What foods remind you of childhood? Did your parents have any special recipes that they make for you when you come to visit?
My mother makes what is in my opinion the world's best potato soup. A warm bowl of soup with bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, and a slice of french bread on the side is a one-night must when I visit Chicago during the chilly autumn or winter months.
My father's specialties are more summery: barbequed pork ribs, and spaghetti with his special meat sauce and garlic bread.
Chicken Noodle soup.
A rabbit made of marshmallow covered in thin chocolate with a small pink candy eye that sold for 15 cents in Vancouver in 1962.
Wagion Wheels in the original (1963) size when I came to England.
My grandmother's pancakes. Huge, baked in the country, on a humongous cast-iron frying pan, on a wood burning stove, made with real thick homemade cream and lots of eggs from own free range chickens, baked on lard(homemade again),consumed by a 12 year old girl, who's been running around waiting for breakfast (at 9 am) since 6 am in the morning. Can you match that? Hunger and anticipation, and taste, divine taste! How long ago it was and I still taste it in my memory.
almost my entire childhood is a long line of food memories in special places! I adored cookies - but since we seldom had the store bought kind I loved those marshmallow mound cookies dipped in dark chocolate - and also the sugar cookes, lemon with sugar sprinkles shaped like round snowflakes. Also those spice cookies shaped like windmills. All were great with a cold glass of our dairy farm's milk.
We had chicken and dumplings made from my grandma's home canned whole chickens, which seemed to taste so much better to me than fresh ones. She had them lined up in great big jars on the basement's shelves, along with many jams and sauces and fruits.
Then there was the stellar honey my grandpa got from the neighbors in exchange for hive space in his huge garden. That honey had a flavor that no other honey since can match. We ate it on the pancakes shaped like bunnies and waffles or on toast, or when no one was looking, we dipped our grimey fingers into the pot - if grandma forgot to put it back in the kitchen on the shelf right away. Probably, it was so wonderful because in his garden all the produce and flowers were gigantic and their pollen must of been like a real treat to the bees.
Nothing like fresh air and fresh unpolluted product! I miss that!
The old slice and bake cookie rolls. Mr. Goodbar. Choco-diles. Candy canes. Oh and candy canes remind of all the things we'd bake at Christmas time.
Mine was making the little sugar cookies and sprinkling the red and green edible glitter on top. I was 4 and 5 and 6. happy to say it was my only glitter-wearing period.
What a great question? In our household both parents shared cooking duties. My mother was not the best cook in the world. My dad worked for a commercial dishwasher company and since restaurants were his biggest customers he would come home with some tasty recipes. The one most important thing I came away with from my parents and food at home was a tongue willing to try anything. They always emphasized that if we continued to try something we would eventually learn to like it. So I have a pretty adventurous fear-factor type tongue.
After my parents divorced (I was 18) my mother pretty much stopped cooking altogether. If I go to her home I generally make my own food or we go out except on holidays when we have the usual turkey or ham.
With that said, you can imagine that my favorite dishes from my younger days are quite eclectic in kind:
2. Hamhocks and Navy Beans
4. Grease dripping crisco oatmeal cookies
5. Stuffed zucchini
6. Chips and guacamole
7. Refried bean dip, burritos, and tacos
9. Steak and baked potatoes
10. Christmas fudge and divinity
Now I eat such foods as
1. Curry (both Thai and Indian)
2. All types of Chinese
3. Tarantula and crickets (I lived in Cambodia for 5 years).
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