I always hated school cafeteria food...

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Ciaoman
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/21 22:49:56
Hmmm, elementary school food. Mostly good memories though I'd probably turn my nose up at most of it now. I recall their version of spaghetti with meat sauce...most of us were so hungry that we ate it with no complaint. In fact, I recall that most days, one of the cafeteria workers would come out into the dining room and shout "Who wants seconds?" There'd be a mad rush. Also the mac & cheese, a "foreign" dish at the time to this former New Yorker. I liked it. And "Hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes." I never had this at home but it tasted good. But, I was just a kid, a hungry kid at that. I also recall stew (beef, I think), chicken pot pie and grilled cheese sandwiches. I would get an ice cream sandwich whenever they offered them. All in all, not gourmet but decent. No one got sick to my knowledge.
Duesy
Hamburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/21 23:01:38
my elementary school cooks made everything from scratch...amazing

middle school (junior high in the old days)...vile, cafeteria was never cleaned

high school--good first two years, sucked last two (most famous specialty: Starch Day--chicken and dumplings over mashed potatoes with a biscuit on the side)

college--outstanding food (but then...it's catered)
jettababs
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/21 23:26:40
I remember moving, in the third grade, from an old public elementary school that actually served pretty decent food, to a newer private school, where the only edible thing was Shepard's Pie. Everyone got excited on Shepard's Pie day, because for some reason, while everything else was awful and nearly indistinguishable, the Pie was really good. My old school had great peanut butter and honey sandwiches, and tater tots with almost everything.
jettababs
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/21 23:28:25
My parents thought it was strange, though, that for the cost of tuition, the food was so terrible, while the old school had been able to do all kinds of good things with government cheese and peanut butter.
californyguy
Double Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/22 01:18:14
boy what I would not give to have one of those elementery school `veal' cutlet patties with brown gravy..mmmm good!
fdm813
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/22 01:57:59
Don't remember anything remarkable except the dinner rolls. Homemade, yeasty, pillows of delight. At two for $.05 (1964-67) they were quite a deal.
Frank
Ashphalt
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/22 10:11:28
quote:
Originally posted by californyguy

boy what I would not give to have one of those elementery school `veal' cutlet patties with brown gravy..mmmm good!


I'm from Rhode Island. Melt a slice of government cheese on that breaded patty, pour some red gravy over it and serve it with spaghetti and a puffy roll and I'd be all over it.

I may have to break down and buy some imitation veal patties and a jar of Ragu one day soon.
fabulousoyster
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/22 13:25:15
I loved the apple crisp and the peanut butter cookies. Hated meat lunches, hot dogs, hamburgers, meatloaf.
My children now love the nachos, hate the chicken fingers.
cecif
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/22 13:47:05
I'm jealous of the posters who say they had good cafeteria food at their Catholic schools... we had no cafeteria for my first eight years!

But, you could order milk, they had that every day. Plus you could buy popsicles. Plus they had the moms do a "hot dog day" once a month & they sold homemade cupcakes (yum, hot dog not so yum). My *favorite* day was McDonalds day, once a month they'd order hamburgers & cheeseburgers for us, but no fries . I used to be amazed that the boys would eat two or three. LOL!

In high school we had two cafeterias: one at the boys school & one at the girls. No big difference in quality that I remember, but all I ever remember eating is grilled cheese sandwiches and french fries every day!!! And I was sooooo skinny. (Sigh)

In college it was very average food... but oddly once again I got to choose between eating at the girls' dorm or the boys'. (Or men's & women's if you prefer.) But that was Berkeley and the real world food there was just SOOOOO awesome. Oh for a Top Dog.
doggydaddy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/27 10:26:41

A couple of my food memories are of shepard's pie, American chop suey (Beefaroni..)well done hamburgers under a heat lamp, hot dogs and a chimichanga made with leftover chili and the hot dogs from the day before.
One of my favorite meals was sliced hot dogs in BBQ sauce over rice. I still will make it as a comfort food dish.

Mom made bag lunches too. Two of the best things she made were baked bean sandwiches and a boiled chicken with ham sandwich.

mark
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/27 13:49:30
Ok, I give. A Baked Bean Sandwich? Just BB on white bread, or something more?
doggydaddy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/27 14:38:17
quote:
Originally posted by bill voss

Ok, I give. A Baked Bean Sandwich? Just BB on white bread, or something more?


They were smashed up enough to bind and placed on a good Kaiser roll.
There are some recipes on the web. Some are pretty upscale.

mark
Ivyhouse
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/27 14:45:00
Lunch was 35 cents when I was in school, and, if my memory serves me, the entrees were homemade and.....not horrible! Pizza was not pizzeria-quality, but good enough for a grade-schooler. And, every once in a while we got Tang as a drink option -- it was still new enough for it to be a source of fascination for us. Otherwise, drink options were milk, or milk. No chocolate milk, no soda -- you paid your 2 cents for your 1/2 pint of milk and that was that!
susanll
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/27 14:52:30
quote:
Originally posted by Ivyhouse

Lunch was 35 cents when I was in school, and, if my memory serves me, the entrees were homemade and.....not horrible! Pizza was not pizzeria-quality, but good enough for a grade-schooler. And, every once in a while we got Tang as a drink option -- it was still new enough for it to be a source of fascination for us. Otherwise, drink options were milk, or milk. No chocolate milk, no soda -- you paid your 2 cents for your 1/2 pint of milk and that was that!


And the milk came in a glass bottle. I felt sorry for our custodian when one of the kids would drop their milk. What a mess!
Ivyhouse
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/27 14:58:10
quote:
Originally posted by susanll

quote:
Originally posted by Ivyhouse

Lunch was 35 cents when I was in school, and, if my memory serves me, the entrees were homemade and.....not horrible! Pizza was not pizzeria-quality, but good enough for a grade-schooler. And, every once in a while we got Tang as a drink option -- it was still new enough for it to be a source of fascination for us. Otherwise, drink options were milk, or milk. No chocolate milk, no soda -- you paid your 2 cents for your 1/2 pint of milk and that was that!


And the milk came in a glass bottle. I felt sorry for our custodian when one of the kids would drop their milk. What a mess!



Actually, ours weren't in glass bottles, but in wax-coated heavy paper cartons -- simlar to the cartons you see in dairy cases today, except with a coating of wax on the carton, inside and out. Sometimes there would be a flake of wax in the milk as you drank it....
drummagick
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/08/27 16:01:46
Our elementary school did not have a cafeteria, but hot soup was served in the gym, for anyone who wanted it. I think it was always Campbells Vegetable.

The only thing I remember about junior high food was the cheese pizza (square and absolutely wonderful), and the mystery meat in gravy over mashed potatoes. It wasn't obviously hamburger. Thinking back, it kind of looked like TVP, but it was soooooo good.

I don't remember ever having a meal in high school (Cleveland in Seattle), because right across the street on the corner was a drive-in, and next door to that was another one. Actually, they looked like drive-ins but they were walk ins, both owned by Cleveland graduates from back in the day. They were both good, but you were either "a Louie's person" or "a Dave's person". Kind of like, you were either a Stones person or a Beatles person. lol You could tell what someone was like by which place they ate lunch at.
WingLover
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/09/12 12:01:50
Ahh, school cafeterias. I never took part in them. I always, always bagged my lunch. I think I can remember two instances where I ordered a "hot" lunch from the cafeteria in my entire 12 years of schooling.

From grades 1-9 I went to a private Christian school. They didn't have a huge food selection to choose from - I remember mini pepperoni pizzas, mini supreme pizzas, and pepperoni Hot Pockets. And white or chocolate milk. And several vending machines. I don't remember anything else.

Public school from 10-12 grade had a lot more variety, but I still stayed away from ordering the food because I wasn't interested. Sometimes I would get a Little Debbie snack cake from the snack bar, but that's about it. I remember they had a salad bar, sometimes a potato bar, one or two "hot entrees" (ex. pizza and fries, haha), and a variety of drinks and snacks.

--Jessica
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/09/12 13:28:16

I completed a 34 year career in education back in 2000. Add those years to the time-served as a student and you can understand when I say I experienced a wide variety of food-service during that time. Taking out the college and university food which is a whole different world from the public school stuff, the range of quality and choices still was pretty broad. In my H S student days I was a fan of the Tacos or Burgers and Choc. Shakes from the 'FF windows' in our SoCal H S cafeteria (not the regular Hot Lunch Line). As a young teacher in New York (rural Upstate) I took advantage of the cheap lunch, as the teachers got the 'best' of the day's stuff and usually seconds if we looked hungry enough!! Years later in New Jersey I learned to go out for lunch as the school's program was really poor in all respects. My last Public school term was in SoCal and I was lucky to have students who went out for lunch and would bring back an order for me. There was a JIB right next to the school, and a Burger King across the street. Half-dozen JIB Tacos or two 99 cent Whoppers (full-sized, not midget burgers) would do it for lunch for me.
Lunch today bears no resembelance to the school food-services of the past !!
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/09/12 13:47:49
The "Milk History" in my School lunch journal was an interesting story in itself.
I recall in my first school years (late 1940's) We had Glass bottles pulled around to the classroom in a red wagon, where we ate of brown-bag (lunchbox) lunches. The bottle had a paper cap with a tab to pull up for straw insertion. Serving size was 'Half-Pint' (8 oz). Next we went to a wax-paper carton with a round tab in one corner of the flat top...pull-up the tab to open, again half-pint size. Then they increased the size of the serving to one-third quart (@11 OZ) in a new shaped carton that had an angle roof with a pull tab on the side of the roof of the carton. Then they again changed the shape to the angle roof with the corner that you folded back then forced open to form a spout (like the quart containers used today.) I think the changes were part of a conspiracy to make us accept change in everything in our lives. It was a solid lesson in the lack of permanence anywhere...
sammur
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/09/12 13:54:11
My grammar school in Atlanta had great brownies. They would sell extras for a nickel. Lunch with milk was a quarter. Funny, I can still smell the lunch I would bring in a lunch bag; a pb&j sandwich and a banana.
Big Ugly Mich
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/09/12 14:01:41
Lunch was 35 cents through grade school and high school, and not too bad if you didn't expect gourmet, although I got a few winks and nods and more than a few laughs when a friend did a Euell Gibbons imitation, and I blurted out, "Did you ever eat a school lunch? Many parts are edible!"

The most vivid memory of school lunches I had was at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where they made a thick roux with all sorts of frozen stuff, veggies and the like, called "Hot Dog Chowder". I loved it, but during my orientation, they passed out a list entitled "ten uses for hot dog chowder". My dad made something very similar with canned beans and diced ham, frozen veggies of all stripes and the pink yuck from a can of ham he called "Slop in the Pot", which we all loved. His peasoup had a liberal dose of what he called "sulze" in it, and we all loved that, too.
HollyDolly
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/09/12 16:00:42
At James Madison Elementary in San Antonio they made back in the 1960s great enchiladas.
My dad after he retired worked at Rose Garden Elementary in Universaal City.I remember him saying that the head cafeteria lady,Mrs.D made donuts.Well she added too much salt,and not enough sugar,and the kids wouln't eat them.
Now alot of the food the school district serves is pre-made,don't think they make much stuff from scratch.
HollyDolly
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/09/12 16:31:55
Hey my dad lived in Milwaukee in the 1930s and 40s and went to Boys Technical High School.Big Ugly Mich,is the school still around?
I ask because i had never heard of Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Our school district used to get whole turkies and turkey roasts that were USDA commodities.
Here at the warehouse we would get together with the maintance departemnt and order a turkey from the cafeteria and bring the side dishes ourselves,or everyone would pay for lunch,and we would get the turkey and the trimmings from Clemens cafeteria.Ahh,the good old days.That's when our district was small and before everyone discovered Schertz was the best place to live in Texas (small town wise).Where you could see farmer's fields and deer and rabbits
not houses and traffic.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/09/12 18:51:59
Holly Dolly,
Since I am not from or ever worked in Wisconsin, I can toot their horn a bit. The Milwaukee Area Tech College has set the pace for most of the nations post-secondary Vo-Tech education for many years. When I worked for the Indiana State Vo-Tech College System, we often visited the Milwaukee colleges to see how they were doing things (as we entered the computerized education era). They have maintained a high quality program over the years that all of the 'Badgers' can be proud of.
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/09/12 23:51:17
Lunch in Ele was 75 cents
Milk was 50 cents a week, you wanted to be in AM kindergarten, cause they brought the milk out in a little red wagon in the morning and it sat there until the afternoon class had their milk.
Warm milk Blechhhhhhh
The milk was in the little paper cartons.


Lunch in Jr High was $1.00

Lunch in HS was $1.00 + $1.00 for the milk shake.

They had 3 lines, Salad only line (yogurt and salads)
2 Serving lines, where you could choose pizza and fries or the daily special

Pizza and fries won hands down.

My son's lunch at Elementary School

$1.50 for lunch, $1.00 for an extra serving of the entree (He eats there on pizza and Chicken nuggets day only)
Big Ugly Mich
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/09/13 09:42:59
quote:
Originally posted by HollyDolly Hey my dad lived in Milwaukee in the 1930s and 40s and went to Boys Technical High School. Big Ugly Mich, is the school still around?
Yep, and it expanded a couple years ago. I graduated from Milwaukee Technical High School in 1976. The Class of '75 was the last class of Boys' Tech, even the 5 girls. M.A.T.C. is about as good as technical colleges get, except perhaps for City College of New York and Miami-Dade Technical College, but it costs a ton to go these days, so it's Gateway Technical College in Kenosha for me.
HollyDolly
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2007/09/13 17:17:35
thanks Big Ugly Mich.
Haven't been to Milwaukee in about 10 or so years to see my cousins.
School lunches here are over a dollar more like a couple of bucks.Don't eat anytthing from there,just go home for lunch.
magcentric
Hamburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/04 12:18:28
I really liked the perfectly square fish patties, white cake with pink icing and the mashed potatoes which could also be used as spackle or insulation in a pinch.
Barney
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/04 12:37:03
Funny but some of my former classmates discuss how much we liked some of the school lunches. I loved the meatloaf, potatoes and gravy and those warm yeast rolls with real butter! I understand that the cafeterias still make them but I'd have to try one to see. The turkey and gravy was a must, too! Actually, the only one I didn't like was the liver and onions. Bet they don't even attempt to serve that these days. It seems to be instant food!

Went to breakfast with my 10 yr old grandson and it was just terrible! He got the pancake/sausage on a stick without syrup to go with it. My eggs and sausage were inedible! Sounds like his lunches are just as bad! I don't understand why the food is so terrible!
jimsock9
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/04 12:43:54
Man, the school spaghetti was fantastic. It was all hot and watered down...strangely, I still love my spaghetti that way! Sometimes I'll add water to the sauce on my plate since my wife likes the sauce thick!
To me it was the best by far...
AndreaB
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/04 13:31:17
I remember the time my mom came to eat at "parents' lunch day" in the sixth grade and she caught pinworms as did many of the other "diners"! I don't know exactly what it was from, but many of the parents got them after that escapade and I vaguely remember most of them eating "chef salad". E-yuck!

Andrea
jman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/04 13:50:27
quote:
Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

The "Milk History" in my School lunch journal was an interesting story in itself.
I recall in my first school years (late 1940's) We had Glass bottles pulled around to the classroom in a red wagon, where we ate of brown-bag (lunchbox) lunches. The bottle had a paper cap with a tab to pull up for straw insertion. Serving size was 'Half-Pint' (8 oz). Next we went to a wax-paper carton with a round tab in one corner of the flat top...pull-up the tab to open, again half-pint size. Then they increased the size of the serving to one-third quart (@11 OZ) in a new shaped carton that had an angle roof with a pull tab on the side of the roof of the carton. Then they again changed the shape to the angle roof with the corner that you folded back then forced open to form a spout (like the quart containers used today.) I think the changes were part of a conspiracy to make us accept change in everything in our lives. It was a solid lesson in the lack of permanence anywhere...


When you bring up those little half-pint milk bottles, the first thing that comes to mind is how difficult they were to open at times. At least twice a week, someone would experience a geyser of milk when instead of prying the cardboard top up, they pushed it down into the bottle. The result would be a milk bath for the perpetrator and anyone sitting nearby.

BTW, milk cost $.02 a bottle back then.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/04 13:55:17
Try being a teacher. It's brown bag it,or eat in the school cafeteria...same food the kids eat at a "grownup" price. Little is ever worth the price you pay!
Kenny
Junior Burger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/04 14:04:37
I have fond memories of school lunches. I liked the square pizza, pizza burgers, meat loaf with gravy and mashed potatoes, open faced turkey sandwich, chili always served with a peanutbutter and honey sandwich. I never cared for the soy hamburgers, pork tenderloins(very thin and dry) barbacue sandwich. High school food wasn't as good, but we had other choices besides the daily special.
I'm lucky to still be in touch with the wonderful lady that was responsible for all that good food.
A side note: I always liked those lunch trays.
lynndunham
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/04 15:37:49
Barney, I think most of the food today is made from processed and instant ingredients. It just doesn't taste the same. Even mac and cheese is made with powdered cheese. Not much seems to be fresh anymore. Kind of like instant pudding. I only like the cooked kind so I usually make it from scratch.
angeltearsmc
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/04 18:30:56
Oh the memories... In my high school ('97-'01) we had chicken patty day every Wednesday - those generic chicken patty sandwiches, which almost everyone LOVED, and mashed potatoes that were probably instant, but seemed to be the best potatoes I'd ever eaten. We also had
"Bosco Stick" day every couple of weeks - those things were AMAZING (cheese-filled breadsticks unlike any other.) For a while they would bring in Arby's sandwiches or personal Pizza Hut pizzas one day every few weeks, but neither of those was a favorite of mine. The chocolate peanut butter bars were a very popular dessert, as were the soft, thick sugar cookies. For some odd reason, butter sandwiches were often served, I'm not sure with what - but it was just butter/margarine slathered between two slices of white bread, can you say nutritious?? LOL! I can't remember what else we had - some was good, some was crap, as in every school cafeteria. Me, I usually drank a diet Coke for lunch, or occasionally had Pop-Tarts or mashed potatoes - unless there were Bosco Sticks. haha!
Barney
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/04 19:00:43
Lynndunham: You are so right! So much instant everything that I wonder if kids today will appreciate a good roadfood type place in the future! With the help of this website, I continue to enjoy reading and seeing some of the most wonderful places off the main road! With that in mind, I'm getting ready to try my hand at making some good yeast rolls to go with the meatloaf I'll put together for tomm. Barney
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/04 19:16:54
As a teacher who has traveled with students to Europe,I can attest to the fact that many kids today already don't appreciate good food!!! In Rome kids chose a McDonalds over local fair...and Kentucky Fried Chicken in Stratford- Upon-Avon instead of a local street fair full of local food!!! Lots of other examples...but it's all the same.This is a generation who believes Mcdonalds is a real hamburger and Pizza Hut is real pizza.If we're not careful,someday these places WILL be roadfood!
TerrierMom
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/04 19:35:08
I attended elementary/middle school in two different states, AZ, and CT. I loved the food at the middle school in CT. Very good for school food. HS I went to a small private school. We had open campus lunch and vending machines.
Baah Ben
Filet Mignon
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/04 20:14:33
I was responsible for operating a high school and elementary school food service program in the mid 70's. We fed 25,000 students daily. Atmosphere plays a big part in the unhappiness students have with their school food service program. Unfortunately, there is little money to brighten up and modernize a lot of these cafeterias. College feeding environments are so much more conducive to enjoying institutional food service feeding.

In a second career, later in life, I taught in high schools in Florida for 8 years. I never discussed my former vocation feeding students. But, what I found truly amazing was 25 years later, the students at my high school would eat pizza (Pappa John's) EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR 180 DAYS! I never saw anything like that in New Jersey....Never.

In South Florida, the school cafeterias offer students a hot meal, cold sandwiches, etc. Much of those offerings are made with USDA donated foods such as American Cheese, cold cuts, ground beef, turkey, etc. But, the district (Miami Dade) also allows their cafeteria managers to purchase pizzas from local outside operators like Papa John's. That is literally all the kids want. They'd bring in boxes and boxes of pizzas every day. And in the morning, the sports teams raised money by selling Krispy Kream donuts and the kids brought them, too. So, for basically 180 days, most of the students had donuts for breakfast and pizza for lunch.

I'm nobody to judge anyone's diet, but it does make you wonder....
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/05 07:29:30
I AM a teacher in New Jersey, and times have sure changed. We sell fries and pizza(well not REAL pizza,it's dominos)every day....no hot meals...just sandwiches,like processed chicken,etc. Many kids get a pizza,placed over a bed of French Fries!!!!I'm not shocked when I am told there are a fair number of diabetics in our schools.No wonder. For all the talk about bringing back healthy food,it's happening slowly,to say the least!
exsquidao
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/05 07:36:07
Seems like you are in a perfect position to have an impact on this issue, what have your superiors said to your ideas.
AndreaB
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/05 13:49:59
quote:
Originally posted by leethebard

I AM a teacher in New Jersey, and times have sure changed. We sell fries and pizza(well not REAL pizza,it's dominos)every day....no hot meals...just sandwiches,like processed chicken,etc. Many kids get a pizza,placed over a bed of French Fries!!!!I'm not shocked when I am told there are a fair number of diabetics in our schools.No wonder. For all the talk about bringing back healthy food,it's happening slowly,to say the least!


That is hideous but I'm not surprised --- at least the food I was served in school was nutritious, even if it some of it didn't taste good! Giving the kids pizza and fries everyday if they want it is bad. Oh, the good old days of "Monday is Turkey day"; "Tuesday is Spaghetti"; "Wednesday is hot dogs and sauerkraut"; etc. etc. And, no soda machines! We all lived, and were healthier for it the way it was despite the complaining. You were given your tray, and yes vegetables were on it (and I liked most of the school veggies)and there were no substitutions unless you had a health problem!

Andrea
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/05 14:28:16
We've made a little progress in our school. All soda is banned. Fries can only be bought with an entre(thus the pizza over fries,I talked about.) We do have some great salads,but mostly the teacher's buy them. We have soup,but its quality varies. New Jersey is passing laws which will have things improve over the next year.
Big Kahuna Kooks
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/06 12:20:19
Loved:
Sloppy Joes w/Crinkle cut fries
Chili
Peanut butter sandwich

Hated:
Pimento Cheese sandwich
Fried Fish Sandwich
Mystery Burger

Tolerated;
Hot Italian Sub
Pizza squares
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/10 07:52:33
Oh God! School sloppy joe's...forgot those...actually they'd be better than most school fare today!
AllysonChains
Junior Burger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/11 17:08:10
We had good food in elementary school.My favorites were;

Hot Turkey or Beef Chunks/Gravy over Mashed Potatoes
Square Pizza
Foot Long Hot Dogs
Sloppy Joes

A Peanut Butter/Fudge cake

The Taco's,and Fish Sandwiches were pretty gross though.
ann peeples
Sirloin
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/11 18:25:11
I loved our cafeteria food...
jailguard
Junior Burger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/11 18:49:04
I always loved the pizza... Yeah especially after it was under the heat lamps for a few hours ... and when you went to eat it it would be stuck to the paper plate... YUM!
TooPhat
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/13 09:58:39
In grade school I always loved the spagetti and chili, both with a slice of buttered white bread. Sloppy joes were always a favorite too. The no bake cookies and the butter crunchies ranked high on my list too.
Pam
divefl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/13 10:10:31
Ah, school food. The original steamed hamburger.

Liked spaghetti, octagon pizza, mushy green beans, bringing in my lunch.
iqdiva
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/13 10:30:07
Loved the spaghetti,the turnip greens ,the fruit cobblers and the fried cornbread...
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/13 10:48:43
I am sorta old but the schools that I attended offered no soda's of any kind.

I do remember the hamburger witha sauce. It was very good.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
mar52
Sirloin
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/13 17:11:05
I was a Los Angeles City School System kid in the 60's.

I even worked in the cafeteria in the 6th grade.

I was the pudding pusher! Had to make sure the pudding was at the front of the tray.

I loved the mustard/butter/dill pickle spread they put on the hotdogs and hamburgers.

I loved the mac and cheese, sweet rolls, buttered French bread, chocolate flying saucer cookies and Ranger cookies!

I'd go to a restaurant that served all of the above if I knew it was from the original recipes.
AllysonChains
Junior Burger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/15 18:40:12
quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

I am sorta old but the schools that I attended offered no soda's of any kind.

I do remember the hamburger witha sauce. It was very good.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN


No soda at my school either.You had milk,choc milk or juice.
jman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/15 18:50:03
Last night, for some reason, I thought about something that was served at my elementary school (that's more than 50 years ago).

On Fridays, they usually served salmon croquettes that were shaped like a shuttle cock. They were terrible!

Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/15 19:29:01
Ham Salad made from scratch sandwiches on bread that the ladies baked there. When they baked the whole school smelled like what I envision Heaven smelling like. They also made the best yeast dinner rolls! I don't think there was one of them that was under 50 years old!
jman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/15 19:43:56
quote:
Originally posted by Foodbme

I don't think there was one of them that was under 50 years old!


The ladies, the ham salad sandwiches, or the rolls?
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/15 20:01:22
The Ham salad , the rolls and the ladies were all fresh!
Big Dave
Cheeseburger
RE: I always hated school cafeteria food... 2008/03/16 11:13:37
In the public schools where I came from, it should have been illegal to call the drek they served food.

KSU and YSU are two different stories. I had to live on campus at KSU. The one thing that sets KSU and YSU apart was custom breakfasts. At KSU, one could get things made to order (before all this politically correct bullsXXt). Lunch and dinner fare was decent, but nothing special.

YSU had (and I think still does) Arby's on campus. That got old really quick. There were establishments off campus, but they were never convenient, as in, all my classes were on the other side of the campus. The in-house facilities were OK. It was definitely a step above the drek that the Warren City Schools served. It was about 10 years before I could stomach Arby's again. I still have a hard time with it to this day.

I don't know if KSU still offers food coupons, but they didn't give us enough to starve to death.

I couldn't live on the fare at the universities, but I would rather starve than live public school slop.
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