Thursday, July 24, 2008
I almost forget today was my day to post!
An entry a few days ago got me thinking about foods we ate when we were growing up.
Everyone has a special food that just the smell, or thought of it, takes them straight back to their childhood and growing up years.
Thinking on it, I now wonder about some of the things we ate. One oddity immediately comes to mind - Fried Onion Sandwiches. Yes, you read that right.
I remember dad cooking up the onions in a frying pan. They were nicely browned and we liked them! We weren't poor. Dad was a city laborer and made good money for the time. We were never hungry. I'd imagine things were sometimes tight as with any parents raising kids in the 50s and 60s. I don't know where that particular food idea came from or why. I know we ate them and thought nothing of it. These days, I tend not to eat onions as they don't agree with me. Or is it psychological? ha!
Maybe the onion sandwiches were a guy thing; you know, a fast, "easy" solution to feeding the kids. Moms, of course, have a better idea of what constitutes a meal.
A better tasting dish was mom's macaroni. I forgot the exact name we had for it, but it's a simple recipe: brown ground beef, some onions for flavor, and cook elbow macaroni. When done, mix together with chopped whole tomatoes. Add seasoning. Parmesan cheese is optional. I remmeber another version where you melted mozzarella cheese and mixed it together. We loved this dish! Good and easy to make. It was cheap, too. Today you can substitute ground turkey or other ground beef.
Another favorite was simple Mac and Cheese from the box. Maybe not "health" food, but who can resist?
Anyone else have any food favorites that they remember growing up with? Or how about your own family's food "oddities?"