Whether you grew up in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s or 80’s I know each one of us can say without a shadow of a doubt that we have at least one favorite meal that brings back happy childhood memories. Over the last 60 years we’ve seen a lot of amazing recipes and some not so great recipes. Ok, I’ll be honest, I’ve seen things that don’t look safe for human consumption but I have to remind myself that if I had been raised up eating it then I would think otherwise.
My Mom sent me a link today that brought back my childhood! I was truly blessed to have a mom who could cook and bake! Well, she could do it all(and still does to a point) but she really opened up my world to cooking and baking. I have many a memories watching her make meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, buttermilk biscuits and pancakes, decorating cakes for birthdays, making pies from scratch, even making homemade bread(my favorite being brioche). It’s those comfort foods that make us feel all safe and happy, yeah it’s definitely a psychological thing but hey don’t knock it! 😉
Here, check out the link for yourself (click HERE). After reading through it I sat back thinking, hey we still make those things in our family, 40+ years later! Sure the execution of how the recipe is cooked may have changed(y’all REALLY need to try cooking a meatloaf in the crock pot, it is to die for), but we continue to enjoy those forgotten dishes!
I did learn from my ex fiance’s mother–yeah, that’s something new to share on here…oops–how to make cabbage rolls. It can be tedious if you’re new at it, and that’s been something that I’ve brought back to my family but with a twist!
I know we all get so hung up with our busy schedules, which is why we all need to slow down and enjoy the simpler things and have a home cooked meal every now and then! In fact, tonight for the family I am making a tried and true oldie. Tuna Casserole, here’s the Facebook chat I had with my Mom:
Me: I have blogged about some of those, not the tuna casserole though(blech)
Mom: Hey! Done well, a tuna casserole is delicious! It’s the boxed junk that tastes bad! SO THERE!!!!
(lol I love her)
(and here is where we posted a similar thought nearly at the same time…freaky!)
Mom: Can we have one tonight?
Me: So, you saying I should make one tonight?
HA! I really do love her and yes we have lived around one another for so long that we will say the same things, voice the same thought and jinx one another 😉 You’ll get it in stereo here in our house hehe! It’s true, I’m not a tuna fish fan. I can tolerate cod and salmon on occasion, I’m just more of a shellfish lover! Coconut fried shrimp, YES PLEASE!!! Soft shell crab?!
Every now and then be sure to pull out one of the classics, even if you have to tinker with it a bit to suit your family’s tastes, a recipe doesn’t haven’t to have everything in it including the kitchen sink in order to make it yummy. Sometimes the best dishes are the ones that simply have a few ingredients. And promise me one thing, when you do make those forgotten dishes that you’ll include your kids in on the action. That’s how memories are made and traditions get passed on!