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« on: July 25, 2012, 03:12:46 pm »

i've been hungry for beans. not just any bean. what my mom used to call 'soup beans'. which is great northern beans. as a kid, i hated when i came in and smelled beans. i knew what was for dinner today AND tomorrow. But now? omg! that smell! it takes me back and brings mom in my home.  loveuk  Its a very simple recipe. cheap and filling. great northern beans, a couple strips of bacon (or during rough economic times about 3 tbsp of bacon grease. we always had a coffee cup of bacon grease covered with tin foil in the back of the fridge for such an occasion), a slice or two of white onion (we also had sliced onion in the freezer), salt and pepper. bring it to a boil, then let it soak overnite. Put it back on the heat the next morning and cook at a very low temp for about 3 or 4 hours. Then make the regular old white cornbread. my ex-hubs insisted on having the yellow sweet cornbread too. but then i'd take the cornbread break it up in a bowl, pour the beans over it, mix it up and i had my own human version of mash.  drool 
Its the only kind of beans i eat. and if i'm not careful, i'll eat too much...beans swell ya know.  hmm 
I know all that fat that cooked in probably wasnt the healthiest, but i gave some to the fids anyway. ollie loved 'em. caleb ate some. marley ate a bit. twiggy and skittles looked at me like i offered them raw armadillo.  oh    dmblaf

now that's not the only thing mom cooked that i cook and reminds me of her. but its a big part of my childhood, nearly as big as all the pasta and italian foods she made.

what's your comfort food? what takes ya back and brings mom (or dad) into your kitchen with ya?
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012, 03:20:27 pm »

It will definitely be making my mom recipe of cheesecake. She makes literally the best cheesecake. She could open her own cheesecake shop and be rich I swear. I know how to make it too so I help her with it. I am sure I will bring that to my future, and think of my mom!
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012, 04:06:18 pm »

Sounds good Tozie! thumb  Hmm, where to begin? think  The smell of me Grandads homemade soup (that man could make soup), Gramma's chicken and rice, french toast & swiss steak, my Dad's homemade potato soup, and my Mom's lasagna and french onion soup.  As of now I am just going by smells of foods that comfort me.  All others would be far too long to type roll
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012, 04:13:14 pm »

yup, d, that's what i mean. its amazing how a simple smell can bring people who are long gone back to life. sitting next to you. sitting in your heart and memory.  loveuk  long live 'em all!
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2012, 07:46:32 pm »

Back in the depression my gram made a dish called Rifflels.  The recipe was handed down to my pops and I now have it as well.....it is like a stewed tomato base with dumplings in it and you can top it with cheese if you like dinner....It's something I will always remember and we have it usually in the fall.  Now my Polish gram....there are so many things/foods that bring memories (cooked with lots of bacon grease and kept in the fridge like tozie did too!) so anything Polish brings her memory or the smell of a pie baking....she always had a fresh one for gramps when he came home from work. :pray:
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2012, 09:01:43 pm »

My Daddy's root beer floats and me Gram's butterscotch pies, and me other gram who would make me personally strawberry milk cause I was the only idiot Grandchild who did not like chocolate  :pray:  And ya know?  Both my Gramma's even though my parents divorced became best friends.  One was born in France and the other in Quebec, Canada.  The French connection  lol  thumb
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2012, 09:56:43 pm »

Oh Boy!! Well, my Mom could cook very well...when she wanted too. And by the time I was small & being 11, 10 & 8  yrs. younger than my brother & 2 sisters, she didn't cook much. We had t.v. dinners & canned spaghetti O's a lot!   cwy It was just Mom & me & she had issues she had to work through.  hmm

We were quite poor & we ate potato soup a lot too. There were several times that was it for the whole month. And this was nothing more than potatoes, salt, pepper & water. As a kid, you can get very tire of that. I will occasionally make it, but I put bacon in mine to make it taste better. Mom did love making her meatloaf & sloppy joes & we did have that quite often. To this day I still can not stand either one...not even if I cook it! :somad:

So, now on to what she did make that reminds me of home. Baked turkey, dressing, cottage cheese pies, pumpkin pies, coconut cherry creme pies, pecan pies (but not like most folks made 'em). All the things that make the holidays say: Welcome Home, we've missed you!  hugu One of the biggest reasons I do not like fried turkey is the lack of the wonderful smells that take you by the hand & give you a great big hug when you first walk in the door. Oh yeah, our turkey baked very slowly all night long, so the house was an awesome place to sleep during the holidays too!  handshappy

My grandma was Czech and she did cook. Lots of good things! My favorite things I think she made was her poppy seed kolaches, and apricot kolaches. They were the Czech version of a fruit filled doughnut. Grandma could make delicious desserts. Desserts have always been my favorite food right after my steaks!  dinner

Similar to tozie's beans I too have a bean recipe I make, but mine are red beans...pinto beans to most folks who aren't from the south. confused Mom hated them & would not fix 'em. My grandma did & I had to go to her house to eat them (we usually lived next door to her even when they moved to town). :twirl: My red beans are done quite similar to how tozie makes her beans, they have to be soaked overnight, then I put bacon & ham in them along with onion & all kinds of seasonings. I cut down on cooking time by pressure cooking them first and then cooking them on a very low temp for a couple of hours to thicken the juices & blend the flavors. They make a very large pot & I freeze several bowls for future use. I also will only make white cornbread (the yellow is too gritty for my taste) and I had to train Jerry to like it. His Mom only used yellow cornmeal. Also, we crumble the cornbread in the bowl of beans. My son always said my red beans were a meal in itself with all the meat added. drool

When I first married I didn't know how to cook anything but T-Bone steaks. Poor Jerry had to endure some crappy meals, but he survived. lol My very first pot of red beans I did not know to soak them first and I didn't know I had to pick through them to get the tiny rocks out. So, after cooking them for like 6 hours they were still kinda' tough. While eating them you couldn't tell if you were biting into a hard bean or a rock. :deer: dmblaf

Mom did decide to start cooking in her 'golden years'. When she lived at the lake where we live now, my sister Sharon lived in her own trailer in the garage. One year for Thanksgiving Sharon went over to Mom's house to make the turkey and dressing. While Sharon was busy making pies, Mom poured BBQ sauce in the dressing slaph (BBQ sauce was one of her favorite things to season food with!). Sharon had a fit, but it was too late to make more. We came over and everyone sat down to eat. I get a big plate of turkey & dressing & get a big bite. "What's that horrible flavor?" Sharon told us what Mom did & needless to say no one ate dressing that year.  laffhrd





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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2012, 10:07:30 pm »

Yellow rice and black beans! Not the pack you buy at the store, but homemade. The beans with chorizo, onions, peppers, and garlic...the rice seasoned with real saffron..I guess I have to go to the grocery store tomorrow drool
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2012, 08:46:19 am »

Everything in this thread sounds so dang good! This is an awesome thread xD. Now let's all make a giant meal for all of us
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