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Old 07-23-2009, 03:31 PM   #71
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Well, my sister shudders at this, too. I think The Lovely Wife tried it once, lo those many years ago. Now it's one of those meals I eat when I'm on my own...
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Old 07-23-2009, 03:35 PM   #72
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Rice was the great budget stretcher in our home. We bought it in 25-pound bags. Of course my mom was Japanese, which meant we ate rice with everything. Meatloaf and rice. Fried chicken and rice. Vegetable soup and rice. And one of my favorite meals: pepperoni with rice and ketchup (still one of my guilty pleasures my wife quit rolling her eyes at this meal about twenty years ago, though she has never shared it). To this day I want rice with my Thanksgiving turkey.
I shopped a corner mom and pop market where, instead of mountains of soda, there were pallets of 25 lb. and 50 lb. sacks of rice at the very front of the store, and soy sauce and fish sauce was sold in the 1 liter and 2 liter tin with a pour spout. The produce section was pretty much of a mystery with about half containing things I'd never seen before, but then star apples were sold $5 per grocery sack full, while here and now they sell for $1 a piece in Wal-Mart. - Those were fun days!
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:29 AM   #73
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Hondo, I got a laugh out of your post, many childhood memories. My father hates rice (or so he claims; I introduced him to sushi a decade or so ago and he absolutely loves it. Go Figure). But, in the military, half my mother's friends were Japanese. Then I spent ten years on-and-off living in Hawaii. Cal-rose is a staple in our house, and every family I knew had a big rice cooker full of it every day. So ... rice, rice, rice.
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:35 PM   #74
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I was fortunate enough to have a father who knew how to garden and raise our own meat. I Was never aware of how broke my parents actually were until i was much older!. The one time i remember was on thanksgiving my mother and father said we didnt have money for a turkey and asked me what i wanted instead. With no hesitance i asked for spaghetti!.It was the best thanksgiving ever! Mother made alot of soups and stews,and of course spaghetti and dad raised chickens,pigs,cows and went hunting and fishing alot( i grew up in montana).
This is not practical for everyone today, but i have found that you can raise some of your own veggies, even in apartment dwelling. I have yellow and zucchini squash growing in cleaned out kitty litter buckets,( the plastic ones you buy kitty litter in) tomatos and cucmbers all growing up trellis. I have spinach and herbs growing in my window sill and am planning on trying to grow a tomato plant indoors this winter.
The one thing i remember from my parents is you wasted nothing. If you couldnt use it all, can it, freeze it or eat it for lunch or have a leftover smorgi for dinner one night, but nothing goes to waste.
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:38 PM   #75
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I remember potted meat, spam, and vienna sausages. Can't bring myself to eat that stuff now.
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Old 08-09-2009, 02:10 AM   #76
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my mom always cook meals with rice.. rice makes us full easily :)
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:07 AM   #77
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I remember potted meat, spam, and vienna sausages. Can't bring myself to eat that stuff now.
My ex used to like fried spam sandwiches. I never could get past the fact that to me anyway, it smelled like a can of dog food. No offense to anyone that likes it.
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:35 AM   #78
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Growing up Italian we had macaroni a lot. Of course I didn't know it then, I just loved it. But Mom did what she could to stretch the budget.
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Old 08-09-2009, 04:00 PM   #79
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So much of authentic Italian food is peasant food anyway, it didn't seem out of the ordinary to have polenta and soups at home. My mother could cook a chicken more ways than Frank Purdue. We had lentil soup with cut up Hebrew National hot dogs (they were hot dogs but they were REAL). To this day, I like to add a smokier sausage to my lentil soup.

Lots and lots and lots of macaroni. Every which way you can imagine. We had Macaroni with Chick Peas ("pasta cheech"), Macaroni with Squash, and of course, every Sunday, Macaroni and various (inexpensive) meats cooked in rich tomato gravy. I guess it was this style of cooking that made me fall in love with the cheaper cuts of meat for long simmering. Still my comfort food today.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:28 AM   #80
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Pancakes, waffles, and that type of stuff at night when we were low on cash.

Some times we had goulash, Tuna noodle casserole, shepherds pie, or burger king on the dollar menu!
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