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What's the meal made 'specially for you' ...and you have to choke it down?

I complimented my grandmother on a casserole consisting of minute rice, frozen broccoli, velveeta and milk (gak!) -to be kind- and had to eat it several times a year for YEARS afterward. Always with plenty to take home, you know!
Oh lord how it smelled.

Also, I raved to my small children about their Christmas present (of the very cheapest chocolate covered cherries which I HATE) that they had chosen for me... and received them for the next 12 years! I have eaten many of those suckers with a grin pasted on my face : D

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  1. My grandma made lemon butterfly cupcakes. She cut the middle out and filled them with lemon pudding, then cut the center in two and placed it on top to look like a "butterfly." I loved them when I was young, but 1. grew up and 2. I was the only person who ate them, and it made two dozen, so I usually spent a month after my birthday being force-fed them. Mom would cut the mold off when I wasn't looking!

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    1. re: katecm

      Tee hee. I can't think of a thing. One of the benefits of being brutally honest, I guess :-P Isn't there a children's story? Martha and George and the pea soup?

      1. re: katecm

        Lolz on the mold!
        My Granny thought it was perfectly acceptable to spoon the mold off the top of the contents of a mason jar and serve what was underneath! Ugh! Amazing no-one went to the hospitol.

        1. re: weewah

          I have a friend that refuses to refrigerate mayonnaise. Just scraps the funk off the top and dives right in. Keeps it for months, too. Hippie.

          1. re: achtungpv

            That's pretty damned disturbing. Hopefully you pack a lunch of your own when you pay a visit :)-

        2. Pork chops by my brother. I love him too much to say no. But he makes the most gawd-awful pork chops on the planet.

          1. For the best and most part, Mr. is a very good cook. BUT every now and again he gets a wild hair to whomp up some "soul" food - fried chicken, mac and cheese, creamed corn, and greens. I adore all these things when prepared well - but therein lies the rub. He isn't a particularly deft hand with frying, and he boils the pasta well past al dente before the final baking, so it's....ah, mushy to an extreme. The corn is from a can; nothing else will do and I really can't think of another food with a grosser texture and chemically-sweet flavor, and I'm a fan of long, slow-cooked greens (literally hours) with a lot of onion and bacon, but he prefers his quick-sauteed and sort of...crunchy. With a lot of garlic. Which is not bad, but isn't soul food.
            The thing is, he does it with so much love and is so great with all his other specialties that I wouldn't say a word, and I've learned to stay out of the kitchen when the master creates. I eat it and am grateful for the rest of it, and am grateful for Cholula and Crystal hot sauce, both of which will cover a multitude of sins.

            1. DH used to make steaks that I could hardly eat. He way over-seasoned them. But I ate them anyway. I love steak, don't get me wrong. But it took me years to get him to stop. The spice really depend on the cut of meat. The other night we had a fantastic bone-in rib-eye that he just let the flavor shine on its own with a little s&p. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. But it sure didn't start out that way.

              1. anything made by my future MIL. She doesn't refrigerate things, and I get really sick. But gotta smile, and pretend its delicious. Thankfully, they have a dog.

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                1. re: PotatoPuff

                  Do not eat food that you suspect is going to make you sick. You're starting a bad trend. Do you expect any future children of yours to also eat food that you think will make them sick? Think this through, and ask your intended to have a Come to Jesus meeting with future MIL.

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    I've spoken to MIL about it, and she is perplexed by the idea that someone can get sick from spoiled dairy...

                      1. re: PotatoPuff

                        Back in the day people ate things that no-one in their right mind would eat today - and no-one got sick. My grandpa used to reminisce longingly about 'clabber'. That's home produced milk left to sit at room temperature (in a kitchen that used a woodstove summer and winter) until it, well, clabbered or soured and set up a little. MMMM, lol.

                        1. re: weewah

                          they DID get sick...and a lot of them didn't live to tell about it.

                          Infant mortality was high, life expectancy was considerably lower, and stepping on a rusty nail was frequently a ticket to a slow, painful death.

                          1. re: sunshine842

                            Life expectancy was lower because of higher infant and childhood mortality, which brought the average down. This is true across history. It makes me crazy when I hear that people only lived to be 25 or something in the Middle Ages for example. They lived to be whatever (60+) barring accident or misadventure IF they survived infancy and childhood.

                            1. re: buttertart

                              but you didn't have very many reaching 80-90 in good health like we do now....those that did make it to ripe old ages were generally extremely infirm and likely crippled by any of a number of things.

                              And dying of food poisoning wasn't necessarily recorded as food poisoning -- there are plenty of other diseases that can create fatal intestinal symptoms...so it all tended to get lumped together as other things. (because even today, you can't positively identify it as food poisoning without a clinical diagnosis....)

                              1. re: sunshine842

                                Today 80 in good health is fairly common, but not many people make it to 90 with all in good shape.

                                1. re: buttertart

                                  but they DO -- Ihave a relative who's 94, lives with his girlfriend (who's much younger - she's 85) drives *safely* , can still wear his service uniform, and other than a pacemaker, is in better shape than many much-younger folk.

                                  I totally realize that he's an exception, and not the rule...but he wouldn't be "back in the day" -- he'd have succumbed to the malaria/dysentery/various tropical diseases he picked up in the South Pacific, and if he'd survived that, the heart problem would have gotten him.

                                  The point being that food poisoning and other toxic nasties absolutely DID exist back in the day...but the survival rates weren't all that great.

                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                    I of course have no quarrel whatsoever with diseases having impact on survival/longevity then or now, and there are always outliers, thank goodness (my MIL will be 88 in 2 weeks, is in her own house, is quite well, has a mind like a steel trap and can cook me into the ground).
                                    My point is that there is a gross misconception that people could only expect to live to X age in Y period. People think that the possible lifespan was limited to the average with infant and childhood mortality factored in (i.e. wow, people only lived to be 35 in Roman times or whatever). You hear this from people and read it in print very often.

                                    1. re: buttertart

                                      I have family trees reaching the 15th century on several branches, and pretty darned few of them reached ripe old ages until the last couple of centuries. That's a LOT of people on my tree, and while I haven't figured it all out to multiple decimals, people are definitely living longer now than they used to.

                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                        Yes they are, but no population only lived to x age, which is the way this is popularly thought of.
                                        Canadian life expectancy in 1870 was lower than it is now, but my great-grandfather, born that year, lived to be 87. He had siblings who died young. Therefore the average life expectancy in his family was relatively low. But not everybody born in 1870 died at a young age.
                                        Enough armchair morbidity and mortality fun and frolic, how about on with the chow?

                    1. re: PotatoPuff

                      Years ago I got my MIL a fridge thermometer along with a basket of kitchen gadgets for Easter. Now, whenever I visit, I check the temp and turn the fridge colder, bit by tiniest bit, if the temp starts getting out of the safe zone. Thus far she hasn't noticed ;-)

                      People raised during the war have issues with spending money to power their appliances, but can afford Kaopectate and Imodium! Go figure!

                      BTW maybe she justs really hates cooking for people....hmmmmmmm??????