by Honolulu Mother
Towards the end of the day the discussion on a recent topic turned to old family favorites, especially those from childhood. Mémé mentioned tamale pie:
Several of us were familiar with variations on the other one she mentioned:
“It is called American Chop Suey in New England, sometimes goulash elsewhere. Ground beef, canned chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, bell pepper, and macaroni.”
The variation I knew as a childhood favorite was tallerini (tollerini? talerinei?), which was egg noodles cooked in an electric skillet with ground beef and onions, tomatoes (maybe tomato sauce), black olives, and corn. I see various recipes online calling for adding cheddar cheese on top and baking, but the version I knew was served from the skillet.
Another regular on my childhood table, and a favorite of mine, was creamed tuna on rice. We always had it with mayonnaise to mix in and peas on the side (also good mixed in!), a tradition dating from my mother’s childhood when her younger brother accidentally got some mayonnaise from his sliced avocado mixed in with his creamed tuna. The rest of the family didn’t initially believe his assertion that it was good that way, but when he kept adding mayonnaise every time it was served they were convinced. This is one I think you have to grow up with — my grandfather, and my own father, who didn’t, were not fans. Luckily for me my husband also grew up with creamed tuna!
What were your favorites of the regular family dinners from your childhood? Do you ever make them for your own family?