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   Posted 10/8/2009 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thursday already?!!? smhair Where did the week go?? lol... Seems like I get up, ramble around the house doing chores, put together something called dinner and it's time to start all over again. Cooking has been a bit of a drag lately, but we manage. Leftovers are well liked around here or in an emergency we open some chili and I make cornbread. But we all can find something we like if I am not doing well. Nice thing about making a meal for yourself...if you don't like it you only have one person to blame, BUT...when someone else is cooking it's another story.

I was thinking about my mom the other day and the different things she loved to cook. She was fine at meals and her baking was pretty much restricted to cookies and occasionally a cake but we loave most of what she cooked. Some good memories exist from around the dinner table. BUT...there are a few

Did your mother ever cook and serve a dish that you absolutely hated? And even the thought of it now makes you shudder? OM Gosh…I have no idea how mom thought we would want to eat this gunk she made, but she used to make tomato aspic and act like it was a food for the Gods. It’s supposed to be a ritzy, high society thing like watercress and cucumber sandwiches…so let THEM eat it! This was back in the late 50’s and early 60’s and this was a big deal for her. Plus her gal friends cooked this sort of ‘stuff’ too, now and then. She only did it a few times a year but that was a few too many. Plus, that was the era of “the clean plate club”. You ate everything on your plate or sit there until you did. I choked down many a cold and nasty beet and lima bean those years.

Back to the tomato aspic. Basically you take tomato juice, mix with some gelatin maybe something else sour like lemon or an herb or two and there you have it. Most often she would add some other vegetable matter but the real deal was just the aspic. Then on top of our serving she would plop a glob of mayonnaise. (OK, my stomach is rolling now!) {My ex M IL used to slop mayo on top of any kind of Jello gelatin!} Oh how charming and I’m sure she felt wonderful serving it but this kid has never, ever! made nor eaten it since. Mom, I loved you dearly...just not the tomato aspic. eyes

What dish did your mom or grandma make that still rolls your stomach to this day?
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   Posted 10/8/2009 2:35 AM (GMT -6)   
wow, choosing something my mother made that was terrible is gonna be almost impossible, I loved everything she made, which was mostly spanish food (She's from spain not mexico so it wasnt mexican food) and even when she made something simple like spaghetti, it was darn good. I remember I had friends that would fight to come over when she made home made spaghitti, I dont remember what she added but it was sooo good.

But I do remember when I was 12 at my grandfather's funeral (my mother's dad) they bought a whole cow head, brains and all, and I absoutly refused to try it. I remember my aunt putting the eye balls in a tortilla and purposly eating it in front of me to make me sick (she loved eye balls from all kinds of things).

And I remember once my grandmother (my dad's mother) had something called fish gravy, I never tried it but just the throught of it makes my stomach turn. But I hated everything she made cause dinner to her was cold hot dogs.


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   Posted 10/8/2009 5:57 AM (GMT -6)   
My Mother made a horrible steamed pudding with sultanas in it. I think the only way we could stomach it was to drown it in custard...and I still can't handle cooked cabbage! But overall I loved her food, she became much more inventive in the 70's. I think she must have done some sort of course, we had fondues and more Continental influenced meals. I still love her casseroles...mmmm

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   Posted 10/8/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   

I can't remember anything that my Mom or Grandmothers cooked that was bad....but Chutzie my stomach was rolling along with yours at the description of the Tomato aspic oh yuk, the thought of anything made with gelatin other then jello turns me off completely!!  I'm sure there are some good dishes out there but just not appealing to me shocked


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   Posted 10/8/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh man!  Another great topic!  This is so funny!
My mom used to make this sort of made up pasta dish with ground beef and cream cheese, canned corn and I can't remember all.  She called it "glop".  Oh GAG!  Hahaha.  To my mom's credit, there were four of us kids and we were poor as church mice. She worked hard finding what she thought was nutritious, inexpensive food.  I can remember not loving the beef tongue either!!!  Ack!
I married a man who loves to cook!  I do the "working parents" midweek survival cooking (no glop) which is a lot of chicken, veggies and salad.  My DH pulls out all the stops on the weekends and grills gormet. 

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   Posted 10/8/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I hate my mom's pot roast. It's always dry and tough.
As a kid she would always make boiled carrots. Daddy would tell me I had to eat my all veggies before I could leave the table. I still hate boiled carrots to this day.


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   Posted 10/8/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Well,  my poor mother could not cook-- at all!  Oh she thought she could, but my dad, my brother or I would rush to beat her home to start dinner before her so she wouldn't cook!! Hahahahahaha!!
But the one thing that was her pride and joy was chinese sweet and sour spare ribs.  Oh Yuk.  It tasted like vinegar.  I never would eat it.  My father would though. God bless his soul.  Hahahahahahaha!!!! I loved my mother and father, but only Dad could cook.
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   Posted 10/8/2009 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
My mother used to may stuffed green bell peppers, they had rice and hamburger or something in them and then they were cooked in some kind of tomato sauce or something, she used to do the same thing but with cabbage leaves. and I hated them too! Anyway I never liked cooked bell peppers anyway and that stuff was just plain gross! And my mom was a really good cook, but the stuffed peppers and cabbage was the absolute worst!

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   Posted 10/8/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh I am with you.  I hate cooked bell peppers.  They taste like rubber smells.  Ew!
Linda!  The vinegar spare ribs!!!  Funny!

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Post Edited (Gretchen1) : 10/9/2009 7:13:00 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/9/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a Mom like Lindaloo, which was crazy because my grandmother was an incredible cook - she could make brussel sprouts taste good! My Mom thought that if you made it in the crock pot, no matter what you threw in there, it would automatically come out terrific (NOT!) The worst was her "meatballs", she would just roll the ground beef into little balls and throw them in the crock pot raw, what came out several hours later looked and tasted like canned dog food.

I know this sounds terrible, but I honestly can't think of anything she made that we did like - I took over cooking for the family at the age of 8.

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