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Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:08 AM

What was/is one of your favorite dishes made by a relative?

My mother’s strawberry rhubarb pie. 😋

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Reply What was/is one of your favorite dishes made by a relative? (Original post)
Floyd R. Turbo Apr 28 OP
OLDMDDEM Apr 28 #1
Floyd R. Turbo Apr 28 #7
mahatmakanejeeves Apr 28 #2
electric_blue68 Apr 28 #6
Floyd R. Turbo Apr 28 #8
Diamond_Dog Apr 28 #3
Floyd R. Turbo Apr 28 #9
unblock Apr 28 #4
Floyd R. Turbo Apr 28 #10
I_UndergroundPanther Apr 28 #18
unblock Apr 28 #26
Demovictory9 Apr 28 #38
OriginalGeek Apr 29 #47
unblock Apr 29 #48
csziggy Apr 30 #57
OriginalGeek Apr 30 #58
csziggy Apr 30 #60
OriginalGeek Apr 30 #62
electric_blue68 Apr 28 #5
Floyd R. Turbo Apr 28 #11
electric_blue68 Apr 28 #12
I_UndergroundPanther Apr 28 #13
Floyd R. Turbo Apr 28 #15
wnylib Apr 29 #45
Polly Hennessey Apr 28 #14
Floyd R. Turbo Apr 28 #16
I_UndergroundPanther Apr 28 #17
Phoenix61 Apr 28 #19
wnylib Apr 29 #46
MuseRider Apr 28 #20
blueinredohio Apr 28 #21
Ninga Apr 28 #22
Polly Hennessey Apr 28 #23
BarbaRosa Apr 28 #24
Wicked Blue Apr 28 #25
Xavier Breath Apr 28 #27
Midnight Writer Apr 28 #33
samnsara Apr 28 #28
Ocelot II Apr 28 #29
RobinA Apr 28 #30
lucca18 Apr 28 #31
TexasBushwhacker Apr 28 #32
yellowdogintexas Apr 28 #34
IcyPeas Apr 28 #35
electric_blue68 Apr 29 #44
Niagara Apr 28 #36
NNadir Apr 28 #37
lillypaddle Apr 28 #39
Talitha Apr 28 #40
Mr.Bill Apr 29 #41
Kali Apr 29 #42
Laffy Kat Apr 29 #43
TexasBushwhacker Apr 29 #51
Laffy Kat Apr 30 #54
TexasBushwhacker Apr 30 #56
OriginalGeek Apr 29 #49
catbyte Apr 29 #50
rurallib Apr 29 #52
Lars39 Apr 29 #53
GumboYaYa Apr 30 #59
ShazzieB Apr 30 #55
csziggy Apr 30 #61
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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:10 AM

1. Interesting

My grandmother's strawberry rhubarb pie. May she rest in peace.

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Response to OLDMDDEM (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:16 AM

7. 🕯

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:12 AM

2. Egg noodles, by my grandmother. I know, "how hard can that be?"

I've tried, but it's not even close.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:16 AM

6. awww

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:17 AM

8. Lucky you. My mom made the worst ever egg noodles.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:13 AM

3. My Polish grandma's poppyseed rolls.

None better!

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Response to Diamond_Dog (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:17 AM

9. 😋

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:14 AM

4. Definitely grandma's cereal bowls. China and wedgewood are very over-rated.

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Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:18 AM

10. There's one in every crowd!

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Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:35 AM

18. My grandma collected her dishes had

Full service for a dozen people ,she had every piece of the series.. her dishes were pink depression glass open rose pattern.
Used the dishes during holidays and they were so beautiful.

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Response to I_UndergroundPanther (Reply #18)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:53 AM

26. My grandma had quite the collection of dishes that never got used

I guess I understand rarely used fancy dishes, but literally never used dishes for display only baffles me.

I'm way too much into function over form

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Response to I_UndergroundPanther (Reply #18)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 06:14 PM

38. That is pretty

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Response to unblock (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 04:57 PM

47. you don't know how badly I wanted to collect my grandma's Fiesta Ware when she died

Just thinking about eating cereal out of those faded yet colorful bowls in her little bungalow a half mile from the gulf brings nothing but warm feelings. But I wasn't involved in the dispersal as my mom and her sister did all that and they never cared about the dishes. Probably all went at a garage sale before I even had a chance. But they were my touchpoint. Seeing grandma drinking her coffee from a fiesta ware cup was how I knew I was safe and warm and on vacation with nothing to worry about for weeks (or even months if I got to stay all summer.)

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #47)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 05:09 PM

48. Pretty much the same kind of memories

But yeah, it's the everyday stuff that matters. Not the fancy China.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #47)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 04:37 PM

57. Only a very few Fiesta Ware survived by the time my Gandmother died in 1969

I'd thought they were totally gone but after Mom died a couple of years ago, there were some odd pieces of Fiesta Ware stashed away in the back of her huge pantry. I snagged those, then after a friend died, she had several original Fiesta Ware dishes she'd inherited from her sister. Since my husband had helped her and her husband out financially, her husband gave us all the Fiesta Ware since he didn't want it.

I have no where near a complete set, just odd pieces, but it does bring back memories.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #57)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 05:14 PM

58. I'd be happy with even one piece if I knew it was my grandma's

but her little cottage near the gulf has been out of family hands for decades. I don't think My aunt has any and my mom died several years ago so I'm pretty sure I'm out of luck. I still look at at it all the time though - every time we are in an antique store especially (which happens a lot since my wife loves those). I even joined a Fiesta Ware group on FB just to see pictures of it. I'll probably get my own sets some day and just start over with the passing down of it. Maybe our granddaughters will come visit more if they can eat off shiny new Fiesta Ware lol.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #58)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 05:24 PM

60. That's how I felt when I saw the pieces in the pantry

Until for fifty years I had thought it was all gone - either trashed since there were not many pieces, or that my aunt had gotten them. There is no one for me to pass them down to. Maybe I'll join the Fiesta Ware group on FB and sell them to someone who will appreciate the pieces as much as I do. I have no where to display them and even if I wanted to use them for a holiday meal (which I never do), they would really stand out, not in a good way.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #60)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 05:51 PM

62. Oh yes they are always looking to complete sets

Your loosies would probably make someone's day!

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:15 AM

5. Pastiztso


Greek dish. Wide pasta noodles, layered with ground beef (probably browned first in olive oil) cooked in tomato sauce maybe with some garlic, oregano, with bechamel sauce on top.
One of my aunt's made it a lot. Yum!

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Response to electric_blue68 (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:18 AM

11. 😋

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Reply #11)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:21 AM

12. yes, it is😁

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:25 AM

13. I got a few favorites

My mom's chicken and dumplings.

My grandma's greens and incredible biscuits.

My sister,any pie she makes. She is a master of made from scratch pies.

My other sister,spinach balls.

My aunt,homemade applesauce from a particular tree on her property. Omg I could drink it it's so good. She canned it herself in glass jars. A quart jar would not survive long in my fridge maybe a day.


Sad that my grandma,my mom and my aunt have passed away,I still remember the deliciousness they made and I miss them and thier wonderful foods.

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Response to I_UndergroundPanther (Reply #13)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:28 AM

15. 😋

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Response to I_UndergroundPanther (Reply #13)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 04:13 PM

45. I've got a few, too. Hard to pick just one.

My mother's turkey dressing for Thanksgiving. She made it the night before, and although I often watched, I cannot duplicate it. She boiled the giblets and used an old-fashioned meat grinder that attached to the table to grind them up with celery and onions. Then bread, seasonings, and overnight in the fridge. Long, slow cooking inside the turkey next morning.

My mother's homemade cream puffs from scratch, too, with Bavarian cream (pudding) filling and fudge frosting.

My aunt's fudge - chocolate nut, peanut butter, butterscotch, and divinity. Always brought it to huge extended family pot luck Chistmas gathering. Mmmm.

Cousin's shrimp macaroni salad. She refused to share the recipe.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:25 AM

14. My mom's peanut butter or Toll House cookies.

We would have an ice cold glass of milk and a cookie waiting for us after school.

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Response to Polly Hennessey (Reply #14)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:28 AM

16. 😋🍪🥛

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Response to Polly Hennessey (Reply #14)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:29 AM

17. I miss toll house cookies

Diabetic,if I had them in my house I would devour them. So I don't bake them. But I miss them.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:37 AM

19. My grandma's blackberry cobbler and blackberry pancakes.

Me and grandpa would pick blackberries before breakfast and grandma would make blackberry pancakes for breakfast. We’d have blackberry cobbler for dessert that night.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #19)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 04:15 PM

46. I love blackberry cobbler.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:38 AM

20. Cooking was never a thing

in my family, strictly 50's fare. Then my mother started baking bread and making noodles. They were OK but the one thing that she did the best was make stuffing. It was only for Thanksgiving and Christmas, in my family those meals were exactly the same meal every year.

I have improved on hers using my own bread that I bake and morel mushrooms that I collect every year at this time. I cook from scratch, make the broth etc, but while she did not it is still hard to beat her stuffing.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:40 AM

21. Anything my mother made. She was a great cook.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:41 AM

22. My father made Sicilian sausage at Christmas. So yummy. A hush would come over us as he

carried the platter of fragrant roasted sizzling sausage to the table.

Then.

It disappeared. Gone. Not to be seen again until next year.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:43 AM

23. Let's face it, nothing beats mom's cooking.

We were lucky, mom was a fairly good cook.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:44 AM

24. My Mom's Lemon Meringue Pie,

I always opted for it instead of cake for my birthday.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:52 AM

25. Sauerkraut, lingonberry jam, gooseberry tart

She also made an amazing sponge cake frosted with a butter-sugar-coffee topping. The filling was sliced strawberries that were marinated in red wine and sugar.

Mom came from Estonia. Passed away 46 years ago.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 10:18 AM

27. My mom wasn't/isn't much of a cook

but her meatloaf was amazing. Technically, it's my aunt's recipe, but my mom started using it decades ago It's sweet instead of the usual savory kind, and it's the reason I can never order meatloaf out because it will not taste like hers.

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Response to Xavier Breath (Reply #27)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 01:44 PM

33. Same with my Mom. Not much of a cook overall, but I would kill for her fried chicken.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 10:44 AM

28. stewp....that what my grandmother called her chunky soup usually out of all the left overs..

..I learned to eat Tabasco sauce from Grandpa when he anointed the stewp with it.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 11:38 AM

29. My great-aunt's sugar cookies and my grandmother's julekake.

I have the recipes for both but I've never been able to duplicate them - not as good when I bake them. Maybe it's just the vibe that's missing.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 12:56 PM

30. My Mother

made good prime rib, as did her mother. She also made this stuff called junket when we were kids, and I loved that stuff. I had never heard of it anyplace before or since until I just looked it up.

My other Grandmother made homemade baked beans, which I now make. I imagine that mine aren't as good as hers, but I suspect they are pretty much the same.

My father decided to make Yorkshire pudding one Christmas and it was absolutely delicious.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 01:21 PM

31. My Italian grandmother's pasta 'sauce" or some in my family called it "gravy"!

I can still see myself as a little kid, sitting at the table, eyeing that beautiful plate of pasta; and anticipating that first delicious taste!

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 01:35 PM

32. My mother's spice cake with brown sugar frosting n/t

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 03:18 PM

34. of course I have a list

my Mom: anything with a crust - pie or cobbler; dressing for the turkey; lemon pudding cake; layer cakes which I took over when I was about 12 or 13

Her aunt: hot dinner rolls; all sorts of preserves and jellies; fresh butter, cottage cheese and buttermilk from the daily 3 gallons of milk provided by the cow; biscuits (hers were the best)

Her stepmother: steak, and chicken stroganoff

My grandmother: Peach or apricot fried pies; Green Tomato Ketchup (I wish I had that recipe)! Brazil Nut Devil's Food Cake with 7 minute frosting - a Christmas tradition; boiled custard (also a Christmas tradition), the best iced tea in town

My great grandmother: tea cakes I wish I had that recipe; yellow cake with caramel frosting. Squirrel stew.

My aunt could work magic with a country ham. Hers were never dry, which is a real feat.

My middle sister: All kinds of Italian food (she learned from her Sicilian mother in law), turkey soup,

My youngest sister: Corn pudding, plus a number of the things my mom made.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 03:21 PM

35. Moms vegetarian Shepherds Pie

made with lentils and veggies topped with mashed potatoes.

also an uncle from Chile used to make us Empanadas. delish.

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #35)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 05:25 AM

44. Sounds fun, and I love lentils!

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 05:56 PM

36. My grandmother and her homemade candy.

My grandmother had a special talent of making homemade chocolate candy for the entire family for the Easter Holiday. She had an abundance of candy molds and once made and cooled, she would place the candy to chill in a spare bedroom with that door closed. These candies looked like the variety type that one would find in a Russel Stover Chocolate variety box, but these candies that she made were the ultimate candy of all chocolate variety candy.




Today she is 94 years old, she is still with us and unfortunately has some dementia.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 06:11 PM

37. My wife's veggie lasagna with fried eggplant. n/t.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 06:17 PM

39. My mother's potato dumplings made with raw, grated potatoes

with mushroom brown gravy and roast.

Her apple strudel was pretty awesome, too.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 07:31 PM

40. My Mom made the best Kugelis!

She'd use a LOT of bacon, so it was more a meal than a 'pudding'.

Kugelis

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 12:26 AM

41. My Grandmother's Sauerbraten and Dumplings.

With brown flour gravy. The Dumplings were the size of baseballs, the beef was a rump roast. Always made for big family gatherings. Cheap way to feed lots of people and everyone loved it.

Fortunately, she taught my mom how to make it and my mom taught my wife. We make it with Spaetzel nowadays instead of Dumplings.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 12:41 AM

42. I'm not big on sweets but my sister makes some good baklava

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 01:50 AM

43. My grandmother's biscuits.

She made them every day for at least 70 years and there was nothing else like them. Only three ingredients but no one else could do it like her. My sister and I would watch her like a hawk, every move, while she was making them trying to learn how. Of course, she never measured anything. She's been dead for over 30 years now. My sister has come the closest but they're still now quite the same. If there is a heaven, my grandmother's biscuits will be waiting for me.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #43)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 09:11 PM

51. What kind of flour does she use?

Southerners will swear by White Lily flour, but Bob's Red Mill makes a good pastry flour too. Use cold butter (you can use a grater to get the smallest bits while keeping it cold) and don't mess with the dough too much. Just mix until the ingredients are combined. The more you mess with the dough, the tougher the biscuits will be.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #51)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 01:21 AM

54. I'll ask my sister what flour she uses.

I know she like King Arthur and I use KA, too, but not sure what she uses for her version of the biscuits. She's going to be visiting in June, so I'll find out.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #54)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 08:18 AM

56. KA pastry flour would work

You want a low protein (gluten) flour for biscuits.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 05:11 PM

49. Birthday Chalupas

My first memories of birthday suppers was always chalupas made for me by my dad. I imagine he adapted the recipe from things he had when he was in high school in Del Rio TX.

I've had birthday chalupas for my birthday every year since then. I know what we have is actually tostadas as they are flat but we called them chalupas then and I still do.

Usually a chalupa is seasoned ground beef and refried beans on a corn tortilla then topped with lettuce tomato onion and cheddar cheese or whatever combination thereof you liked.

But all that stuff was too adult for my tiny taste buds so for my birthday dad would make my chalupas with Van Camp's pork and beans, pork fat removed and beans mashed up to simulate refried beans. Spread that on the tortilla and dump some ground beef and top with American cheese he used to grate by hand (before the only thing you could get was Kraft singles) so it melted some from the hot meat. Then add a good crispy leaf of ice berg lettuce and happy birthday to me!

I still eat them year round but nowadays I like the spicy stuff in my beef and I use regular refried beans and cheddar cheese. Except on my birthday. I make them like dad did for my birthday, salute him and chow down like I was 5. (I have to use singles now since the kraft bastards won't make me a brick of American cheese)

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 07:32 PM

50. I have 2. My Nana's Cornish pasties and my mom's apple/elderberry pie.

Elderberries grew wild in the ditch beside the road so we'd ride up and down picking elderberry clusters. Mom would make a pie and dad would make homemade wine. The leftover clusters were frozen for more pie in the winter. Yum!

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 09:16 PM

52. My mother made a from scratch chocolate fudge

that could make us ignore the coldest winter day.

All I remember was she used Hershey's Cocoa and it was slowly heated on the stove all day in a double broiler.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 09:31 PM

53. Muscadine Jelly,fried chicken, and old-fashioned banana pudding

Mom was a country cook.

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #53)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 05:18 PM

59. Mmmmm banana pudding........good stuff!

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 05:54 AM

55. My grandmother's fried chicken.

Also her cornbread. Made with buttermilk and lard. Yum.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 05:36 PM

61. Mom's key lime pie - made every bit from scratch - except the sweetened condensed milk

From the crust made with Crisco shortening, flaky and light, to the zest of the key limes. She'd zest them, then squeeze the juice from them, mix with the egg yolks and milk with a pinch of zest. Then she'd beat the egg whites with another pinch or two of zest, just enough sugar. The pies (she always made two since she only made them for holiday meals) would then be baked until the meringue was barely golden. They were my favorite!

She used the same crust to make mincemeat pies, but used bottle mincement - and the best part, according to my teetotaler great aunt, was the hard sauce. Mom never told her that the hard sauce really was hard - hard sauce was rum and powdered sugar. LOL!

Cornish pasties by the way of Michigan's Upper Peninsula were also made with the same crust. My father's mother taught Mom how to make those since Dad loved them. Her pasties only had stew beef, carrots, onions, and potatoes. No turnips in hers, those Dad would talk about having them in the pasties he ate in college.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 11:42 AM

63. Uncle Bills cigarettes

Used to love them.

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