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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Eat Your Heart Out Martha Stewart

If you were coming to my house for dinner when I was a kid, you would have to come armed with straws, your own seasoning, and some plop-plop-fizz-fizz.

Mom was known for cooking hot dogs twenty different ways, and not the Chicago-style kind either. Nope. Our hot dogs were boiled, broiled, or fried. hot dogs

Add a can of beans, a couple of slices of processed cheese, crushed potato chips, and some tomato slices…dinner was served. Mmm…mmm good. Pork and beans

If mom couldn’t prepare it from a box, can,  boil it in a bag, or add water, it didn’t get prepared. But on special occasions she would slave over her crockpot. She’d make her famous spaghetti sauce, apricot glazed ham, salad, and her lime green Jell-O. Yum…yum.

Mom’s famous spaghetti sauce ingredients:

1 can tomato paste

1 can tomato sauce

1 pound of the cheapest ground beef you can find

salt, pepper, and sugar

Make sure you brown the meat before adding all of this to your crockpot. Then, let it cook all day. 6196743-electric-crock-pot-or-slow-cooker-isolated-on-white

 

Apricot-glazed ham:

I pound canned ham

1 jar of apricot preserves

Make sure you slather the ham with the preserves before you put in the oven.

Lime Green Jell-O:

1 box of lime green Jell-O

Plenty of water, more than what the box recipe calls for.  That’s why everyone needed to bring their own strawsjello

Salad

Iceberg lettus

Thousand Island Dressing

Make sure you wash the lettuce before you slather it with the dressing

Mom will always be remembered for her cooking ways. They are recipes that could put Martha Stewart to shame.

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! I know I’m late in my well-wishings but I’ve worked all weekend. I’ve done close to 70 haircuts since Friday. So I’ve got zombie brains.

Hugs and chocolate,

Shelly

35 comments:

  1. Your mother was definitely younger than mine. I am not posting her recipes as some of them are from the early 1900's. They don't even make those ingredients anymore. Nice memories, Shelly

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    1. Funny memories. There were always jokes around my mother's cooking abilities. She could burn water, you know.

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  2. Hi Shelly,

    Wow, that actually takes me back to my days in Canada. I wish I was an Oscar Mayer wiener...maybe that didn't sound right.

    Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day.

    Gary

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    1. I haven't eaten a hot dog ....in so long...I can't remember.

      It was a nice day, but I loppity-lopped until 5. Sweetman gave me money to pick up a nice dinner on the way home.

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  3. Well it must have worked because you grew up and turned lovely! Must be the lime jello? LOL

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    1. You know, I didn't know what broccoli was until I left the house.

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  4. My mom used to make beans and franks (and brown bread) for dinner not every weekend, but a lot of them.

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    1. Beans were usually for dinner every night at my house.

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  5. crushed potato chips clearly she knew about the value of combining textures :) - I grew up on Italian feasts every night of the week, and my best friend had a mum that cooked like yours, we used to fight over whose house we wanted hang out at, because we both preferred each others mother's dinners :)

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    1. When I started dating, I ate at the boyfriend's house. I dated a Puerto Rican and a Laotion boy in high school. I didn't realize food good taste until then.

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  6. Hey--that looks like my crock pot!

    Did your mom ever give you Beanie-Weenie? Some people make jokes. I happen to like Beanie-Weenie, especially with potato chips.

    And this is why I have gastrointestinal problems....

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    1. Beanies-weanies at least three times a week. YUCK!

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  7. LOL!! Wow, that reminds me of some dishes growing up in Oklahoma. Now I'm so much more thankful for my European mom who had me eating Brie, croissants, crepes and a lot of Italian and Hungarian dishes.

    @Norma - Lol! Yes, that is why you have those problems! Some of that processed junk does taste so good though.

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    1. Of course, when I left home, I cooked totally different. No PROCESSED crap.

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  8. LOL! Your mom sounds like mine! At my house, we knew dinner was ready when we started to smell it burning!

    Thanks for the fun recipes, too!

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  9. My mom was a contrast to yours. She really enjoyed cooking. Some days it would be simple, and others it would be a meal for the ages.

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    1. Our meals for ages would be at a restaurant. I learned how to cook from cookbooks and my boyfriends' mothers.

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  10. Wow, those are some memories... At least they bring a smile to your face.

    In my house, every dinner came with pasta. Italian through and through. I NEVER eat pasta anymore.

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    1. I never eat hot dogs or Van Cam Pork and Beans or jello or anything processed. Yuck!

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  11. The cheapest ground beef you can find is actually supposed to make food yummy because of the fat. I don't buy that kind. :)

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  12. I can't believe I've never used a crockpot in my life!

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    1. I use it but not for Mom's Famous Spaghetti Sauce.

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  13. Wow! These sound so good, and I never know what to do on my crockpot. Yay! Thanks so much!

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    1. I cooked Greek ribs in mine tonight,

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  14. The description of your mother's food makes me hungry. We ate a lot of the same things. Thanks for the memory.

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    1. Funny. It was the trend back then. I guess.

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  15. Shelly, LOL, that brings back memories of my mom's food. Here was the standard:
    spaghetti with Ragu spaghetti sauce
    meatloaf
    swiss steak
    porcupine balls
    TV dinners

    Repeat. :0) Maybe that is why I love to cook and rarely make the same thing twice. ;0)

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    1. That's funny, I'm the same. I refuse to eat hot dogs and never buy processed crap.

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  16. Haha! No matter what moms cook though, they'll always be the top chefs in our mind.

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