I began preparing and enjoying food at the tender age of two. Here are some of my specialties that I prepared over the next few years.
Applesauce with graham cracker pieces
Ingredients: applesauce, graham crackers
Put applesauce in a dish and break graham crackers over it. Or use a graham cracker as a scoop and put applesauce on it.
A bonus is if you are eating Apple Time applesauce and listening to the radio and a commercial for Apple Time comes on the radio!! That happened to me once.
Ingredients: Chocolate Malt-O-Meal, water, milk, sugar
In a saucepan, put 3 tbsp malt-o-meal, half of 3/4 cup water, half of 3/4 cup milk and a half spoonful of sugar. Cook and stir while it is bubbling for 60 seconds. Then turn the fire off and put a lid over it for a minute. Then eat it with milk and a little bit more sugar.
With bananas and walnuts: As above and add chopped bananas and broken up walnuts (without the shells) before you cook it.
With peanut butter: Basic recipe and stir in a spoonful of peanut butter when it is done cooking.
Soupy malt-o-meal : Make it with more liquid and don’t let it sit before you eat it. Add extra milk before you eat it.
Ingredients: Wonder bread, mayonnaise
I would go to my friend Kim’s house and say ‘Can I steal a mayonnaise sandwich?’, then spread 2 slices of Wonder bread with mayonnaise, put them together and eat it. This will only be possible at Kim’s because my Mom only bought whole wheat bread.
Vegetarian option: Add iceberg lettuce
Banana and mayonnaise sandwich – I’m not entirely sure of the provenance of this one, but it may have been invented by my Aunt Ruth in the 1920’s when she was a little girl.
Ingredients: 2 slices of bread, ½ banana, mayonnaise
Spread mayonnaise liberally on the bread, cut the banana in half and slice one half lengthwise into about 4 long slices. Lay them on one piece of bread and cover with the other. Cut it into quarters. Enjoy with a glass of milk!
If you are mad at your best friend, pretend you are a dragon and the sandwich is her house and you eat it room by room while she runs away. When you get to the last quarter there is nowhere to run, so she gets eaten by the mean dragon!
Lindy Lou’s Hot Dog Pizza
Ingredients: English muffin, ketchup, hot dog, Colby cheese
Cut the english muffin in half and spread ketchup on each half. Then slice a hot dog into discs and put them on each half. Then slice the cheese, but be careful not to cut your finger like I did when I was 8. And if you do, don’t keep picking the scab or you will get a scar (like I did). Put the cheese slices on the muffins and broil until the cheese melts.
Ingredients: Water, hotdogs, white bread, butter, toothpicks
Boil some water in a pan, add some hotdogs and cook for maybe 5 minutes. Preheat the broiler. Drain the hotdogs and wrap each one in a piece of bread by laying it diagonally on the bread and secure it with toothpicks. Then butter the outside of the bread and put it under the broiler until it is all toasted. The toothpicks might catch on fire if you leave it in too long so be careful.
Ingredients: Leftover fried rice from Panda Gardens, butter or margarine
Melt butter or margarine in a saucepan and add some fried rice. Cook it until it gets hot. If you turn up the heat really high the rice will jump around and get really crunchy.
Almond Cookies and Bouillon
My dad Frank used to be an egg salesman and he would get boxes of 144 almond cookies from his Chinese resaurant customers. Sometimes when I was watching Star Trek or Bonanza with my brother Marty at 5pm I would have this.
Ingredients: Water, chicken bouillon cube, almond cookies
Boil the water and pour into a mug. Add the bouillon cube and stir until it dissolves. Dunk the cookies into this while you are eating them.