Today for lunch, I made tuna salad sandwiches. As usual, as I was trying to decide what to put in the tuna salad (I like it with either celery, apple, pecans, sweet pickle relish, dehydrated onions, and mayo...or alternatively with diced hard-boiled eggs, dill pickle relish, fresh chopped onion, and mayo), I started thinking about a seasoning mix that was available when I was a newlywed, the intended purpose of which was to spice up and extend tuna salad. I couldn't remember what it was called, but I was nostalgic enough to Google "80s tuna salad helper."
It got me reminiscing about food from my youth.
A few years ago, my friend, the other Kathleen, and I thought it would be whimsical to make a
photo credit: food.com
and shoestring potatoes.
We did not produce a gelatin salad mold. Blech! No thanks. My mother may have made a dessert jello mold with fruit and marshmallows occasionally, but olives? ...shudder... However the photo of the savory mold above brings back a flood memories related to magazine advertisements.
I can clearly picture the cover of a Family Circle (or was it Woman's Day) magazine that had a winter-fruit pie...a lot of dried fruits and maybe some fresh. Mom made it, and it was FABULOUS! As I recall, there was no sugar in the recipe, it was just so good. Sadly, the recipe was lost, and I have not been successful at searching it out either in cookbooks or on the Web.
This was the era when we began to see convenience foods. Soup Starter was a shortcut to a homemade meal. It still had to be simmered for quite awhile as I recall, so not really all that convenient. I'm not sure I ever used it, but I do remember keeping a canister or two in the cupboard...you know...just in case. So again, the photo makes me feel nostalgic.
photo credit and recipe - Apron Strings
One thing that my mother used to keep a jar of, and definitely needs to be reproduced in my kitchen, is Brandied Fruit. It's fermented, and a neighbor gave her a starter of it. It can be used in various ways, but I always loved it over vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmmm.
So what do you remember fondly that has either been discontinued or gone out of style? Please share in the comments. :)