I spent some time this morning on Five-Dollar Dinners and Living On A Dime; links to those sites are over on the left-hand side of my blog, not far down the page.
Honestly, I have no problem cooking frugally, but I like to add to my store of recipes once in a while. So I check out those websites for pointers.
As often happens this time of year, I somehow got started on a nostalgia trip back to my childhood. It occurred to me that there are some foods I loved as a kid that nobody fixes these days.
Creamed macaroni, which I recall eating at home and at Grandma's. I loved the stuff! Someone must still make it, because I found a recipe online (although I'm sure my mom never put garlic in hers).
Macaroni and tomatoes. Cliff's Aunt Gertrude is the only person I know who still makes this! Except for her, I know of nobody who fixes this dish these days.
Breaded tomatoes, similar in taste to the above, but with a different texture.
Creamed peas, creamed carrots... or creamed peas AND carrots.
Am I the only person who still makes Harvard beets?
I just realized that all those veggie dishes contain a tiny bit of sugar. No wonder I was crazy about those: my sweet tooth loved them!
When I was growing up, there was no eating out at all, unless we were on a road trip. Why? Because there wasn't any fast food where we lived, in the country or small towns. When we lived in Eagleville at the telephone office, there was a drug store across the road from us, and once in a blue moon we'd have a fountain cherry Coke or a malted milk; that was the extent of our dining out.
My mom was a fantastic cook; I've never tasted fried chicken or mashed potatoes to equal what she made. With cooking like that, who would want to eat out anyhow?
Even when we moved to Kansas City we didn't dine away from home much, although I remember getting ice cream at In-A-Tub sometimes. Once I was visiting my sister and we all went to The Forum Cafeteria, downtown Kansas City. I thought that was some fancy eating!
Oh yeah, and if my mom and I were shopping downtown, we'd have a Hoagie (a meal on a bun) at Kresge's. I think they cost a quarter each.
Hmmm, this entry goes nowhere, but I'll go ahead and hit "publish" anyhow.
Are there any foods you ate as a child that nobody cooks any more?