Wow, I've learned something this week! If I want more comments, all I have to do is ask you a question. I'll keep that in mind...
After yesterday's vigorous discussion of unwholesome but delicious foods we eat when nobody's looking, I started thinking about some of the other foods I loved as a child but left behind once I discovered tastier alternatives.
When I was growing up, we seldom had restaurant food and almost never ate fast food. Thus, for a long time I had the idea of my mother and grandmother as impressive cooks. Well, that wasn't really the case, as I realized once I got out on my own and started experiencing a wider range of foods.
Here are some of the foods that I used to really love when I was a kid:
- "Cheesecake" made with lemon Jell-o. That was the fancy dessert I always made when company was coming. Now I have a recipe for real cheesecake - the kind that cures for a couple of days before you serve it. Back then, though, it was all about the Jell-o and Cool Whip.
- Celery stuffed with a blend of chunky peanut butter and Velveeta. As you can imagine, this is very, very salty.
- Spaghetti sauce that starts with a can of tomato sauce, a can of condensed tomato soup and a can of tomato paste and includes sauteed onion, green pepper and garlic, spiced with dried oregano. It's very sweet and thick. I can actually still eat this on occasion, but I prefer something lighter and fresher most of the time.
- A supposedly Chinese dish called "Ching Dao" that was made with canned chow mein vegetables, frozen peas, celery, chicken, ginger and a bit of powdered sugar added to the cornstarch used for thickening. It was served over Minute Rice, of course. This was my absolute favorite dish when I was growing up, but it strikes me as an unappetizing blob of salty ickiness now. It's possible that the dish could be resurrected using fresh vegetables and real steamed rice - maybe I should try that sometime.
So here's today's reader participation challenge: describe a food you used to love until you grew out of it. I'm not talking about a food you really still like but think you shouldn't - I mean a food that just isn't the same for you anymore now that you're a grownup.