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Old 04-05-2013, 12:05 PM   #31
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I just love all those peasant style dishes and the meals made with what was available :) Simple is always best!
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:11 PM   #32
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A lot of those dishes, that weren't from the old country, came out of the depression.

For me, it was anything from the sea. She could make a complete meal with leftovers with what we kids found on the beach in the summer. We brought home clams, crabs, mussels, razor clams, and even lobsters after a Nor'easter. Fish was real cheap then. And the fish pier was located within walking distance of our home. So my mother would send me down there to get the biggest Cod or Haddock I could find. She could make the best fish stew. She made the fish stock from the fish frame after she had filleted it. Joe Pushcart was just a couple of doors away. So that was another errand I had to run for the potatoes and other veggies for the stew. She had polio as a child, so I did all the errands. Stairs were difficult for her. It was from her that I learned to cook all my meals from scratch. I have always found packaged foods just too salty. Yet I still make on a rare occasion for myself, creamed salted Cod with peas over mashed potatoes. My second husband used to salt a filleted Cod up in the rigging for me every so often.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:53 PM   #33
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I don't know about peasant or simple. My grandma walked 5 blocks to the supermarket, then to a Kosher butcher, & 5 blocks back home. Cooking went on all day. I was born and raised, lived in & worked in New York City. I vaguely remember my grandma taking me to Essex Street Market on the lower east side, & the fulton fish market (I think it was in NYC back then).

Essex Street Market: About the Market.

We used to make New York City Egg Creams at home, after my mother bought a gadget that made carbonated water. It consisted of, Bosco chocolate syrup, seltzer & milk.

Grandma also made kreplach & rugalach. The dough was all made from scratch. I would help her roll the cookies.

Again, too many dishes to remember.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:02 PM   #34
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My maternal grandmother was a fantastic cook and baker. Nothing fancy, but everything was always good (she didn't use balsamic vinegar or any of those other things we just can't imagine not having in the pantry), but everything she made was wonderful--even those little canned potatoes that she would cover with velveeta cheese and bake in the oven--as a child, that was my FAVORITE dish and she always made it when I came to visit. My mom, on the other hand, would open the fridge when she got home from work and cry "what are we eating!" even though she had a 7-day meal rotation (if it's Monday, it must be spaghetti--I had a dog I took to obedience classes on Mondays--the dog would go and grab her leash when we sat down to eat--even the dog knew if it was spaghetti, it must be Monday). I used to spend a week with my grandma every summer from the time I was about 8/9. The first thing she taught me how to make was pie crust...the next was bread...the next was lefse. She taught me how to "feel" the dough to know it was right. I think the "cooking gene" skips a generation...

In my mother's moments of lucidity (which she does have with her dementia), she will often say "I'm so glad I don't have to cook anymore. I HATE cooking."
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:50 PM   #35
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I love my mums veal parmigiana and french onions potatoes, they are to die for!
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:54 PM   #36
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Snip--we also call that "snow blindness." A Lutheran Church supper in Northern MN typically included many foods covered with white sauce or whipped cream (lutefisk, scalloped potatoes, orange jello with bananas on the bottom and a layer of whipped cream on top)...oh, the whiteness of a Lutheran Church supper spread...
Too funny. A typical Southern potluck is a rainbow of food - sliced tomatoes, corn pudding, smoked ham with biscuits, pimento cheese sandwiches, sautéed greens, deviled eggs, and brownies. Yum.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:33 PM   #37
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Too funny. A typical Southern potluck is a rainbow of food - sliced tomatoes, corn pudding, smoked ham with biscuits, pimento cheese sandwiches, sautéed greens, deviled eggs, and brownies. Yum.
That's interesting. I never really considered VA a "southern" state. Sure, I know their history, but I guess PA being so close to VA I never considered them part of "the south".
I don't consider being in the south until I get to the bottom of North Carolina or through TN... but that's me.

Not that y'all can't cook Southern potlucks
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:56 PM   #38
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What an interesting thread! Thanks Snip and everyone for the insights.

Actually, my Dad was the better cook in the household and this post and recipe might be something many of you want to try......
Down memory lane ("German Stew" recipe)
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:03 PM   #39
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We also love mums Apricot Cheesecake...gee it is good!
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:08 AM   #40
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We used to make New York City Egg Creams at home, after my mother bought a gadget that made carbonated water. It consisted of, Bosco chocolate syrup, seltzer & milk.
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did you mean foxes u-bet syrup, m? or bosco.

bosco and hershey's (back then) were just as good, imo. but a lot of purists say it has to be foxes.
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