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What Did/Does Your Dad Cook Best?

Thanks, mariacarmen. I DO have good memories...now I'm smiling again. If we caught a tortoise while fishing, he'd bring it home and cook it in a HUGE pot. We'd always get to laugh and say it "tasted like chicken". He'd shoot a squirrel on our acreage and fix HIMSELF brains and eggs. We often had rabbit from our land. He made head cheese. He hunted and often brought home deer, elk, bear, and quail. He cleaned everything and both he and my mom would fix it. He had a large garden and we'd go out with a salt shaker and eat tomatoes (the best!). He made his own horseradish. He was a great cook AND a great dad.

Apr 15, 2011
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What was the worst food you HAD to eat as a kid?

We had a lot of good food growing up, but apparently my mother didn't understand broccoli. She bought frozen chopped broccoli and then cooked it to mush. When referring to what was for dinner, it was never broccoli, but "chopped broccoli". It was almost one word - all run together, just like the broccoli mush on the plate. I actually never thought about NOT eating what was presented, but when I got an apartment in college and started cooking for myself and friends, I discovered FRESH broccoli, properly steamed and DELICIOUS!

I also never liked liver (it's a gland, folks - not meat!), but I ate it until I was on my own. Prior to getting married, I warned my liver-loving fiance that I would NEVER cook liver, or allow it to be cooked, in my home. If he wanted liver, it would be eaten in a restaurant! And it has been that way for 36 years.

Apr 14, 2011
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What Did/Does Your Dad Cook Best?

My dad (born in 1906) was a GREAT cook. He made wonderful soups/stews. My mom would try to keep him out of the kitchen when she was making a stew, but he would always get in and "season it up" a bit (always to its benefit). When I would come home from college, they would ask what I wanted to eat - and I always wanted his beans and ham OR his barbequed chicken and they would be ready when I arrived. And he made the BEST barbequed chicken on earth, always halves. He had built our home in 1952 and made a wonderful stone grill on the back porch. Later he bought a Char-Broil and he could really make them great in it, too! Just writing this brings back the smells and tastes...and now I'm crying.

Apr 14, 2011
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