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Jul. 26, 2010 10:51 am 
Updated: Jul. 28, 2010 6:45 am
Hello world! This is my first time blogging so please bear with me!
The title of this is "Reminiscing"...if you glance at my hobbies you will see that one of them is genealogy.
Working in one of the many genealogy sites out there, I started to think about when I was growing up and some of the food that I now miss.
I guess you could call them "Comfort Foods" (though some of them, I couldn't dream of having now!). One of the things that I do regret is that some of these recipes are lost....
Potato Soup....my mother would put in large chunks of bologna (hard to find uncut bologna now), so I would call it "Bologna Soup". (I have found a recipe that comes close, but doesn't use a milk base, and when I can find it I do put bologna in.)
Spam and Fried Potatoes (yes, I know)
Chipped Beef on Toast (my father was a Marine, he liked this for dinner)
Cod Fish Cakes (I HATED them when growing up, now I miss them) this recipe for me now is lost
Fried Bread (my father would fry bread in bacon grease....tasted great, but the SALT!)
Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding (I haven't been able to really do the Yorkshire Pudding quite right yet, ours was more of a flat bread, cooked in the pan the roast had been in, then sliced into pieces)
My mother's chicken soup, vegetable soup, and chili recipes are lost for me, though I come close, they're still not quite "right".
I wish that I had paid more attention to what was going on in the kitchen when I was growing up, but you can't turn back the clock, so now all I can do is reminisce!
Thanks for letting me share some of what I miss!
What about you? What "Comfort" foods do YOU miss?
 
Comments
Keri 
Jul. 26, 2010 11:12 am
Great first blog! I know what you mean about not being able to get your mom's recipes "just right". Don't feel too bad about not learning from her while you were growing up. Sometimes those recipes just can't be duplicated. My mother has TRIED to teach me how to make fried potatoes, chili, and spaghetti sauce like she does, but I can never get them to taste the same as when she makes them. I think it has something to do with the amount of love our mom's put into the foods they cook for us :-)
 
Jul. 26, 2010 11:25 am
Wonderful first blog, Cathy! My blogs were along this kind of thought too - what I miss, remember and wish I could ask my mom. I think my most missed comfort food was her chicken noodle soup. Sounds simple enough to duplicate, right? Well I just cant seem to get the same effect she did. Maybe what it is missing is sitting at the table with my family in the kitchen of my youth? Maybe it is that anticipation of smelling it cooking all day long and finally getting to sit at the table to dig in? Pleasant longings I am glad I can remember. I am cleaning out my moms house and found some of her recipes so I am trying to capture those memories as well. Maybe we aren't supposed to turn that clock back all the way... they keep us looking back with fondness and love!
 
Maggi 
Jul. 26, 2010 12:03 pm
Welcome, Cathy. Enjoyed the blog. I still get excited when I have poached eggs - wonderful memories. But like you, the chicken soup was great. Sunday dinners always a good beef roast -- thanks for the trip down memory lane.
 
Jul. 26, 2010 12:07 pm
Hi Cathy! I enjoyed your first blog!! Great topic! I can relate, I loved my grandma's homemade mac-n-cheese, I have never had anything as good, but do you think I can make it myself??? nope, I even lived with her while I went to college, and wrote down the steps as she did them, but it never turns out! :( It's my mission in life to get it right!! I try about every 2 months or so, and even though it's never as good, it warms my heart to think about her as I try. Thanks for the reminder:)
 
Jul. 26, 2010 12:10 pm
Sweet, nostalgic blog post. My Mom is still with me, but she can't teach me to duplicate anything she ever made, because she never, ever followed a 'recipe' or measured anything!! The best were (are) the once a week Sunday dinner of roast beef with mashed potatoes and peas, and apple pie. And devil's food cake. Mmmmmm
 
Jul. 26, 2010 12:12 pm
Hi there - oh how I sympathise, Cathy .... I remember my dad getting us 3 kids to form a line and stomp downstairs, chanting "We want fish cakes", in time to our stomps. Fishcakes nowadays just don't taste the same. Now if you need any help when it comes to Roast Beef and Yorkshires, then have a look at the first (maybe second) recipe I ever posted - it is chock full of info, so much so that AR cut off the footnotes just as I was getting in to my stride! There are two ways of roasting the beef mentioned, and a failsafe Yorkshire Pudding methos and also a start to roasting butternut squash! Enjoy, or even comment! ... http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62269713/Roast-Beef-and-Yorkshire-Puddings-with-Roasted-Butternut-Squash/Detail.aspx
 
Jul. 26, 2010 12:14 pm
Oh - sorry - and welcome to blogland (be warned, it's addictive)
 
Jul. 26, 2010 1:46 pm
Welcome to blogging! I love it...hope you will too. I think the main comfort food I remember from childhood is cinnamon toast. I don't eat it at all anymore, but it was just the best!
 
Jul. 26, 2010 1:49 pm
Good blog. I'm lucky when I got into cooking my Mom was still here to ask plus, I got her cookbook with it's notes. I swear the house catches on fire it's going with me! Oh and the cats! :)
 
Jul. 26, 2010 3:44 pm
Thanks everyone for the comments! I definitely think this is going to be my new addiction (at least its healthy!) Already thinking about my next!
 
Jul. 26, 2010 4:00 pm
Lynna ~ that is one of my favorite recipes as a kid! Another thing I don't eat as much now is bolgna.... I don't quite know what it is made of and that scares me! I do love it fried and stopped yesterday and got me one from White Castle! Just tried not to think about the content! Great 1st blog, Cathy!
 
Jul. 26, 2010 4:25 pm
I am lucky to still have my parents with me. Some of their recipes, I just can't duplicate no matter how many times they try to show me. My mother in law says things always taste better when your not the one having to make it! I still wish I knew how to make my grandma's carne guisada recipe. She had alzheimer's by the time I was interested in cooking. My aunt gave me the recipe but it just doesn't taste the same. I had to laugh about the cod cakes. I never had those but when I was growing up, I hated when my mom cooked roast. Now I crave it some times. Genealogy is one of my hobbies too. I haven't had much time to work on it lately but I do love it!
 
Jul. 26, 2010 6:59 pm
Some things Mom would make that I probably could, but never will cause it just wouldn't be the same is "fried mush" (cornmeal/polenta mixture refrigerated then sliced and fried). Also her "flat" pancakes which was pancake mix by scratch but with no leavening agent. Therefore, no light & fluffy pancakes, but a thick crepe-like pancake with dark Karo syrup. Weird, but that's what I was used to. Never have gotten a taste for light & fluffy pancakes... She also made orange meringue pie. Yum! Great first blog!
 
Jul. 26, 2010 8:27 pm
great blog! i miss my mother's bicuits the most. she was an excellent SOUTHERN cook, always kept bacon grease on the stove for seasoning. her biscuits were what you would now call "cat-head"...she never measured anything. i remember a story about my father's family, (from new york city), asking her if she any " cookies" left over? she didn't use sugar. i sure miss those biscuits...and my mother.
 
Jul. 27, 2010 11:51 am
Oh, I just love this blog...I never knew either of my grandmothers but through my mom and aunts I've been able to piece together a couple recipes that would reflect whatthey cooked. Creamed salmon is one of my favorites - my mom made that often, served over mashed potatoes. And my uncle made his special "goulash", which was basically just a big pot of...everything! And Aunt Edna never went anywhere without bringing a bundt cake! Love those family food memories!
 
Jul. 28, 2010 6:45 am
My Grandmother's bread pudding. She made it in those big earthenware bowls. It was crispy on top and creamy under. I was to little to ask for the recipe before she passed, but bread pudding always makes me think of her. Thanks for memories. Mag
 
 
 
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Cathy K

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Middletown, New Jersey, USA
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Keansburg, New Jersey, USA

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Nov. 2007

Cooking Level
Intermediate

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy

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Needlepoint, Gardening, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting

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About Me
I love to cook and bake for my hubby of 5 yrs and our mixed family (together we have 6...the youngest is 3), mostly the "meat and potato" type but I like to experiment with new recipes, sometimes it works,..sometimes no ... I love to see people sit down to one of my meals and have no leftovers!
My favorite things to cook
Lasagna, Meatballs, Potato Soup, Chicken Soup, Roast Beef ... I'm still finding out
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving of course but my next favorite is Christmas, I've taken to making lasagna (it reminds my hubby of his Mom)and now my kids don't want anything else!
My cooking triumphs
Recently...an Apple Cake I made up as I went, like I said I like to experiment!
My cooking tragedies
Ginger Orange Beef Stir Fry The recipe said the zest of one orange. I think they missed a few words, O my was it STRONG!!
 
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