RE: Childhood food memories
Many of my favorite, most cherished childhood memories involve the foods of my mother and grandmother. Would include particularly my mother's vinegar-mustard based roast beef & gravy and my grandmother's traditional Sunday dinner of roast beef, hot vinegar based potato salad, and from scratch banana pudding. But the absolutely best childhood food memories are those of fresh summer vegetable dinners prepared by my mother and grandmother - field peas, butterbeans, boiled okra, corn on cob, green beans with potatoes, beets, squash, sweet potatoes, fresh tomatoes, green onions, cornbread, iced tea, and know I'm overlooking a few veggies. Those were so wonderful; no need for any meat with a meal like that. Also crazy about their heavy, thick homemade soups made from all the fresh vegetables (and with or without stew beef). Guess it could also be consider a stew. We always called it goulash, though, technically it was not that at all. Was sure good, though. Also many great pies, cakes, and cobblers from both, but the desserts were never to me, even as a kid, quite as tasty as were those fresh, home cooked vegetables.