Actually, I'm writing this on Tuesday morning. How did it get to be Monday again and I haven't posted for a week!? It was a busy week. We had our grandkids here for a few days again this week, and once they left and went back home, we had to recouperate!! I forgot how much energy it takes to be around kids. They are constantly on the move and needing or wanting something. But, they are precious little bundles of joy.
As for meatless Monday here, it was not a very exciting one. Growing up, one meal I remember my mom cooking often was macaroni and tomatoes. Just cooked elbows with a quart jar of home canned whole tomatoes added. I loved that dish! So, last night, that is what I made with a few additions. Adding a good dose of curry powder and a topping of yogurt turns it into a treat. Richard said it tasted "middle eastern'. We also had green beans. I also carmalized a bunch of onions and added home canned green beans, which is another favorite from growing up, except that my mom always added bacon to this dish.
It's funny how we all have food memories of our growing up years. We were talking about that this weekend and I found it so interesting that my brother said one of his favorite dishes and memories was my mom's potato soup. I remember her making it, but it never impacted me like it did him. Fo me, it was her endive cooked with bacon in a sour gravy, or pickeld tongue and heart. Yes, you heard me correctly...tongue and heart!
She would cook a whole beef heart and tongue, chunk it up, and place it in a gallon jar with lots of sliced onions. It was soooo good. I've been hungry for it lately so I have an order for the tongue and heart from my farmer neighbor who raises organic and grass-fed beef. Liver is the other item on reserve. He's butchering in May so I'll get it then. I love liver and onions with tons of onions and a bit of bacon added. It's a once in a year indulgence since it is not the healthiest meal.
SO...tell me .... what are you favorite childhood dishes. What foods do you remember from growing up??