My Favorite Childhood Dishes

Since I started this blog out of my love of some of the silly (yet still good) foods of my youth, I’d thought I’d share some of my favorite dishes.

Sloppy Joe’s With Beef and Hamburger

This is a dish I once had at my aunts, and she took leftover beef and combined it with hamburger, BBQ sauce (I think she used Open Pit), garlic, and cooked it in a crockpot until it was all combined. So good. I make this dish myself, except I use Sweet Baby Ray’s and also cook the beef in beer first.

Creamed Corn and Sausages

Sound gross? It’s so not. My hubby didn’t believe me at first that this was a “real” dish from the 60s, and not something my mom just made up when there were only creamed corn and sausages left in the cupboard, but then he found a book in a used bookstore that had a picture of it. So there! (The thing is, we didn’t buy that book, and now I wish we did. I can’t remember what else was in it but I bet it was some good stuff.)

Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich

I don’t know if this qualifies as kitschy exactly, but I like it and had to include it on this list.

Round Steak Supreme

This dish qualifies as kitsch for two reasons: it comes from a church cookbook we got in the 70s, and it has a kitschy name. It’s not just round steak, it’s round steak supreme.

Pork Chops With Apple

This is a recipe I found in the old Settlement Cookbook. Have you looked in that thing? I can’t even say it’s kitschy because to this day it is really useful and informative.

A Mysterious Cake

I can’t tell you about the cake yet, because it’s a family secret. But it’s unique and delicious. I promise you. (You’ll just have to take my word for it.) It has a kitschy name, it looks kitschy, we don’t really know where the recipe came from because my grandma made it and she even couldn’t remember where she got it or if she made it up (she was a pretty amazing cook, and I’m betting she did make it up because it’s so weird I can’t myself it coming from anywhere else, and I mean that lovingly), it’s a bit difficult to make, but worth it.