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    Reading the Canadian lime green jello salad thread got me thinking of my own food history. I grew up eating the jellied salad ( my mom even tried to make it this past Christmas but i vetoed her) and i think it's definitely a "Prairie" menu item (or midwest for the Americans). I realized a lot of the things i ate as a child were carryovers from my mom's days in the Great Depression. Here are some strange (but usually good) foodstuffs i was raised on!

    Wiener sandwiches (raw hotdog wieners sliced lenghwise on bread).
    Peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches.
    Processed cheese and jam sandwiches.

    My mom ate radish and peanut butter sandwiches and my dad ate syrup sandwiches.

    For snacks, i was overjoyed to eat raw potato slices with salt.
    My sis and i ate frozen hotdog wieners right out of the freezer, knawing away on them like dogs with bones.

    Sausage casserole--sausages and brown rice and green peppers in a casserole.

    We used to love a dessert which consisted of rolled oats, butter and brown sugar, melt it all together and bake, then cut into squares.

    "shaggy dogs" - bread slices cut into 'fingers', dipped in condensed milk, rolled in coconut then broiled.

    OK, i am weirding myself out now.

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    Shaggy dogs -- WTF? lol

    Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, yum.
    Rhubarb from the garden dipped in sugar.
    If my mom had leftover dough, she'd make flat "buns" with cinnamon and brown sugar and raisins, if we had any.
    Fried onions -- used to love them as a kid.
    Carrots dipped in lemon, then rolled in sugar.
    Butter tarts.
    Nanaimo bars.
    Cucumbers in vinegar with lots of salt and pepper.
    Chewing raw macaroni -- don't ask.
    Puffed wheat squares/rice krispie squares.
    Angel food cake with orange icing and nickles, dimes and quarters wrapped in wax paper inside for birthdays.
    Pineapple upside down cake.
    Old Dutch potato chips with onion dip.
    Corned beef hash.
    Sweet and sour pork chops.
    And lots, lots more.

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    Nanaimo bars
    Oh, my grandmother loves making those. Unfortunately we don't love eatting them. Way too sweet!
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    You can make them so that they're not so sweet. I do. Use less sugar, less icing, and lemon juice. I also use bittersweet chocolate.

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    You're on top of it, deary.
    Did anyone else make piggies in a blanket?
    Sliced weiners, wrapped in dough then baked into a biscuit.
    You dip them in mustard or ketchup, sort of like a corn dog but not.
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    ^^I vaguely remember them. I've never been much for wieners, tho.

    Asparagus sandwiches with the crusts cut off.
    Smoked oysters.
    Baby tinned shrimp with Worstershire sauce. It's actually good.
    Pan-popped popcorn with real butter.
    Popcorn balls.
    Wagon wheels.
    Red and black licorice Nibs.
    Sponge candy.

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    Fried green tomatoes were a staple.

    Dipping apples in peanut butter.

    I ate my share of pigs in a blanket, Lucy!

    There are so many dishes from the south, I'm not sure what's unique to this region and what's branched out.
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    We did the Midwest- "weinie winkle" variation. Slice the hot dog lengthwise, pack with velveeta, roll in white bread, and broil. Was usually served with tater tots and ketchup.

    Totally forgot about the weird things we ate growing up.

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    ^ We always did apples w/peanut butter.

    My sister used to make cheese and jelly sandwiches, i never understood the appeal of that. She also used to eat chocolate chip bagels with veggie cream cheese.

    Most of the "weird stuff" is either "Jew food" or my grandma's cooking. Most people I know consider gefilte fish and herring to be strange, but I grew up on it. My grandma used to make tongue all the time when I was younger, that's comfort food for me now. Even my vegetarian sister admits that it's one of the things she sometimes misses now that she's veggie.

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    ^^Sponge candy involves obscene amounts of sugar and corn syrup. It's baked, and melts in your mouth. I only like the kind without chocolate; it's traditional.

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    I remember wagon wheels, never was a fan though.
    Tuna melts
    Borsht soup ( cabbage soup with sausage, bacon or ham )
    Homemade Perogies, my friends family used to dip cottage cheese perogies in brown sugar
    Cinnamon and sugar toast
    Toasted tomatoe sandwiches, with mayo and with or without bacon
    Rhubarb from the backyard dipped in sugar
    I used to pick and eat tomatoes off the vine as a kid
    Peas in a pod
    Cucumbers with mayo
    Shredded carrots mixed with mayo and raisens
    Dumpling soup
    Fried bologna ( Ew, i'm not a fan of weiners or bologna now )
    Kraft dinner with slices of weiner
    I remember my mom's old popcorn machine, and you put the butter in a tray on the top so it melts while the popcorn kernels pop
    I wish she would of kept that
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    Quote Originally Posted by pacific breeze View Post
    Shaggy dogs -- WTF? lol

    Rhubarb from the garden dipped in sugar.
    Fried onions -- used to love them as a kid.
    Butter tarts.
    Nanaimo bars.
    Puffed wheat squares/rice krispie squares.
    Angel food cake with orange icing and nickles, dimes and quarters wrapped in wax paper inside for birthdays.
    Pineapple upside down cake.
    Old Dutch potato chips with onion dip.
    Corned beef hash.
    Sweet and sour pork chops.
    And lots, lots more.
    Oh yeah i remember the rhubarb! And our birthday cakes were always angel food.

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    Flapper pie (i'm not even quite sure what this is)
    Lemon meringue pie
    Pic-a-Pop and PopShoppe!
    Mincemeat tarts.
    Candied popcorn (regular popcorn with some kind of syrup sauce my mom concocted)
    Wagon Wheel! (remember the mint ones??)
    Creamed tuna on toast.
    Cinnamon toast

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    Pic-a-pops!
    We used to get those by the crate from a store
    They actually opened up a Pic-a-pop shoppe again out here.
    'Flapper pie' made me laugh
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    I still make mincemeat tarts every Christmas. How could I have forgotten cinnamon toast? I used to love that. Maybe I'll make some tomorrow. We used to make pancakes a lot, too. Mint Wagon Wheels were my fave. I also loved/love Hawkins Cheezies.

    Celery sticks with Cheez Whiz!

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    Yes!
    Ants on a log ( Celery sticks with cheese whiz in the middle and raisens, hence the ants on a log name )
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