Childhood Memories Friday: Food Memories

childhoodmemoriessummerToday I thought I’d post some food memories, since I do love food and always have 🙂 .

Bologna: We said “baloney,” and it had the red strip along the edge that you peeled off (does bologna still have that?  I haven’t bought any in years!).  Mom would roll up a piece with a piece of cheese and put a toothpick through it to hold it together.

No Bake Cookies: Yum … loved these, and I made them a lot.  I remember making them with my friend Miriam, and we wouldn’t even wait for them to harden up.  We would put their yummy goo right over vanilla ice cream … yum …

Tuna Casserole: I remember Mom making this a lot, and she always put crushed potato chips on top.  My dad was not very fond of this casserole.  He always wanted “meat” at a meal, and maybe tuna wasn’t meaty enough for him?

Cheesecake: Mom made this too, but it was light and fluffy – not like cheesecake I eat today (maybe she can post the recipe).  She always made it in a square tupperware container and it had crushed graham crackers on top.  I remember eating cheesecake as an adult, and being shocked at how solid and condensed it was – it wasn’t the cheesecake of my childhood!

Raisin Bran Muffins: I remember making these as a teenager (I’m sure the recipe was on the cereal box).  Then I would keep the batter in the fridge, and each morning I would microwave enough to make a muffin for breakfast.  This would have been when microwaves were fairly new, and it probably seemed like a novelty.

Sausage Cheese Balls: Yum, these are a good memory too.  Seems like we would have a bag of about 200 in the freezer, and I would microwave a few whenever I was hungry.

Hostess Cupcakes, Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, etc: Oh, how I love(d) all this junk.  I remember my “method” of sticking my tongue into the cream part, and savoring the icing on top of the cupcakes.  I loved candy bars, too – remember the Marathon bar?  Made of two strips of caramel-covered chocolate kind of braided together?  They took so long to eat!

What are some food memories from your childhood?

“From morning till night, sounds drift from the kitchen, most of them familiar and comforting….On days when warmth is the most important need of the human heart, the kitchen is the place you can find it; it dries the wet sock, it cools the hot little brain.” ~E.B.White


8 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: Food Memories

  1. Well, since you brought up baloney :), I’ll go ahead and so macaroni salad made with Spam. My mom cooks in a pretty southern style, and tended to fry a lot. For some reason, I never developed a taste for fried foods, but I do remember loving this salad, which is equally unhealthy. The other thing I remember as a huge treat was mom making fudge in the iron skillet and how she would kind of beat it with a fork to cool it down. Yummy!

  2. I will ‘say’ macaroni salad, not ‘so’ it. I need spell and grammar check in every forum!

  3. Your mom’s tuna casserole sounds like the stuff my mother used to make – only my father (and my sister) loved it – my mother . . . tolerated it, and I thought it was the Most. Disgusting. Thing. Ever.

    And don’t forget the variation of baloney – olive loaf! (We called it baloney too – once I learned how to read, I never could figure out why the “g” was silent and the “a” sounded like an “ee” in “bologna”!)

  4. Cheese Cake a recipe I got from a coworker at Holland Custard & Ice Cream, Holland, Indiana around 1959 – 1961.

    8 oz. cream cheese, softened
    1 normal size box lemon Jello
    l c. hot water
    l normal size Carnation Evaporated Milk
    1 c. sugar
    1 t. vanilla
    Graham Crackers

    Fix Jello with 1 c. of hot water. Let it just begin to thicken. Do NOT let it totally thicken or the recipe will be a fizzle.
    Whip the evaporated milk with a mixer. Then add the partially thickened Jello & softened cream cheese, (broken up with a fork), sugar & vanilla. Whip together ’til smooth.
    Pour into pan covered with finely rolled graham crackers. Sprinkle more crushed graham crackers on top. Let chill overnight. It is better than if you eat it immediately.
    (make it pretty much like I said – sometimes it turns out better than others and I think the Jello thickness is a key factor.)

  5. I loved when my mom would make her pistachio torte.

    I have never made sausage cheese balls before I will have to try them.

  6. Ohhh!! I remember no bake cookies. I haven’t had those in years and now I want one right now, lol

  7. I just saw baloney with the red stuff around the edge the other day. I think it was Bar S brand. Remember fried baloney? I still like to have that in the winter. My mom used to make a jello salad with Lime flavored jello, cottage cheese and crushed pineapple. I remember all the Hostess cakes and the fruit pies. We also liked Zingers, the raspberry with coconut on the outside was my favorite. My mom made Tuna Casserole with cream of mushroom soup (no chips on top). Remember “Chicken Tonight”? I thought that stuff was great! Creamsicles, Fudgesicles, Big Pops. Thanks for the memories Susan!

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