lol jmckee, I so agree! I have a son who is 21 who visits, 4 teens, 1 tween and a younger guy. I have to cook enough to feed the U.S Army daily just to keep them from fainting from lack of protein.
Growing up I ate what was placed before me with no question, even if I hated it. We rarely ate out and fast food was something we did only once or twice a year. That could also be because my little poduck town of only 400 only had 1 fast food place until Hardee’s moved in and we became a ‘big’ town with two places…and they had to add a second red light to cover the turning lane lol.
My parents and grandparents were sharecroppers (a huge chicken farm) so we had an abundance of fresh fruits, veggies, chickens, eggs, beef, milk, goats milk and pork to choose from. We may not have had new shoes every year but we never went hungry.
I think folks think my kids are strange because they just had their first twinkie and spagetti O’s over the holidays and hated both. My 9 year old said it tasted like canned socks rofl. We homeschool so our lunches tend to be a bit healthier than the pizza and mystery meat lunches they served when I was in school. Not that I ever ate them. Folks drooled when I pulled out fried chicken, biscuits and apple fritters from home [:D]
I have a resident Freshman in my house. The answer is: Everything. He eats Everything. In Large Quantities and with Great Frequency.
I ate whatever mom cooked — and we all sat at the table for dinner (to the extent possible!).
In the 10th and 11th grades of high school, I usually had a hamburger covered in onions or whatever looked edible, as we weren’t allowed to leave the school for lunch. In the 12th grade, I only had to go to school from 8:00 – 11:30 and had a car (my dad’s old cutlass supreme with a V8 engine, perfect first car for a teenager, eh? [}:)] ) so we’d head out to the fast food places so it was lots of pizza, burgers, Arby’s, and Druthers (back when Druthers had the salad bar with the fried veggies). Red Lobster, York Steak House, Chi Chi’s, and Szechaun Garden were favorites during the times we teens had the money for such "luxuries".
Lots of pasta (except it was all called macaroni), tons of raw hamburger, hot dogs, cooked hamburgers, clams, lobsters, apizza, sub sandwiches, pastrami, corned beef, chopped liver — really anything to avoid having to try to eat my mother’s cooking.
Hoagies, milkshakes and malts, soup and pies were the staple foods of teendom in our area of PA. We always had a big pot of soup and a pie or two in the fridge for the hordes of kids who used to hang out at our house. By my teens, I’d been cooking for years and my favorite things to make for my friends were BLT’s or club sandwiches, chicken rice soup and lemon meringue pies.
If we went out after a dance or movie, it was usually for ice cream or milkshakes. The Guernsey Cow on the site of the current Exton PA mall was a big favorite. Sometimes we’d go to one of the numerous hole-in-the-wall "sub shops" and get hoagies and take them back to eat at someone’s house. Cheese steaks were available too but hoagies seemed to be preferred.
For burgers, we’d go to Gino’s in West Chester PA or drive down to the Charcoal Pit, which still exists as a Roadfood classic today. The parking lot used to be much larger and quite dark in the nether regions. They had a guard who tapped on the windows when the activities in the cars became steamier than the burgers.
There was a drive-in called Breuninger’s which had teen dances in the parking lot but by my high school years, the "sock hop" era had ended and it was just another sandwich shop.
Some of the Italian sub shops also made pizza but I don’t remember having it very often.
Once in a while, we’d venture down toward Philadelphia to the Main Point coffee house or to one of the beef ‘n’ beer places popular in the 60’s era. (For some reason, the names always seemed to begin with "Ye Olde".) There would be a big beef roast and a whole ham and the bartender would slice them to order and serve on hard rolls, along with draft birch beer, since we were not old enough to be served beer.
Most teen dances were held at volunteer fire companies and the womens’ auxiliaries would sell refreshments during intermission – hot dogs, sloppy joes, pie and those little paper cartons of milk.
We had a drive-in movie, roller skating rink and a bowling alley nearby and the major food groups at all three were popcorn and Cokes.
There were six of us so our folks did a lot of chilis, soups and stews and I really appreciate those more now than I did then. I was a big one for wheat toast slathered with peanut butter so it melted, for breakfast or a snack, and I took a lot of baloney sandwiches to school (on wheat, with american cheese and yellow mustard). When I would ‘cook’ something for myself it was usually a tiny two-egg omelet with american cheese, which I now would think of more as a hockey puck–way overcooked. I mean, we had a lot of Banquet frozen chicken and fish sticks and instant mashed potatoes and canned vegetables. The standard stuff if you have a lot of kids and can’t/don’t have time to cook. Oh, and goodies stocked up at the day-old bakery that were then stuck in the freezer. I ate a frozen donut or two. 🙂
Anybody brought this up? What did you eat in Jr High and High School?
I was difficult in all phases, peanut butter all the time. Until High School, when I had time to cook on the weekends, for myself. I, and others I know, did not even like pizza until about age 13.
But even my own cooking was very limited… I recall only a few staples.
Peanut Butter (lunch every day)
Macaroni (with butter, salt, and pepper, no tomato sauce)
Baked Beans (no additional BBQ sauce)
Corn Bread (no jalapenos)
Homemade Tacos (ground beef, and nothing else)
For some reason, in High School I learned to make little sandwiches with French rolls, "Carl Buddig" brand "pastrami", and butter. I’d throw them in aluminum foil and bake ’em for a few minutes. At that time I did learn to like a plain McDonald’s 1/4 pounder, COOKED MEDIUM RARE, which they would do then!
It would be funny to hear more retarded stories from ya’ll.
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