4lyf

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SarahT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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 . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: missykins

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: choctastic

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: SarahT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: shanagain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: wyf4lyf

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. re: janet of reno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ratbin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: ratbin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: janet of reno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 Reply
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Amuse Bouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Eileen

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: amy_rc

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Eileen

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: thegirlwholovestoeat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. 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!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 Reply
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Terrie H.

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