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Friday, March 22, 2013

Comfort Food Memories


Lately I have been thinking a lot about the meals I had growing up.  We ate a lot of the same foods over and over...probably because money was hard to come by and we ate what was most affordable.  Tuna and noodles was a favorite.  Although my Dad was a meat and potatoes person, my Mom sneaked in some casseroles every once in a while.  It was simple...just tuna, noodles and a can of soup, but we loved it.


The most popular meal (if you asked us kids) would have been the Velveeta macaroni and cheese.  It was quick to fix and tasted just right!  I am guessing it fit the budget just right, too, as often as it seems we had it on the dinner table.  I thought Mom's tasted better than Kraft's and I'm sticking to that story!


The overall winner was Mom's fried chicken.  We raised chickens for many years, so it was our Sunday dinner every week.  She fried it in lots of Crisco Oil (amazing that none of us had clogged arteries!) and my favorite part was picking the crispy breading pieces out of the frying pan after the chicken was placed on the platter.  Yum...full of grease and oh-so-yummy! 

Just remembering these meals and our simple life makes me want to step into a time capsule and go back to those days.  Life was good and we didn't realized just how good until much later.

Do you have certain foods that bring back memories?
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8 comments:

  1. My mom made the very best cornbread, beans and rice. I know she was happy about that because we lived on a rice farm and she had nine children to feed!
    I remember my grandmother's gumbo, fried shrimp, vegetable soup and fried apple pies. Can you tell I am southern?

    Smiles, Dottie

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    1. Dottie - Mmmmm....your food sounds yummy, too! The fried apple pies would be my first pick! LOL
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

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  2. What a fun post, Pat. I grew up on a farm so we had a big chicken (or turkey) dinner just about every Sunday. We also had a lot of pot roast with our own beef and veggies we grew...and gingerbread. My Mom made gingerbread just about every day for my dad. xo Diana

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    1. Diana - We butchered our own beef, too, so roast beef was another favorite meal! So many memories...no gingerbread, though. I think I remember cake and ice cream instead.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

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  3. Okay. Now I'm hungry! Mac and cheese made with hunks of sharp cheddar, barbecued chicken. Being PA Dutch, we had all that good stuff, too... ham & bean soup with rivels, endive salad with hot bacon dressing, potato pancakes, shoo fly pie, Friendship bread.... I just gained 5 lbs thinking about it all!!!

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    1. Pandy - Your comfort foods sound good, too! They have a way of bringing back good memories of times long gone.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

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  4. Those look delightful!! Can not beat that fried chicken. Yummmm....

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    1. Bobbie - The chicken was always sooo good. Even today I love chicken, although I stay away from the breading and fat (most of the time).
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

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