Like mom used to make

Like mom used to make

Joined: March 8th, 2004, 4:36 pm

February 12th, 2008, 8:02 pm #1

Did your mom ever make something that was a failure? Stood out as less than spectacular? Memorably bad? My mother seemed to have trouble with meatloaf. I remember once my father was not delighted with some meatloaf and perhaps I wasn't, either so my mother gave it to the dog. She used to feed the dog on a piece of wax paper set in a pie tin. When Trinket the peke walked over to it she began to use her face to cover the meatloaf with the wax paper. Of course my mother never lived that down. Needless to say we didn't get a lot of meatloaf after that.

And then there was the Christmas morning she exploded two eggs and they ended up across the room, on the ceiling.

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Joined: October 8th, 2007, 1:15 pm

February 12th, 2008, 8:42 pm #2


1) Bread and Butter pickles - really did taste like kerosene, ala Aunt Bea of Mayberry fame

2) Pickled turtle eggs - yes, turtle eggs - they were like ping pong balls only less edible

3) Strawberry Brick Bat - her attempt at shortcake - could have been used to pave the highway or at least fill pot holes.

In later years, she actually became a very good cook (although crawfish sushi rolls were okay - they were not really GOOD) and made delicious roasts, soups, and gumbo.
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Joined: August 21st, 2003, 2:58 am

February 13th, 2008, 12:50 am #3

Did your mom ever make something that was a failure? Stood out as less than spectacular? Memorably bad? My mother seemed to have trouble with meatloaf. I remember once my father was not delighted with some meatloaf and perhaps I wasn't, either so my mother gave it to the dog. She used to feed the dog on a piece of wax paper set in a pie tin. When Trinket the peke walked over to it she began to use her face to cover the meatloaf with the wax paper. Of course my mother never lived that down. Needless to say we didn't get a lot of meatloaf after that.

And then there was the Christmas morning she exploded two eggs and they ended up across the room, on the ceiling.

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Mama was a wonderful cook but she was thwarted at every turn because my father was an extremely picky eater and picky to the point of being annoying. One thing I could barely stomach was Mama's chili. My father didn't like chili powder or any kind of peppers, and he liked his beans to be "individuals", not cooked down to a nice blend, so Mama's chili was more of a thin, bland soup of ground meat, tomatoes and individual beans with a grease slick. Quite honestly, it was gross but we ate it. Never realized how good chili could be until later in life.

Mama's meatloaf, however, was a thing of beauty. My father didn't eat meatloaf at all so she could cook it any way she liked and not worry about pleasing my father.
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Joined: June 19th, 2007, 3:32 pm

February 13th, 2008, 1:26 am #4

Did your mom ever make something that was a failure? Stood out as less than spectacular? Memorably bad? My mother seemed to have trouble with meatloaf. I remember once my father was not delighted with some meatloaf and perhaps I wasn't, either so my mother gave it to the dog. She used to feed the dog on a piece of wax paper set in a pie tin. When Trinket the peke walked over to it she began to use her face to cover the meatloaf with the wax paper. Of course my mother never lived that down. Needless to say we didn't get a lot of meatloaf after that.

And then there was the Christmas morning she exploded two eggs and they ended up across the room, on the ceiling.

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My mother is a wonderful cook who can make just about anything but when we were kids, we came home from school one day to the most atrocious odor. On the stove was a big pot simmering with kidneys. I don't know if they were beef or veal or what but they smelled awful. We refused to eat them. I don't remember what my father did but I can't imagine him eating them either.

My mother had some old memory, that day, of eating kidneys that were very good. I don't know if she prepped or cooked them "wrong" but they were horribly odorous.

Anybody had good kidneys? If so, how were they prepared/cooked.

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Joined: April 18th, 2005, 1:12 am

February 13th, 2008, 1:35 am #5

in 1983, I could not wait to wrap my lips around the traditional steak and kidney pie. One bite and I exclaimed to my traveling companion, "Ew, this tastes like organ meat!" What in the hell was I expecting? Kidneys ARE organs - I never made the connection! I was all of 23, and honestly, it is such a bad memory, I've never given steak and kidney pie another shot in all these many trips since.
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Joined: June 19th, 2007, 3:32 pm

February 13th, 2008, 1:49 am #6

I don't have a problem with other organs but those kidneys my mother made smelled like concentrated urine and I can't imagine that they tasted otherwise.

Where is Chef Pete when we need him? I'd lay money down to bet that he can make kidneys taste great.

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Joined: August 21st, 2003, 1:01 pm

February 13th, 2008, 5:21 am #7

Mama was a wonderful cook but she was thwarted at every turn because my father was an extremely picky eater and picky to the point of being annoying. One thing I could barely stomach was Mama's chili. My father didn't like chili powder or any kind of peppers, and he liked his beans to be "individuals", not cooked down to a nice blend, so Mama's chili was more of a thin, bland soup of ground meat, tomatoes and individual beans with a grease slick. Quite honestly, it was gross but we ate it. Never realized how good chili could be until later in life.

Mama's meatloaf, however, was a thing of beauty. My father didn't eat meatloaf at all so she could cook it any way she liked and not worry about pleasing my father.
Pretty much the same story as the chili, I guess. It was in a "gravy" that was kind of greasy water. It might have been okay with some thickener and some seasonings, but again, there was our father involved. Her freedom fries weren't the greatest either, but she did a fantastic job otherwise, especially considering the picky-husband burden she worked under and the budget she worked with.
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Joined: December 29th, 2003, 4:04 pm

February 13th, 2008, 6:32 am #8

I don't have a problem with other organs but those kidneys my mother made smelled like concentrated urine and I can't imagine that they tasted otherwise.

Where is Chef Pete when we need him? I'd lay money down to bet that he can make kidneys taste great.

Mr. Lake


New Orleans Past
I am sure there was something but I can't think of anything.

God, smelling those kidneys must have been awful. Dennis told me that aunt Bee used to cook tripe and he would gag. He said it smelled like someone with a terrible digestive problem expelling gas.

...........and people eat this stuff? I'd rather be impaled on a fence.
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