What food dish do you have the fondest memory of from your childhood?

+11 votes
And do you still cook it?  My favorite is black raspberry pie.  Unfortunately most all the black raspberries in the US were attacked by an orange fungus a few decades ago and you don't see commercial amounts of it grown any more.  Some black raspberry jam is still available.
in The Tree House by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (407k points)
Macaroni Cheese :) and yes, we have it often!
Fried potato cakes. I don't know how Momma made them but they were GOOD.

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+2 votes
Best answer
Norwegian Lefse :)  fond memories of sitting at the table, waiting for my turn to have that tantalizing delicacy plopped onto my plate. I do make it for myself, but only once every 1-2 years. Of course any that are misshapen or torn cannot be added to the stack - immediate consumption, is the only way to deal with those, hiding the evidence of poor rolling.
by Patricia Roche G2G6 Pilot (428k points)
selected by Dave Dardinger
I haven't heard of them before but I gather they're a sort of potato pancake.  I like the various sorts of potato pancake I've had over the years, so I expect I'd like them too.
Norwegian tortilla (sort of). Leftover mashed potatoes, adding butter, cream and a little flour - rolled paper thin and fried on a dry griddle.  Fresh of the griddle, spread butter and a sprinkle of sugar.  Not a low fat vegan item - but well worth breaking for :)
You'd be surprised how well it's possible to mimic a high fat dish with a low fat one.  I'm not sure about this one, but there are fat replacers  either commercial or homemade, and it's easy to fry food either with water or dry in a non-stick pan.
+4 votes
My foster mother was (and still is!) a WONDERFUL cook! It is simple, but her pork chops, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, and chocolate pie were always my favorite combination. Many years later after I left her home, I still make it.  I still talk to her at least once a week, 30 years later, and still call her mama. My cooking isn't as good as hers and I cringe internally every time I make a pie because I know it won't taste as good as hers....but it's pretty close!  :D
by Summer Orman G2G6 Mach 8 (85.9k points)
sounds yummy, though I don't like creamed corn for some reason.  Well, I do use it for a thickener in one soup recipe I like (but which my wife only lets me make in cooler weather.
+3 votes
My mom made amazing eclairs & cream puffs.
by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
My mother never made those, though it might have been because there was a restaurant next door with a bakery.
+3 votes
Fried jack, peas 'n rice, and plantain (with key lime). I could not find a good photo to share from Google Images.  You just have to visit the Bahamas;-)
by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (546k points)
+4 votes
Snow Ice Cream. We lived in South Carolina so it was rare. Snow mixed with vanilla flavoring.
by Betty Fox G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
one of my favorites... my grandfather used to make it.

also living in an area of rare snowfall, I've made it for my kids every time we got enough snow on the ground.
+2 votes
Swedish meatballs, of course ;-)

I'm traditionally the provider of hand-rolled meatballs for the whole family at Christmas.
by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (402k points)
My mother didn't make Swedish Meatballs, perhaps because we have no recent Scandinavian ancestry.  I do like them, though I am eating mostly low fat vegan and only eat meat a few times a year.
+1 vote
tomato dumplings -- my grandmother used to make a sweet tomato sauce with biscuit dumplings. It was sweet enough to almost be dessert. My mother tried to make them for my dad and us, but she took shortcuts using tomato paste or soup, and it was never quite the same. I got the recipe and made them when I was in college (also not quite the same, but not bad), but I've long since lost the recipe.
by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (536k points)
not quite my grandmother's recipe, but nice find... thanks!
+2 votes
I used to love a huge King Edward potato baked slowly in the oven, skin on, till fluffy in the middle and served with shedloads of butter and cheese. Pancakes, cauliflower cheese, yorkshire pudding, parsley sauce, blackberry and apple crumble were also favourites but not together, lol. One of my parents' best dishes was soup made with a roast chicken carcass that had been simmered till the meat fell off the bones, then chopped vegetables, a bayleaf and a few herbs added to the simmering meat and stock. I still make that as it is absolutely delicious. They also used to make their own pizzas at a time when you couldn't get nice shop bought pizzas in England. I still make those but bigger and with even more toppings.
by Gillian Causier G2G6 Pilot (236k points)
My mother also used to do offal now and then - pressed tongue, tripe cooked in milk with peas and onions, stuffed hearts, liver and onions. There was also yellow smoked fish cooked in milk. These things seem to have really lost popularity these days.

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