For some reason Ernie and I started talking about dinners our mothers used to make when we were kids. My all time favorite was the jellyroll of meatloaf and mashed potatoes....God...I LOVED that....
My mother didn't particularly like to cook...she cooked because she had to. In later years my father took over most of the cooking because he was like me (or I like him) in that he enjoyed and had fun experimenting.
Later of course my mother's cooking changed but here was her standard repertoire when I was growing up in the 60's and 70's. I bet my sister Debbie can add a bunch of things that I don't remember though....
steak with baked potatoes
hot dogs (and my mother would always bring New England style hot dog buns back in her suitcase after visiting Maine)
meatloaf (and on fancy nights rolled up like a jellyroll with mashed potatoes in it)
hamburgers on the grill in the summer with potato salad and three bean salad
pot roast with carrots and potatoes and onions
baked breaded pork chops with apple sauce
spaghetti (I was always excited when I came home from school and their was spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove)
tourtiere (meat pie as we knew it then) on Thanksgiving and Christmas
fish chowder (about once a year....made with frozen cod)
frozen pot pies
frozen dinners on tv trays!
Hamburger Helper...but only the hash kind
grilled cheese and tomato soup
chipped beef on toast
Turkey on Thanksgiving and Christmas (and that meant peas with pearl onions, cranberry sauce in a can, mashed potatoes, squash and relish tray...oh brussels sprouts too....don't know if we had those the same years as the peas though....)
Ham on Easter
There was something called Throw Together that had stewed tomatoes and ground beef but I don't recall exactly as I abstained.
Sometimes we'd have scrambled eggs and bacon and brown bread from a can fried in the bacon fat. Oh Lord.
mmmm....I know I'm forgetting some things. I know that she made liver because my sister loves it but I have pretty much blocked that out of my mind.
What about you? Similar? Different?