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Old 07-31-19, 05:12 PM
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Very off-topic, SOS.

I think this is just for the prior service folks here (who seem to be many).
My wife is in Boston with our elder daughter, my younger daughter is working and then off to the family of her young man, so I was on my own this afternoon.
I wrenched on a bunch of bikes, had a few Miller's (I'm a common guy) and dinnertime rolled around. I made a batch of creamed chipped beef on toast. Always loved it, even before it was served up at 0 dark thirty after a really nasty FTX. Is it me, or are there others out there who love their SOS?

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My grandfather was a Navy man and used to make SOS - referring to it by its full name.

I enjoyed it.
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Haven't had I for years but have good memories. Wife doesn't care for it. She isn't gone too frequently so it might be a good while. Then the issue of remembering!
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I was never in the military but my dad said he loved it in the Air Force. He used to get as much as he could from the guys who were complaining about it. We used to have it fairly regularly growing up. I still love it.
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Old 07-31-19, 05:53 PM
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I was never in the military but my dad said he loved it in the Air Force. He used to get as much as he could from the guys who were *****ing about .
"You done with that?"

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Old 07-31-19, 07:38 PM
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My dad, a WWII vet, would wax about it on occassion, in both the positive and negative.

If left to my own devices, I would give it a whirl.
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My foster father noted that SOS was their big staple dish when he served in the army late in the Korean conflict..... he used to make it tor us for dinner during cold Wisconsin winters....
With some Lee and Perrins Worcestershire sauce, it's delicious!
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hard to go wrong with hamburger gravy on toast
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Originally Posted by t_e_r_r_y View Post
hard to go wrong with hamburger gravy on toast
I was never in the military either (bad eyes), but I've had a few different versions, apparently. The best was with sausage gravy. 😋 Which is very similar to biscuits & gravy, which I can also eat a lot of. 😋
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Old 07-31-19, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by t_e_r_r_y View Post
hard to go wrong with hamburger gravy on toast
My elementary school had a frequent hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes. My Dad was Army between Korea and Vietnam. And would never entertain SOS or the hamburger gravy... And he made AWESOME gravies!!! I'm guilty of making the hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes as comfort food...

Frankly, as retired Navy, I can't recall being served SOS but once...

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I got sent TDY a lot and found tremendous differences in chow halls, if a good one (especially the Air Force Hennessy Trophy winners) it was always terrific.
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I was in the Navy but I don’t remember much about the SOS. Everyone always got excited about slider (cheeseburger) day. We would get less excited about horse**** sandwich day - rhymes with dock (baloney).
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This civilian had to Google it. Doesn't sound too bad, if made right.
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My dad, a WWII vet, would wax about it on occassion, in both the positive and negative.
== My dad.
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proper SOS is good over toast, rice or potato chips..... I prefer the hamburger based version and I dice onions and bell peppers and saute until soft (on of the cooks on the coast guard ship i was on did this) when I do this (which is rare the rest of the family does not appreciate....philstines)

https://thesouthernladycooks.com/ham...-gravy-or-sos/

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sos-recipe-2105249
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
I was in the Navy but I don’t remember much about the SOS. Everyone always got excited about slider (cheeseburger) day. We would get less excited about horse**** sandwich day - rhymes with dock (baloney).
when i was on a coast guard ship, the head cook was court martialed for taking kick back from vendors who delivered low quality goods. this was best seen when the cheese on the cheese burges slid of the burgers with mild waves....in port

on the plus side the replacement head cook had been in a coast guard program where he worked in high end restaurants his first meal was duck la'orange
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the cheese on the cheese burges slid of the burgers with mild waves....in port
I'll bet when the Navy heard about this, they adopted it as an official food quality audit procedure.
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Sos....

Marine cooks could be some mean SOB's, had a tradition of doing more with less, but also of being less than interested in criticism (likely because of doing more with less)...vicious circle. They also were expert riflemen, by and large, so go figure.

So, while the vast majority of the SOS in garrison was excellent, the vast majority of it in the field, being a Spam variation with powdered milk, was awful.

We called it "dit-dah" in the field. This was a shorthand reference to Morse code and the dots/dashes for the SOS signal. Some cooks took exception to the SOS reference. Not wanting to cause trouble, get shot, or be marked men in the mess tent, we ate it, and all the other Spam meals, with gusto. This was no small feat.

Often, we'd be on a NATO operation , generally funded by the US, and watched other NATO forces living large on the influx of US cash, eating well while we ate Spam 3x/day. I preferred C-rats.

Today, I will eat SOS, but a Pavlovian reflex has me looking for a restroom as soon as practical, so I can "put it behind me" and get on with the day.

Does that answer your question, sir?
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I think this is just for the prior service folks here (who seem to be many).
My wife is in Boston with our elder daughter, my younger daughter is working and then off to the family of her young man, so I was on my own this afternoon.
I wrenched on a bunch of bikes, had a few Miller's (I'm a common guy) and dinnertime rolled around. I made a batch of creamed chipped beef on toast. Always loved it, even before it was served up at 0 dark thirty after a really nasty FTX. Is it me, or are there others out there who love their SOS?

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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Doesn't sound too bad, if made right.
You have no idea what an all-encompassing statement that is about SOS. YEEUUUGE!
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Marine cooks could be some mean SOB's, had a tradition of doing more with less, but also of being less than interested in criticism (likely because of doing more with less)...vicious circle. They also were expert riflemen, by and large, so go figure.

So, while the vast majority of the SOS in garrison was excellent, the vast majority of it in the field, being a Spam variation with powdered milk, was awful.

We called it "dit-dah" in the field. This was a shorthand reference to Morse code and the dots/dashes for the SOS signal. Some cooks took exception to the SOS reference. Not wanting to cause trouble, get shot, or be marked men in the mess tent, we ate it, and all the other Spam meals, with gusto. This was no small feat.

Often, we'd be on a NATO operation , generally funded by the US, and watched other NATO forces living large on the influx of US cash, eating well while we ate Spam 3x/day. I preferred C-rats.

Today, I will eat SOS, but a Pavlovian reflex has me looking for a restroom as soon as practical, so I can "put it behind me" and get on with the day.

Does that answer your question, sir?
(I have no doubt you relate to that!)
you had to bring up spam..... but IMHO there is one and only one way to eat spam spam musubi

https://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/musubi/

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My Dad, an Air force Vet (stationed in Morocco during the Korean conflict) used to make it for dinner, took me a while as a child to cypher out SOS. didn't love it but didn't hate it. His Lasagna on the other hand was Awesome. loved Lasagna night! Thanks for the memories OP, I lost my dad in 2012 and I think about him every day.
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Oh geeze, Spam musubi AND bacon? 🥰 You guys are making me hungry, and I just ate. 😁 I got a lot of fresh apricots here, if anyone wants to barter. 🤔😉
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We had it frequently as kids. My dad was a WWII/Korea vet, but I think that was unrelated. I believe it was a natural part of our Pennsylvania Dutch heritage.
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