Today's Mon Funday is being hosted by Little Debbie. She has asked us to post about our favorite food.
My favorite food is Comfort Food.
Actually, she asked us to do this LAST Monday. I had my Veterans' Day post up and running and truly planned to post about food on Tuesday but turned around twice and here it is almost a week later.
Somewhere I have photos but they've gone missing, so just use your imagination.
I ate these 'comfort foods' when I was a kid. Still do. Growing up in the boondocks of 'Okrahoma' meant that we didn't go to town to buy groceries very often. Usually on Saturdays, but sometimes every other Saturday. We shopped at S&S Grocery Store. The S's stood for Stephenson. If you've never heard about one of the largest donations ever made to Oklahoma University, read here.
That meant by the end of the week, there might not be much left in the cabinets or 'ice box,' as we called it.
Many, many times we had breakfast-for-supper. I loved having a pancake swimming in syrup with a piece of bacon at night. (We called dinner - supper in Okrahoma.)
Biscuits and gravy was another favorite of mine. Mom could make the best gravy of anyone I ever knew. It was perfect everytime and she never measured anything. If we didn't have milk for the gravy, we had biscuits and Black Strap Molasses.
When the groceries were low, we had peanut butter and banana sammiches. Or san-fins as my oldest daughter called them. Mom would use a fork to mash up the banana, mix in the peanut butter, and slather it on a piece of bread. We called it a fold-over because we usually had one piece of bread for each of us.
Then there was the staple: cornbread. We either buttered it and smeared on homemade jelly, but if there was milk in the ice box, we crumbled it in a glass of milk. I loved very cold milk with warm cornbread swimming in it.
One of my favorites was mayonaise sandwiches. Yup. Just a piece of bread with good 'ole mayo on it. I thought my mom was a great cook when she made these.
We also had chili and Saltine Crackers. And, a bowl of canned peaches on the side. The sweet and the salty.
Sometimes we just had dessert. During the summer, this meant homemade banana ice cream. I ate mine with potato chips. Again . . . the sweet and the salty.
Probably my favorite meal was chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, and canned biscuits.
Or, red beans, fried potatoes, spinach, pepper sauce, and cornbread. Usually we had something called Wacky Cake with this meal which is something close to a Sheet Cake but not as flat.
And last, but not least, my favorite comfort food is banana pudding. Not the kind of pudding from a box but the kind that is made from scratch. The kind where you stand and stir and stir and stir to keep it from sticking and burning. The pudding is really vanilla with sliced bananas and vanilla wafers layered in. The more vanilla wafers, the better. Eating it while it's warm is heaven. If there's any left over the next day, and if the bananas have started to turn brown, that's when I push them aside and just eat the pudding and the cookies.