Apr 13, 2014

Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches

What plate of food, if placed in front of you now, would transport you back to your childhood?  For me, it's peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

I mentioned to someone at work that mom made us PB&Nana sandwiches growing up, loved those things.  They made an oh gross, that's a weird combination face.  This got me thinking about what else we ate as a kid that maybe not everyone else did.

Let's see, there was beans-n-franks...chopped weenies cooked in a can of Van Camp's pork and beans, with added ketchup and onion.  Maybe every kid ate that combo, it was yum at the time but now sounds gross.

Mac&Cheese with a can of tuna added for protein.  SpaghettiOs or egg sandwiches if mom was in a hurry.

The worst was a school meal called "perky noodle bake."  I think perky was an exaggeration.  It was always served on Fridays at James Madison Middle School.  Lunch ladies with their hairnets and plastic gloves would mix all the leftovers from the week, add noodles, top with cheese and bake.  Always a surprise inside, one week it could be a mix of carrots, fried chicken, lima beans and sour cream.  Next week it was taco meat, broccoli, leftover chicken nuggets and mashed potatoes, all cooked together.  Looked like barf, no wonder I was scrawny.

What did you eat growing up, good or bad, that brings back being a kid?

-Beard

18 comments:

  1. Peanut butter and miracle whip sandwiches. There's no way I would eat that now. Chocolate cake or brownies for breakfast was fairly common.

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    1. First I made a yuck face, then I nodded approvingly at breakfast cake. Cocoa Pebbles are pretty much like brownies in a bowl.

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  2. Kraft macaroni and cheese with ketchup on top. Don't knock it til you try it.

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    1. I was going to ask if your parents doled out the elbow macaroni/ketchup combo as punishment when you were misbehaving. But on second read I think you liked it?

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    2. I enjoyed it then and still do today. If you have to you can add hotdogs to the mix but they aren't necessary.

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    3. Meredith4/14/2014

      I second the Kraft macaroni and cheese, with sliced hot dogs mixed in and ketchup on the side. When we were particularly flush, the hot dogs would be replaced with imitation krab chunks. On krab nights, we felt like ballers.

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  3. Just hot dogs is gross enough to me now. Used to love them as a kid but now won't touch them.

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  4. Tinned spaghetti on toast. Carb overload anybody? Also, if anyone put a pot of bacon bone soup in front of me I would mentally shoot back to my Grandma's kitchen. Every Saturday she made a big pot of soup, alternating between chicken or bacon bone. You could always turn up on a Saturday and get soup.

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  5. Oh, I forgot to say, peanut butter and banana sandwiches are yummy! I think I had peanut butter and honey sandwiches as my school lunch for 3 whole years in primary (elementary) school though.

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  6. Andrea4/14/2014

    When I was young my favorite sandwich was cheese and jelly. My mom also tells stories of making sugar sandwiches when she was young. Literally two pieces of white bread with sugar in the middle. She grew up on a farm so I guess it was assumed that she would work off all the sugar? haha

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  7. Debbie4/14/2014

    there was one butcher shop in a neighboring town that sold head cheese (ill let you google it). & every now & then when my parents ventured to "the big city", they'd pick up some head cheese & that would be a special saturday lunch. head cheese on toast. we also ate smashed sardines on toast. my dad would carefully "de-bone" them & we would smash them w/ a fork on top of our buttered toast. we also ate a thing called 'chicken grease bread'. my mom would make 9 x 13 cake pans of oven baked chicken & what was left in the pan was the drippings & we would soak bread in that & eat it. my brother used to sprinkle sugar on top. my dad loved raw hamburger open face sandwiches. white bread, buttered w/ a flattened out patty of raw 80/20 on top, a little salt & pepper & a thick cut ring of raw white onion. i tried a bite of it once. as much as i wanted to be daddys little girl, raw hamburger sandwiches did not appeal to me. my dad will be 91 in sept & on occasion he still partakes in a raw hamburger sandwich. i don't eat head cheese anymore, but my parents exposing me to a wide variety of strange things as a child let me & my siblings down a path of never being fearful of anything. we ate what was put in front of us. we lived on a farm & grew or raised most of our own food. i didnt even know what a 'tv dinner' was until my brother came home from a friends house & told me about them. i was 15 yrs old & it was 1986. my brother said it was really disgusting. money wasn't plentiful & we knew not to complain. my mom used to say, 'if you go away hungry, its your own damn fault'. im incredibly adventurous when it comes to food & i have my childhood to thank for that.

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  8. My German mom always fed me some kind of sliced deli meat she called "blood and tongue", and as a very young child, I happily wolfed it down.... UNTIL my father's step-dad kindly explained to me what I was eating one day....then I never touched it again.

    Peanut butter banana sandwiches are delicious. Also good with honey as mentioned by someone above. Kraft mac-and-cheese with sliced hot dogs were always what mom made if I was sick. We now call it "sick food".

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  9. Anonymous4/14/2014

    Grandma's chicken and dumplings and her klobasniks (what most people call kolaches...although the ones you can buy taste like crap. That's a rant for another day).

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  10. Meatloaf, did others grow up on a large baked loaf of meat? Was actually pretty good, mom put chopped onion and ketchup on top and served it with a side of baked beans.

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  11. Anonymous4/15/2014

    My dad, also a Des Moines boy - though 1/2 a century before you, taught us to love peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches. Just had one yesterday. Love it still.

    Cari

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  12. Alison4/16/2014

    Ham Balls were a definite at Thanksgiving (weird, right?!). One protein just isn't enough. We also loved apples and peanut butter or celery and peanut butter with raisins on top (ants on a log).

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  13. Alison4/16/2014

    And we just had meatloaf on Sunday!

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  14. Andy C.4/24/2014

    American Cheese wrapped around a banana. I swear Mr. Roger's suggested it once.

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