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Marshall Mo Hare’s thread got me to thinking about things I got exposed to as a child that you couldn’t get me to touch, today. I immediately thought of my Uncle Mac. 

 

Uncle Mac. 6’ 1 about 210 pounds Brick layer. Hard ass worker. Married to a waitress at the local truck stop. He raised 3 girls and a son in a small cabin. Probably only about 900 Square feet. Lastly, He not only could have passed as a double for Festus on gunsmoke, He also talked and acted a lot like Festus. 

 

Anyway just inside the small kitchen entrance always sat a 5 gallon bucket of Lard under a table that had bread, condiments a todays pickings from the garden. Makings for a quick sandwich.

 

Recipe: two slices of white bread. Smear generously with lard on each slice. Slice cucumber, tomato, onion and lettuce. Salt and Pepper to taste. As kid I readily ate this sandwich during the summers in Tennessee. My mother said all her siblings grew up eating like that. Im sure I could think of other dishes but this one just stood out.

 

What about you Cowboys/girls. What weird concoctions did you grew up eating

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Seriously, I know that many have fond memories of such but ….

 

Soups, stews with burnt onions, NO

Overcooked roast beef.  NO

Oyster soup …. NO

Boiled vegetables … NO

 

the TV dinners might have been the best thing since sliced bread.

 

 

 

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Green box Parm on crisp tacos.

 

Mom made tacos with ground beef sea seasoned with salt and pepper.  Put into corn tortillas and fried in Crisco. On the table a bowl of chopped tomatoes, a bowl of shredded lettuce, a can of grated Parm, a bowl of grated extra sharp cheddar, and a bottle of hot sauce.

  

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Liver and onions. 
 

I like chicken livers when they’re well seasoned and friend crispy, but beef liver roasted in sauce with no crispies…

 

I couldn’t get past the texture that screamed “You’re eating a cow’s organ that filters toxic s$&t from their bodies!”

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50 minutes ago, Charlie Harley, #14153 said:

Liver and onions. 
 

I like chicken livers when they’re well seasoned and friend crispy, but beef liver roasted in sauce with no crispies…

 

I couldn’t get past the texture that screamed “You’re eating a cow’s organ that filters toxic s$&t from their bodies!”

Liver and onions. To me, that is the most detestable and disgusting meal my family loved, except for one of my sisters. She and I refused to eat it. 

 

Scrapple. Another detestable thing my Dad loved and forced on me. 

Head cheese…same as Scrapple. 
 

Buttermilk. Pretty sure buttermilk drank as it is with pepper added creates a**hole type people. Everyone that I knew in my youth that drank buttermilk were complete jerks. 
I love buttermilk ranch dressing, but I detest buttermilk itself. 

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Liver and onions, Hubbard squash, sweet potatoes, most raw carrot dishes, mincemeat pie, any dish with clove flavor, brussell sprouts (Mrs. Lose grows them and force feeds them to me).

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My mom made liver and onions, I loved it! She also made a stew of chicken livers and gizzards with a couple of hearts in there. Loved that too!

Another favorite is Tripe, made in a tomato sauce stew. Italian favorite!

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Beef liver and onions, meatloaf smothered with catsup on top, macaroni and cheese. Can't stand to even think about eating any of them now.

 

I do like chicken livers if cooked right. 

 

We did eat a lot of fried chicken, beans and cornbread with a wedge of onion, ground hamburger and fried potatoes and I still love them all but my wife doesn't like fried food so I have to get my fried food fix at restaurants. My mom didn't work and there were 4 kids so our meals were usually inexpensive. Since there were 4 kids you got what you wanted the first time around because there were never any leftovers.

 

TM

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Salt Rising Bread. Mom made bread she called Salt Rising. The thing I remember most was the smell.......it stunk like hell! But oh was it tasty. My Dad loved it and me too. That and Mom's Rhubarb pie were to die for. Sadly Mom took her recipe's with her when she passed.

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Liver. Mother and Dad liked it with sautéed onions. I liked the onions.

Since I married, 55 years ago, NO Thanks.

 

Head Cheese:

My cousins living close to my Grand-parents looked forward to pulling the teeth from the pig's head, before Grandma stripped it etc. to make the concoction.

I always made myself scarce when they were cooking that up.

Never ate it then.

Wouldn't eat it now, but the others did.

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We used to raise chickens on my grandparents farm. Every fall we had a feist of chicken hearts and gizzards. Remember even the gravy was delicious, as a kid. 

In spring campfire fried prairie oysters. Not sure I have the stomach for either one these days.

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1 hour ago, Rye Miles #13621 said:

 

My mom made liver and onions, I loved it! She also made a stew of chicken livers and gizzards with a couple of hearts in there. Loved that too!

Another favorite is Tripe, made in a tomato sauce stew. Italian favorite!

Look Man, this thread isn’t about grossing people out!

 

:lol::lol::lol:

 

57 minutes ago, J-BAR #18287 said:

I will eat boiled tongue but not tripe or its Mexican version menudo.

Funny story;

Years ago I worked with a guy and a gal of Mexican descent. On cold (cool) rainy days they would buy Menudo from a local restaurant in large styrofoam containers and bring it back to work. One day they offered me one. It was tasty so every time one of them went out for soup to bring back I would get one. 
One day I said “Man, I love this stuff. How do you think they make these chewy noodles?”

Liz spit soup all over her keyboard. Ric laughed so hard I thought he was going to rupture something. Then Liz says “Those aren’t noodles, they’re strips of tripe…you know, pig guts.”

That was the last time I ate it. :lol:
 


 

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Growing up, we had boiled Tongue, because it was cheap and there would be a fair amount of leftovers.   

My ma made something that she optimistically called "Shephard's Pie", which was nothing like Shephard's Pie.  It was dry and nasty, and if we wanted to eat, that's all there was... and if you didn't eat the pile of green peas that came with it, you sat there until you did.   To this day I hate green peas.   Can't stand 'em.  Head Cheese, jeez, that stuff was awful!

 

My Grandmother always had a jar of Schmaltz (rendered chicken fat), in the refrigerator for cooking, and used it like butter in the pan.

 

Liver and onions, haven't had them since I was a kid.  I remember I kinda liked it, especially with the gravy.   But, haven't had it in more years than I can remember.

 

My dad loved Pickled Herring in Cream Sauce.   I came across it in a supermarket recently.  Didn't buy it, but it brought back memories.   Cold Borscht with sour cream, Gefilte Fish with a potent Horseradish sauce that could clear out your sinuses from across the room...

 

Growing up in Brooklyn in the '50s we had easy access to foods from all cultures.  Most of it I can't remember what it was or what it was called.  

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Just now, Okie Sawbones, SASS #77381 said:

Head cheese

Scrambled eggs and brains

 

 

Head cheese is okay.

 

Scrambled eggs and brains aren't bad if you mix them in buttered/salted grits. 

 

For more of my family's (somewhat) twisted recipes, visit the pinned thread at the top of the page.

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As a kid liver and onions, still a big nope.

Mom would cook heart or tongue for her and dad, we got something else. We drew a line in the sand on those.

Pickled Beets, no as a kid, now yum.

Chorizo was a favorite of mine. Then I read the ingredients on a package at the market. Lymph nodes, salivary glands etc.  Then I remembered hotdogs are made from whatever is left over also. So Chorizo is back on the menu.

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1 minute ago, irish ike, SASS #43615 said:

As a kid liver and onions, still a big nope.

Mom would cook heart or tongue for her and dad, we got something else. We drew a line in the sand on those.

Pickled Beets, no as a kid, now yum.

Chorizo was a favorite of mine. Then I read the ingredients on a package at the market. Lymph nodes, salivary glands etc.  Then I remembered hotdogs are made from whatever is left over also. So Chorizo is back on the menu.

 

Whomever came up with the concept of eating beets should have been beaten to death with one-pound bags of potatoes.-_-

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1 hour ago, McCandless said:

Growing up, we had boiled Tongue, because it was cheap and there would be a fair amount of leftovers.   

My ma made something that she optimistically called "Shephard's Pie", which was nothing like Shephard's Pie.  It was dry and nasty, and if we wanted to eat, that's all there was... and if you didn't eat the pile of green peas that came with it, you sat there until you did.   To this day I hate green peas.   Can't stand 'em.  Head Cheese, jeez, that stuff was awful!

 

My Grandmother always had a jar of Schmaltz (rendered chicken fat), in the refrigerator for cooking, and used it like butter in the pan.

 

Liver and onions, haven't had them since I was a kid.  I remember I kinda liked it, especially with the gravy.   But, haven't had it in more years than I can remember.

 

My dad loved Pickled Herring in Cream Sauce.   I came across it in a supermarket recently.  Didn't buy it, but it brought back memories.   Cold Borscht with sour cream, Gefilte Fish with a potent Horseradish sauce that could clear out your sinuses from across the room...

 

Growing up in Brooklyn in the '50s we had easy access to foods from all cultures.  Most of it I can't remember what it was or what it was called.  

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1 hour ago, Pat Riot said:

Then Liz says “Those aren’t noodles, they’re strips of tripe…you know, pig guts.”

I thought tripe was the lining of the stomach.

 

Chitlins is pig guts.

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I never liked and refused to eat green peas, boiled okra, and boiled asparagus!  I don’t care for boiled green beans and never liked turnips or turip greens or kale or mustard greens!

 

I used to eat lettuce, but won’t eat any kind of lettuce now. I’ll substitute raw spinach in a salad.

 

I like calve’s liver and onions when it’s cooked right, but I wouldn’t eat chicken liver under any circumstance.

 

I don’t care for ANY dark meat fowl of any kind. I’d eat it in a pinch, but not by choice.

 

I wouldn’t eat ears, snouts, tongues, feet, or tails when I was a kid and I still won’t!

 

And I’ve always hated “creamed” potatoes!!  They would make great wallpaper paste if you thin ‘em out a little, but I don’t consider them to be food! Same goes for creamed corn!!

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Calf fries and lambs quarter.  Worked calves to get the first while the kids picked the lambs quarter growing around the catch pens. (Lambs quarter was like collard greens.) Pail of calf fries (rocky mountain oysters as some call 'em) went up to the kitchen so they could me battered and fried for lunch!

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5 hours ago, Alpo said:

I thought tripe was the lining of the stomach.

 

Chitlins is pig guts.

You’re right, it’s from either cows, pigs or sheep. 

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41 minutes ago, Buckshot Bear said:

Crumbed lambs brains as well as Mum cooking Ox tails....two things I used to make myself scarce for. 

That doesn't even sound edible:lol:

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15 minutes ago, Eyesa Horg said:

That doesn't even sound edible:lol:

 

They look really nice and tasty -

 

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Until you bite into one and realise what ya' eatin' -

 

 

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And then the reminder hits ya' just how dumb sheep really are -

 

 

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