We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Mommys of America commonly made winter casseroles using cans of Campbell's soups. Mushroom soup, especially. We're getting into Hotdish territory here.
In the good old days, eating in restaurants was not routine as it is now, but instead was a special treat for birthdays and anniversaries. Take-out Chinese, much less Thai or sushi, did not exist. Moms used to have food budgets, but no more because good food has, blessedly, become such a small component of an American family budget.
I sure hope moms still make stuff like this: Easy Creamy Chicken Casserole because it is good, and heart-warming. Ritz cracker topping. Wow. Put it on white rice.
Then home-made chocolate pudding for dessert with Jiffy Whip or Cool Whip on top. Perfection. Thanks, Moms of America!
I used to have a Campbell's Soup cookbook. One of my favorites, circa 1985/90, was a take on macaroni and cheese where you sauteed some onions, added a can of mushroom soup and maybe a little milk, then added about a cup and a half of grated cheddar and your pasta. I used to use bow ties (farfalle). You could add chicken to this if you wanted to. I confess, I ate this quite often in my young, bachelorette days. Easy to reconstruct, of course, without the canned soup.
I once had a recipe for Harry's Chicken Soup (a la Harry's Bar Roma), from a Sunset Italian cookbook. It was a cream of chicken soup, with Parmesan and eggs, plus homemade stock and shredded meat from a whole chicken, as I recall.. I keep looking for it online with no luck
Did anybody else have a grandmother, growing up, who kept a real cookie jar filled w/ homemade cookies? Nothing fancy: sugar cookies, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin That is the most luxurious food in the world to me. To be able to walk into a kitchen and seea pretty jar, filled w/ cookies, and you can take as many as you want (after all, she's your grandmother, not your mother!)
Also, my grandmother always had a jar of home-made iced tea in the fridge in the summer. Just there, like magic! She flavored it w/ real mint and oranges.