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Old 06-24-2013, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I have a very distinct childhood memory of sitting at the kitchen table in our old house eating a bowl of cold sesame noodles. The window is open, the smell of clean laundry on the line is blowing in, and there are wind chimes on the breeze. Here's how mom used to make this dish:

Cook spaghetti or Chinese noodles to al dente, then rinse with cold water, toss with sesame oil so the noodles don't stick, and chill.

Make a sauce with equal parts hot pasta water and sesame paste. Add one stalk chopped scallion, one clove minced garlic, a dash of soy sauce, and a pinch of sugar.

For the topping: Coarsely grate a cucumber and carrot into matchsticks, then toss with a pinch of salt. Fry some eggs to make a thin omelet and slice it into strips.

To assemble: toss the noodles with the sauce and arrange the vegetables and omelet on top, with a sprinkling of chopped cilantro if you want it. Eat it, sit back and remember brighter times.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:10 AM
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Homemade zapalas. Wow were they good. W/ the white raisins in them and deep fried. My aunt would cook Saturday's in her basement in the summertime. Always making up something good.
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Old 01-06-2018, 06:37 AM
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Default Foods That Trigger Good Memories

While reading another thread people were talking about some foods taking them back. So what fods take you back to a good memory.



I remember sitting at the kitchen table at my grandparents each of us having a small bowl of strawberries and Perx(which I think was an artificial cream, lol)

My grandfather was also Diabetic and I remember eating his prune Stella D'oro but I liked those dry things, lol.
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Old 01-06-2018, 06:38 AM
 
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Macaroni and meatballs especially on Sunday.
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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A southern veggie meal made for me by my grandmother...pinto beans, mac and cheese, sauteed cabbage, cornbread.
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I cannot believe that you started this thread, Lisa! I was thinking about starting EXACTLY this thread for EXACTLY the same reason. I didn't because, although my triggers are to happy memories, sometimes (like today) they make me weepy for the people who are no longer alive with whom I shared those memories.

Okay, okay, sitting on a step-stool/chair thingy next to my grandmother's oven, watching her stir chicken fat on the stovetop until it turned into those crunchy and chewy gribenes. (https://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/s...-and-gribenes/)
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:59 AM
 
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In New England in the 50s and 60s, almost everyone’s Mom made baked beans from scratch on Saturday. I remember the whole neighborhood smelled of baked beans, and the sound of the Red Sox game was wafting through the windows.

We usually had hotdogs with the beans, and then leftover beans with bacon and eggs in the morning.

When I was under age 5, we lived in the country. Behind us were woods and a cow pasture. We picked blueberries in the woods and had them on our cereal in the morning.
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Old 01-06-2018, 10:27 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Macaroni and meatballs especially on Sunday.
Hahaha.

I grew up with the stereotypical American Sunday dinner of a roast and mashed potatoes, homemade applesauce, vegetables, and some sort of homemade pie or cake for dessert. Spaghetti and meatballs was something we ate near the end of my father's pay period when my mother was trying to stretch out cheap food to feed a large family. Sauce came from a jar. I never knew anyone who actually made spaghetti sauce--the concept was completely foreign and even perplexing. Why on earth would someone waste all that time making tomato sauce when you could buy the same thing in a jar?

Then my sister dated a guy of Italian descent. He came over one day and made a pot of sauce for us. While he was cooking, he mentioned that this was the smell on Sunday that he had grown up with, and it reminded him of his grandmother making the sauce for Sunday dinner.

My first reaction was to feel sorry for him that he his family had been so poor that they had to eat spaghetti and meatballs on Sunday instead of a nice roast beef dinner. Then I realized by that this was a HAPPY memory for him!

Of course, this was the 70s and shortly after, macaroni and spaghetti started to be called "pasta" and to be served in mainstream restaurants instead of side streets in the city or at pizza places in the suburbs. Then everybody tried their hand at making sauce, even my own mother.

To me, I think that smell of the applesauce cooking evokes the childhood memories. And when I grew up, I found THAT was something that some other people only ever knew about coming from a jar.
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Old 01-06-2018, 10:34 AM
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In New England in the 50s and 60s, almost everyone’s Mom made baked beans from scratch on Saturday. I remember the whole neighborhood smelled of baked beans, and the sound of the Red Sox game was wafting through the windows.

We usually had hotdogs with the beans, and then leftover beans with bacon and eggs in the morning.

When I was under age 5, we lived in the country. Behind us were woods and a cow pasture. We picked blueberries in the woods and had them on our cereal in the morning.
My late MIL was from Maine, grew up on a farm. She made baked beans and some kind of brown bread--maybe with molasses?--that was baked in a coffee can. She lived in Florida by then, but she made this for us.
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Old 01-06-2018, 10:34 AM
 
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As a child, coming home from school at lunchtime, I loved a bowl of tomato soup in the winter. As a teen, it was lunch at school, but I had a chicken pot pie when I got home ( an hour or two before dinner)
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