When I was little, I remember having bologna (baloney?) a lot, whereas I never buy it now. My mom would roll up a piece of bologna (you peeled off a red plastic edging) with a piece of cheese and stick a toothpick through it. I also remember eating Vienna sausages and deviled ham. Sometimes I would put jelly on saltines and liked that, too.
We ate supper at 5. Now we call it “dinner” instead and eat at 6, and that seems late to me, but I’m getting used to it. My dad always wanted meat for dinner. I’m not talking a bit of chicken in a casserole (I remember his disdain of tuna casserole), but a big honkin’ piece of meat. Preferably steak. I was never a steak fan and don’t think I’ve had any in the past 25 years. Really, chicken is the only meat I eat for the most part, since I tend to substitute soy for hamburger. If I had to choose a food group to give up, it would definitely be meat.
When I was little, there wasn’t much if any emphasis on eating healthy. It was kind of nice, actually. Sure, you knew fruits and vegetables were good for you, but I thought meat was good for you too, and I didn’t know that white bread wasn’t healthy. I don’t recall hearing much about low fat or whole grains. However, I’m betting people ate less then, because serving sizes seemed to be smaller.
I fondly remember twinkies (sticking my tongue into the white creamy filling), Hostess cupcakes (ditto on the cream), ho ho’s, Hostess Fruit Pies, you name it – I loved them all.
As a teen, I loved those sausage/cheese/Bisquick balls. I made a huge batch and put them into the freezer, and I would microwave a few for breakfast each morning. The microwave only arrived when I was in high school; prior to that heating things up took significantly longer in the double boiler pan in which food was heated over boiling water.
What are some of your childhood food memories?