Re: Basic fare: meat and potatoes
Phlmaestro, your grandmother sounds like my mother. I'm sure that my father's preferences were behind the fact that about 350 dinners out of the year, when I lived at home during the 60s, 70s, and 80s, were largely plain meat and potatoes. For what it was, there was nothing WRONG with my mother' cooking, it was just so very standard that it got very tiresome for me. They were very much salt and pepper people. She would add some onion and garlic and she had some spices in a kitchen drawer which mostly sat there getting older and older. I mean, from one year to the next. She served lettuce and tomato and frozen vegetables because she insisted. My father reluctantly ate them with plenty of salad dressing and salt and pepper. She fixed kidney bean salad at times and sometimes canned baked or Ranch Style beans, always as a side. Every once in a while, a couple times a month, she would fix pasta or soup or macaroni and cheese and made delicious white beans and corn pone in the winter. Sometimes we got take out pizza or chicken which was a treat. After Daddy died, mother told me that she would have liked to be more adventuresome but that he wasn't willing. After he was gone, though, she mostly gave up cooking and ate frozen foods. I don't think she was especially interested in cooking. I can still really enjoy a meat and potatoes dinner but I sure wouldn't want to go back to the plain ol' same ol'.... I need more seasoning. Definitely a first world problem, though, when you think of all the people who don't have enough to eat.