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Old 08-09-2006, 12:37 PM   #21
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LOL, I think all Moms or Grandmothers gave the warning about getting worms!! I know I got it from my grandmother when us kids would try to snag the same things all of you did.
My grandmother would make all kinds of fudge, cookies, fruitcakes and (a fav of mine) Christmas pudding with hard sauce every Christmas.
Grandpa would cook up the fresh trout he had caught for breakfast when we were staying at a friend’s cabin every summer. His salmon cakes were the best I have ever tasted!! I think those are the only things that I ever saw him cook.
My Mom’s date-nut tarts!!!!! Mine come close but just doesn’t have that specialness to them.
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Old 08-09-2006, 02:20 PM   #22
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I used to go to my Grandmothers every summer. It was so special, she had a "lady's group" that would get together at least once a week and work on a craft project and have lunch. I remember getting to go to all those lunches. Funny, I still remember a lot of the foods that the ladies fixed. They were all so good, and so "adult"! My grandfather was from Denmark so he wanted open face sandwiches, there were all kinds of wonderful sandwiches. There were abelskiver for special breakfasts, oh to die for . . . I only like them when they are her recipe. I remember eating lunch under the apricot tree in her backyard - ice tea in those brightly colored aluminum glasses.

When I'd go home it was back to being a kid again. Dad would make spaghetti at least one Saturday a month. Oh, and he'd fry the most wonderful potatoes for Sunday breakfast, big crisp cubes that were soft and creamy inside. Yumm
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Old 08-09-2006, 03:01 PM   #23
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i am asian and what i remember most about my mom's cooking is homemade chinese xiao bun with minced pork filling AND goat stew. she has now passed away, and one of my regrets is that i was never able to get the recipes for them...i now live in the UK, and i'm thinking...if ever i find goat here, i am definitely going to attempt it from memory. :)

as for banning peanut butter sandwiches in schools...fortunately that still hasn't reached the UK...my 6 year old will only eat peanut butter sandwiches. what's with kids and their lack of variety??? she can eat peanut butter sandwiches everyday till the rest of her life, and she's ok with that.
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Old 08-09-2006, 03:03 PM   #24
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This is a great thread. I've always appreciated the connection and the feeling that some of the foods from my childhood give me. I grew up on a farm so there were certain seasonal foods that we always ate (i.e. rhubarb pie at grandma's house, putting up green beans and tomatoes in the late summer, picking strawberries and blackberries and then making jam - but only after you've ate so many berries you almost feel sick, making fudge, and peanut brittle at Christmas).

When I was young, a real treat was when we would load up in the car and drive into town (50 miles away) and we'd go to Frisches (hamburger joint). It made us feel so grown up!

We would BEG our mom to buy us Swanson TV dinners - and they were AWFUL but we loved them. Too funny.
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OH wow, Swansons tv dinners, that brings back memories. I remember one Sunday evening, my dad got us our first Swanson tv dinner and let us sit in the livingroom floor and watch "Walt Disney Show" which came on every Sunday night at 7:00. We were way more excited about the tv dinner than the Walt Disney Show. And you are right........the tv dinner was AWFUL, but we loved it ! LOL
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Old 08-09-2006, 08:47 PM   #26
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My mom never served TV dinners, but she loved to cook pot pies. I always loved the crust on them but hated the filling
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Old 08-10-2006, 01:58 AM   #27
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My mom made tacos for dinner every Thursday night. We loved them and they are still a favorite of mine today.

On Sunday mornings Mom made buttermilk pancakes and sausage or bacon. We raised our own pork and the meat was just mouthwatering good.

For almost every holiday my mom would make sugar cookies shaped to reflect the holiday i.e. hearts for Valentine's Day, shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day, etc. The are so light and fluffy and she always made the frosting from scratch.

One of my favorite dinners was fried chicken with mashed potatoes and white gravy. Mom made the gravy from the chicken drippings and it and the mashed potatoes where my favorite part of the meal. I ate a small piece of chicken, but the gravy and mashed where what I waited for.

For Christmas and Thankgiving, my grandma always made cinnamon rolls. The where so scrumptious and yummy. They just oozed butter and brown sugar. It just makes my mouthwater to think about them. She also made fried chicken like my mom. My mom probably learned to fry chicken from Grandma.

I also think that my mom makes the best potato salad. Any other potato salad pales in comparison to her's, even mine. It is not anything special about it, but maybe just because it is made by mom that it tastes so good.
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Old 08-10-2006, 02:07 AM   #28
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.... Peanut butter for sandwiches for school-- NOW ITS BANNED from school man this was my staple ....
Sounds strange to me considering the nutritional value of peanut butter!

It's not in your profile ... WHERE do you live Jen? It might be a cultural thing ....
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Old 08-10-2006, 07:52 AM   #29
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Sounds strange to me considering the nutritional value of peanut butter!

It's not in your profile ... WHERE do you live Jen? It might be a cultural thing ....

I live in MA and peanut butter is banned from some area school systems. Our school system offers peanut free tables at lunch. Not a food item but balloons are restricted as well.
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Sounds strange to me considering the nutritional value of peanut butter!

It's not in your profile ... WHERE do you live Jen? It might be a cultural thing ....
It's banned here (south TX) as well, because of allergies.
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