Things That Taste Like My Childhood
Inspired by @bjnovak
- •"Bird's Nest"Basically a low-rent, quick version of shepherd's pie. Layer of hamburger, layer of mashed potatoes, cheese on top. Served with either peas or corn on the side. We ate it about twice a month. No idea why we called it that, as it has nothing to do with poultry, eggs, or even looks like a nest.
- •Gibbles Cheese PuffysBest, most delicious cheese puffs I have ever tasted. All other cheese puffs suck in comparison. Gibbles went out of business in 2013 and I'm still mad about it. You can buy a bag of these online for $42.00.
- •Egg in the HoleMy Nana used to make this for me when I stayed over at her house. I referred to it as "Eggs Nest." It always seemed magical and special that the egg was cooked inside the bread.
- •TastyKake Tandy CakesInternet research tells me that TastyKake changed the name of these in the 70s to "Kandy Kakes," but I swear that it was later than that. Anyway, my grandfather, Wally, always has these on hand.
- •Chex Mix, homemadeMy mom made it around Christmas time and we kept it in a gigantic tin. I would binge eat this during Christmas break.
- •Fudge Ripple Ice Cream[We're now at the Ice Cream portion of the list] My Mom-Mom loved ice cream (her father had owned a confectionary and ice cream parlor) and would typically eat a bowl of ice cream before bed. This is the flavor I remember eating the most, usually with a few pretzels tucked in the side of the bowl.
- •C.M.P. Sundae from the Jigger ShopOh, this is how you knew summer was ON. Going to the Jigger Shop in Mt. Gretna was a rare and special treat, and a chocolate, marshmallow, peanut sundae was typically what I would order.
- •Black Raspberry Ice CreamAnother thing my grandfather, Wally, always had on hand. Eating it conjures summertime memories of sitting on his lap and watching the Phillies game.
- •Lebanon Bologna SandwichesGrowing up in Lebanon, PA, this was a staple. Eaten mostly at the home daycare providers I attended until grade school. Caveat: must be original, regular Lebanon bologna. Lebanon Sweet bologna was, and remains, disgusting.
- •Lebanon Bologna Pinwheels with Cream CheeseAwwww, shit. This is how you knew you were at a real, fancy party in Lebanon. See notes above regarding regular vs sweet bologna.
- •William Penn Hot DogI wish I could find an actual photo of one of these, as this picture insinuates that it's just a chili dog. I mean, it was, kind of, but also not at all. Purchased at the William Penn Bar for $1. My dad was recently outraged because the price has risen to $2.25.
- •Pennsylvania Dutch Pot-Pie.Comfort food of the highest order. Thick, carb-y homemade noodles, savory broth. Both making and consuming this is a winter time ritual.