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Family foods I thought was normal

My mom and dad (R.I.P) had some strange food habits which I really didn't realize until I got out into the "REAL" world. Pumkin pie had to have maple syrup poured over it, which I thought was normal, I loved my mom's green tomato pie, which I thought was normal, chili had to be served with peanut butter only, which I thought was normal,we had this yellow circley stuff for breakfast served with maple syrup on it, dad called it MUSH., which I thought was normal.

Anyone have their own weird foods growing up that they thought was "NORMAL" ??

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  1. My Mom always let the cooked cornmeal mush cool and gel, then sliced and fried it. Fried grits were equally good. Never had them with syrup though.

    She also made something for breakfast she called "Super Dooper Eggs" - which were simply scrambled eggs with cornmeal mixed in. Guess it helped stretch the eggs, and we had bushels of cornmeal. My Mom grew up in the Depression. She's thrifty that way.

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    1. re: vtnewbie

      We also had fried cornmeal mush, sometimes with sorghum molasses if we had been to visit the MO grandparents recently. Fried grits were added after my father came home from a posting in Virginia.

      1. re: BeefeaterRocks

        love fried grits. really just a carrier for hot bacon fat! ;-0

      2. re: vtnewbie

        A little "That's Amore" in the background and $20 or more bucks attached to it and you have a craved for polenta dish.

        If I had my way, and I don't because I live in a masochistic self-imposed militant state, I would eat cheesy grits with a fried egg on top every day of my life. Comfort foosd at its very finest.

        1. re: Sal Vanilla

          I am in Minnesota, born and raised. Wish I could say I ever tasted grits. Its odd that I never even saw them on our way down to Arkansas, or is that a "gritless" state? Could also be that we never get to stop anywhere...sigh...

          1. re: nyxpooka

            oh nyx, nowhere South of the Missouri river is gritless. even my mom who grew up in Iowa and Minnesota knew (something) of grits (hers were more like cream of wheat and missed the point)

        2. re: vtnewbie

          My Hungarian grandmother used to cook the cornmeal mush, then spread it out on a large serving platter. She would put numerous little undents in the surface, then drizzle on some browned butter. Th final touch was little dollops of sour cream here and there.
          One of my favorites as a kid.

          1. re: vtnewbie

            We grew up with both fried cornmeal mush and fried grits. Sometimes served for breakfast with eggs.

            1. re: decolady

              my mom taught me to fry up leftover grits. better than the first time -- esp. the crispy browned edges with a nice fried egg!

              1. re: alkapal

                Oh yes! Those crispy brown edges were so good. I haven't eaten fried grits in years, juts because I never have leftovers. Ought to go make some, just for frying.

                1. re: decolady

                  mom told me that her mom would put the leftovers in a greased glass, to make a round mold in effect, then the next meal use it to cut off rounds for frying. she grew up in the depression in the florida panhandle.

                  now today, one could get fancy, spread it in a pan, then use a large biscuit cutter to make a nice pretty round shape just perfectly sized for an egg.

                  decolady, let's make up a southern eggs benedict....
                  fried egg, crumbled bacon on a fried grits round, with...which gravy? and should we add a fried green tomato while we're at it? i think we just will make a pan drippings milk gravy. what say you?

                  1. re: alkapal

                    I'd eat that, but to keep it sort of Benedict, I feel the egg needs to be poached or shirred. milk or maybe red eye gravy?

                    and we are talking garlic cheese grits right?

                    1. re: hill food

                      with garlic cheese grits, we're gonna have to add shrimp or crawfish, and use some tasso shreds and maybe a little tasso millk gravy. then it can be some version of cajun benedict (ha ha). i think red eye gravy might be a little strong; maybe not.

                      hey, you can poach your egg if you'd like (ahem). however, i must warn you that the egg will not have the great crispy little edge that a bacon grease-basted fried egg will have.
                      i never grew up with garlic cheese grits. i don't know who came up with them first. that might be a good topic.

                      1. re: alkapal

                        I was introduced to garlic-cheese grits by folks from the Arkansas to Missouri bootheel region along the Mississippi. my mother (from upper Midwest) always made them like cream of wheat so I was never interested until exposed to what I think of as the 'real' stuff.

                        I do like a crispy egg fried in reserved pork fat, but maybe too rich.

                        I tossed out the red eye idea as coffee goes so well with b'fast, I can see tasso playing a role.

                        and a quick search finds this VERY sad account


                        1. re: hill food

                          and it is sad because of the demise of the garlic cheese product, or that some have never had the one with real cheese? i've seen so many different ideas about cheese grits, but i've always kept them simple, and usually just add jalapeño jack cheese and butter. sometimes cheddar, too. but actually, sometimes the cheddar has a too-sharp edge. uh oh...gettin' into the weeds, now.;-).

                          1. re: alkapal

                            While we're talking southern food/carbs why not whip up some biscuits and gravy!

                            1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                              I'm English, but spent some time in Virginia a few years ago. Biscuits are the things I remember most fondly - yum!

                            2. re: alkapal

                              alkapal:I found the product and someone's reliance upon it sad. I understand an affinity for a particular method, but with a little imagination it can usu. be approximated.

                              1. re: hill food

                                hill food, yes, people get stuck in a rut sometimes. i have so many old community cookbooks that have recipes calling for some kraft cheese in a jar (of some particular flavor). i've never seen it at the grocery.

                      2. re: alkapal

                        Good idea! I vote for using plain grits. Cheese grits were not something we had growing up. The grits round and fried eggs are great. Either bacon or a slice of ham would do. I also like the fried green tomato. If we use the slice of ham, we can do redeye gravy. Oh, and not everyone uses coffee in redeye gravy. We never did. Otherwise gravy made with pan drippings will work fine. I think I will try it both with and without gravy, because I'm thinking I would like it sans gravy better.

                        FWIW, I love the Louisiana version of Eggs Benedict which uses crabcakes instead of Canadian bacon.

                        1. re: decolady

                          OMG, John Besh has the most amazing recipe for sausage and shrimp gravy on page 57 of his New Orleans cookbook.He also has a good beignet recipe on the previous page.

                          Oh boy do I miss living in LA!

                          1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                            I miss living in Louisiana, too. Fortunately I have family that I can go visit. :-)

                            1. re: decolady

                              Here are some of the foods from my neck of the woods, Low Country Carolinas:
                              http://www.chitterlings.com/. Try the Baked Mac and Cheese recipe; and the Pound Cake is so good because of CAKE FLOUR. I grew up on a farm about 30 miles from Willie. His COOK BOOK is my favorite.

                            2. re: stuck in Hartford County

                              love besh! see if you can ever watch this episode of "chefs a' field: kids on the farm" with besh and kids on a shrimp boat. http://www.iptv.org/series.cfm/18696/...
                              charming and .... mouth-watering.

                              check out the hulu links to some NOLA programs on this thread -- in the post by "edible complex" http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/598045

                              1. re: alkapal

                                Wow! Thanks for the links. I still visit N.O. for Tulane events, but it's a long way from CT. Bummer. I try to stay in touch by cooking favorite remembered meals/ingredients, but most of the ingredients are difficult to find here. Also, my kids refuse to believe that there are drive thru daquiri bars- such a crazy city! I adore Besh and thought he should have won Iron Chef,

                                1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                  I, too, thought John Besh should've won Iron Chef.

                                  1. re: decolady

                                    Hell yeah, he should have. I might have actually watch the show if Besh was an Iron Chef. Otherwise, I find it kind of snoozy.

                  2. re: vtnewbie

                    I grew up in a Mennonite family. One Wednesday evening, the bishop told us at prayer meeting that his father's favorite dish was mush and milk. My mom made mush and milk for dinner that Thursday evening, and fried mush for breakfast the next morning. When we went to church on Sunday, we discovered that nearly everyone in the church had had both mush and milk and fried mush that week!

                    A nice form of mush is scrapple, mush made with pork broth and maybe some ground trimming, fried and served with maple syrup. Oh, and don't forget puddin' over pancakes or mashed potatoes. Puddin' is the ground pork trimmings, made by grinding what falls off of boiled pork bones during buthering. The broth and a little puddin' was mixed with cornmeal to make scrapple. The remaining puddin' was heated up and served over pancakes or mashed potatoes.

                    I haven't had puddin' in 30 years, but I want some before I die! (It make kill me after just a few bites.) I don't think it is heart healthy.

                    1. re: sacwoodpusher

                      dang now I know what to do with the solid-ish bits of flesh and fat I strained out of the stock (ok beef in this case) I spent the last 2 days simmering!

                      not heart healthy? ya think?! ehh once a year or so is ok I say.

                  3. I remember being offered a sandwich at a friend's house one day, and his mom asked me whether I wanted mayonnaise OR mustard. This struck me as pretty eccentric, as our sandwiches at home always came with both, except for the peanut butter ones, and all sandwiches came with butter as well. When I described the Standard Owen Sandwich thus (well, I was in 4th grade and didn't realize this might be impolite), both mother and child looked at me with genuine astonishment. Then the mom proceeded to make a bologna sandwich as I'd described it, and they both continued to stare at me while I ate it.

                    For the rest of it, I learned early on that many of our family favorites were regarded as weird by the larger community, and that the weirdest thing of all was our willingness to try new and different foods and/or dishes, so I got pretty much used to being an oddball. A well-fed oddball, I might add.

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                    1. re: Will Owen

                      That's very similar to the time a friend's mom asked if I wanted butter or cream cheese on my bagel -- at home, we always had both I chose cream cheese, but it really opened my eyes. My mom and dad always buttered bread for a sandwich, including hamburger buns (dad has since had quadruple by-pass surgery)....

                      1. re: hungry100

                        yes that reminds me of a friend who a long time ago I observed spreading butter on bread before proceeding to spread peanut butter. I expressed surprise perhaps a mite too derisively, saying something like "the peanut butter is already a butter, you don't need to add real butter".

                        Angrily, he retorted, well I don't care how they do it in Poland! I was stunned, as my remark had nothing to do with my Polish heritage or Polish cuisine.

                        I just thought it was weird (and a bit sickening, actually) to put peanut butter on top of dairy butter.

                        1. re: JamieK

                          No, no, no! The best (rare) snack imaginable is a few Saltine crackers, each with a little chunk of cold butter, topped with a schmear of good peanut butter. It's a texture/temperature thing.

                          1. re: pikawicca

                            Hmmm. I'm actually kinda of salivating about the idea of the combination of the salty crunch of cracker combined with good cold fat. But I just am not into peanut butter anymore so that's putting me off a bit. I can see how the texture/temperature thing could work, for sure.

                            1. re: JamieK

                              We've always eaten butter on crackers, and cold is best. Butter AND peanut butter also rocks, although peanut butter on crackers by itself is also great. Also, any of those combinations plus jelly, preferably pomegranate jelly, which we've made at home since I was a little kid.
                              My earliest memory of feeding myself is making saltines and butter to eat out on the front porch of the house we lived in when I was three.

                              1. re: herbalista

                                Saltines with cold butter and chicken noodle soup--my mom's recipe for whatever ailed you.

                                1. re: gaffk

                                  My mom served the same "remedy", along with ginger ale, poured into a glass and left out long enough to be close to room temp and mostly flat. (It all had something to do with not wanting to rile an upset tummy.)

                                  1. re: brandywiner

                                    My mom went with Coke. (We always also had syrup of coca cola, which she oddly enough got at the local pharmacy as a tummy cure.)

                                    1. re: gaffk

                                      I worked part-time at a pharmacy in California in the early 1970s, and one of the old pharmacists still had Coca-Cola syrup for stomach troubles.

                                      1. re: Tripeler

                                        Yep, that's right about the time mom was getting it at the local pharmacy in Philadelphia

                                        1. re: Tripeler

                                          Walmart pharmacy will still special order it for you. It really works.

                                  2. re: herbalista

                                    I've always eaten cracker (usually ritz) with butter and peanut butter. Was the only one I knew that did. I also eat my peanut butter samiches that way.

                                    1. re: herbalista

                                      A"normal"snack at grandmom's in Philly was saltines with dark Karo syrup poured on each one individually at the kitchen table. sometimes with a barrier of butter first. w/o the butter,i used to enjoy tipping the cracker back and forth to see which hole would let the syrup flow through first.. We would often arrive late on Friday nights from upstate NY (a 4 hr drive) and someone would immdeiately be sent out for steak sandwiches and inevitably my aunt ruth would arrive with a box of jelly donuts at about the same time. the next morning i would either find cheerios in the cupboard or wait until grandmom would fry up some bologna for breakfast. strangely enough, we only had scrapple back at home and depending on mood, had it with ketchup usually my habit or my mother's favorite, with fake maple syrup i.e. aunt jemimas or log cabin...karo was not in my mother's cupboard...

                                      1. re: herbalista

                                        The first summer my son stayed at home as opposed to going to day care (where he had become more a caretaker than young charge), he ate his way into about four inches of growth. One day I realized that during the day he had eaten a pack and a half of saltines and a full quarter pound of butter during the day.

                                  3. re: JamieK

                                    My grandmother was off-the-boat Polish, and she served us butter & peanut butter sammiches all the time!

                                    1. re: Ravac

                                      We always had butter on our sandwiches along with mayo or whatever else was to come. I still love the taste of butter and peanut butter together; I try to save it for a once in a while treat so I can live a few more years.

                                    2. re: JamieK

                                      The best is on a warm (wheat) English muffin. The regular butter goes all melty and into the bread and than the peanut butter adds it's thing on top. I also like butter and jelly, or just butter...
                                      This must have somethign to do with my dairy farmer grandparents

                                      1. re: JamieK

                                        My grandmother always said you needed butter on the bread to keep the peanut butter from sticking in your throat. My best friend's mom used mayo on peanut butter sandwiches for the same reason.

                                        1. re: JamieK

                                          To this day I use both butter and P-nut butter on soft white sandwich bread (Wonder) and I can't imagine anything better. Try it before you shudder. You will be amazed.

                                          1. re: JamieK

                                            The only person I know who butters peanut butter sandwiches is my mother, and she is of Polish descent. I always assumed her obsession with butterfat was a Polish thing, as her dad was a cowherd on the family farm back in the old country when he was a little boy.

                                            Buttered peanut butter is delicious, if not exactly heart healthy.

                                            1. re: Pipenta

                                              I never knew you could make a sandwich without butter (PB included) until I came to the States from Canada.

                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                I'm Canadian and I'm pretty sure my mom still makes every kind of sandwich with butter. Peanut butter, bologna, BLT, you name it.

                                                1. re: Blush

                                                  That's the way I still like them. Mayonnaise on sandwiches, no thanks. I also don't like huge gobs of sandwich filling, meat, etc.

                                                2. re: buttertart

                                                  Yep, I concur from the UK as well. All sandwiches must be buttered, and then additional things such as pickles, mustards, ketchup, brown sauce, mayonnaise etc goes on top.

                                                3. re: Pipenta

                                                  I've never heard of buttering bread before putting anything on it as another spread and my parents are of polish/german descent. I think the two weird foods that we had in our house that most people I know gave me strange looks for were Cream cheese and jelly sandwich or fruits (usually bananas, strawberries or blue berries) in sour cream with a little bit of sugar.

                                                  As a general rule, I hate mayo if I can taste it.. if it is on a hamburger but is so little then I don't care.

                                                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                    Cream cheese and jelly is a classic combo in this family. I've converted many friends to love this as well... only because I'd offer it for their English muffins in the morning, and they were so baffled that they'd want to try it. I didn't realize it was abnormal for the longest time.. and I still don't think it's strange to this day!

                                                  2. re: Pipenta

                                                    Butter on a peanut butter sandwich?

                                                    But of COURSE!

                                                    You put butter on one piece of bread, and the peanut butter on the other. Slap 'em together. The only time it's acceptable to leave the butter off is if you're putting jelly on there instead.

                                                    Same thing on crackers - saltines, butter on one, PB on the other, stick 'em together.


                                                    *Not of Polish descent*

                                                    1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                      I also butter my cold cut sandwiches... Butter, meat, cheese. I guess it's a European thing, tho I was watching an episode of "Leave it to Beaver" a while back and June was making samiches for The Beav, and she was buttering the bread. Guess it was common in the States some years back.

                                                      1. re: BobbyG

                                                        A while back I saw a picture of a Ham & Butter sandwich and I became obsessed. Whether it's on plain bread or a crusty loaf a la the french, I love it. And since then, I add butter to most of my sandwiches.

                                                        1. re: DreamCyn

                                                          Butter is the way to go on sandwiches in my world!

                                                    2. re: Pipenta

                                                      My mother also buttered sandwiches and her family was Swedish/German so I don't know if ethnicity has anything to do with it. I have one brother who never butters bread and one of his sons is the same way. I always butter the bread for a sandwich.

                                                    3. re: JamieK

                                                      Oh heck ya, add the butter! We scandinavians grew up craving butter, cream and eggs! I put butter on my extra crisp english muffin before I melt extra sharp cheddar cheese on it! Mom always made it like that! My fave!

                                                      1. re: JamieK

                                                        My boss in a restaurant where I cooked breakfast...many many years ago. Would put a huge pat of butter on her biscuits, and then put the sausage gravy on them. She gained a TON of weight the year I worked there.

                                                        1. re: JamieK

                                                          I'm British and the thought of butter with peanut butter disgusts me! Ick!

                                                          1. re: Heywhatsfordinner

                                                            Is it the butter, the peanut butter, or the combination that bothers you? Does butter and the combination of anything else savory disgust you?

                                                            1. re: Heywhatsfordinner

                                                              Couldn't agree more, Hey- opening my lunch at school to find BUTTER on the the peanut butter and honey sandwich was enough to induce severe gag reflex

                                                        2. re: Will Owen

                                                          LMAO – that brings back memories.

                                                          Similar experience, asked if I wanted mayonnaise on my sandwich and I didn't even know what that was.

                                                          I had only ever had sandwiches made with butter.

                                                          1. re: RetiredChef

                                                            Gosh, I could actually EAT at your house! People would just slap that stuff on and I would gag when I was a kid! Couldnt even stand the smell of it... Still cant touch mayo or MWhip...blecch! I am careful to inspect all sandwiches very carefully.

                                                            1. re: nyxpooka

                                                              I don't like mayo much either - trying to buy a pre-made sandwich from M&S or wherever is nearly impossible.

                                                        3. Pumpkin pie does have syrup (or honey) poured on it, doesn't it ;). My brother would ask for whipped cream on his so as not to miss out on the cream, eat it off the top and then add the Rogers Golden syrup or honey and eat the pie that way.

                                                          One of our favourite desserts was really thick Bird's custard with sweetened thickened currant juice on top. I guess a combo of my Dad's British and my Mom's Dutch roots. Never have I seen that dessert anywhere else.

                                                          And it's not a 'weird' food, but when I was little I didn't understand where my friends got their vegetables from. We got ours from the garden either at our house or at my grandparents next door, but none of my friends had big backyards.

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                                                          1. re: Sooeygun

                                                            One of our typical Sunday night suppers was French Toast topped with fried eggs (lightly salted during cooking) and sprinkled with sugar. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!

                                                            1. re: lattelover

                                                              Cocoa Krispies with Reddi Whip for breakfast.

                                                              Syrup on meatballs after they were fried and before they went into the gravy.

                                                              Bones and gristle were for eating.

                                                              Sounds good to me, lattelover. So does mayo and butter and mustard.

                                                              1. re: dolores

                                                                Wow,,,I think you won some kind of prize with that post...wow! Original.

                                                                1. re: dolores

                                                                  Curious, where'd you grow up? What culture/background?

                                                                2. re: lattelover

                                                                  In our house, and now in my own, it was French toast with sour cream and chocolate milk. Also, Cheerios sauteed in butter. My mom called it "fried Cheerios." I think I feel a craving coming on.

                                                                  1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                    Hmm, were fried cheerios a snack or for breakfast?

                                                                    1. re: nyxpooka

                                                                      I know someone who makes those for a snack.

                                                                      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                                        Try them in bacon fat. I made them as a treat for my dog, then found myself snacking on them...

                                                                        1. re: kbinsted

                                                                          I LOVE your post. By the way, is your dog overweight?

                                                                          1. re: kittyangel

                                                                            Nope, but he is a hyperactive rat terrier. I could probably feed him nothing but balls of fat with fat sauce and he'd still run it all off.

                                                                            Seriously, the tiny cheerios are perfect treats for training. Regular dog treats are way too big for a little guy like him - not to mention that I resent how expensive they are.

                                                                            1. re: kbinsted

                                                                              Do I know expensive!?! We've got 12 cats and 2 dogs - all rescues. When treats/food go on sale and I have coupons I stock up - then use the "gas points".

                                                                              You've actually managed to train a hyperactive terrier? I made the mistake of adopting a dog from the Humane Society 2 years ago that they guessed was a terrier/shepherd mix (I must have had a major lapse of reason!). He seemed normal at the shelter, but the day after we got him home he turned in to a hyperactive lunatic dog from Hell with the attention span of a gnat! And he's getting worse! The d*mn dog knows when he's doing something "bad" but just keeps on doing it! My vet said to use positive reinforcement but I said how do you do that when he never does anything good???

                                                                    2. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                      My brother and I used to eat Special K sauteed in butter! I remember my other saying that when she was a child they did that with Rice Krispies.

                                                                      1. re: Cliocooks

                                                                        Actually, that doesn't sound too bad.
                                                                        Kind of like what you do to make Chex mix, really...

                                                                    3. re: lattelover

                                                                      Something similar in our house- cottage cheese omelets, and powdered sugar on top. Yum! Still a comfort food.

                                                                      Open faced sandwiches on dark bread surprised the heck out of my childhood friends. My Polish mom * might * have gotten away with the toppings (liverwurst, sliced radishes, sliced hard boiled eggs, etc. or the less worrisome salami and sliced pickles) if only there was only a second slice of bread on top. Somehow the open face confused my friends most of all, go figure!

                                                                      1. re: Starka

                                                                        My mom used to make Jam Omelets.... I cant stand them to this day...

                                                                        1. re: LadySafire

                                                                          When I was a kid and staying with some neighbors for the night the mom made pancakes with scrambled eggs on the inside. That was weird especially since back then I didn't like scrambled eggs.

                                                                      2. re: lattelover

                                                                        salted fried egg (runny yolk a must) on top of syrupy pancakes.
                                                                        amazing. just...wow.

                                                                        1. re: plateofwander

                                                                          Eww...I HATE it when the syrup touches my eggs. ***shudder***

                                                                          1. re: KristieB

                                                                            I'm with you on the syrup and egg thing, KristieB. It's just not right.

                                                                            1. re: herbalista

                                                                              No sweet eggs on my plate. I can see the idea behind it, sweet and salty plus fatty yolk...but its like the syrup flavor clashes somehow...

                                                                              1. re: nyxpooka

                                                                                I can handle a little syrup "touching" my eggs. I think I would much prefer that to ketchup which seems so common, at least here in Central PA. One thing that is yummy is when I have pancakes or french toast with sausage, I like to dip the sausage in the syrup!

                                                                            2. re: KristieB

                                                                              I don't think I'd care for sunny-side up egss with syrup on them, but syrup on scrambled eggs is extremely delicious.

                                                                              1. re: cmztrav

                                                                                Actually, when a bit of the syrup gets into the runny yolk on a sunny-up or over easy, it is a decadently rich taste.

                                                                          2. re: lattelover

                                                                            Our french toast was never sweet--we always made it with eggs, a splash of milk, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, or smoked paprika, fried in a little butter or bacon drippings, then served with chili sauce or even just Catsup. Still remember first time I ordered it in a restaraunt here in Canada and it arrived with powdered sugar and maple syrup and I could not eat it. Still can't eat it sweet.

                                                                            1. re: mlynnb

                                                                              Wow, that actually sounds pretty good, mlynnb! I have a huge sweet tooth, but for some reason, I've never been much on sweet french toast. I'd probably pass on the chili sauce/ketchup, but maybe a light herbed butter/olive oil sauce might go along nicely.... Thanks for the idea!

                                                                              1. re: mlynnb

                                                                                We always had french toast with butter, King's syrup and cinnamon on it growing up in our Central PA home. Needless to say, I was surprised and dismayed the first time I ordered it in a restaurant and it arrived with powdered sugar on it!

                                                                                1. re: mlynnb

                                                                                  your French Toast savory style reminds me of my mom's matzah brei. onions, milk, eggs, salt and lots of black pepper. i didn't much care for it back then, and i think i might like it now, only now allergies prevent me from trying it. oh well.

                                                                                  1. re: mlynnb

                                                                                    i that would be eggy bread. a tasty treat on its own right. with honey its poor knights toast, with maple syrup and cinnamon its candian style french toast, with part of bread removed and more egg in it its toad in the hole. all yummy

                                                                                2. re: Sooeygun

                                                                                  We always had Apple Pie with a slice of good cheddar cheese and cream poured over it. It's a British thing

                                                                                  1. re: ike04

                                                                                    It's old school American too...my granddad eats his apple pie with cheddar as well

                                                                                    1. re: MIss G

                                                                                      or to fancify it - pear pie with camembert is good

                                                                                      1. re: MIss G

                                                                                        Apples and cheddar is something I've always done..... originally from Virginia. Not sure if its a regional thing. I tell people about it in other parts of the country and they are horrified.

                                                                                        1. re: BobbyG

                                                                                          "Apple pie without some cheese/Is like a kiss without a squeeze" - one of my father's sayings, Ontario, Canada, mid-20th C, I very much doubt original to him. Very common in Ontario and in England.

                                                                                          1. re: BobbyG

                                                                                            Growing up In our Central PA home we never ate cheese with apple pie. However, I have since learned that it is common (at least around here) and is supposedly very good. I've never tried it tho. I don't think I've ever seen it in a restaurant - just with vanilla ice cream.

                                                                                          2. re: MIss G

                                                                                            Apples pie and cheese: Common in the midwest. Don't care for it myself.

                                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                                              Depends on the cheese...good aged cheddar, yes. It's an amazing combination.
                                                                                              But crappy American process cheese or (horrors) the evil Velveeta...I'll pass.

                                                                                              1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                I've had apple pie and cheddar, and while I do love cheese, and I'll pretty much eat it on anything, I don't really understand the appeal. I still eat it, mind you, but I'm never entirely sure why. To me it just tastes like baked apples...and cheddar cheese...nothing special.

                                                                                                1. re: DreamCyn

                                                                                                  I totally agree with everything you said!

                                                                                                  I will eat it, but I don't see how the cheese compliments the pie in any way.

                                                                                                  Just like last night, my friend insisted that I try a hot dog with cheese, which I had never had before. It was that melty Velveeta type on top of a hot dog.
                                                                                                  The cheese tasted good, in the way that crappy cheese sometimes does - and the hot dog tasted good...but together - meh!
                                                                                                  The cheese didnt compliment the dog in any way - in the way that mustard or sauerkraut do......much like apple pie and cheddar!

                                                                                                  1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                    Apple pie and cheddar is a very old tradition. I highly suspect that if you and DreamCyn eat it but don't find it terrific, it's probably because it's damned hard to find truly great cheddar any more! Kraft don't cut it! Try a little piece of truly expensive cheddar from you best local cheese shop and I suspect you'll find out what all of the fuss is about. '-)

                                                                                                    1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                      Absolutely right...it has to be good cheese. But it has to be good apple pie as well, properly made with some tart apples in the mix.
                                                                                                      With these components, the apple pie+cheese thing becomes transcendent.

                                                                                                      1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                        I am willing to give it another go..I really want to like this combo

                                                                                                        Maybe warmed pie and warmed cheddar to really bring out the flavors?

                                                                                          3. re: ike04

                                                                                            Ooh, that reminds me of the pork and apple pie topped with sour cream that my mom used to make. yum!

                                                                                            1. re: ItaliAnna

                                                                                              Pork and apple? Served as a main course or as a dessert? What sort of recipe (heritagewise) is that?

                                                                                              1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                I'm guessing most European ones as well as the British Isles... they all found quite a few ways to combine fruit & various meats . I've always thought it odd that most Americans consider such combinations as 'strange".

                                                                                                Pork and apples are a pretty 'normal' combination, classic really...in pie (with the addition of some onions) it's a really incredible entree dish. Never had it with the sour cream on top, but it sounds like something I need to try

                                                                                                1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                  Definitely used to pork and fruit in roasts and such, or fruit as sauces for meat, but I've never heard of them together in pie that I can recall. And yes, it was in part the sour cream that threw me...

                                                                                                  1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                    the hungarians use lots of pork and sour cream, no?

                                                                                                  2. re: The Professor

                                                                                                    I do a pork loin that I brine for 2-3 days in sauerkraut juice and then braise on low with all white ingredients. Lots of sliced onions, granny smith apples and sauerkraut. Sprinkle caraway seeds on the white veggies before braising. Crank the oven up at the end to brown and crisp the outside of the meat.

                                                                                                    1. re: phantomdoc

                                                                                                      My (German-Irish, 100% of each depending on whim) husband would love that. Do you just use the juice with the sauerkraut or do you buy extra? Do they even put that (sauerkraut juice) out any more?

                                                                                              2. re: ike04

                                                                                                Apple pie with cheddar... that's just classic. The cream is good too...

                                                                                                1. re: mjhch1

                                                                                                  Cream or milk on desserts was a big thing in my family. Cream on pies, cream or milk on fresh cut-up or canned fruit and Jello. Don't knock it until you've tried it!

                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                    Oh when I lived in England - Cream was always served with desserts. If you order pie or pudding in a restaurant - you will be asked :"With ice cream or cream?"
                                                                                                    In fact my (English) in laws serve ice cream -with cream poured over the top!
                                                                                                    Decadent for sure - and delicious!

                                                                                                    1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                      Wow! That is something. Sounds divine. Would make a good easy dinner party dessert with some nice cookies, wouldn't it? Cream is also wonderful poured over biscuit strawberry shortcake - the biscuits still a bit hot. Much nicer than whipped cream. (The best cream I ever tasted came from a friend of the family's Jersey cow - raw - the most beautiful shade of pale yellow and so rich. The only dairy product in my experience to sour naturally - we made cream biscuits with it when it got sour.)

                                                                                                        1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                          Since I remember it from (gasp) almost 40 years ago, you can imagine it was.

                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                            I am one of those people who could sit and pour some cream into a cup and spoon into my mouth..mmm I really love the taste , so I imagine I would remember it after all those years too!

                                                                                                            I remembered something else I had while in England -
                                                                                                            While visiting Cornwall - the local specialty was ice cream served with....
                                                                                                            CLOTTED CREAM on top!
                                                                                                            yes! it was outrageous!
                                                                                                            It was regular clotted cream on the top but then where it was pressed up against the ice cream - it formed a slightly crunchy shell...like that Magic Shell stuff -(if anyone remembers that)

                                                                                                            1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                              I remember Magic Shell! I think I saw it at Target when I was there...not sure though! Might have been a generic knock off...but it brought back fun memories of waxy goodness!

                                                                                                    2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                      I melt good french vanilla ice-cream w/some sort of liquor (brandy/rum/cointreau/midori...) and spoon it on fresh fruit. Or pie. Or whatever. Cheaty creme anglais!

                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                        buttertart, cream actually rescues jello!

                                                                                                        hey, look at this! quite appealing (and 'm not a jello fan, typically): http://www.1001recipe.com/recipes/foo...

                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                          It is! After all, what are French fruit charlottes (which this looks a bit like) but jellied mousses with jelloish proclivities if not artificial flavors. Not that I'm against artificial flavors.

                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                            Jelloish! Off topic, I know, but I have Jello on my mind (or maybe my mind is jello... anyway... ) The Jello company puts out a jello cookbook and they sell it at our school's Scholastic Book Fair. One of my parents (who clearly has WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON HER HANDS) made the over-the-top awesome pool "cake". It's completely amazing what you can do with jello. Or "jelly" as it's labeled at Club Med (the European food selections, natch!).

                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                OK. It looks a bit like 815 Jello Dive In Cake, except the pool was larger w/more umbrellas and smalll chairs and tables. The water was aqua, shiny, smooth and actually "wet" looking-not lumpy like some of the others shown. So cute!

                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                  I'm looking for it now and will post a link if I can find it!

                                                                                                                2. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                  Ah, but what better thing to do with your time than something crazy/outrageous that your kids will remember forever?

                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                              blueberries in a bowl with milk and a sprinkle of sugar....yummmmm!

                                                                                                              1. re: danni_1981

                                                                                                                Right there with you on this. Also, sliced bananas in milk with brown sugar.

                                                                                                              2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                cream is actually good IN jello too, BT...I made a wonderful thing called "swedish cream dessert" that was essentially just cream, jello, sugar and vanilla. Served it with lingonberries or cloudberries (wont do the cloudberries again, the seeds are gianormous and really cloying), but if I had carmelized some sugar on the top of that wonderful stuff, it would have been a knock off for creme brulee besides! We scandinavians put cream on all our desserts, to be honest... Anyone for some rommegrot? (mom loved it, but we never actually made it at our house...sigh)

                                                                                                                1. re: nyxpooka

                                                                                                                  How do you make that Swedish cream? I'm very jello-friendly (have family in Iowa).

                                                                                                                  1. re: nyxpooka

                                                                                                                    What on Earth are lingonberries and cloudberries??? And rommegrot? I like jello, but just stir in some canned fruit and dollop Cool Whip on top.

                                                                                                                  2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                    my dad never ate cake without milk poured on top in a bowl...

                                                                                                                      1. re: betsydiver

                                                                                                                        BD my dad ate his cake the same way. He also liked drinking soda with a package of salted peanuts tossed in. I tried both of these concoctions when i was a bit older but could ever reconcile the sweet/salty and conflicting textures enough to enjoy either of these snacks.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Munkipawse

                                                                                                                          The soda/salted peanuts thing is a Southern Classic. We loved it as kids (rarely had soda, though), especially when the salt caused the soda to fizz uncontrollably. Then, when you tipped the bottle (not cans, back then) up, the peanuts whacked you in the nose. Fun times.

                                                                                                                2. re: Sooeygun

                                                                                                                  Oo, that's so weird, we used to eat that custard/currant thing too, and my mom's British and my dad was Dutch. I haven't thought about that for years. Thanks!

                                                                                                                3. My mom served roasted lamb heads garnished with salt, pepper and garlic. We each got one and all the tortillas we could eat. It was my favorite; I can still remember the horrified looks in elementary school during a conversation about favorite foods. My mom was so mad at me for telling my classmates about my favorite food. Apparently she knew it wasn't normal!

                                                                                                                  I also loved bologna sandwiches with mayo and potato chips. My grandmother served warm salted bacon fat in small bowls to mop up with pieces of bread. and also served sugared iceberg lettuce.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: dlane

                                                                                                                    You too, dlane? We had it, once, and I can still see the poor thing's head in my mother's oven.

                                                                                                                    And my horror and obvious scarring for life, watching my father eat the brains and eyes, while I HAD to sit there and eat the cheek meat.

                                                                                                                    Disgusting, barbaric, but times were different, weren't they.

                                                                                                                    I loved fried baloney sandwiches.

                                                                                                                    1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                      I loved fried baloney too! And tomato, butter and white bread sandwhiches, but I think our weirdest "normal" food was my dad's Thanksgiving stuffing made with saltine crackers, pineapple and mushrooms.

                                                                                                                      1. re: dragonchowmein

                                                                                                                        dragonchowmein, i'm glad to know i'm not the only Chowhound whose family has a bizarre Thanksgiving stuffing tradition. my mom's recipe [which came from her mom] involves corn flakes, oats, onions, carrots, canned mushrooms and schmaltz [chicken fat].

                                                                                                                        1. re: dragonchowmein

                                                                                                                          My little brother would hold a slice of bologna (baloney in those days) on a fork over the gas flame of the front burner. When it began to drip and make the flame sizzle, he would place it on a piece of buttered Wonder bread. Fantastic.

                                                                                                                          1. re: dragonchowmein

                                                                                                                            Fried baloney reminds me of the movie "Bad Santa"...lol! Regular oscar meyer stuff, right?

                                                                                                                            1. re: nyxpooka

                                                                                                                              I'd say anything but the Oscar Meyer stuff.
                                                                                                                              It's much better with a quality bologna, preferably from an independent butcher/specialty shop if there are any near you (they are unfortunately a disappearing breed).

                                                                                                                              1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                I don't want to be nit-picky, but growing up in the 70's the jingle still runs thru my head - "My bologna has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R, my bologna has a second name, it's M-A-Y-E-R....

                                                                                                                                PS. Thank God in Central PA we still have many butcher/meat markets!

                                                                                                                                As for the movie "Bad Santa", I'd make a comment, but better not! :-)

                                                                                                                            2. re: dragonchowmein

                                                                                                                              Stuffing with pineapple??? Did you live in Hawaii???

                                                                                                                            3. re: dolores

                                                                                                                              We used to go to a special restaurant that served "Gabutzelle" I know I'm spelling that wrong - but what it is - is "Goats head"
                                                                                                                              They came out with a proper head - sawed in half on a platter!
                                                                                                                              While my sister was absolutely horrified - I was quite facinated...my grandfather would dig into yes the eyes and brain - but wait - it gets worse because he also ate the tounge - and at the end of the meal he would pick out the teeth and suck on them!!

                                                                                                                              I have to add though, that even though we were very young - we did know that this was NOT normal!

                                                                                                                              1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                what heritage/region is Gabutzelle?

                                                                                                                                I would be fascinated too.

                                                                                                                                1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                  Hi hill
                                                                                                                                  Italian American

                                                                                                                                  funny though - as I was posting this I tried Google translation of "goats head"
                                                                                                                                  thinking it would give me the proper spelling of "Gabutzelle" - but this is what came up: testa delle capre. so I'm not sure where Gabutzelle comes from but that's what we called it. (I also tried to translate Gabutzelle but came up with nothing!)

                                                                                                                                  1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                    maybe it's made up, my SO's mom refers to eggplant as "jojo potatoes" in a ploy to make it more appealing when the kids were at a picky age.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                      Weird, I've only seen thick cut wedge fries called Jo-Jos (though I have no idea why. Never heard of it until I moved to Cleveland)

                                                                                                                                    2. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                      I believe you are looking for capozelle. Check the following link:

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Whazoo

                                                                                                                                        Thanks so much whazoo!!
                                                                                                                                        Unfortunately i am at work and my company blocks allot, and the link was blocked!
                                                                                                                                        I need to remember to chack it out over the weekend - I'm curious!

                                                                                                                                        At least now i know the correct spelling!! Thanks again!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                          Another spelling is capuzzelle, which is what came up when I Googled "goat's head Italian". It can mean either goat or lamb's head.

                                                                                                                                    3. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                      My grandmom would take semi-stale home made bread, cut it thick and toast it in the oven (like a crostini I guess)

                                                                                                                                      Then we’d put it in a bowl, sprinkle w/ cinnamon & sugar and pour warm coffee w/ cream and sugar over it

                                                                                                                                      I thought it was the best thing, EVER for breakfast

                                                                                                                                      I’m a second generation Italian-American and we grew up with all very traditional foods. One that my grandpop abandoned was the lamb’s head or goats head…

                                                                                                                                      My grandfather cured lots of his own meats and one time I got in trouble at lunch because the kid next to me thought I was trying to gross him out by telling him I had gabbagool in my sandwich (cappicola, I used to try to say it like my grandparents)

                                                                                                                                      Christmas eve included Smelts! Pasta w/ anchovies! Calamari cooked in red sauce for a long time, scungili, and at least two others so that we would have seven fishes

                                                                                                                                      Imagine being a little kid and you and your friends are discussing Christmas dinner and your friends are talking about great big turkeys or roast beeves and you’re talking about smelts and anchovies for dinner

                                                                                                                                      What my grandpop called “sofrito” was a stew of various parts of a cow, that people generally didn’t buy at the butcher, and even some that they weren’t supposed to sell, heart, lung, tripe… cooked a very long time in a tomato base with hot peppers from the garden and garlic… oh it was wonderful, the textures that were in those bowls of sofrito I cannot even begin to describe… my husband wonders why I love beef tendon in pho and I think it’s because it comes close

                                                                                                                                      Salad sandwiches – we’d take the bread from the dinner table and make a pocket and stuff the too vinegary salad into it and have a salad sandwich (works best after Sunday Macaroni and meat balls, use the salad sandwich to swipe up any gravy leftover in your bowl)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: cgarner

                                                                                                                                        My Italian housemate ( from Milan) makes a bowl of strong coffee with milk for breakfast and pours her cornflakes in it, and eats with a spoon.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Isobel_A

                                                                                                                                          Hmmm. Actually sounds good & "kills 2 birds with one stone".

                                                                                                                                    4. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                      Wow. I really try to be open to different kinds of foods, but that's far beyond my reach. Gaahhh! I'm surprised it didn't give you nightmares! I'm of Italian descent too, but I'm thankful to say nothing like that ever showed up on my grandparents' table! However, I'm squeamish about eating things like eyes and brains anyway.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                        OMG!! That's too bad! If there's anything better than a brain simmered in slightly acidulated water with a little salt, drained, sliced and with a pat of butter on it, I can't think of it. It's really good if you're not feeling well - nourishing, light and good. Although, with some of the diseases making the rounds in animals now, I'd have to think twice.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                        Those cheeks are probably $40 at Mario Batalli Babbo.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                          YUM! Wow, haven't thought of a fried baloney sandwich in years.

                                                                                                                                          I think my mom was trying to make a Midwestern version of the NJ classic Taylor Ham and Cheese with these when I was a kid. Not even close, mom!!


                                                                                                                                            1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                              dolores, I don't think eating heads is any more barbaric or disgusting than eating other parts of an animal. Poor animals. I think it's because the way we buy our meat now is so removed from the reality of what it actually is that when are reminded, we find it confronting. We kill other animals so we can eat their bodies. Eyes of meat animals look so much like ours, it is very difficult to look at them.

                                                                                                                                              dlane, my 8 year old son loves boney bits of meat and things like fish heads. He hasn't ever had the chance to eat other animal heads yet so I don;t know how he would feel about it, but he does know his love of bones is not "normal". We were at a family function recently and he came up to me and whispered that he wanted to chew on his pork chop bones but didn't want to do it infront of "all the delicate people" so I took him and his plate of bones to another room so he could gnaw on them in private while I guarded the door. I love him : )

                                                                                                                                                1. re: hillsbilly

                                                                                                                                                  I was raised to believe that God gave us animals to use for our purposes to survive - to work for us, to eat for nourishment, and to use the other parts for other purposes. We were taught in school that in the American Pioneer times they used the hides for clothing and the bones for things like needles, etc. Nothing was wasted. ("Waste not, want not"!) I'm OK with it as long as they are treated humanely and killed humanely. (I just try not to think about it too much!) My problem is with people who kill just for "trophies"!

                                                                                                                                                  As for gnawing on the bones - I remember doing that as a child as well. My grandparents were farmers so we always froze butchered beef in the spring and ate it at family cookouts on Sundays over the summer. The T-bones were just too good to waste anything. Of course, as an adult, I would never do that in public! Glad to hear you love your son so much!!!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: dlane

                                                                                                                                                sugared iceberg lettuce? intriguing! a regional specialty or her own concoction? did she just shred the lettuce and put sugar on top?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: cimui

                                                                                                                                                  I missed the sugar on iceberg lettuce!

                                                                                                                                                  dlane, I put sugar on everything, but never put it directly on salad. I put it in all my dressings, does that count? I think I would have liked your grandmother. Mine put sugar in her gravy (red sauce), and cemented my sweet tooth forever.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cimui

                                                                                                                                                    I think it was her own concoction. I inherited my sweet tooth from grannie. it was a small plate with sugar, lettuce on the side. We tore off small pieces of lettuce and dipped them in. It was one of my afterschool snacks along with hot buttered homemade torillas. Boy, I miss grannie!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dlane

                                                                                                                                                      my grannie also had a massive sweet tooth (still does, actually). she'd serve us ripe, red tomatoes out of our garden with sugar. maybe i should introduce her to the sugared lettuce thing. =)

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cimui

                                                                                                                                                        sugar on garden tomatos, every summer... sugar and vinegar on cooked cabbage (as in corned beef and... possibly as a way of havibg us actually eat the cabbage; also at my granmom's we would sit around the kitchen table eating saltines with Karo syrup on them, sometimes with butter to plug up the saltine holes while we waited for my Aunt Ruth to bring home jelly donuts and Uncle John to bring home the philly cheese steak sandwiches... can you see why I've had a life-long weight problem?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: betsydiver

                                                                                                                                                          I have a brother-in-law who eats sugar on tomatoes - lots of sugar. I tried it out of curiosity...NASTY! Must be a taste acquired early in life. <Shudder>

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Purrkins

                                                                                                                                                            My German grandmother always put sugar on her tomatoes. I grew out of it at a very early age.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: cimui

                                                                                                                                                      it was commonplace at our dinnertable that we would put the dressing inbgredients directly on the salad, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, etc.... sugar s&p, oil and vinegar... also vinegar and sugar on cooked cabbage when we had corned beef and cabbage...

                                                                                                                                                    3. re: dlane

                                                                                                                                                      Mustard and potato chips on my bologna sandwiches. Never tried it with mayo, but that would probably be good too. I know a lot of southerners who eat mayo on their fries instead of ketchup - never did get that one.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                                                                                        i like to dip crispy fries in mayo, but i learned that in belgium.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                          YUM! Frites in a paper cup with a glob of mayo! One of the best things I ate in Belgium -- and I ate a TON of things there.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                                                                                          mayo on toast--that's it. peanut butter and pickle sandwiches too!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                                                                                            Oh, yeah, I forgot about that too. Before microwave ovens you had to reheat pasta on the stove and it got crispy---yum!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                                                                                              Lots of people in the UK have mayo with chips, especially with curly fries (I don't like mayo much, myself - more of a ketchup or brown sauce person). And cheesy chips, too - just a bowl of chips with grated cheddar melted over them. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: dlane

                                                                                                                                                              Can't relate to the lambs head, though I have heard wonderful things and would love to try it...not on the menu at Ruth's Chris.

                                                                                                                                                              But sugared iceberg lettuce was my family's definition of salad.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LJS

                                                                                                                                                                There is (or was) an old restaurant in the restaurant row area (might be a on that block or one or two off) that was a real old school type place on the garden level. My husband and I stopped in for a drink at the bar (after spying it through the window and becoming intrigued) and checked out the menu. They have something like this on the menu. However, you have to order it a couple of days ahead of time.

                                                                                                                                                                Sorry, this is in Manhattan. I forgot that I was on the general board.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: dlane

                                                                                                                                                                Such a funny story about your mom getting mad! I think I am in love with your grannie.

                                                                                                                                                                When my nieces and nephews were young we would do a few pig roasts during the year and the adults would always fight over the head. Slowly but surely we have turned these little urbane, abercrombie-ites into jowl snatching snout coveting freaks just like we were. Hope that joy is passed to their kids.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: dlane

                                                                                                                                                                  WOW, sugared lettuce. My grandmother used to do that. I haven't thought about that in years. I love apples with camembert. I guess the strangest thing I can throw in, is rice"cereal". My Aunt would make plain white rice, and then put it in a bowl with sugar and milk. I've never seen or heard anyone else do that. I ate it once, maybe. Sugar and milk. I was, like 6.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: firemyars

                                                                                                                                                                    honey, that's just rice pudding, pre-heat!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                      And apples with cheese (of various sorts) is quite common. But sugared lettuce - not so much. I wonder if it's a particular ethnic or regional specialty?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                        bobB, i wonder, too. i didn't have it growing up in sw florida, and my mom was from n. florida and dad and his parents were from illinois.

                                                                                                                                                                        when i was in middle and junior high schools, i used to do grocery shopping for my grandparents, and i recall regularly buying canned cling peaches -- and occasionally muscatel wine. ;-)). one food treat they gave me was sweet, milky coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                          Don't slam the canned peaches! I love those-mom always had them around. Good w/ice cream and, uh, libations (just not at mom's)..I've cut myself on the lid more than once, as a kid. Ouch!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                                                            The canned peach c-rations were such a thirst quenching, sugar bootsing treat out in the field in hot, humid Nam. Fruit "cock tale" too.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                              Poppin cherries in Nam! Ha ha-canned fruit cocktail is so nasty...

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                                                                Not when one is hot, tired, dehydrated and fatigued. Juicy canned fruits were manna from heaven. Screw the cans of lima beans and ham.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                  'keg, all joking aside, do you avoid foods that you associate w/Vietnam? Or maybe you just avoid the MRE foods? I imagine I might. Just curious, b/c I do know guys who shudder when they see food that triggers those memories. My neighbor has to go home when I have a gin and tonic-the "quinine" reference is repugnant to him.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, the memories of C-rats and Spam are not pleasant. Funny you should mention quinine, disgusting stuff w/out the gin. I have only recently tried to again eat pho. Yes, foods can be "triggers", as well as music.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                                                              stuck i h c,

                                                                                                                                                                              how in the heck was i "slamming" canned peaches? to say i bought them for my grandparents?

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: firemyars

                                                                                                                                                                        When I was at college in Louisiana (1970s), one of our suitemates was from OK. The only way her family ever ate rice was cold with milk and sugar for breakfast. That was the first time I ever heard of that. You are the second.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: decolady

                                                                                                                                                                          Interesting. I also went to college in LA (1980's) and one of my suitemates was from OK. She also ate that crazy rice. Her father was a farmer, and they didn't eat meat much. She said it reminded her of rice pudding.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: decolady

                                                                                                                                                                            My Great grandma made rice with cold milk and sugar for breakfast. Grandpa sprinkled sugar on lettuce from the garden.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: decolady

                                                                                                                                                                              my mom did the rice with butter sugar and milk all the time...

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: betsydiver

                                                                                                                                                                                  We had sweetened, milk/buttered rice for breakfast quite often.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: firemyars

                                                                                                                                                                                I was talking with my younger sister last night and she reminded me that we also used to eat warm white rice with milk & sugar when we were kids. We just called it "rice with milk." I had completely forgotten.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                  It sounds good to be honest. I don't like the creamy milk part of rice pudding and I prefer the pakistani sweet rice desserts so this sounds kind of good to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: firemyars

                                                                                                                                                                                  that's the only way my mom will eat rice*still, she's 92, although she did'nt necessesarily serve it to us that way exclusively...

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: firemyars

                                                                                                                                                                                    This is the only way I ate rice growing up -- didn't know it was served any other way. My mom would cook the rice until it was a sticky glob, put it in cereal bowls, then butter and sugar (white or brown) would be added, as well as cream, if desired (we lived on a farm). This was so good with salty bacon and toast or hot biscuits, which my mother made from scratch almost every morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: moonmau

                                                                                                                                                                                      Cook it a little bit with some raisins thrown in, and it's basically just kheer.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: firemyars

                                                                                                                                                                                      well not EXACTLY - Rice pudding has eggs and Vanilla and is cooked - BUT, close. Hot rice w/milk and sugar is really good - and hot rice with salt and butter is also delicious! Brings back childhood memories!

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: dlane

                                                                                                                                                                                      Not disgusting. Not barbaric. Just not mainstream middle American.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Bologna with mayo, however, that is mainstream middle American and it is horrid!

                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Navy beans (cooked w/ham or bacon) and served on white bread with ketchup.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. What do you mean "chili had to served with peanut butter"? That's awesome! Like satay, but...not.

                                                                                                                                                                                        You mean it was swirled in or dolloped on top or what?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                          I wondered about the peanut butter & chili also. My Dad was a peanut butter freak (me too, but not as freaky) and would spread peanut butter on his pizza. He claimed he had it in Germany when he was in the military. My guess is that was only half the story and the rest was he had it after spending the day drinking beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Spaghetti w/ oil and garlic was my favorite meal and Mom made it often (Sicilians call it midnight spaghetti). My friends always thought it was weird.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh boy yes. When I started to eat macaroni, carbonara and agli e olio were two of my favorites. With sugar, of course. Oh, and spaghetti pie with a dozen eggs and cheese and pepperoni.


                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                                                                              We had spaghetti w/oil and garlic at a friends house that was awesome. I tried to make it at home and it just wasn't the same. It sounds easy enough, but if lynnlato or anyone else could make some suggestions..it would be greatly appreciated. Thanx.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ambr

                                                                                                                                                                                                I have a few suggestions for you, ambr. First, salt the pasta cooking water well. You can choose which garlic cooking method you prefer. I like to slice garlic cloves paper thin, then put them in the pan with warm olive oil (not hot). I heat the two together, until the garlic is sizzling. If you like your garlic punchy, you can remove it from the heat at this point. If you prefer a crispy brown fried flavour and texture, just let it go longer, but don't let the garlic burn, or you'll have to start over with a clean pan. Set the pan aside. Add the pasta with a little of the cooking water. Toss together over medium heat for a minute, then serve with black pepper and either chopped flat leaf parsley, freshly toasted breadcrumbs or freshly grated parmigiano reggiano. You could also use cacciocavallo for a gooey cheese experience. Personally, I'd keep it simple with the parsley, but add some freshly cracked black pepper and a drizzle of truffle oil. With something so simple, the key is good garlic (remove those green shoots), careful cooking and the salt from the cooking water, unless you're going to load it up with cheese. Taste your pasta before you serve it. Add some high quality salt if necessary. My dad recently started doing a version with sauteed cherry tomatoes, which are added when the garlic starts to sizzle. It sounds nice too. Be sure not to overcook the garlic or the spaghetti/pasta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1sweetpea, that sounds great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  ambr, i'd add that you should undercook your pasta in the big pot, so that it finishes to "al dente" in the pan with oil and garlic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  also, the pasta in the pan can be "loosened" (if it seems a little dry or stiff) by splashing in *little* doses of the pasta pot cooking water. you'll get the timing and splashing techniques down with trial and error -- a/k/a "experience". ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Close - it's aglio olio (sometimes aglio e olio).

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                        aglio, olio e PEPERONCINO! don't forget the red pepper flakes! gaaahh

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. We had Cap'n Crunch with whipped cream in the mornings. Not every morning but on special occasions. During Lent, my Mom's standard evening meal was pancakes, with tuna salad served along side of the pancakes so the maple syrup would co-mingle with the tuna.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I had NO IDEA that everyone didn't use olive oil for every cooking need. I've always loved Fillipo Berio & scrambled eggs. Even in the deep fryer, Mom used olive oil. We also had pasta at least twice a week. Pasta & peas, pasta & cauliflower, pasta & sauce, pastina, pasta & broccoli... you get the idea. No, Mom's not Italian. Dad's parents were from Sicily, and he was the spoiled favorite son. I also NEVER had meatloaf until I was an adult. Dad hated it, so Mom NEVER made it. Grandma used to give us home made sauce on bread if we were hungry before a meal, or really stinky Italian cheese. I love stinky Italian cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                If we had steak, it was cooked in a pan, and we fought (still do!) over the pan drippings, which we always called dippy and sopped up with a slice of Wonder bread. Mmmmmmmmmmm........... bloody bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                On St. Patrick's Day, Mom would wake us up with Green Eggs & Ham (just food coloring). and May 1st, before anything else, we had to go outside and wash our faces in the dew... "Queen of May, Queen of May, Wash my ugliness away!" Has anyone ever heard of that?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                And EVERYTHING was home made. I never had Hamburger Helper or Ramen noodles or Kraft's blue box of cheesefood until college.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lisafaz

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, I've washed my face in dew on May Ist, but I think--as with so much else--I got the idea from a book, (Louisa May Alcott?) and not from my family or friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't have green eggs and ham (how'd she dye the ham?), but my dad did make me green pancakes and milk on St Patrick's day. Other mornings, he gave me milk blended with a raw egg and "Quick." Most people think that's pretty horrible and in retrospect I agree.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Glencora

                                                                                                                                                                                                    We had raw eggs, milk. vanilla and strawberry quik, in the blender with ice cubes as a treat when I was a kid. It was yummy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                                                                                                                                      But now we're not supposed to give our kids raw eggs. Not that I ever got sick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Glencora

                                                                                                                                                                                                        pasteurized egg products are easy to find these days if you want to use them in raw preparations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                                                                                                                                        My dad used to make us raw eggs and chocolate ice cream in the blender - smoothed out with milk. He also fed us raw hamburger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        How ever did we survive? ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                          We would have raw eggs and ovaltine or raw eggs with packets of Carnation instant breakfast made in a blender. And I was forced to put wheat germ on sugary breakfast cereal or I wasn't allowed to have it. But on Sundays we had scrapple, bacon, or sausage and fried eggs. I guess it all balanced out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                            When I was a kid, my mother, thinking I should have extra nourishment, would crack a raw egg, separate the yolk and the white, and make me swallow the raw egg yolk, accompanied by her sung admonition: Down the hatch, America!! She was French. It wasn't bad but I always followed up with a serving spoon of olive oil that had been infused with several cloves of mashed garlic! The egg was tolerable but the oil was heaven:).

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                You may not even remember posting this as it has been two years ago but you were responding to a post about a person that was given a raw egg yolk and a serving of garlic oil every morning by her mother and you responded with 'tummy aioli?' I was drinking a peach nehi at the time and shot it straight out of my nose on to my completely innocent tablet on my lap. Even with my nose on fire and my tablet splashed I couldn't stop giggling my heart out. Thanx for the chuckle. P.S. also a southwest Florida native from a multi generational family. Three generations for me. Go crackers!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: caiatransplant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We used to crack a raw egg over our dog's dry kibble to give his coat some shine. It was my favorite thing to do, I have no idea why I got so excited about this weird little ritual. We also bought this kibble that you poured hot water over to create doggy gravy. No idea why this thread about family foods made me think of what we fed our dog...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We always bought several pounds of ground "chuck" to make hamburger patties, along with 1 pound of ground sirloin that got eaten raw. A little salt, maybe some pepper, maybe a saltine cracker. I shouldn't admit it, and I don't do it often, but I still love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: herbalista

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In the 70's, my parents used to throw some pretty awesome parties. Raw oysters, cheviche, and beef tartare were on the menu, natch. I thought it was normal. Now it's not (so much). I wonder if anyone would eat that tartare now... It's a miracle we all survived!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    @stuck: I'd eat that, I'd probably hog the table even.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  @ Sal, we survived because egg production wasn't so revolting back then. We ate rare and even raw hamburger at times too. We ALWAYS had our hamburger red in the middle, never would have touched a well-done one. And I never heard of anyone getting food poisoning. Now it is quite common. Small farms have all been run into the ground by giant agribiz corporations and those corporations care ONLY about profit and nothing else. Not you, not me, not the communities they are in, not their neighbors, and sure as heck not the animals. And surprise, surprise, they make us all sick. And there has been this media spin, that if we use raw eggs or rare meat, WE ARE DOING IT WRONG! There's a bit of brainwashing for you. I've heard it said that corporations basically act like sociopaths and that sure is an example of sociopathic "reasoning". Yeah, they change food production methods to maximize profit, and in so doing produce an unsafe food product, then blame the consumer. And, as a group, we consumers have fallen for it hook line and sinker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's scary is what it is. We have a population that accepts infected feces in our food as normal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Pipenta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pipenta, the lesson: always listen to the overload/puppetmaster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. re: Glencora

                                                                                                                                                                                                                When my Dad was a kid, the neighbor's chickens used to lay their eggs in his family's outhouse. His grandfather would take said eggs and mix them raw with canned milk, sugar and vanilla to pour over cereal. My Mom says Dad served this to me once and once only. Thankfully I was too young to remember it. Yuck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: amethiste

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When I was sixteen I drank my first beer w/ a raw egg in it w/ my uncles, dad and grandfather. A right of passage?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A wrong of passage unless you managed to keep it down. Is that something you have had since?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Alan N

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Every now and then, I throw an egg in my beer. I have introduced our eldest 2 sons to the nurishing treat too. They are good beer drinkers. In the 70's, after work, we called it the drinking man's supper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What type of beer is best for the combo? Any kind of egg?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. re: lisafaz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have to admit that olive oil does something beautiful for eggs. So does butter though. Hee hee...did the dew washing thing work? Sounds a whole lot nicer than a chemical peel! LOL...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                As for pasta, I didnt like italian food at all until I was in college. I just didnt realize that it was actually quite tasty when other people cooked it, but my parents didnt make very good pasta sauce. I never could tell them the truth...learned to choke it down in my later years...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lisafaz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LOL that reminds me of my first day of eating school lunch when I was in kindergarten...when I got home, my mom asked me what I had for lunch. In describing it, I said "the string beans weren't that good, they didn't use any olive oil and garlic". I was a smart child :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Herring on rye for breakfast and kapusta (saurkraut) w/ everything. My childhood WASP friends wondered why our "house smelled funny".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just remembered another one....Wilted Lettuce. Mom would cook some bacon, add some vinegar and sugar to the grease and pour it over lettuce, stirring until it wilted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lattelover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wilted Black Seeded Simpson lettuce. The one loose leaf lettuce that could survive Virginia Piedmont summer heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: shallots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have a huge mess of Black Seeded Simpson in my garden as we speak. when we get back from our trip this weekend I am so getting some bacon, green onion, radishes and making a wilted lettuce salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: lattelover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, yeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhh. Yum. I grew up running to the garden for red leaf lettuce just so that we could make this delight. I've never understood why I haven't seen it anywhere else, as it is amazing. I think my mom put a little mayo in the sugar and vinegar mixture. Bitterness and sweetness from the lettuce, tang of the vinegar, sparkle of the sugar, salt of the bacon, oh my.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lattelover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We had that too! Lettuce straight out of the garden & the first harvest of the spring. Sooo good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: turqmut

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Same here. Exactly like lattelover's recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: lattelover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here's another for wilted lettuce, made in such a big batch for the 3 of us that Mom used a dishpan. No sugar at our house, though, but sliced green onions. I can still eat a huge batch of it. I have heard folks saying it's better with iceberg because it stays crisp, but I loved the wilt-iness of it that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lattelover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Home grown lettuce I assume? My mother made that also.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And sometimes for snacks, bread and butter with a bit of sugar on it. (Gross)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And confectioner's sugar mixed with (milk??) and food coloring spread between 2 graham crackers. Kept in the fridge to keep the icing from melting I suppose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ok it's 3 years later, but I can't help myself. Going down Memory Lane.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: c_james

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We used to dip celery in sugar...hmm - that sounds pretty good right now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Celery? We dipped rhubarb into sugar or I guess I should say I did, my brothers did not. I think the only way they ate it was in pies, jam or crisp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, celery and it was a really great combo...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Growing up, we assumed everyone did that, but then began to see all our friends thought we were kooky!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Years later I was introduced to Cel-ray soda and so I guess the sweet celery thing was not so odd after all!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ahhh...CelRay! Still one of my favorites.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Actually, most people I have introduced it to say it reminds them somewhat of ginger ale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I haven't had in in a while, but I remember it tasting excatly like sweet celery...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ....Maybe similar to a light ginger ale which just tastes sweet to me, not very ginger-y.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. My parents had fairly boring, standard ideas of what food was but there were quite a few things that we were denied. I was in college before I had ramen, mac & cheese, delivery pizza, steak, pork chops, and fish NOT well done, any form of Doritos, Perkins, or Chinese food. My college roommates wondered what planet I grew up on. When I told my mom I had sushi for the first time several years ago I thought she was gonna pass out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. my mom certainly wasn't a cook, but there were a few of the things she did prepare/cook that i didn't realize were out of the ordinary until i had friends over or went to a friend's houses...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tuna salad made with red onion, red apple, celery and curry powder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              strawberry shortcake - that yellow cake from the market produce section, soaked with some skim milk, then topped (to my chagrin) with strawberries and reddi-whip... i used to chew and swallow the strawberries asap as i didn't like them, but for some reason thought i couldn't have strawberry shortcake if i didn't eat the strawberries... my mom now asks me why i didn't speak up... i apparently surely could have just had the milky cake and whip, which i would inevitably mash up into a soup of sorts once i'd disposed of the strawberries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              when we ate chicken soup (that my grandmother slaved over all day), we always had the soup, lukshen, carrots and celery in one bowl, then the chicken served on a plate to be dipped in mayo. i didn't realize this was odd, until we were in a restaurant one day, and my friend ordered a bowl of chicken soup, and it came all in one bowl without any mayo...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              on the other hand, i had a thai friend who had no idea that it was weird (or at least i found it weird) that her parents had no problem with her eating sara lee poundcake for breakfast. or even red vines.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Slice of homemade white bread thickly slathered with sour cream and generously drizzled with molasses or dark Karo syrup.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To die for. Sweet sour contrast!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I still do this once a year just as a reward to my 72 year old taste buds!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mr jig

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You'd probably like this. My grandmother would mix cane syrup with sour cream and dip biscuits in it. I still do this when I have cane syrup at home....hard to find in Indiana.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That is how my mom and now all the kids in my family make tuna salad. No exceptions, no other way. My sister went rogue with a grannie smith substitution. it was not well received.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That said - we never had any other fish in our house except for starkist tuna and that only when my dad was away for business. My dad was homeless for the majority of his childhood and lived on fish, grits and greens. For some reason the fish got ditched and the other two embraced. As a youngster I never had a piece of fish unless I caught it with my grandpa. Later I caught a tuna (at ten) and my mom forced my dad to let me cook it. We kept my one piece and gave the rest away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Later in life I fished nearly every day and ate fish almost every day. Funny how that works.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    my dad grew up during the Depression and had a similar attitude. to him fish was poor people's food and only acceptable if caught oneself. canned tuna was such a treat for me when he was out of town.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    now after cholesterol screenings following years of bacon and beef and the shift in market prices, that perception has changed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      >>>>My sister went rogue with a grannie smith substitution.<<<<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      too funny. i did that with a jalapeño jack cheese as a substitute for just some of the cheddar cheese chunks in my mom's leseuer pea salad. it got the same response as your sister's granny smith substitution.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Every morning of 4th grade I had a slice of Sara Lee poundcake, lightly toasted, smeared with raspberry jam. This was my own creation, after my mother left for work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: misspastina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        one of my best friends growing up was Thai... she routinely ate Sara Lee Pound Cake, when her parents were around :-) she also loved red vines and dried pork, both of which she traded at school as if they were gold... half a stick of licorice for a bag of chips... yeah that seems like a fair exchange rate... ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. I spent a lot of time at my grandparents' house as a kid, and many of the "strange" foods come from them. My favorite was green beans (or field peas, or collards) cooked with potatoes and cornmeal dumplings, all served in one bowl with a generous amount of pot liquor and topped with ketchup at the table.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If they could get really fresh cream we would have biscuits and cream for dinner - each person would pour about 1/2 cup of cream on their plate and add molasses, preserves, or whatever else they wanted, then sop it up with fresh biscuits. That was it, the whole meal was cream and sweet stuff sopped with biscuits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The strangest one, even I always thought it was odd, was my grandfather's love of butter. We would frequently have little debbie cakes for dessert, and would smear a 1/4 inch thick layer of butter on his oatmeal cream pie before eating it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mpjmph

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have to say the fresh cream/biscuits/molasses and preserves sounds like heaven to me :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. This is actually my SO's story....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was about to throw out the leftover pasta and sauce and he says "save it so we can fry it up tomorrow". I had no clue what he meant, but stuck it in the fridge. The next day, he fried it in a pan til it was all crispy and, omigod, so good. He acted like EVERYONE fries their leftover pasta. I had never heard of it and neither had any one else I asked.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: L_W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I forgot ALL about that, LW! My father did (and still does) savor my mother's macaroni and gravy down to the last morsel, and she would cook it up in her (she still uses it) Creuset frying pan that she got as a bank gift.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I would wait until he got to the bottom of the pan and scape out all the crunchy bits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How funny.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My kids still fight over the "crispies" left at the bottom of baked macaroni and cheese, lasgne, casseroles, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              we do that every week! We go to my mom's for sunday dinner, and she gives us leftovers which we usually have on Tuesday, fried up in a pan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: L_W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have seen that on cooking shows. I can't recall which ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: L_W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love Love LOVE fried spaghetti. Tried to feed it to my kids once. Notice I said once.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sigh. Their father is full blooded Italian and I guess it is in their genetic makeup or something to not enjoy one of my childhood favorites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What's a mother to do? (hint. eat it all herself)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My kid wouldnt ever try anything either. My kid is like the pouncake and red vines kid mentioned further back on the string. Sounds good to me though...with some butter and herbs or just butter. I grew up with that flavor albeit I bet I would like it fried instead of just warm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: L_W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Still the best way to heat up leftover pasta. I fry it in a cast iron pan with butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: L_W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh G-D yeah we had fried macaroni! I do it in butter, usually a scrambled up egg or two, extra grated parm, no sauce/gravy just whatever leftover is clinging to the noodles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: L_W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My SO introduced me to fried pasta leftovers...although he tops his with a fried egg and a sliced banana. He says he learned about the banana-on-pasta trick from some Ethiopian friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jessicaxo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's how my Swiss step-mother reheats pasta, in a cast iron pan with butter, and always has. Yummy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. a frequent breakfast: sliced bananas with a sprinkle of sugar and then a huge dollop or two of sour cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lunch: cottage cheese, herring in cream sauce (homemade), and canned peaches. Oh so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, and I didn't have "white bread" until I earned my own babysitting money and my sister and I bought a loaf to try. We were so disappointed! It was spongy and nasty. Why did the other kids tease us about our rye or pumpernickel sandwiches when they had to eat that garbage! lol.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tzurriz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sliced bananas with sour cream (no sugar) was a staple in our house too. I wonder if it's an Eastern European Jewish thing?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ditto, and those are half my roots too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            did you do strawberries too?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think the sugar is because my dad has a major sweet tooth. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: tzurriz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, strawberries and sour cream with brown sugar, actually (the clumpy type, not the granulated type). But no sugar on the bananas. The latter was for breakfast and the former for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                definitely an Eastern Eur. Jewish thing...we did both in our house. it was a breakfast dish, and strawberries always got brown sugar, bananas sometimes - depended on who was eating it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yet another Ashkenazi whose father introduced her to sour cream and brown sugar on strawberries. I had no idea it was a Jew thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: operagirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry, just Russian decent: strawberries w/ sour cream and brown sugar. Sour cream on potato pancakes, and blintzes too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Heh I was referring to myself! Sorry for the mixup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I remember a girl I went to school, loved banana's and cream. Her mom packed it for lunch one day, but she was embarrassed to eat it in front of the class so she skipped lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BTW: I thought it was normal to put salt on French Toast, no syrup. Until I was at a sleep over. Today when I make it I have one piece with salt and another with syrup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MrsT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's how my husband has his French toast - savoury, not sweet. He's Scottish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              With my father being of off the boat Eastern European Jewish heritage and my mom being a New Jersey farm girl, we had quite the mix. But ALWAYS the sour cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sour cream on everything. In everything. Sour cream sandwiches. Sour cream and brown sugar on grapes. Also herring and sour cream on dark bread. We also had stuffed grape leaves with, what else--sour cream--on every Thanksgiving table.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matzoh with butter and jelly was and still is a favorite snack. Anyone else remember when they would have chocolate covered matzoh around the holidays? That was always a treat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From my mom we got cream cheese and jelly sandwiches--the kids at school always thought that was weird. Also an awesome dish that I've never seen anywhere else--fried tomato gravy. She would mash about 2 dozen tomatos (fresh from the garden of course), and cook them down with some oil on low heat for a couple of hours until it was a thick concentrated tomato paste. Then add some cream and a bit of sugar and served over mashed potatoes. Still one of my favorites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: RachelPgh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                funny enough, tomato gravy is done in the south, but made with bacon drippings and flour to thicken. served over white bread or white rice. mmmm, gooood home cookin'!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like to add a little cream to my tomato gravy, and serve it over biscuits, mashed potatoes, and meatloaf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    oops, yeah, i forgot to add the milk. and when you're out of milk, water has to do.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and cream -- ooooh -- that's livin' rich, girl!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: RachelPgh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We often had cream cheese and jelly sandwiches for grade school lunches! My dad would make them to our demands. One time he made cream cheese, strawberry jelly and....drum roll....liverworst! My mom was horrified when that turned out to be our favourite and most requested sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My grandmother was a depression era gal so everything had butter. Everything! Crackers, salad, sandwiches, mac 'n' cheese, celery and sometimes she would make us her depression coffee or tea which had butter instead of cream. I actually liked that one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We hardly used butter or oil and when we did use oil it was olive oil. I found it odd that most people I knew cooked with so much grease, oil or butter!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We were close to vegetarian so my friends did not understand why we didn't have meat at every dinner. Oh, and they had no idea why my parents would let us eat the foods of our choice!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And, the weirdest thing of all is not from my family but from my boyfriends'...his mom regularly ate sandwiches with peanut butter and red onion. But not just any onion, big, thick slices about a half inch thick or more!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And, when we were little, my brother and I would put large amounts of milk on our jello then, for each bite, we'd swish it around in our mouths so it blended well. I think this was the only time my mom let us make awful noises at the table!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >>she would make us her depression coffee or tea which had butter instead of cream<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    now *that* dish you have to describe further, minkeymonkey! like a coffee-flavored buttercream?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      She would put tons of sugar, coffee crystals, hot water and about half a tablespoon of butter in it. She said they did that when they ran out of cream or milk. Although, I think they did not often have cream...now I forget!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was super yummy actually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sliced bananas with yogurt (and generally sugar) is not unheard of in parts of India. My parents picked up the habit in college, and I inherited it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think so we had it too.. but we added sugar sometimes but only a little I think honey now would work really well. Also did blueberries or strawberries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: tzurriz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Another bowl of sour cream and sliced bananas, here!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was also served cottage cheese with cannd peaches. To this,day it is my go-to headache food. My mother would cut up strawberries add sugar to macerate, then into the sour cream they went. I come from a sour cream-obsessed home. As stated previously, we ate French toast with sour cream.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sour cream herring with pumpernickel bread--azay geshmacht!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Another Ashkenaz here . . . sour cream on everything -- blueberries, bananas, strawberries. Sour cream on toasted kaiser rolls with coarse salt on top, on French toast, on rye bread, on blintzes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Judith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        whenever my parents have a family brunch, one of the highlights for me is pickled herring in cream sauce - it's the only time and/or place i ever have it. my father gets it from Zabar's, and i swear the ratio of sour cream to herring must be 4:1!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Judith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My parents' house was the same - sour cream ruled ... with bananas & berries, on latkes, on knishes. Dad also loved adding sour cream to his ice-cold (thanks to the addition of ice cubes) borscht along with a boiled potatoe. Another Friday shabbat favorite, in addition to the homemade kishke, was helzel that my bubby sewed together & stuffed. Dad used to surgically cut & portion it out so everyone got an equal slice. No cholesteral worries in those days!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: RhondaB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for reminding me about the latkes. My father made the best latkes. Fortunately, my brother learned well. Latkes--another reason to eat sour cream!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My family did the sour cream thing on my dad's side. My mom's side is lactose-intolerant and I learned by love of latkes with applesauce, salt and pepper. Oddly, I also learned my love of cheese latkes with pie filling from this side of my family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Judith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            not Jewish but Eastern European descent -- when we grew up, sour cream with french fries (and salt). delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              don't forget sour cream in borscht or a cucumber, onion, dill and sour cream salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Adding to the "Jew Crew"--sour cream mixed into Jello, either before it sets or after. Mmmmm! I attribute all my rich/dairy cravings to my Jewish heritage. :) But also, growing up in an Italian family, I didn't realize until I went to college that not all holiday meals begin with LASAGNA. :) And I never got the mayo on fries thing till I got hooked on garlic mayo...I ask for a side of that with my fries when it's available.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  given that gelatin has animal matter, is it allowed to mix in dairy? just curious, still trying to understand the ins and outs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I can't say if it's Kosher, but it's delicious. Apparently, the Eastern European heritage is a pathway to love of many tasty things with sour cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'd take that any day over the vile Jello/whipped cream abomination foisted at picnics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is pareve gelatin. I have some tucked away in the kitchen. Widely used in kosher foods such as marshmallows.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Judith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have a good friend who was raised around her Romanian grandmother and thought everyone ate sour cream on everything. She tells about going to an Italian restaurant with her cousins and having one of them ask where the sour cream was when they served her spaghetti.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My (Swiss) step-mother always made strawberries cut up with honey to macerate, and then poured onto white bread that had been lightly fried on both sides in salted butter. We had it for dinner in summer, and the crispy salty bread going soggy with the strawberries and syrup was divine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Those were all my mom's easy "dessert" foods. Funny to hear you mention the strawberry/sugar/sour cream mixture because I reminded my mom of that one recently and she claims to draw a complete blank that she ever served that to us (in the 70s). I still love bananas and sour cream with a sprinkle of sugar, although I will now use turbinado instead of plain white sugar...more crunch to offset all the creaminess. And yes, Eastern European Jewish lineage here...Sour cream 4 life!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: team_cake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        berren und quark. it is a classic. good luck finding true quark in the US (but it is possible and there are fixits out there to approximate)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. One of our favorite breakfasts was sliced pepperoni fried up in a skillet, feta cheese, kalamata olives (yes, we were Greek) and buttered toast. I thought it was perfectly normal til I went away to college.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. My mom always made tomato soup with buttered popcorn, which we sprinkled into the soup like croutons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      She also made me cream cheese and green olive sandwiches, which doesn't seem so odd but horrified my grade-school friends in Oklahoma.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had cream cheese and jelly sandwiches, on Wonder bread of course. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Try peanut butter with cream cheese ! Yum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, I used to go to deli where they had Italian hard salami w/whipped cream cheese on a kaiser roll. Delish!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cream cheese and jelly.... forgot about those. love love love

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How did I not mention this previously--banana bread sandwiches filled with cream cheese OR butter!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh wow, kattyeyes, that sounds AWESOME! My arteries are screaming at the thought of one, but my brain's cheers are drowning them out. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My cousin turned me onto the cream cheese and jam when I was visiting her in Texas. Divine!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sandwiches with cream cheese and olives or jelly were always my favs! my mom always stuffed celery with cream cheese and olives for her parties; i've done it and never had leftovers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, I love cream cheese sandwiches!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tomato soup with buttered popcorn! Sounds yummy - I will definitely try soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dlane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's even better with cheesekorn or better yet cheetos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We had cream cheese and olive too. Our ancestors (half of yours, anyway) must have come from the same shtetl, tata!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i'm loving this thread - i haven't thought about some of these foods since i was a kid! i loved cream cheese & olives....actually, i loved cream cheese on pretty much anything ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cc & jelly on matzah was a Passover staple, and the rest of the year, it was cc & jelly on Wonder bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I had cream cheese and olive sandwiches too.. it was one of my favorites. We also had cream cheese and jelly on raisin bread, a treat I still enjoy from time to time. I love the idea of tomato soup with popcorn .... will definitely be trying that. We also had fried bologa (Oscar Meyer of course) and leftover fried spaghetti. This was pre-microwave, so it was really the only (and best) way to reheat it. Mom also saved the heels of our bread (stashed in the freezer) and buttered and baked them to go with dinner. We called them "gramma specials" because it was something my grandmother had also made for us. And Im sure if I went to my mom's freezer now, there would be some bread heels just waiting for ... who knows??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I vaguely remember that cream cheese and green olive sandwiches were trendy back in the fifties. Cream cheese and jelly was pretty commonplace when I was growing up. Also there was a chain (at least in NY) called Choc Full'o Nuts which had a limited menu that included their coffee and among a few other things, cream cheese sandwiches on date-nut bread. When I was a kid that seemed like the height of sophistication.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          definitely cream cheese and olives sandwiches, one of my favs...also cream cheese and jelly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Fried egg sandwiches made with buttered toast, spread with orange marmalade.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Baked potatoes with butter, s&p, and ketchup.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grilled cheese sandwiches with ketchup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: adrienne156

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's weird how food perceptions work. I have no qualms about putting small amounts of catsup on a burger or fries, but for some reason, putting it on a grilled cheese or baked potato really creeps me out (even thoughit's virtually the same thing).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh brain. So strange.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My parents both went to English (British)-Medium boarding schools as kids, so we eat A LOT of British influenced stuff. Tea is served with milk, ketchup is the condiment of choice, and we always had these corn flake crisps made with golden syrup, butter, and melted chocolate in place of rice crispy treats. :o)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: adrienne156

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Come on, most tea is meant to be served with milk or cream! I tried Earl Grey with cream for the first time under my godfather's auspices when I was in college. I have never looked back. A steaming cup of good-quality Earl Grey tea with some cream and just a little sugar can make any day seem lovely!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree, I just didn't know that people drank it hot without milk until my teens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: adrienne156

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hmm, those treats kinda sound like Special K bars! My SO begs for them once in a while. In fact, I think that will be his Valentines day present instead of a box of chocolate! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nyxpooka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I did that for my SO a few years back! My gift basket had those mini servings of apple jacks, Kraft man & cheese, BBQ Pringles... He thought it was hilarious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Those Special K bars taste similar, but the chocolate crisps are buttery, chocolatey amazingness. Definitely not 90 calories a pop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My husband is a grilled cheese and ketchup guy. I close my eyes to it. It skeeves me out. You're right... Oh so strange the brain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. re: adrienne156

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, my, yes! I can't eat a grilled cheese without ketchup and mustard! Which now reminds me off the way we ate french fries...with mustard! And, same for baked potatoes; we put mustard instead of butter on our taters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A friend of mine in high school dared me to try what she thought was the best and weirdest, an apple pie from McDonald's (back when they were still fried and practically dripping with oil) with ketchup. And, to my horror, it was absolutely delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Mom makes an awesome roast chicken by rubbing white vinegar and herbs on the chicken - my favorite. Who knew that some people use butter??? heh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chili over rice (that's how everyone eats it in HI) - imagine the blank looks I got on the "mainland" when asking for rice rather than cornbread, crackers or chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mixing mochi crunch (arare) in popcorn at the movies. Asked for it at a theater in Wilmington, DE (spent summers with my grandparents) and was shown to "munch n' crunch" - not the same.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: akq

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chili over rice is the preferred way in the UK as well, although you sometimes get tortilla chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: akq

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My husband and I eat chili over brown rice all the time. It's a great way to make chili stretch if your food budget is tight!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        plus a grain and a legume create a whole protein (or so I'm told)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ..."so a grain and a legume walk into this bar...."


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            looking for a what? and they're told "we don't cater to your trade?"


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            or even better I propose the term foodistinista for our most extreme acquaintances.