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 Post subject: Nostalgic Foods
PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:47 pm 
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What foods or recipes are a blast from the past, and fill you with nostalgia? I made rice crispy treats yesterday for the first time in a decade, and man I felt just like a kid again. The smell of melted marshmallows, the crisp yet gooey bites, filled me with memories of making them with my mom as a kid (first real cooking experience, and oh boy was I proud of myself for being able to stir!) and packing them up for snacks in kindergarten.

So, what is everyone's nostalgic food?

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Green bean casserole! Reminds me of my grandparents and thanksgiving. It's totally a nostalgic/comfort food.


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I didn't realize I was nostalgic for scrambled eggs until I made some based on this tofu-and-Vegg recipe yesterday and inhaled the entire batch (containing not just 8 oz. a whole block of Mori-Nu tofu) in like ten minutes.


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chocolate chip cookies! they hit the mom-made these spot each time.

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Weird 80's casseroles with corn flakes and stuff. My mom always used to make stuff like that when I was a kid.

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Roasted apples. There was a year or two where we made them for nighttime snack every Sunday night.


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Buttered fried wide noodles with a lot of pepper.


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Banana walnut loaf. My Mom is boss at making that! Also,popcorn. Good ol' celebratory snack, easy to recreate at home yay!

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 Post subject: Re: Nostalgic Foods
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Taco Doritos. We never had lots of junk food around, but I got to pick something to take to on a weekend trip to Virginia Beach when I was around 10. Ever since I associate them strongly with that beach trip.

Every time I see a bag, especially with the retro 80s packaging, the craving is overwhelming. I just want to know if the taste will bring all those memories back. I think that's the only time I've had them since they were discontinued for a long time.

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Shepheard's pie. It's such a comfort food, and my mom made it a lot when I was a kid...


Also, donuts. I LOVE donuts, especially yeast donuts. I can get vegan cake donuts quite easily, but I really prefer the fluffiness of yeast donuts.


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Shepheard's pie. It's such a comfort food, and my mom made it a lot when I was a kid...


Also, donuts. I LOVE donuts, especially yeast donuts. I can get vegan cake donuts quite easily, but I really prefer the fluffiness of yeast donuts.


Have you tried the shepherds pie in Appetite for Reduction? It's the best.

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 Post subject: Re: Nostalgic Foods
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Chicken pot pie and Chicken casserole.

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i have a few: tuna casserole, three bean salad and lasagna (favorites my momma used to make), those cherry "pies" you could buy at gas stations that were wrapped in some kinda wax paper packaging (reminds me of high school marching band trips), chocolate chip cookies and sweet pickles (reminds me of my grandmother).


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 Post subject: Re: Nostalgic Foods
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I think mine are fideo (which my family adds cheese to it) which I have made a couple times veganized and my mom used to make something for me which was warm rice, milk, cinnamon, sugar and raisins. I do my own version once in a while.

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Flapjacks - I am not sure what they are called in america - but my mum used to make them for us using golden syrup and if I was lucky I'd get to lick the spoon!

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emmalv wrote:
Buttered fried wide noodles with a lot of pepper.
I want a bowl of these right now!

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 Post subject: Re: Nostalgic Foods
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Freshly baked bread. My parents were both big bread bakers, so the smell of bread baking often takes me back to childhood.
Pinto bean tacos on soft corn tortillas. We lived on these.

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 Post subject: Re: Nostalgic Foods
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any junk food was such a treat for me that it is total flashback material. soda too. (only on holidays!)

that said, when i was visiting my mom she made sauerbraten and dumplings (and i made a vegan version) and it was a blast from the past. but the best are all from my grandmother: soda bread (hard as a rock, with caraway seeds and raisins, toasted), and horrible sausages roasted in an aluminum pan with sauerkraut til everything is squishy, maybe with some potatoes thrown in there. one of these days i will have to veganize that. and tea. strong enough for the spoon to stand up in, with too much sugar.

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Desdemona wrote:
emmalv wrote:
Buttered fried wide noodles with a lot of pepper.
I want a bowl of these right now!


So do I now! Since I posted I keep thinking about it.
I remembered another one: those ladyfinger-shaped cookies called Stella something or another. They came in plastic packaging with the Italian flag colors, and I think they might've been an east coast/midwest thing? Anyway, those instantly bring me to the upstairs apartment of my grandparents' Chicago bungalow where my great grandmother always had a stash in one of those old stainless steel breadboxes.


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 Post subject: Re: Nostalgic Foods
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stella doro! i want to say that some of them are vegan (the S shaped ones?) i may be totally making that up though. the ladyfinger ones must have egg white.

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 Post subject: Re: Nostalgic Foods
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I'm embarrassed about this one, but McDonalds Chicken McNuggets and fries. (And honestly, any fast food) Only because on every family road trip down to Florida or South Carolina we'd stop at McDonalds for lunch. And then me and my cousins would get to play on the play set. The happy meal toys would also entertain us for a good portion of the drive. Haven't had McDonalds in years and don't ever plan to and I don't know if I'll ever try to veganize McDonalds. But wow those memories.

Also, this is a weird one, but the drink Surge and I think it was called ecto cooler. Do they still make those?


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 Post subject: Re: Nostalgic Foods
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stella doro! i want to say that some of them are vegan (the S shaped ones?) i may be totally making that up though. the ladyfinger ones must have egg white.


Yes, those are the ones! Actually, there is a store in town that caters to east-coasters - its a ma and pa place and they order "specialty" items like giardinara and oke-doke popcorn and stuff that west coasties don't know about - and I bet they have them there. I'll have to check on their veganness next time I'm there.


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 Post subject: Re: Nostalgic Foods
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My grandma's cheese pita (Serbian cheese pie with filo, eggs, cream cheese, brick cheese, and butter). I've veganized it but it's not the same.

Also, rice krispies and olives (on the side), buttered noodles (better with nooch honestly), noodle soup, taco bell Mexican Pizza, homemade bread, tomato salad, palacinke (crepes), and homemade french fries.

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 Post subject: Re: Nostalgic Foods
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Potato soup and a soup that has kale, sausage, and fennel. I've veganized the kale, sausage, fennel one but not the potato. That kale soup was the first time I had kale and it was so good! I've made it a lot with Field Roast or homemade sausages and it is just as good. Ooh, and buckeye balls, those bring back memories of Christmas time at my Grandma's house and sneaking buckeyes out of the fridge in the garage every chance I could.

The thing that I think would be the most nostalgic would be lefse, but I haven't made it (or eaten it) since my grandma died in 2005. I've been afraid to try making it vegan in case it is terrible but I should just give it a try one of these days.

And now I really want some noochy buttery noodles.

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Southern family gathering ham rolls and soda served in a waxed paper cup.

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