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Jun 11, 2009 06:13 AM

What did you brown bag to school?

How many people still eat the kinds of sandwiches your Mom sent along with you to school.Back in the 40's, I used to really like tuna salad, liverwurst w/ketchup, sliced hardboiled egg w/mayo, and of course BP&J. I still make these once in awhile, but I also remember cream cheese and jelly,and cream cheese and olive.

Anyone else have long remembered favorites from those brown bag days?

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  1. Bologna, cheese and mayo. I cannot believe that I used to be given this combo that would be left in the locker half the day. No fridges for students back then, Never got sick though...

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    1. re: Sean

      There are fridges in schools now ?!?

      1. re: LotusRapper

        Don't hold your breath for an answer. You're responding to a 3-1/2 year old post and Sean has not posted since last February. You'll get the hang of it. I did the same thing when I first started posting here. I got the proverbial rolled up newspaper slapped on my nose more than once. I am not using a rolled up newspaper here. Just a little help along the way.

        Welcome to Chowhound.

        I wish I had taken the time to choose an interesting user name such as yours. I'm stuck with my name and initial I guess.

    2. sliced tomato and hard cooked egg on toast or a hard roll ,still one of my favorites
      tomato or potato soup with 1 strip of bacon in a wide mouth thermos,perhaps one of the spouses current favorites

      1. All the cool kids used to bring Lunchables and Mondo to school. These, however, were not halal so my father would pack sandwiches of the Middle Eastern interpretation of bologna. This zabihah meat attempted to re-create the American experience for Muslim children, though it seems every detail was meant to attract attention to how different we were: from the inedible red plastic that ringed every slice of bologna to the greasy margarine on untoasted cold white bread that held our plastic-ringed Muslim meat in place.

        Trading time was a time of special self-consciousness. My father had never heard of sandwiches with mayo. My friends had never heard of sandwiches with margarine (or inedible plastic casing). So the various permutations of string cheese and crackers and ham would slide across the table between friends making connections as my oleowich and occasional sabzi marked me as foreign as an ululating widow.

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        1. re: JungMann


          jungmann, i really feel for your younger self. but your recollections are awfully funny! i hope you are writing / will someday write a memoir full of these anecdotes.

          1. re: cimui

            Well, I made my daughter a Lunch Room Outcast by serving up the only "health food" in our tiny, rural Iowa town: I blithely sent her to school with sandwiches on home made whole wheat blue corn chips...fruit leathers made without sulfites (and thus all brown, whatever the flavor)...cloudy, natural apple juice, etc.

            For Party Day, I happily and cluelessly baked dozens of from scratch apple spice muffins with whole wheat pastry flour and cream cheese frosting. When I came to pick up my little girl at the end of the Half Day (this was kindergarden), there sat nearly ALL my sad, brown muffins...amidst the battered remnants of Day Glo hydrogenated, bleached, artifically colored crap from the local grocery store. :-(

            I was a new mother. I did NOT understand. ;-) She forgives me, though.

            1. re: Beckyleach

              I don't know where you live, but in my locale (Shenandoah Valley), parents are forbidden to send any homebaked goods to the school (not for a personal lunch of course, but for "parties" for the class.) If a snack is to be provided it HAS to be wrapped in cellophane, bought.

              1. re: cuccubear

                Brother bear, that is so sad. My mom always made cupcakes back in the day.

                I do remember, and this is equally a bummer, someone's mom bought those hand-frosted/decorated fancy cookies--one for each kid in the class. And each cookie had a little ingredients label on it. Well, one of my brighter classmates in elementary school said, "Euuuw! Soda?!!!" when that was one of the ingredients...and we all had to write apology letters to Kelly's mom. That had to be maybe 3rd or 4th grade and I still remember it vividly. That and the fact my friend Shellane ate egg salad sammiches and Funyuns about EVERY DAY! HA HA HA!

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  My Mother always made cupcakes too. I don't know when this new rule started, I guess it because of some liability issue, I don't know. All I do know is that it's a shame!

                  Egg salad and no one wanted to be her study partner!

                  1. re: cuccubear

                    Good question--you may be right on liability. I was thinking 'cause so many kids are allergic to peanuts...who knows? Just makes me truly extra grateful we grew up when we did.

                    Yeah, no kidding re that lunch combo, can you just imagine?!!!! HA HA!

        2. Back then we didn't have luncheables or anything close. My favorite was peanut butter and raisins (they stick in the pb really well lol!!!) on white bread.

          1. I was in elementary school during the 1970's and have never enjoyed premade sandwiches. My standard lunch was four peanut butter (Jif Smoooth) crackers (saltines or Ritz), a bag of chips from the Lays variety pack, a hostess product, and fruit of some kind...usually apple or banana, grapes when Mom was feeling generous.

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            1. re: Janet from Richmond

              My standard back in the elementary days was bologna, cheese, and miracle whip. Yes I said it, Miracle Whip. At lunch time, regular or barbecue lays were added to the sandwich.

              1. re: jacobp

                Me too - the EXACT same sandwich (less the chips)! Mine was made using Wonder Bread that had been "Slice-a-Sliced" in half...

                Miracle Whip and cheese, slice egg and Miracle Whip, cucumbers/onions/Miracle Whip, tuna salad (made with Miracle Whip)...sensing a trend here?

                Also, I have to confess, peanut butter/American cheese/Miracle Whip (what WAS my mother thinking?)