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Old 04-10-2014, 01:52 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Love all the posts!

I remember my Mom using a wringer washer, just not sure where, maybe my grandmothers? I was really little, like three or four.

I loved my grandmother's chopped chicken liver spread. I wish I could make it, mine never tastes the same.

I remember my first pizza around the age of four or five, I didn't like the crust so I only ate the cheese and sauce. My Dad was livid, it was a real treat and money was tight.

McDonalds was once a month treat. We got a hamburger, fries and a soda.

We never had soda in the house, always iced tea from the big cans of instant powdered.

Mom was single when I was seven and had to work. That was in the seventies when the term 'latch key kids' was coined. Breakfast was Instant breakfast powder mix with real milk, lunch was brought from home, dinner was always home made.

I was twelve when she remarried and a few years later they bought their first house. To stretch the budget to afford the house it was a lot of hamburgers and mac and cheese. Back then she used Velveeta for the m&c.

Once a month we would drive out to Miamarina on a Sunday when the charter boats were coming in. Fresh grouper filleted on the spot for a dollar a pound.

A big treat was when she would buy a hunk of blue cheese and make blue cheese dressing with mayo and sour cream in the blender, it was divine.

There was a Cuban grocery store on Calle Ocho about five blocks from our house. She would send me there when whole chickens were on sale, .29 a pound.

Our Cuban neighbors were a couple that were teachers, they lived there with their three duaghters and their grandmother. Mom swapped recipes with grandmother, that's how she learned arroz con pollo. The grandmother learned marinara sauce. They would always invite us over for flan, Mom never mastered that one. But she was a heckuvah good cook and her pies are way better than mine. Cookies were always homemade.

When they opened a Nathan's hot dog place my step dad went bonkers, he couldn't wait to go.
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:34 PM
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Using cottage cheese in place of ricotta was quite common. I do not even remember seeing ricotta cheese in stores until 1985.
I've seen recipes of that, using cottage cheese.
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:50 PM
 
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You know...that brought up a dim memory. A friend of mine moved from NJ to Colorado in the late 70s, and I think she said back then that she couldn't find ricotta out there. We've always had ricotta cheese available in the supermarkets as far as I can recall.

I still can't imagine using cottage cheese in lasagna, though. I just wouldn't make it.

I never discovered ricotta cheese until I moved to Dearborn, MI and all my neighbors were ... Italian grandmothers - literally. It is still not a favorite cheese but I would like to try it in a few dishes with some enhancements.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:52 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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OMG baked ziti with a layer of ricotta in the middle and mozzerella on top, heavenly!
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:10 PM
 
Location: nyc
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OMG baked ziti with a layer of ricotta in the middle and mozzerella on top, heavenly!


i remember one of my uncles ( who was in the Korean war ) told me that when he was a kid, he was gonna share his lunch with this little girl but she had 'real' meat sandwiches and all my granma gave him was FRIED FATBACK sandwiches
Depression stories are depressing , but guess it didn't hurt him too bad .
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Alba 77 remember that? It was powdered milk I think for dieters. My MIL made pudding with it. Fried bologna sandwiches were something my mom grew up eating and I used to eat bologna sandwiches with butter. When I think of it now I cringe. I still love bologna but not with butter. Rice A Roni still exists but we had it 2 nights a week. Either chicken or beef flavor and my mom would add 1 stick of butter even though it called for less than that. Haven't had it in years because of the salt content.
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:37 PM
 
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They have these things called "Warm Delights" that I buy for my daughter every now and then. They're a little cake-like thing, usually with some sort of fudgy drizzle, that can be mixed and baked in the same little pan in the microwave. She loves to have them in the winter time. I've tasted of it, and it's pretty good. I don't eat stuff like that much anymore, though.
I've had those, Luv, but that isn't the one I mean. The ones you mentioned are good, though. Just not what I had in mind. Mine made a single, rectangular layer, about 6" x 9", and even had a frosting package included. Generous for two people, but big enough that four people could each have a small piece of cake. I think I last saw it back in the '60s
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:54 PM
 
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I remember a product called Ayds. It was a caramel candy intended for dieters. The premise was that you ate one (or two) before a meal and you would eat less and lose weight(?). This was back in the '50s.
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:07 PM
 
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I remember a product called Ayds. It was a caramel candy intended for dieters. The premise was that you ate one (or two) before a meal and you would eat less and lose weight(?). This was back in the '50s.
Heh it was also in the 70's. I remember the chocolate fudge ones. I went through a phase where I decided I needed to lose weight (a whopping 115 pounds, when I was 5'2" and 15 years old), and mom (who really was overweight - maybe by 30 pounds tops) and I went through like 3 boxes of those things in a week together. Suffice it to say, neither of us lost any weight on that "diet."
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Speaking of diets anyone remember Estee sugar free products???
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