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Old 09-28-20, 02:50 PM
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We were also big consumers of deviled ham. It's one of those things I still look back on as disgusting, but crave it at the same time. Liverwurst too, along the same lines. We would usually put either of the two on sandwiches.

Powerbars also seconded. It was like weird taffy; the flavor is imprinted in my brain. No wonder I was a fat kid.

Anyone else's family also do leftovers casserole? Some of the worst and some of the best meals came from this marriage of foods.
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Old 09-28-20, 04:34 PM
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My grandmother had both ends of the spectrum. She used to make this wonderful meatroll that was way better than any lunch meat from the deli. But she'd also make traditional English Christmas pudding, and I still remember trying to force enough of that down so we could open Christmas presents.
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Originally Posted by roundypndr View Post
As a youth, I couldn't get enough of Swanson's TV dinners, sure beats my dad's liver and onion night. and it took some strong will power to not eat the dessert first.


I had a lot of those too. I'd sort them out in order to get the good ones first when the family left me a stack of them when they went out of town.
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Old 09-28-20, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by jack pot View Post

I got fed so much of this I thought I was an Italian
I still love Boyardee (never had those pizzas though, those look awful). I know it's not 'real' Italian or even 'good' food (or maybe not even 'food'), but it's tasty. I also love Taco Bell. So sue me.

My strongest childhood food memories involve a couple things I hated but I always had to eat EVERYTHING on my plate (unlike my stupid younger siblings!). One was stuffed peppers. Green bell peppers baked with cheesy rice inside. The cheesy rice was delicious, but the soggy baked bell pepper was NASTY. Also rice-a-roni 'Spanish Rice', with stewed tomatoes in it. Again, the rice was fine, if I could only segregate those nasty squishy tomatoes.
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Old 09-28-20, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by nomadmax View Post
Space Food Sticks

The original Power Bar.
I never heard of those until now. Reminds me of drinking Tang back in the day, though.
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Originally Posted by Olefeller77 View Post
We ate great in my early childhood . Rabbit , squirrel, fat mallards spring and fall. Lots of fish and some frog legs. Like most farm folks, we ran a monthly tab at the small town grocery. Mom took so many fryers and 30 dz. crates of eggs to the store that they owed her money at the end of the month.
The absolute worst thing I tried was when mom boiled up some wheat out of the bin as a hot breakfast cereal. Sticky bland stuff. No amount of sugar would help get it down. Never was a second try. lol
We had the benefit of my mom growing up on a farm in the depression, so she knew how to do all the things. She'd come in with a rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, wild greens, and such. Thing was, we lived in the suburbs and my dad was an accountant. I still don't know how she killed that raccoon, but the stew was excellent.
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Originally Posted by Stadjer View Post
I'll have the liver and onions. Also would have as a kid.
I guess my mom didn't know how to prepare it, Over the years, I have heard from others on how to lessen liver's strong taste, but since my wife dislikes more than me, and she refuses to to cook it,( memories from her childhood) I guess I'll never have the opportunity to try it.
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Originally Posted by roundypndr View Post
I guess my mom didn't know how to prepare it, Over the years, I have heard from others on how to lessen liver's strong taste, but since my wife dislikes more than me, and she refuses to to cook it,( memories from her childhood) I guess I'll never have the opportunity to try it.
I never particularly liked it nor was my mother a particularly good cook, my dad was a better cook. But when I think about my childhood food the good thing about it was that it was proper, honest food. Not too fancy usually, but just quality produce and solid home cooking. The food in the picture looks nothing like that.

Liver is quite strong tasting and a bit metallic. Chicken livers are bit more accessible, but all offal has some kind of extra taste that usually doesn't go down well with kids unless it's diluted in a liver sausage or something. I wasn't easily intimidated by food at all but never really liked beef tongue and kidneys, only sweetbread I loved and still do.
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Originally Posted by Stadjer View Post
I never particularly liked it nor was my mother a particularly good cook, my dad was a better cook. But when I think about my childhood food the good thing about it was that it was proper, honest food. Not too fancy usually, but just quality produce and solid home cooking. The food in the picture looks nothing like that.

Liver is quite strong tasting and a bit metallic. Chicken livers are bit more accessible, but all offal has some kind of extra taste that usually doesn't go down well with kids unless it's diluted in a liver sausage or something. I wasn't easily intimidated by food at all but never really liked beef tongue and kidneys, only sweetbread I loved and still do.
My mom was determined to get liver down our gullets, as she'd say, in one form or another. Beef liver and onions was a hard no for virtually all of us kids, so she'd make some kind of sausage or spread or who knows what. Liver and onions are still a hard no for me. Tongue I can do, gizzards and heart not so much.
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