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My grands were all born in the 1800s, so you can well imagine that they knew how to cook and ate real food. Fortunately, the knowledge was passed onto my mother who was an excellent cook.
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On 2015-08-25 1:13 PM, Kalmia wrote:
> My grands were all born in the 1800s, so you can well imagine that
> they knew how to cook and ate real food. Fortunately, the knowledge
> was passed onto my mother who was an excellent cook.


As were mine. My maternal grandmother was the youngest of them, born in
1900. They ate real food, but they had a much more limited diet than we
enjoy these days. My mother's father was a much better cook than her
mother. He was the one who prepared the holiday meals and he was the
one who did all the cooking. My other grandmother was a passable cook
but had an extremely limited repertoire. She had a weekly menu, by which
I mean that she cooked 7 different dinners. There was the Monday night
menu, the Tuesday night menu, the Wednesday night menu..... It was the
same thing every week.
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On Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 1:13:44 PM UTC-4, Kalmia wrote:
> My grands were all born in the 1800s, so you can well imagine that they knew how to cook and ate real food. Fortunately, the knowledge was passed onto my mother who was an excellent cook.


My grandmother was born in 1913. She didn't like cooking all that much,
and wasn't very good at it. Our special family dessert was:

Pineapple Chiffon

Crumbed vanilla wafers pressed into a 9 x 13 pan.
Melt marshmallows, add canned crushed pineapple in heavy syrup, cool.
Fold in whipped cream (later, Cool Whip) and spread over
vanilla wafer crust. Chill and serve.

I loved it when I was a kid. Now, not so much.

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On 8/26/2015 3:51 AM, Cindy Hamilton wrote:
> On Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 1:13:44 PM UTC-4, Kalmia wrote:
>> My grands were all born in the 1800s, so you can well imagine that they knew how to cook and ate real food. Fortunately, the knowledge was passed onto my mother who was an excellent cook.

>
> My grandmother was born in 1913. She didn't like cooking all that much,
> and wasn't very good at it. Our special family dessert was:
>
> Pineapple Chiffon
>
> Crumbed vanilla wafers pressed into a 9 x 13 pan.
> Melt marshmallows, add canned crushed pineapple in heavy syrup, cool.
> Fold in whipped cream (later, Cool Whip) and spread over
> vanilla wafer crust. Chill and serve.
>
> I loved it when I was a kid. Now, not so much.
>
> Cindy Hamilton
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On 8/26/2015 3:25 AM, Dave Smith wrote:
> On 2015-08-25 1:13 PM, Kalmia wrote:
>> My grands were all born in the 1800s, so you can well imagine that
>> they knew how to cook and ate real food. Fortunately, the knowledge
>> was passed onto my mother who was an excellent cook.

>
> As were mine. My maternal grandmother was the youngest of them, born in
> 1900. They ate real food, but they had a much more limited diet than we
> enjoy these days. My mother's father was a much better cook than her
> mother. He was the one who prepared the holiday meals and he was the
> one who did all the cooking. My other grandmother was a passable cook
> but had an extremely limited repertoire. She had a weekly menu, by which
> I mean that she cooked 7 different dinners. There was the Monday night
> menu, the Tuesday night menu, the Wednesday night menu..... It was the
> same thing every week.

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On Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10:26:00 AM UTC-7, Dave Smith wrote:
> On 2015-08-25 1:13 PM, Kalmia wrote:
> > My grands were all born in the 1800s, so you can well imagine that
> > they knew how to cook and ate real food. Fortunately, the knowledge
> > was passed onto my mother who was an excellent cook.

>
> As were mine. My maternal grandmother was the youngest of them, born in
> 1900. They ate real food, but they had a much more limited diet than we
> enjoy these days. My mother's father was a much better cook than her
> mother. He was the one who prepared the holiday meals and he was the
> one who did all the cooking. My other grandmother was a passable cook
> but had an extremely limited repertoire. She had a weekly menu, by which
> I mean that she cooked 7 different dinners. There was the Monday night
> menu, the Tuesday night menu, the Wednesday night menu..... It was the
> same thing every week.


My mother's mother prided herself on staying up to date, so she was
always clipping recipes from magazines and the daily paper. Winners
she kept in her recipe file, with a short notation. But she usually
cooked the good old favorites. Except for making jam in season, she
had quit canning by the time we grandkids came around.

When I was a kid, the weekly food section provided a week's worth of
menus, with recipes for the trickier dishes. I wonder how many moms
put their family's dietary fate in the hands of the food editor every
week.
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On 8/26/2015 7:10 AM, wrote:
> On Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10:26:00 AM UTC-7, Dave Smith wrote:
>> On 2015-08-25 1:13 PM, Kalmia wrote:
>>> My grands were all born in the 1800s, so you can well imagine that
>>> they knew how to cook and ate real food. Fortunately, the knowledge
>>> was passed onto my mother who was an excellent cook.

>>
>> As were mine. My maternal grandmother was the youngest of them, born in
>> 1900. They ate real food, but they had a much more limited diet than we
>> enjoy these days. My mother's father was a much better cook than her
>> mother. He was the one who prepared the holiday meals and he was the
>> one who did all the cooking. My other grandmother was a passable cook
>> but had an extremely limited repertoire. She had a weekly menu, by which
>> I mean that she cooked 7 different dinners. There was the Monday night
>> menu, the Tuesday night menu, the Wednesday night menu..... It was the
>> same thing every week.

>
> My mother's mother prided herself on staying up to date, so she was
> always clipping recipes from magazines and the daily paper. Winners
> she kept in her recipe file, with a short notation. But she usually
> cooked the good old favorites. Except for making jam in season, she
> had quit canning by the time we grandkids came around.
>
> When I was a kid, the weekly food section provided a week's worth of
> menus, with recipes for the trickier dishes. I wonder how many moms
> put their family's dietary fate in the hands of the food editor every
> week.
>

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On 8/25/2015 1:25 PM, Dave Smith wrote:
> My other grandmother was a passable cook but had an extremely limited
> repertoire. She had a weekly menu, by which I mean that she cooked 7
> different dinners. There was the Monday night menu, the Tuesday night
> menu, the Wednesday night menu..... It was the same thing every week.


My maternal grandmother did that, too! I got the impression she started
cooking that way after grandpa retired. They were living on a fixed
income. He received a monthly pension and social security. I gathered
it was just easier for her to shop and cook that way just for the two of
them. But yes, you could tell what day of the week it was by what she
was cooking for dinner.

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On 2015-08-25 5:29 PM, jmcquown wrote:

> My maternal grandmother did that, too! I got the impression she started
> cooking that way after grandpa retired. They were living on a fixed
> income. He received a monthly pension and social security. I gathered
> it was just easier for her to shop and cook that way just for the two of
> them. But yes, you could tell what day of the week it was by what she
> was cooking for dinner.


I think there are a lot of people like that. They are not into cooking
the way some of us are, or they are catering to a crowd that just wants
the same thing all the time. I am not saying that the food my paternal
grandmother cooked was not good. It's just that it was the same thing.
If we went on Sunday it was roast beef with mashed potatoes, Yorkshire
pudding, carrots and a green vegetable. If we went on Saturday it was
macaroni and cheese casserole and roasted ham. My parents lived with my
grandparents for a while early in their marriage and my mother told me
about the weekly menu.

I can't imagine a food regimen like that. My mother was a pretty good
cook and was always trying new things. The closest she came to a weekly
regimen was that we almost always had a had a roast on Sunday, either
beef or pork. There were inevitably leftovers. If it was beef the
leftovers would be served as hot roast beef sandwiches, preferably with
French fries, or Shepherd's pie. But let's not open up that beef/lamb
can of worms.


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>> My mother's mother prided hried Chicken.
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On 8/26/2015 7:54 AM, Dave Smith wrote:
> On 2015-08-25 5:29 PM, jmcquown wrote:
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>> My maternal grandmother did that, too! I got the impression she started
>> cooking that way a hot roast beef sandwiches, preferably with

> French fries, or Shepherd's pie. But let's not open up that beef/lamb
> can of worms.
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On 8/25/2015 5:29 PM, jmcquown wrote:
> On 8/25/2015 1:25 PM, Dave Smith wrote:
>> My other grandmother was a passable cook but had an extremely limited
>> repertoire. She had a weekly menu, by which I mean that she cooked 7
>> different dinners. There was the Monday night menu, the Tuesday night
>> menu, the Wednesday night menu..... It was the same thing every week.

>
> My maternal grandmother did that, too! I got the impression she started
> cooking that way after grandpa retired. They were living on a fixed
> income. He received a monthly pension and social security. I gathered
> it was just easier for her to shop and cook that way just for the two of
> them. But yes, you could tell what day of the week it was by what she
> was cooking for dinner.
>
> Jill


I am in my 80's and my girls still tease me how when they were younger,
we had the same meals every day of the week. Sunday was chicken, which
they helped make a different recipe each week. We had a cook book "100
ways to cook chicken" Tuesday was leftovers, Wednesday was "Prince
Spaghetti Day" (an old commercial at the time), Thursday was meatloaf
and Friday was fish sticks or tuna-noodle casserole (which they hated).
Saturday was pizza and is still the same to this day. Being just the
two of us now, I am more adventurous and have been trying new recipes.
I'm thankful they have those memories.
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On 8/26/2015 10:20 AM, Rusty wrote:
> On 8/25/2015 5:29 PM, jmcquown wrote:
>> On 8/25/2015 1:25 PM, Dave Smith wrote:
>>> My other grandmother was a passable cook but had an extremely limited
>>> repertoire. She had a weekly menu, by which I mean that she cooked 7
>>> different dinners. There was the Monday night menu, the Tuesday night
>>> menu, the Wednesday night menu..... It was the same thing every week.

>>
>> My maternal grandmother did that, too! I got the impression she started
>> cooking that way after grandpa retired. They were living on a fixed
>> income. He received a monthly pension and social security. I gathered
>> it was just easier for her to shop and cook that way just for the two of
>> them. But yes, you could tell what day of the week it was by what she
>> was cooking for dinner.
>>
>> Jill

>
> I am in my 80's and my girls still tease me how when they were younger,
> we had the same meals every day of the week. Sunday was chicken, which
> they helped make a different recipe each week. We had a cook book "100
> ways to cook chicken" Tuesday was leftovers, Wednesday was "Prince
> Spaghetti Day" (an old commercial at the time), Thursday was meatloaf
> and Friday was fish sticks or tuna-noodle casserole (which they hated).
> Saturday was pizza and is still the same to this day. Being just the
> two of us now, I am more adventurous and have been trying new recipes.
> I'm thankful they have those memories.
>

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> On 8/25/2015 1:25 PM, Dave Smith wrote:
>> My other grandmother was a passable cook but had an extremely limited
>> repertoire. She had a weekly menu, by which I mean that she cooked 7
>> different dinners. There was the Monday night menu, the Tuesday night
>> menu, the Wednesday night menu..... It was the same thing every week.

>
> My maternal grandmother did that, too! I got the impression she started
> cooking that way after grandpa retired. They were living on a fixed
> income. He received a monthly pension and social security. I gathered it
> was just easier for her to shop and cook that way just for the two of
> them. But yes, you could tell what day of the week it was by what she was
> cooking for dinner.


I had neighbors who did that. I can pretty much eat the same thing day
after day for a while but the others who live here won't, so I like to
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On 8/25/2015 8:20 PM, Rusty wrote:
> On 8/25/2015 5:29 PM, jmcquown wrote:
>> On 8/25/2015 1:25 PM, Dave Smith wrote:
>>> My other grandmother was a passable cook but had an extremely limited
>>> repertoire. She had a weekly menu, by which I mean that she cooked 7
>>> different dinners. There was the Monday night menu, the Tuesday night
>>> menu, the Wednesday night menu..... It was the same thing every week.

>>
>> My maternal grandmother did that, too! I got the impression she started
>> cooking that way after grandpa retired. They were living on a fixed
>> income. He received a monthly pension and social security. I gathered
>> it was just easier for her to shop and cook that way just for the two of
>> them. But yes, you could tell what day of the week it was by what she
>> was cooking for dinner.
>>
>> Jill

>
> I am in my 80's and my girls still tease me how when they were younger,
> we had the same meals every day of the week. Sunday was chicken, which
> they helped make a different recipe each week. We had a cook book "100
> ways to cook chicken" Tuesday was leftovers, Wednesday was "Prince
> Spaghetti Day" (an old commercial at the time), Thursday was meatloaf
> and Friday was fish sticks or tuna-noodle casserole (which they hated).
> Saturday was pizza and is still the same to this day. Being just the
> two of us now, I am more adventurous and have been trying new recipes.
> I'm thankful they have those memories.
>

IIRC grandma also roasted chicken on Sunday. She turned the leftovers
into creamed chicken. It was served spooned over hot split biscuits
(aka savoury scones). I grew up with that. I still make it from time
to time.

There was also meatloaf and mashed potatoes day. Grandma always made
more mashed potatoes than were necessary. She turned them into potato
pancakes. I always make more mashed potatoes than necessary, too. Add
an egg, dust with a little flour... potato pancakes.

And yes, fish sticks were on Friday. My mom never made tuna noodle
casserole. I do make salmon patties. Sometimes stuffed shell pasta
baked with a cream and dill sauce.

I didn't grow up eating pizza. I have made pizza from scratch but it's
not something I care or think much about.

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>> My maternal grandmother did that, too! I got the impression she started
>> cooking that way after grandpa retired. They were living on a fixed
>> income. He received a monthly pension and social security. I gathered
>> it was just easier for her to shop and cook that way just for the two of
>> them. But yes, you could tell what day of the week it was by what she
>> was cooking for dinner.

>
> I think there are a lot of people like that. They are not into cooking
> the way some of us are, or they are catering to a crowd that just wants
> the same thing all the time. I am not saying that the food my paternal
> grandmother cooked was not good. It's just that it was the same thing. If
> we went on Sunday it was roast beef with mashed potatoes, Yorkshire
> pudding, carrots and a green vegetable. If we went on Saturday it was
> macaroni and cheese casserole and roasted ham. My parents lived with my
> grandparents for a while early in their marriage and my mother told me
> about the weekly menu.
>
> I can't imagine a food regimen like that. My mother was a pretty good cook
> and was always trying new things. The closest she came to a weekly
> regimen was that we almost always had a had a roast on Sunday, either beef
> or pork. There were inevitably leftovers. If it was beef the leftovers
> would be served as hot roast beef sandwiches, preferably with French
> fries, or Shepherd's pie. But let's not open up that beef/lamb can of
> worms.


My one grandma made a lot of different desserts. But she wasn't into
cooking dinners. She would make a huge amount of something and we'd eat it
all week. She did vary the vegetables though.

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>> On 8/25/2015 5:29 PM, jmcquown wrote:
>>> On 8/25/2015 1:25 PM, Dave Smith wrote:
>>>> My other grandmo eating pizza. I have made pizza from scratch but it's

> not something I care or think much about.
>
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On 8/26/2015 11:29 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
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>> On 8/25/2015 1:25 PM, Dave Smith wrote:
>>> My other grandmother was a passable cook but had an extremely limited
>>> repertoire. She had a weekly menu, by which I mean that she cooked 7
>>> different dinners. There was the Monday night menu, the Tuesday night
>>> menu, the Wednesday night menu..... It was the same thing every week.

>>
>> My maternal grandmother did that, too! I got the impression she
>> started cooking that way after grandpa retired. They were living on a
>> fixed income. He received a monthly pension and social security. I
>> gathered it was just easier for her to shop and cook that way just for
>> the two of them. But yes, you could tell what day of the week it was
>> by what she was cooking for dinner.

>
> I had neighbors who did that. I can pretty much eat the same thing day
> after day for a while but the others who live here won't, so I like to
> change things up.

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On 8/26/2015 11:46 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
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> "Dave Smith" <of different desserts. But she wasn't into
> cooking dinners. She would make a huge amount of something and we'd eat
> it all week. She did abuse the vegetables though.


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