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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Wed, 12/15/04 1:48 PM
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Massachusetts high school lunch in the 80's:

A love it or leave it "meal" was something called Pizza-burger, which resounds with a lot more potential than it actually offered, but I loved it anyway.



It sounds intriguing. Since you seem to be the only person to have experienced this item, would you mind trying to recreate it one of these days?

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Wed, 12/15/04 3:02 PM
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I should contact my old school and see if the recipe still exists. There's no way I could recreate it faithfully because both the sauce and the Cheez-It thingies were unique in taste and texture. They seemed like Cheez-its, they tasted like Cheez-its, but I have no idea if they were Cheez-its. Several students were convinced the bun topping was simply reconstituted dog food, but it was a dog food we enjoyed.

I remember one lunch lady named Juanita who was quite plump from the hips up, and skinny as a rail from the waist down. She had the same body type as the Billy Crystal character from Monster's Inc.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Wed, 12/15/04 3:12 PM
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I've often referred to mass cultural distaste for something we secretly enjoy and the societal peer pressures associated with it as "High School Cafeteria Syndrome"

We're culturally trained to hate it, but it was never really as bad as we claim. There were aspects of it that we actually enjoyed and miss but we'll never publicly admit to it.


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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Wed, 12/15/04 3:16 PM
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Just like those burgers I mentioned earlier that my HS served. I love to bitch about the painted on grill marks and the gray mystery meat patty, but I sure ate the hell out of em, and would no doubt do so if presented with a plateful today.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Thu, 12/16/04 2:36 PM
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It has been so long ago that my memory of elementary school is somewhat retarded. What I recall most in high school was the sloppy joe's burger and the apple crisp. Every time it was available, I would purchase. To this day, I still make the same dish when I can although it never seems the same as when I had it in high school during 1956-1950.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Thu, 12/16/04 3:34 PM
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My high school used to make a 'hot hamburger sandwich' which I loved. They would make a hamburger cream gravy (probably from govt surplus food). Then they would put a slice of white bread on the plate, add a scoop of mashed potatoes, add another slice of white bread on top, and then ladel the hamburger gravy over the entire thing.

The only food rebellion I remember was when they made 'sloppy joes' using tuna fish.


Dino

Oh, yuk! Sloppy Joes made with tuna fish...did they try to pin a catchy name on them like Sloppy Jonahs, Fishy Joes, Sloppy Starkist, or Field & Stream? Or were they hoping no one would notice the switcheroo?

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Thu, 07/28/05 6:59 PM
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Anyone ever had "baloney boats?" LOL! These were basically bologna fried just until the edges curled up (like a boat) filled with mashed potatoes and topped with melted cheese. Probably a Florida Original. I also remember "Johnny Marzetti"-- nasssteeee! Always served with nasty cole slaw too. Barf-day!
One culinary delight of lunchlady land stands out in my mind. In Florida it was called "potatoe turbate." It was basically ground beef and onions smothered in brown gravy and spooned over mashed potatoes. I've made my own version over the years (heavy on the garlic) but nothing quite compares to my elementary school memoried. Ahh- comfort food!

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Sun, 07/31/05 3:49 AM
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Grade school food in the 80's was, interesting.

The whole city got the same food, the junior highs & high schools had more of a selection.

I remember Tuesday as sausage pizza day, Wednesday as hot ham & cheese, which I think sparked off my hatred of ham. They would give you one slice of ham, and some cheese, on a bun, wrapped in tin foil. The ham they used usually had a large white thread of fat, tendon, whatever running through it, which would not come off w/your bite, but instead stick out of the sandwich. That was a day I went hungry, or would trade for other things. They would give you 2 packages--a hot one & a cold one. The cold one usually had a piece of fruit (peach or pear half, fruit cocktail, applesauce) and another 2 things, like a stick of cheese and a piece of garlic bread (w/spaghetti) The hot one held your chicken legs, tater tots, spaghetti w/meat sauce, hot dog, hamburger, etc. Occasionally, we would get something good like pancakes & syrup & sausage links. For that one, I would always get chocolate milk instead of white. But for that lunch only. Every other time I drank white.

When I was in 6th grade we moved & I insisted upon taking my lunches to this school. I had eaten enough of Kenosha Unified's lunches to know that they weren't going to get any better.

In Ohio I took my lunch. That was 1986, 7th grade & I can remember they sold pretzel rods in their cafeteria. I can't remember ever eating a hot lunch @ that school.

Same in New Jersey. I don't think I ever ate a cafeteria lunch there. By then my mom had figured out that leftovers = lunchbox fodder.

When we moved back here in 1988, same thing, junior high cafeteria had a bit more choices than the grade school, but that didn't matter. I wasn't going to eat it. They also had a cart where you could buy ice cream sandwiches, and an ala carte line. Not sure what the difference was between that & the regular lunch. The only thing I can vouch for that I liked in 10 years in that school system was the pizza boats & of course the salad bar. But that wasn't until high school, 1989.

When we moved to the city we live in now, they had machines in their lunch room where you could buy a small can of ravioli, spaghetti, etc for $1. With some chips & a soda from the other vending machines, you could just do a machine lunch for under $3.

But they also served the regular food & ALWAYS had my favorite, kosher pickles. One day I bought 10 pickle spears & just ate that for lunch. The other thing I liked there was the broccoli cheese soup. I used to dip the fries into it.

Oh & the churros! This city has a large Mexican population, and the Mexican food here is awesome.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Sun, 07/31/05 10:47 AM
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Our cafeteria food wall always excellent.
The schools (grammer, junior/middle and high) were relatively small and the smell of the baking rolls started perminating the halls by second period. Every one was in a 'feeding frenzy' by lunch.
The vegetable/beef soup, meat loaf and chicken pot pie-- all legendary.



Ditto! Perhaps the most enjoyable piece of bread I have ever eaten was in grade school. Yes, the smell of fresh baked rolls had the whole building salivating by lunchtime, and more than made up for any deficiencies in the noon meal. Also peanut butter strips and mac and cheese stood out in my memory. My grandmother was a food service worker in our school prior to the days of contract feeding. I have a recipe of mac and cheese from her that I suspect is based on the school version. I also cleaned up on weiner and sauerkraut day since no one else would touch the stuff.
Some of the best salsa I have ever tasted also came from an institutional setting. The mess personnel at Camp Mabry (Austin, TX-1980's) produced some of the freshest salsa around. Whole serving pans full of firey goodness! It would be served for several meals until the batch was gone making it "meaner" with each tasting.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Sun, 07/31/05 4:03 PM
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As with so many parts of our daily lives, cafeteria food was so much better when the government(national, state, local, take your pick) kept their stinkin' paws out of our business.

I graduated from high school in 1965 & I fondly remember the great food I had at our school cafeterias. All the cooks wers of a certain age & of a certain size. Round kind faces & plump(sometimes downright fat!) shapes, with their hair done up in hair nets. Boy, could they cook. I loved their spagetti with meat sauce, real turkey & dressing, handformed hamburgers, made from scratch french fries. I could go on & on. all the rolls, cookies, cakes, pies,etc, were made from scratch. Also, our drink choices were milk, water, & milk. No soda machines, no juice boxes.

When I was in grade school, we did not have a cafeteria, but on Fridays the PTA moms would make hot dogs(this was in West Virginia, so they were slaw dogs with homemade chili & slaw. We could smell the chili cooking all morning & by lunch time, we all were sooo hungry. Those PTA moms hot dogs were the best I have ever eaten!!!

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Sat, 11/19/05 8:01 PM
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Originally posted by corabeth

As with so many parts of our daily lives, cafeteria food was so much better when the government(national, state, local, take your pick) kept their stinkin' paws out of our business.

I graduated from high school in 1965 & I fondly remember the great food I had at our school cafeterias. All the cooks wers of a certain age & of a certain size. Round kind faces & plump(sometimes downright fat!) shapes, with their hair done up in hair nets. Boy, could they cook. I loved their spagetti with meat sauce, real turkey & dressing, handformed hamburgers, made from scratch french fries. I could go on & on. all the rolls, cookies, cakes, pies,etc, were made from scratch. Also, our drink choices were milk, water, & milk. No soda machines, no juice boxes.

When I was in grade school, we did not have a cafeteria, but on Fridays the PTA moms would make hot dogs(this was in West Virginia, so they were slaw dogs with homemade chili & slaw. We could smell the chili cooking all morning & by lunch time, we all were sooo hungry. Those PTA moms hot dogs were the best I have ever eaten!!!


It sounds like you went to school with me! I also graduated in 1965 and you described the cafeteria workers perfectly! I went to a small school, there were maybe 110 kids in 4 grades in high school. They fed us to good! They would serve you going down a line and give you plenty but there was always a pot setting over to the side. If we had Spanish hamburger it was filled with that. If we had pizza there would be 3-4 pizzas setting over there, see it was help yourself to seconds! I do not remember ever getting a bad meal there.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Sun, 11/20/05 10:28 PM
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Our cafeteria food in high school in the mid 1960s in Newark, NJ, was average, though I had it practically every day, for .37 cents. It was .10 more if you wanted a square of cake, which was great. The frosting was wonderful.

Funny, how I can taste it now. This taste olfactory memory thing sure is something, Monsieur Proust.

The good day was Friday, when they made their version of Pizza on Pizza Bread (kind of a thick, open pita). Think I'll make some tomorrow.

I often thought to brown bag it, but always seemed to forget my lunch and would have to borrow the .47. So, Mom gave me the .47 every day. I had great fun in the cafeteria with my best buddies.

But eating with them now, when possible, is about as much fun. We're all still in touch...all 18 of us.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Mon, 11/21/05 10:21 AM
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I graduated high school in 1973. I attended school for twelve years in the Charlotte Mecklenburg system.

Our elementary school had a policy of you had to at least try everything, really try it not just an atom to the end of your tongue, until I threw up on the teacher's shoes after a big bite of liver. Sorry Mrs. Edwards.

My junior high had a crazy food manager and a great staff. Some of the best food I've ever eaten. Fresh yeast rolls everyday, meatloaf better than my mother's, and great green beans. She had the shop build her chicken coops so she could have hens for eggs. She fed the chickens the powdered this and that they supplied for us and had the ag class raise vegetables in a green house and in an outside garden. The home econ classes would can veggies from the gardens. This went on for fifteen or so years until a new manager came in downtown and fired her. She opened a restaurant w/ her whole staff (they quit in protest) and made a bundle.

My high school food was horrible. Either packed lunch or drove into town for three years. I'm sure I ate there, but I just don't remember it. I do remember "The Little Store" , egg salad sandwiches, Sealtest orange drinks and kiss or two w/ Regina before going back to class. Ahhh yes...and I wanted to grow why??


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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Mon, 11/21/05 10:37 AM
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Moi missed out on all of these great rolls some of you remember. I remember the fake mashed potatoes slung out on an ice cream scoop, the greasy fennel pizza rectangles, the horrid hot ham and cheese sandwiches, and the weird "crisp whatever" desserts. I do have fond memories of the spiced cake with the white icing.
I can safely say my "Hair Bear Bunch" lunchbox got quite a workout, and is probably worth something on ebay today!

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Mon, 11/21/05 12:54 PM
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i haven't been to roadfood for a while... SO i went to check out the original article posted for this forum and it's gone! boo hoo.

But i read alot of the responses and hafta add my 2 cents about cafeteria food.

i went to elementary school in the early/mid 70's., im massachusetts..

i loooved this thing they had called "american chop suey"
It WAS no WHERE NEAR regular chop suey with bean sprouts et all...
this was hamburger or meat of somekind ( shudder to think) and macaroni and i don't know what else.. it was like a stew sortof.
i also loved the jello with whipped cream that we sometimes had.

i went to a 4 room old elementary school and we had " cafeteria"- "gym"- "art" -"music" room all in the old buildings basement. come to think of it.. i think they might have (must have) made the food else where and brought it to school cuz there's NO kitchen there~

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Mon, 11/21/05 1:09 PM
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At Hunterdon Central H.S. (Red Devils) in Flemington, NJ in the early 1960's we were served "Red Devil Sandwiches" and, on occasion, I still make them (improved version) today. Since grilled cheese and tomato soup go so well together, they served it open faced with a slightly thickened soup poured over the top. If the bread is nicely toasted before melting the cheese on top, it turns out like a couple of giant croutons in the soup. Everything else they served was totally forgetable. pb

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Mon, 11/21/05 6:36 PM
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I went to Walker Junior High in CA circa 1968. They had tamales in a plastic wrapper, like a small football about 3 inches long with a plastic zip tear to get at the bizzare concotion inside. Like Jack in the box tacos, they were more engineered than cooked. A true guilty pleasure. I've tried to find em by searching commercial foodservice sites, but unlike the fishstick, they must have been outlawed.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Mon, 11/21/05 6:59 PM
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"Chuckwagon day" was the worst. That really meant leftovers from Monday through Wednesday thrown together and heated up for Thursday. Imagine lasagne with Monday's bacon and Tuesday's crumbled sausage patties. I once found baked beans in lasagne. Fridays was always fish sticks, mac and cheese, or tuna salad (Catholic school).

My high school, on the other hand, had a real cook and the food was good. We also had a softserve machine for desert.


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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Mon, 11/21/05 11:57 PM
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What about the times when the calender would say peanut butter and jelly. You would get it for lunch and it would always be pb and honey. Where in the world was the jelly?

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 11/22/05 12:04 AM
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Originally posted by corabeth

As with so many parts of our daily lives, cafeteria food was so much better when the government(national, state, local, take your pick) kept their stinkin' paws out of our business.

I graduated from high school in 1965 & I fondly remember the great food I had at our school cafeterias. All the cooks wers of a certain age & of a certain size. Round kind faces & plump(sometimes downright fat!) shapes, with their hair done up in hair nets. Boy, could they cook. I loved their spagetti with meat sauce, real turkey & dressing, handformed hamburgers, made from scratch french fries. I could go on & on. all the rolls, cookies, cakes, pies,etc, were made from scratch. Also, our drink choices were milk, water, & milk. No soda machines, no juice boxes.

When I was in grade school, we did not have a cafeteria, but on Fridays the PTA moms would make hot dogs(this was in West Virginia, so they were slaw dogs with homemade chili & slaw. We could smell the chili cooking all morning & by lunch time, we all were sooo hungry. Those PTA moms hot dogs were the best I have ever eaten!!!


This is the first time I've ever seen Slaw Dogs mentioned. They're one of my favorite once-a-year treats and the only place I've ever seen them is at the Chili Company in Cincinnati. They also have a Slaw Way, which is a 3-Way with slaw. They absolutely GAG my coworkers, but I think it's a great combination.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 11/22/05 12:03 PM
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Originally posted by corabeth

As with so many parts of our daily lives, cafeteria food was so much better when the government(national, state, local, take your pick) kept their stinkin' paws out of our business.

I graduated from high school in 1965 & I fondly remember the great food I had at our school cafeterias. All the cooks wers of a certain age & of a certain size. Round kind faces & plump(sometimes downright fat!) shapes, with their hair done up in hair nets. Boy, could they cook. I loved their spagetti with meat sauce, real turkey & dressing, handformed hamburgers, made from scratch french fries. I could go on & on. all the rolls, cookies, cakes, pies,etc, were made from scratch. Also, our drink choices were milk, water, & milk. No soda machines, no juice boxes.

When I was in grade school, we did not have a cafeteria, but on Fridays the PTA moms would make hot dogs(this was in West Virginia, so they were slaw dogs with homemade chili & slaw. We could smell the chili cooking all morning & by lunch time, we all were sooo hungry. Those PTA moms hot dogs were the best I have ever eaten!!!


This is the first time I've ever seen Slaw Dogs mentioned. They're one of my favorite once-a-year treats and the only place I've ever seen them is at the Chili Company in Cincinnati. They also have a Slaw Way, which is a 3-Way with slaw. They absolutely GAG my coworkers, but I think it's a great combination.


Wallyum,

I think West Virginia has the best hotdogs. The best places to get them are non-chain ice cream stands and also bowling alleys. I always ask if they make their own cole slaw. Nothing is worst than a great chili dog with that awful processed cole slaw than comes in a plastic buckt. Yuck!!!

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 11/22/05 12:09 PM
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Bearden High School cafeteria was super. I only wish i could still enjoy it today.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 11/22/05 1:45 PM
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We had a wonderful cafeteria at Jackson Park elementary school back in the fifties. My favorite thing was something they called a "silver streak." It was like a made from scratch yeast donut, except it was rectangular. It was glazed and had raisins in it, and they were usually served warm. Yum.

Jr. high and high school were both on one huge campus. These meals were not nearly as good. We would have the slaw dogs, but it always seemed to be the day after they mowed the grass.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 11/22/05 3:54 PM
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When I was in the fifth grade, I lived in a small town in Oklahoma. I had to ride 10 miles to school in the bus, but I was always rewarded with a homemade breakfast. I especially loved the biscuits and gravy. For lunch, we were treated to home made burritos, pinto beans and cornbread, fantastic home made pizza, nachos, real turkey and dressing. I never had a bad lunch there!

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Thu, 11/24/05 11:25 AM
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Has food improved or gone downhill since the 60’s? I remember school lunch being some mystery meat in gravy with mashed potatos that tatsed like powder. Creamy corn and milk. Mac and cheese, spaghetti, meatloaf or swiss steak, ham and beans, sandwich days. Jello, pudding anf small cakes for dessert.

Fish sticks were the worst and I will never eat them anywhere. (I know how they make them….) We did not have pizza, hot dogs or hamburgers except on special occasions. No Pepsi, Coke or Mountain Dew. Just Milk, Choc. Milk, Apple or Orange Juice.

Even when we went on field trips, including to DisneyLand, we had to pack our own meals of bologna, tune or PB&J sandwiches. We couldn’t sneak a “Moon Burger by Space Mountain..



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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Wed, 01/18/06 11:20 PM
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I work in an elementary school, and supervise in the cafeteria everyday for two hours. They still serve the square pizzas with the sausage and seeds, lol. The steamed hamburgers, vegetables with ranch dip, baked apples. Today was corn dogs and a ham and cheese deli sandwich. Their mashed potatoes are butter and grease filled.

I don't mind any day except for chili burrito and fish day. It smells awful.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Thu, 01/19/06 12:37 AM
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the things we remember fondly, chicken chow mein on mondays and hot dogs & sauerkraut with baked beans on tuesday. and i actually liked it. whew good thing i grew up.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Thu, 01/19/06 1:09 AM
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You all have incredible memories for details. I was just trying to remember what I ate even in high school (a little more than 25 years ago)...I couldn't remember a thing other than the occasional treat for me on Fridays: a fried fish fillet sandwich with tater tots! I recall the sandwich tasting like what we would get at the ubiquitous fish frys in upstate New York...flaky white fish (haddock maybe?) fried until golden (not greasy at all) with shredded lettuce, and a great onion flavored tartar sauce. Other than that, nothing...no other memories of cafeteria dishes whatsoever...grammar school is a complete blank!

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Thu, 01/19/06 11:23 AM
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Wow - good memories!

Elementary school cafeteria (actually the HS lunchroom) in Northern Illinois in the late 60s-early 70s

The pizza burgers were my favorite "entree" (baked Sloppy Joes with cheddar topping on half bun)

And the "doggie biscuits" were the highly-bartered-for dessert item (Oatmeal no-bake squares)

Also first experience with Chili w/o beans - with the sugar rolls for dipping

Pizza squares, fish patties/stix, SOS, pineapple upside down cake...

Had to be the best part of youth education!

And like others have said, our lunch ladies were sweet old women - who could cook anything - just like Grandma!



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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Thu, 01/19/06 2:53 PM
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I grew up in Rensselaer, NY in school from 1974-1987 13 years of torture.
My favorites were always the Chicken or Beef in gravy served over rice. Thursdays was Pizza Day and Friday was Fish can you imagine Fish at School one day we had Spaghetti and the other were 2 days rotating Lunch trays of death.
Least favorite or at least most odd, Meat Roll with gravy served with Mashed Taters and peas/carrots (yuck)
The Meat roll looked something sort of like a cinnamon roll only instead of cinnamon sugarery goodness they replaced it with some type of brown paste like, mystery Meat. It was perhaps one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen plated in my entire life. There were numerous other equally offensive items offered however this is the worst one I can recall and they served it for many years.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Fri, 01/20/06 12:15 PM
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I went to elementary school before school lunches were required by law. If you lived close you were required to go home (and if your Mother worked you were ashamed), if not you brought. So I though school lunch was totally cool when I hit junior high.

I do remember the spice cake with the white icing. Ours was actually a spiced tomato soup cake. I also enjoyed the permanent typos. "Chiefs Salad," served almost every day, was an aluminum tray of celery sticks slathered with government surplus peanut butter. Bread and butter sandwiches (made with surplus oleo) were also an almost daily side dish.

Most of the food was poor-to-gadawful. But for years I would get an occasional yen for American Chop Suey.

Without making the connection, when I read a recipe for "Dunbar Mac & Beef" in Gourmet several years back I immediately had to make it. My Wife and I tasted it and it was good, but something was odd. I suddenly realized it was like a grown-up version of the American Chop Suey from school. Ever since then I add a red or green pepper to the onion saute to complete the effect. Here's the link. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/107745


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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Fri, 01/20/06 1:00 PM
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Hello All,
I really didn't like the school food. Once the principal, who sheriffed the lunch room, came by and noticed that
I hadn't eaten much. There were apricots on my plate. He insisted I eat them. I was just in the first grade and
very fearful of him. I ate them, with him perching over behind me. I ate them and then threw them up. He never
made me eat anything else again.
There were a few good things about elementary school meals. They made the best rolls I have even eaten, and white beans.
At Thanksgiving and Christmas, we had good meals of turkey with a light gravy that was so good with the rolls.
The meals cost 25 cents. After lunch, we could buy different ice cream products.
By high school, the price rose to 50 and then 75 cents. This was the late 60's and early 70's. The food, well, I never
ate at high school. I saved my lunch money for cigarettes. It was weird. Elementary school, they made sure you ate.
High school, we had a freedom that allowed us to do what we wanted to do in that time. Most people ate, but a small
minority sat in the hall around the lunchroom, studying or just chatting. Some of us went out to the smoking area,
a place outside of the building, where they had a contained pit, (I am not explaining it well) that they burnt trash and boxes
etc.. We, smokers, gathered there instead of eating. We were a strange group...rednecks, hippies, homosexuals, nerds, and
who knows whatever label I can't come up with...humanity. We didn't eat food, but consumed a buffet of life.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Fri, 01/20/06 1:11 PM
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this will really show my age but how about 3 cent containers of milk and then in jr high 10 cents for and apple from the apple/orange machine which was a new big deal then. and friday was fish day in those pre PC days.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Fri, 01/20/06 1:40 PM
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Hello All,
pmrkr2, I remember fish days on friday. I just ate the big lump of hard potato because I hate fish.
I think I hate fish because of those smelly school fridays. By the way, I live in a place that was
mostly mennonite, brethren, and methodists, but we still had fish fridays.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Fri, 01/20/06 2:22 PM
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I lived for fried chicken day and cinnamon roll day. Man were those cinnamon rolls GOOD!!!! And the special days when we could have chocolate milk were heaven. I also liked the peanut butter bars with the chocolate frosting. The ladies in my schools were just excellent yeast dough bakers! (Rolls & cinnamon buns!)

High School was more choice, but I usually went with the hot line or a salad with the bright orange French dressing. I would eat most everything except the actual "hamburger" patty, those days, I'd just eat the bun with mustard & ketchup. I would also trade the pizza, but most of my peers thought it was a treat.

Wish I could get another one of those cinnamon rolls...

And I still like peanut butter sandwiches with chili or vegetable soup to this day!
Alice

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Fri, 01/20/06 3:13 PM
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Ha Ha, I cant remember school cafeteria food!
I grew up in the late 50's/60's and me thinks it was a little hazy at times..

In high school, we had the option of going off campus for lunch, and it was usually Burger King or Royal Castle..
Had one of the first ones in Miami right down the street from us.
hmmmmmmmmmm

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 01/24/06 10:48 PM
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Warren, OH had a closed lunch during my time there. The food was so bad. Nothing was good. It was overpriced. The elementary schools had pre packaged hot and cold lunches. The portions would have left a fly starving. The cold portion usually had fruit of some kind, bread and some kind of sweet item. The spork and napkin came in the package. The pizza was absolutely disgusting. I would eat Pizza Hut before I would eat that drek again. The food was pre-prepared at the central kitchen (not unlike Howard Johnson's was).

The jr. High and HS were true cafeterias. The food was just as bad. There were rumors that the hamburger was actually horsemeat (I believe illegal on Ohio). There were others, but they escape me as of this writing. I think the only reason for closed lunch was because the cafeteria would have gone bankrupt. In all honesty, the good memories of my school days in Warren, OH can be counted on one hand, and I would have digits left over.

Without going too much off topic, what about college/university food (the in-house places, as opposed to the fast food franchises).

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Thu, 01/26/06 1:13 AM
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Our "favorite" in elementary school, out of many very eligible choices, was "hairless wonder". It was made by simmering raw soy-enhanced hamburger with raw rice and some nameless vegetables into a grey grainy mush, then toppping with chow mein noodles. The name came about because nearly every serving seemed to include a hair.

As to college food, at UW in the late 70's, dorm dwellers had included in their dorm fees meal plans where they got a bunch of $10 meal tickets for like $7 apiece. Towards the end of semesters they'd always have a bunch left so they'd sell 'em for like $2 or $3. We apartmentites would load up and then head to the dorm snack bars for cheapo shrimp. At the end of the fall semester there was the added attraction of a post-shrimp-dinner tray ride behind Liz Waters.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Thu, 01/26/06 5:49 AM
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Due to the school caf it's what turned me in to a real roadfoodie. The fare or offerings they served there I wouldn't serve at a soup kitchen. It was'nt the staffs fault who had been there since the Roosevelt administration {Teddy that is} they just got stale along with the menu selections. Fortunately my school or as my farther refered to it the seen of the crime was located right in the downtown area walking distance to many great dinning options. One of my favorites was the Waldorf cafeteria, cheap money, great selection, fast, A blue plate special every day. Why did they call it a blue plate anyway? The best part it was right above the Pool Room got a chance to shoot a quick rack {a great calculis lesson} cost at the time was 1 cent a minnute cheap enough. Also on occasion had the chance to partake in the old and ancient art of fisticuffs. As you can tell this also caused me to skip a great many of my english classes. Chow Jim

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Thu, 01/26/06 6:50 AM
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I guess I was fortunate as my elementary schoool, high school and college food was excellent. Perhaps I was not choosey enough but it always tasted good. Agreed that some of the selections were better than others but to this day, I still recall some of the excellent food served.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Fri, 01/27/06 3:05 AM
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what was really awful at my school was hamburger day. man those were nasty suckers, yechhhh awful.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Fri, 01/27/06 3:14 PM
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Paul, I've heard that school food in the South was quite a bit better than in the North.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Fri, 01/27/06 4:06 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by tjr

Paul, I've heard that school food in the South was quite a bit better than in the North.
Yup those southern cooks could make a silk purse out of a sows ear. Chow Jim

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Sun, 03/5/06 4:35 PM
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elementry school in the 60's,best things in the cafeteria were steamed hot dogs & buns,tater tots,and square pizza slices.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Sun, 03/5/06 4:42 PM
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My last year having cafeteria food was in the 4th grade in Ft Ord California and have no memories of the food just the day they came in and said the President has been shot in Dallas. Not a good day.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Mon, 08/20/07 10:15 PM
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One of my favorite childhood memories - the school cafeteria. The best food I remember then and now even.

Cinnamon Rolls to die for. They don't come close to them these days.
Grilled cheese sandwiches. They don't make them like they used to
in the 60's
Hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes.
Hamburger patty over mashed potatoes with gravy.
Huge homemade chocolate cookies. They don't make them at all anymore.
Fish sticks with tartar sauce. Chocolatle pudding with that tiny dollop of whipped cream.

They WERE hot lunch back then. Now it's just fast food and it does not even come close.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Mon, 08/20/07 11:07 PM
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I don't remember much about grade school lunches anymore. I remember that we had fish sticks on Fridays, square pizza which had too much crust and not enough cheese and was really bland. Turkey ala king always made the post holiday menu and probably the best thing I can recall about grade school cafeterias. In High School we had an open campus. All of my friends would go to the fast-food joints but I used to go to the bowling ally grill and get a great burger for less than the other guys. And I would sometimes skip my next class (P.E.) to bowl a few games. Those were the days!!!

David O.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Mon, 08/20/07 11:19 PM
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I loved the apple crisp. When they served it , I would buy my lunch at school. Other than that, We could leave the grounds and I would go to the corner pizzeria or one of the lunch wagons.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Mon, 08/20/07 11:33 PM
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Wow! This topic go's back to before I was "roadfoodie".
Ya, I couldn't wait to race downstairs when the bell rang ending the period before lunch. I was starving and I couldn't wait to get to the cafeteria.
My favorite lunch: Sausages and gravy over mashed potatos. I probably would turn my nose up now at that lunch but when I was in high school, I never ate breakfast. Not that I didn't want breakfast, it's just that I always slept as late as possible and didn't have time to eat breakfast.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 08/21/07 2:00 AM
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p/b/j and bowl of chili still one of my favorite combos , cept cold beer instead of milk.
ron

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 08/21/07 2:03 AM
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I always packed a lunch and then traded my lunch for somebody's school lunch.

Pizza on Thursday
Fish on Friday
Chili on Wednesday during the winter

My son will only eat at school when they are serving

#1 Pizza
#2 Chicken Nuggets

The rest of the time it is a bologna lunchable

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 08/21/07 6:35 AM
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Loved the rolls and the English peas. Peas were cooked to a tender mush & I think I was the only kid who cared for them. Peanut Butter cookies were good as well. Years later a school worker shared the cookie recipe which I have never tried. It makes a huge batch.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 08/21/07 7:45 AM
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Had the best mock ckicken legs I have ever had.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 08/21/07 12:01 PM
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I remember the peanut butter cookies, too. A little math ought to solve the huge batch problem. Want to share the recipe, or did they swear you to secrecy?

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 08/21/07 12:09 PM
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Back in my school dazes, roughly 1950 thru 1963, the school cafeterias in my school system put out lots and lots of evil-smelling crap. Two notable exceptions though were mashed potatoes with hamburg gravy (especially before instant mashed potatoes became the norm) and our local Northeastern NY State specialty, Michigan Hot Dogs. They were different from what all of the local stands served, but darn good in their own right anyway.

Wally
Peru Central School, class of 1963
Cornell '67

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 08/21/07 12:52 PM
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I was such a fussy eater when I was growing up. Everything had to be plain. I only liked the cheese squared pizzas, chicken nuggets and hamburger days. Our school used to make what they called Peanut Butter Chews. I loved them! I wish I knew how they made it. I liked Tuna fish sandwiches but they always used the dark tuna, which grossed me out so I would never eat it.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 08/21/07 1:12 PM
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When I was growing up in Louisville I attended St. Boniface grade school. The cafeteria was very small but the food was great. Most notable was the chili. It was served without spaghetti noodles. It came with crackers, cold milk and cheddar cheese slices. To this day I remember the taste of the combination. After grade school I went to St. X high school. Nothing that came from the St. X cafeteria was worth eating.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 08/21/07 2:24 PM
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I was in school roughly 1947 - 1964. In grade school I remember we had to clean our plates before going to the playground. Many days I sat staring at a plate full of city chicken or some other meat that I was afraid of(very picky about meat!) Started a life-long love of macaroni and cheese there. Not at all like the boxed, runny artificial stuff you get today. Also loved the real mashed potatoes and gravy. Junior high was in the same building but I think I mostly went to the Canteen restaurant in the next block. High school I don't remember what we had. I think I mostly went out and smoked or went to a restaurant in town where I could get good egg salad sandwiches and hot fudge sundaes. In junior college in Virginia we had to eat in the dining room. We were served at the table, and it was some of the best food I ever ate. Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons were always dress-up and we had turkey, chicken, or roast beef. Everything for every meal was fresh and handmade. The yeast rolls were to die for, and the cornbread was cut into squares in the pan and had lots of butter poured over it. The dorm and dining room/ball room were in a beautiful old hotel in a small town. I finished college in Ohio but almost always ate at a sandwich shop or some place off campus. The few times I did eat in the cafeteria, the food was good but not memorable.

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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 08/21/07 7:49 PM
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mbrookes,

I was not sworn to secrecy when it was shared with me. My husband was the principal of the high school and the cafeteria ladies took care of him!!!

Peanut butter Cookies

12 cups butter
12 cups white sugar
12 cups brown sugar
12 cups peanut butter
24 fresh eggs
12 teaspoons salt
12 tablespoons vanilla
12 teaspoons soda
6 quarts of flour

Cream butter. Beat in sugar. Add peanut butter, eggs, vanilla & dry ingredients. Should make a stiff dough. Arrange small balls on cookie sheet & press with fork.

Better invite everybody you know to help eat these or either divide the recipe down. Looks like everything will divide by 6 for easy math.

Enjoy!






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RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... - Tue, 08/21/07 10:03 PM
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After reviewing the thread, a few unpleasant memories came back to me.

The "pizza" was the worst. I think the crust may have been drywall that didn't make it. The sauce was red, but may not have been tomato based. Perhaps the tomato flavoring was artificial. I have no idea what the base was. The cheeze may have been made by Firestone or Goodyear. Whatever it was, it may have been illegal to call it a processed cheeze product, much less real cheeze.

Things billed as meat loaf or meat balls may have been specimens rejected by Swanson, Stouffer's, On-Cor, etc.

The burgers were the worst. The patties may have actually been cardboard. That's what it tasted like.

The fish patties were actually somewhat edible. Then again, during the mid 70's through late 80's, technology had not progressed enough to make artificial fish.

The hot and cold packages from the elementary schools were an adventure in themselves. My memories are very vague. I intentionally suppress all memories of childhood since mine was miserable.

The "fruit cocktail" was actually specimens that look like they had been eaten before.

The two universities I attended were a totally different ballgame as far as food. I'll save that for another post.

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