Wow, I’m old—Kraft Mac & Cheese was 15 cents a box, and I couldn’t afford vodka to mix with it. But for variety, rice-a-roni at 33 cents was a treat. But, hey a sausage pizza with extra cheese from the joint down the street was a buck! I ate really bad in college.
I would saute’ anything in the fridge that wasn’t growing mold in olive oil and garlic, serve it over pasta with cheese. I also would buy a chicken leg quarter and make chicken soup out of it. Weekends, when it was warm, I would grill chicken legs or game hen on the "smokin josephus". Other fav’s included chili, and lentil soup.
When my spirits were "elevated" I might mix refries with salsa, cover it with jack cheeze, pop it in the oven and eat the whole thing with tortilla chips and a quart of Old Style….Then I’d "elevate" my spirits again and…
My senior year, I lived in a dorm with an actual kitchen, and a couple of times a year I would make a "nice" dinner like spaghetti with sausage or teriyaki chicken. But most of the time, I made this tuna sandwiches in the dorm cafeteria. They had just plain, undressed tuna on the salad bar., so I threw it in a bowl with ranch dressing and chopped up carrots and slathered on bread.
Also, I used to drink big cups of coffee with tea bags stuck in them to heighten the caffeine level. But I can’t do that anymore.
During my freshmen year my roommate used to come back from his various adventures and, of course, make some food. Ramen served well for a while but then he got onto Mac and Cheese. Pretty standard stuff until he decided to prolong his innebriation by using not water but Vodka to cook the noodles…Not only did it taste horrific (i tried it…ONCE) but it made the room smell like some sort of demonic flatulence for about a week and half after every time he did it. Strangely enough, he liked it made with Vodka, but hated it the time that he tried it with beer. It was a very interesting year.
Great idea, Elise…….can I start by suggesting Takefuku in torrance…..japanese noodles with some sushi—–most expensive thing is a combo plate for 12 dollars……..always fresh with a primarily japanese clientele. Not fancy at all and cash only. For 6 bucks you can get a huge bowl of noodle soup with shrimp tempura. I wish we’d had that around when I went to CSUN
haha, it’s like in My Fair Lady, when they can pinpoint a person by accent…kind of scary, hunh? I’m going to start an LA thread in where to eat and we can all gab more…
Yes Elise, I’m a CSUN Grad…….also loved the chiese food at Brother’s around the corner from Sierra Hall and the Felafel Pplace across the street on Reseda
Cupid’s? Tommy’s? Did you go to CSUN?
My dorm room 5 major food groups:
1. Top Ramen (What did anyone do before Top Ramen?)
2. Apple fritters (For some reason my room-mate’s dad used to bring her huge bags of apples every week. I ate more apple fritters at 3 am than I’d ever eaten in my whole life.)
4. Beans and rice (Luckily I went back to college as an adult and already knew how to make red beans and rice!)
5. Alcohol (We were 3 redheaded girls living in a confined space. I used to put ice cream, chocolate syrup and any alcohol I could find…usually vodka and kahlua, into the blender. Those shakes were the only thing that kept us from killing eachother).
Cupid Hot dogs and Tommy’s Chili Burgers. Oh——and Jack-in-the Box fried tacos!!! Man, were my tastes exotic then!
I was married and we had one child when I was working on my BA degree in Salem, Mass. As posted on another thread I cooked at a Howard Johnson’s those years..I ate ok, and the rest of the family seemed to survive…Hmmmm now that you mention it, I wonder what they did eat??[;)] (lots of Hamburger Helper)
Criminy, how could I forget tuna fish, another staple when it was 10 cents a can. We would mix it with a can of cream of mushroom soup, over rice ir nnodles with either crushed potato chips, or sauted cheap white bread croutons. I don’t eat canned tuna today, perhaps a holdover from no money days.
As I think about it there were some other things we would dine on. Turbot and monkfish were considered trash fish and were very cheap then, no longer now. Another cheap food was lamb shanks, nobody ate trotters then, and I think they were about 10 cents a pound. I pay 2.99 a pound today.
The other things that were very CHEAP were the offal meats, i.e., brains, sweetbreads, heart, liver, kidney, etc which I still eat today. Sweetbreads in a cream and garlic sauce, some like a red sauce. Or calves brains and scrambled eggs were great then, still great today. And how can anyone resist liver and onions and bacon. Well acutally there are people who don’t uderstand the delight of that meal. My family certainly doesn’t. I have to make it when they are not home, the smell makes them sick. Add a can of beets and it it pure heaven. perhps the OFFAL meats deserve a category of there own. Enjoy
I seem to remember a lot of pot pies but I mostly ate in the dorm. I went to a private religious based college and on Sundays when the dining hall was closed, we would manage to get ourselves invited to a church supper some where.
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And upon graduation – The day I received my diploma in the mail I said "As God as my witness, if I have to lie, cheat, steal or kill, as God as my witness, I will never eat Top Ramen again!"
Then a few years later, I became a full-time political campaign volunteer and once again subsisted on……The campaign did actually pay me in pizza and gin.
I honestly dont remember much more than bagels and cheddar cheese, and Top Ramen.
Before I graduated from the University of Tennessee, I went to a junion college in Decatur, Mississippi. I ate at the college cookerie ever day and after dinner, I went downtown Decatur which was two blocks long. There was a cafe there called "Pearls" I had a piece of pecan pie and a coke ever night. Was it ever good.
Paul E. Smith
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