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Old 07-12-2016, 12:38 PM   #1
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Best School Cafeteria Food

For any of you who were privileged enough to eat at a good school cafeteria, where the food was made from scratch every day, what were your favorite meals? Some of my favorites were"

Pigs in the blanket - Freshly made bread dough wrapped around whole hotogs and baked to perfection

Pizza - Made on a yeasty, thick and soft crust, with tomato and ground beef. Lightly seasoned with oregano and topped with shredded cheese

Corned beef hash, with mushroom soup and noodles, all made into a casserole

Fish sticks, always served with cole slaw and American cheese sticks.

Spaghetti with meat sauce - At the Catholic school I attended, our cooks were a couple of Italian ladies who knew how to cook. Need I say more?

Lasagna - those same ladies made amazing lasagna.

Roasted chicken - served with smashed spuds (real smashed spuds) and green beans.

Roasted turkey with stuffing, smashed spuds, sweet spuds, and green beans - always a favorite for me.

Sticky buns - at both the Catholic sdhool I went to, and the public school, you could smell those buns baking. What a distraction for an energetic boy trying to pay attention in class. And they were done so well.

Pies - always made from scratch, and always delicious.

Roast beef and gravy, with boiled, or baked spuds, and steamed veggies.

Beverage of choice - white whole milk, at least two cartons.

I ate and enjoyed everything they threw at me. Even the high school food was good. Everything was made in the school kitchen back then, and from whole foods that required prep and cooking. And the picky eaters who didn't like this or that just gave their portion to me. I took almost the whole lunch hour to finish my plate, and sometimes in grade school went back for seconds. And I still graduated high school as the smallest student in the school.

Now, all the schools have their lunches shipped in from a central kitchen, and the food quality is terrible. I feel sorry for today's children. Progress, as it is called, has not made the world a better place, just the opposite.

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Old 07-12-2016, 12:54 PM   #2
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Spoonburgers with dill pickle chips...the recipe is very close, the yeasty dough was made with butter as the fat. I may still have Izola Kopf's (my favorite lunch lady) recipe, but have yard things to do. She encouraged my cooking forays from middle school to today.

Tuna Melts.
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:37 PM   #3
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Best School Cafeteria Food

My great aunt was an elementary school lunch lady, and an amazing cook anyway.

Oh, those sticky buns!

"Eye-talian" spaghetti. The sauce was amazing, though they used rotini pasta.

Decent tuna casserole.

Home-made chocolate pudding, with the skin on. It was so thick and chocolatey.

Tapioca pudding.

I also had the fortune to work in several rural schools where the lunch ladies also made amazing food, and had a true love of the kids

One of the middle schools that I worked at made good taco salads, until they switched to ground turkey, not the same.
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Old 07-12-2016, 02:26 PM   #4
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My great aunt was an elementary school lunch lady, and an amazing cook anyway.

Oh, those sticky buns!

"Eye-talian" spaghetti. The sauce was amazing, though they used rotini pasta.

Decent tuna casserole.

Home-made chocolate pudding, with the skin on. It was so thick and chocolatey.

Tapioca pudding.

I also had the fortune to work in several rural schools where the lunch ladies also made amazing food, and had a true love of the kids

One of the middle schools that I worked at made good taco salads, until they switched to ground turkey, not the same.
I'm thinking that sticky buns were a shared recipe across all grade school cafeterias in the 60's. They were gourmet by any standard.

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Old 07-12-2016, 02:36 PM   #5
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Starchy rice served with an ice cream scoop, meatballs and beef gravy. I still make that some meals.
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Cheese zombies served with tomato soup and a salad. Best lunch ever!

These are rapidly disappearing from school lunch menus and need to be placed on the endangered foods list imo.
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For any of you who were privileged enough to eat at a good school cafeteria, where the food was made from scratch every day....
You are fortunate. I guess I wasn't privileged, because I remember most of our lunchroom food coming from a can.

We had canned spinach, canned corn, canned green beans, canned beets...
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Couldn't afford school lunches..... I brown bagged it every day...
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I brought my lunch each day...

Would rather skip card board pizza and the rest of the disappointing food my school had for lunch.
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We lived right across the street from the elementary school, and two blocks away from where I went to high school. I was disappointed when my mom told me to come home for lunch. I grew up in an era when the school food was cooked on-site, and it was actually pretty good.
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