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!