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Favorite party/holiday dish as a child

I always HAD to have a round fresh raspberry+cool-whip Jello-mold ring at my birthday party.. I don't think I ever even ate much of it, and I wouldn't probably eat it today, but it was definitely my favorite request for my Birthday party and holidays.

What was your ultimate request for birthdays/holidays as child?

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  1. Manicotti. I loved it and my mom would only make it on rare occasions, like my birthday. It was too labor intensive for my Mother who hated to be in the kitchen for any length of time.

    1. Hamburgers and french fries or hamburgers, Lipton onion soup dip and Ruffles.

      At age 52 I still love them. Hardly ever eat the dip anymore though. I could kill off a pint at one sitting and my waistline can't take it.

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      1. re: kengk

        +1 on the Lipton onion soup dip
        the spinach dip served in a hollowed out pumpernickel bread
        Swedish meatballs

        1. re: kengk

          another fan of the lipton onion soup.

          i just recently recreated this by using fage yogurt and just adding a ton of granulated onion, garlic, dill, s&p. didn't have the crunchy onion bits, but those were never my favorite - believe it or not, i hated onions as a kid, but LOVED that dip.

          1. re: mariacarmen

            Ah haha, that just reminds me how much I loved (and still love) the crunchy onions that go on the very, very generic Green Bean Casserole--which we often had at parties.

            --And GREAT idea to use fage yogurt. I wonder if I could make modified Spinach Dip (another big-Party winner) with Fage.. thanks Mariacarmen!

        2. Had forgotten all about this one, but I used to LOVE the lobster roe / tomalley spread served by one of my aunties. As a kid, I never understood why Mom wouldn't prepare it for me. . .turns out she's allergic to lobster!

          1. I think when we were kids it was probably stewed oxtails in peanut sauce. The combination of creamy peanut butter and rich, super tender oxtails was and still is addictive. I'd go pretty crazy for leche flan while we're at it, too.

            1. I requested the same dinner every year for my birthday: steak, corn on the cob, cucumber salad and a chocolate chip pound cake from Hesh's Bakery. I know, boring, but I was a kid. Good thing my birthday falls in the local corn and cucumber season.