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Feb 22, 2012 04:00 PM

For those of you who can no longer eat your mother's cooking...

What would be your dream meal? Feel free to substitute father, grandmother or any body who cooked for you as a child.

For me it's her macaroni salad, fried rice, chicken and dumplings and shepards pie. I would wash it down with a big glass of Hawaiian Punch.


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  1. oh thank god. at first I thought this was yet another gripe fest. they're fun too, but not exactly in a positive spirit.

    my grandma had a way of making toast (I know, just dumb old toast) that I have never been able to get right. it really is the little things sometimes.

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    1. re: hill food

      me, too -- I'm glad to see it's a sweet and touching tribute thread.

      My grandma's beef and noodles followed by apple dumplings around her 1950's Formica dining set in her postage stamp of a kitchen.

    2. My great grandmother's huckleberry johnnycake. She knew how to make it and never needed a recipe.

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        1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

          Yes, it was. The berries grew on their land, and we would pick them into tin buckets that you tied around your neck with these rag ties. And then she would make the johnnycake.

      1. Great-grandmother. Sunday dinner, dining room, long white tablecloth that had to be ironed. Chicken and dumplings (the rolled-out fat noodle Southern kind). Mashed potatoes. Various vegetables. A jello salad with grated carrots and pineapple in it. Hot muffins. Dessert: coconut cream pie, butterscotch pie, lemon meringue pie. My uncle always coming to Sunday dinner, and, are you ready for this, he owned an ice cream factory and always arrived with several "bricks" wrapped in newspaper (this was happening in the 1930's before people had a "box that would keep cream" in their home so the Vanilla or Black Walnut or Orange-Pineapple or Swiss Chocolate had to be brought in for the occasion).

        1. My mom made the best cheesecake I've ever had.. not totally based on cream cheese, but primarily farmer's cheese. Like a whole cheescake of the filling in a cheese danish -- very moist, and light. Her prune cake was delicious -- basically a very dark spice cake and the prunes made it incredibly moist -- our friends made it into their birthday cakes. And I loved chocolate pudding -- WITH the skin on, the best part.

          1. Nice... totally like the Hawaiian Punch finale!