Taste of North Dakota

If I recall the only type of spices we had in our North Dakota family kitchen cupboards growing up was cinnamon, table salt, pepper and beef bullion (if that is considered a spice??).  Cinnamon of course was used for the frequent cinnamon and sugar toast (from Wonder white bread) for breakfast that was slathered in Parkay buttery spread.

My mom was a hard worker, raising three girls on her own and worked several jobs so fast food such as Wendy’s, Arby’s, Hardee’s and Duane’s Pizza were our go to meals however I recall Sundays being a day that my mom would make us one of the following options:

  • Tuna Noodle Casserole (topped with baked beans and either Old Dutch potatoes chips or Pillsbury croissant rolls on the side), this was one of my favorite meals!
  • Pork chops, roast or round steak
  • Meatloaf and mash potatoes (I can visualize some canned or creamed corn on the side)
  • Spaghetti w/Prego sauce and ground beef (think this may have been were the canned green beans came in, mom do you remember me calling them green slime?)
  • Scrambled eggs with melted cheese

Writing the word casserole makes me laugh as we were recently in Santa Barbara and someone from out of country asked the waiter what a casserole was.  Ahhh not from North Dakota!

My mom sent us some of her recipes in 2006 so I will share them with you too (no editing by me)!  We were a true meat and potatoes, canned vegetables and and “cream of soup” eating family!  If you are into meat and potatoes and want a comfort meal, you’ve come to the right place!  Or if you are veg like me you can use mock meat, soy or veggies in place of the flesh ingredient!

Mom’s famous Tuna Noodle Hot Dish:
Mix extra-wide egg noodles (boil noodles 8 minutes and rinse), 2 cans of tuna in oil (oil gives flavor – can do 1 can in water, if desired, 1/2 can drained peas, can of cream of chicken soup, 1/4 cup or more milk and salt and pepper. Bake at 325 for about 1 hour. Great with chips or croissants.
To make the Favorite way, omit peas. Then prepare side dish of baked beans and pour over the tuna noodle hot dish. Yummy!!!!!! This has always been Holly’s favorite childhood dish. hahahahahahahahahahaha
Pork Chop Bake:
Put one can of cream of chicken soup mixed with a tish of milk, in the bottom of a cake pan. Coat pork chops with the soup and lay flat. Cover with Stove Top stuffing (at least 2 cups prepared stuffing). Cover with foil and cook at 325 for 1 1/2 hrs or until pork chops done.
If desired, remove foil with 15 minutes left to brown stuffing.
I also use Chicken Stove Top here because don’t like taste of the Pork flavor.
Crock pot Round Steak:
Put 1/2 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce in the crock pot. Brown pieces of steak and put into the crock pot and add the remaining spaghetti sauce over steak. Slow cook on low for the day and it will fall apart.
If desired, boil potatoes and add to top of crock pot last 1/2 hour.
Thanksgiving 2005

Thanksgiving 2005

Good memories of family meals and appreciate my mom cooking for us when she could but glad to have been introduced to the world of spices and fresh produce in SoCal!

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