Monday, May 28, 2018

Bring on the Feast





As we finished the last of a very successful pot roast, I thought of the Memorial Day Dinner in my hometown, Nebo, Illinois.  What a feast it was.  It was ham, more ham, fried chicken, more fried chicken.  Then there were every potato dish  known to be prepared in the Midwest.  Then the dessert table overflowed with homemade pies, homemade cakes, homemade cookies and more pies. Don't forget the jello extravagances.


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My Brother's Community Memorial Day Dinner

It was a wonderful day.  I was a teenager then and kinda resented my roll of refilling the dessert table and serving pie/cake/cookies to known and familiar people.  Also, I brought desserts to the unknown visitors who yet had a similarity to townsmen around them.
Good memories. Great food.


Yes, please.
This brings to mind what we now consider a lifetime of food memories.

So, given the excellent pot roast, what do you consider memories of good food? this is mine:

mashed potatoes, white gravy,creamed peas, ham salad, homemade rolls (made by my grandmother), bread pudding w/raisins, warm tomatoes from our garden, pickled cucumbers, pecan pie, strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream...Okay, enough already.

Your memories?

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  1. Moms meatloaf and macaroni and cheese...Grams home made bread and butter tarts. My other Grans lemon meringue pie. Turkey at Christmas with home made dressing (not that boxed stuff). Salmon and egg salad sandwiches at my parents card parties...and bridge mix and licorice allsorts on the side. Just a few of those 'foodie' type memories.

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    1. Sounds like you had many fabulous feats! Bridge mix was/is always a treat!

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  2. Peaches straight from the tree. Tomatoes straight from the vine.
    My mother's omelette. Lemon souffle. Trifle. Hot rice pudding.

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  3. Food is love but dessert is delicious. I do not have that many memories of food except for what I hated. I was a very picky eater when I was young, unfortunately, I like almost everything now. The one food that reminds me of my mom is turkey stuffing. It was yummy and no matter how many times we tried, my sisters and I can not replicate it. Once I came close, but it just did not have my mom’s special ingredient - whatever that was.

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    1. My mom's stuffing was amazing. Like you, I can never come close to it.

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  4. Ah, food... We were never very foodie.

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  5. I don't remember a feast today, but my best food memory is of the the little green Christmas tree cookies my mom always made. Sometimes she'll even mail me a tin of them!

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    1. Great memory! Your mom never forgot your love for her cookies.

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  6. Roasted vegetables, peas and beans fresh from the garden, mashed potatoes with gravy, Dad's plum cake, Mum's apple strudel, Mum's Black Forest Cake, Goulash, beef stew. And leftovers reconstructed into something new for next day's dinner or lunch.

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  7. My grandma made a mean homemade beef and noodles. None of us has been able to duplicate it, though we have all tried (even with her help). She used to let me help roll the noodles out and then cut them to air dry. So fun! She made homemade biscuits I got to cut out too. I guess my food memories revolve around those things I got to help make. :)

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    1. Same here. Grandma made those noodles, too. She showed me how to make them, using her hand as a measuring cup. I miss her.

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  8. Dear Susan, like you, I remember bread pudding with raisins as my mom used to make it. I haven't had it in maybe 60 years. Other favorites are her potato salad with a special mustard, mayo, and vinegar marinade and the dill seeds and the sweet pickles. Peace.

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  9. My mom actually isn't a great cook, and she's a terrible baker, so not a lot of great foods from my childhood. She does have a great lasagna recipe, though. Pumpkin pie always makes me happy. My grandmother made the best pumpkin pie, and she made it for me a lot.

    It may sound weird, but even if I don't like the food, I love it when people bring food for something. Our neighbors brought us dinner after our dog died, which was incredibly nice. There's just something about someone taking care of you that way.

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    1. Neighbors and friends who bring food in to help are such beloved people. When someone died in our town, nearly all their church and friends brought dishes of food over to help. Very caring.

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  10. Pot roast, surrounded by potatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms. Brown gravy from pan drippings. Another vegetable....
    Oh, wait. Dinner at great grandma Cox's. City chicken. That is cubed pork and beef, on six inch skewers, breaded and fried. Mashed potatoes. Brown gravy from pan drippings. Season vegetables. Trinity rolls (white rolls, baked as three little balls in muffin tins. They pulled apart into three sections. Plenty of butter. Any kind of pie for dessert. Lots of relatives around the table.

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    1. Such images come from your words. even though decades have passed, those memories always remain strong with the scent and people filling them.

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  11. Hi Susan, First I have to apologize... I just clicked on my comments that were awaiting publishing and there was your comment on my post titled "my breast cancer story" . I am so very sorry it took this long for me to see it. I didn't know another way to respond but here. Your comment touched my heart. Please feel free to contact me on that very post as it needs comment approval from me before it gets published. I'll give you my email. Blessings, Joanne

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    1. Thank you, Joanne! So much to tell when one is waiting for a result! I will go your site.

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  12. Food and I never got along. I have memories have ways to get rid of it when the dog wouldn't eat it, that count? lol

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    1. Who cooked for you?? Was it someone who actually knew how to cook??

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  13. My dear Mum's Roast Dinners and fruit crumbles were always amazing... but then everything she cooked was :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. Yes, my mom was the same. Today I am making strawberry rhubarb custard pie. I hope mine can come close to hers.

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  14. I've been wanting to make a good pot roast with vegetables in my crock pot, but I either can't find a piece of meat that looks good for my purposes or I forget to look.

    My mother cooked a lot of good meals that I liked a lot and I do miss those. She was almost always willing to fix a new recipe that I found somewhere which was not always to the liking of the rest of the family, but she did try to accommodate us all. Coming up with creative dinner ideas can be difficult sometimes.


    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Always go for a good quality pot roast, not the cheapest. Ask the butcher (if he truly knows cuts of meat) for his/her help. Our first few attempts were disastrous. but our last attempt was successful.

      My mom could make anything out of anything or even almost nothing. Once Dad's friend gave her a big snapping turtle and she made it into a stew. She told me what it was and the rest of the family ate it with gusto. It was a happy moment for me as I chuckled inwardly.

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  15. Cooking a meal, sitting together to eat, and the chatter as we cleaned the kitchen created special memories. It wasn't the specific foods I remember as much as the fact that mom always made us wonderful, nutritious meals and gave us so much individual attention even though she was absolutely exhausted from her long days of hard work on the farm. Feeding our family was an act of love.

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  16. Those very same memories are settled in my head as well! Mom, my sister Mary, and I had so many conversations during cooking and washing up are so precious to me.

    Your mom and mine sound like they could be close cousins.

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