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