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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2012/04/05 16:38:01 (permalink)
There was a lunch lady episode on Chopped (Food Network). I did not watch. I don't know what ingredients were in the baskets. I mean cream cheese & ham spread are often items found in baskets.

The lunch ladies here did not bake cookies. They smoked and played cards.
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2012/04/05 17:19:43 (permalink)
Qualifications for a Lunch Lady at my school:
Must be over 70
Must have Blue Hair
Must bring own Apron from home.
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2012/04/05 17:22:42 (permalink)
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I went to college in New Wilmington.  The food there was excellent.  We had steak (T bones) every Saturday night.  And there was always a sundae bar.  None of us lost weight in college!  
 
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2012/04/05 17:37:41 (permalink)
I only really remember one dish that I really liked from the elementary school cafeteria in my Hannibal, MO, school days...Texas Hash.  It was a rice-tomato-ground beef casserole that had some chopped onion and green peppers added as well.  There may have been chili powder, garlic, and cumin. 
 
I've tried to make it a few times, but haven't exactly hit the home run yet.  For some reason, I've always liked casseroles with rice, and this one was great.
 
The school chili was always pretty good, and served with a peanut butter sandwich, another Hannibal tradition.  Lots of kids would dunk the sandwich in the chili as they were eating it. 
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2012/04/05 18:01:33 (permalink)
If some of the school experiences were like the local hospital cafeteria experience...they might have been great. Those ladies were fantastic...and the food was so good.

I had Grandparents who enjoyed the lunchtime company...so I was really blessed.

My school years started in 1974. They may have been the dark transitional days when they started to put out some faster food...but did not really have it down yet.
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2012/04/05 18:13:28 (permalink)
When I worked in Pensacola, FL, I used to go to Sacred Heart Hospital for lunch quite frequently. In Scottsdale AZ, I went to Scottsdale Healthcare  Hospital on Shea Blvd. Food was terrific and priced right
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2012/04/05 21:29:42 (permalink)
We never had pizza at Lawrence HS on Long Island back in the late fifties. But, we did have a dish consisting of 3 pork sausages on top of creamy mashed potatoes. All covered with brown gravy. It was like a dish you'd get in a diner. I loved it! I'd kill for that dish today!
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2012/04/06 10:38:04 (permalink)
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MetroplexJim
I went to college in New Wilmington.  The food there was excellent.  We had steak (T bones) every Saturday night.  And there was always a sundae bar.  None of us lost weight in college!  
 


That was Westminster College (Go, Titans!), not the local HS.  I was Westminster's Class of '69; when did you attend?
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2012/10/16 13:03:22 (permalink)
Hello,
I (and my borthers and sisters) have been trying to locate the EXACT recipe for Pizza Burgers that were served during lunch period at our Catholic school during the 60's. I would never have believed how complicated it could be ! I mean with only a few ingredients (buns...meat..cheese..tomato sauce..spices) how hard could it be. I immediately found many many Pizza Burger recipes and cut the list back to "school lunch program pizza burgers ". Still, it was a big list. I eventually found the USDA list of recommendations for school lunch programs and located their Pizza Burger recipe. What I soon found out was that these recipes were often changed by local public and private school cooks to suite there local tastes or for bugetery reasons. For instance SPAM is a locally produced meat substitute here and I have seen many Pizza Burger recipes with that ingredient. I did get ahold of 1 of the original cooks from the 60's and also the current cook at the school, but so far no recollection or copy of the original recipe found. We have tried several variations and one was pretty close. We are trying to think "bulk quantities" and "inexpensive" when we look at the ingredients. At the moment it is hamburger/Spam/Tomato paste..but the cheese could be grated cheddar or a cheese sauce or a combo of these. The spices and cooking method (baking and/or broiling) is important too as is the hamburger bun treatment..buttered and toasted first? If anyone has the authentic Pizza Burger recipe from a midwestern school (Minnesota here) from the 60's let me know. Tim
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2012/12/07 22:36:59 (permalink)
Apple crisp.  Thats what I remember, there was always apple crisp on the lunch menu.  And it was cold.
 
5 apples peeled sliced, use the golden ones
Lay them in buttered pan.
Mix in a separate pan 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon. 
Spoon that on top of the apples.
Bake uncovered about 35 minutes.  I just drank milk with it.
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2012/12/08 08:21:35 (permalink)
Sounds like a dessert I could make! Thanks, fab!
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2012/12/09 02:13:51 (permalink)
My high school years were 1970-74.  My absolute favorite were call  "hungry boys".  A loaf of french bread loaded with anything and everything.  They had a big yard measuring stick but cut it by the inch.  Also grilled cheese (made with Velvita cheese of course).  Our pizza versions were toast with ketchup and whatever else you could find to put on it.  Also, anything with macaroni.  I did a lot of babysitting so had money and the "cool" kids always went to Dairy Queen for burgers and banana splits. 
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2012/12/24 19:41:09 (permalink)
Pizza Burger
In 1966, an Oregon school cafeteria manager won $ 500 for the 11th annual National Sandwich Contest for a Pizza Burger. The recipe was printed in newspapers all across the country. Here's the recipe:

6 oz bologna
3 oz cheddar cheese
1/2 lb ground beef
3/4 cup prepared spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon leaf oregano
1/8 teaspoon sage
6 hamburger buns or English muffins
3 slices (1 oz each) cheddar cheese

Grind together bologna and 3 oz of cheese; set aside.Cook ground beef until lightly browned.
Stir in bologna mixture, spaghetti sauce, parsley, salt,oregano and sage only unitl blended.
Spread mixture on top and bottom halves of buns or muffins.
Cut each cheese slice into 4 strips. Place 2 strips crisscrosson each sandwich.
Bake in preheated 450 degree F oven 10 to 12 minutes, or until cheese melts.
 
Source: Reading PA Eagle newspaper, Aug 13, 1966 - from the Google Newspaper archive.

post edited by Antilope - 2012/12/24 19:42:16
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/04 01:03:01 (permalink)
the chocolate cake served in schools in late 70's early 80's was called no icing choc cake.
had vinegar used instead of eggs
3 c. flour, 1 tsp. salt, 2 tsp baking soda, and 2/3 c cocoa. mix and set aside, in bowl, mix 2 c. sugar, 2/3 c. salad oil, and 2 Tbsp vinegar and 2 tsp. vanilla. then add dry ingredients, mix, pour in 13x9 inch cake pan, bake 350 oven for 30-40 mins., cool sprinkle powdered sugar on top, serve
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/04 05:14:28 (permalink)
I know many folks here are fans of real mashed potatoes, including Micheal Stern, and so am I. I do keep Idahoan instant mashed potato flakes on hand for one purpose, and that is to reproduce my school cafeteria's shepherd's pie. I have tried it with real mashed potatoes, and it just doesn't push my comfort food button as well. My excuse is that the cafeteria was the first rendition I ever tasted of shepherd's pie, and I was young and impressionable.* Their version was technically cottage pie, because it's made with ground beef instead of lamb. I know the difference, but can't quit calling it shepherd's pie. *Please see above excuse. 
 
It's not a bona fide recipe, because it's reproduced from my memory, and I have modified it to give it a little more flavor, but everyone I've served it to loves it, including my husband.
 
The cafeteria version was just ground beef browned off on the stove top, and then the covered with a layer of corn and a layer of instant mashed potatoes. They baked it off in hotel pans. I've modified it to caramelize some onion, and then fry a little grated carrot before browning the ground beef layer. I still use instant mash in only this dish, because it just doesn't seem right with the real version of mash.
 
We were lucky at the Vermont school where I went in the 70's. There was some kind of law where they were required to use local products where possible. We enjoyed real butter, milk, eggs and locally produced meats year round and produce in our short growing season. We ate well, but the "shepherd's" pie is the only thing that stuck with me enough to still reproduce in my repertoire.
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/04 11:55:32 (permalink)
My favorite was "Chicken a la King". It came out of cans (I know because I saw them dumped directly into the trays on the line), served by putting one ladle full onto a pile of instant mashed potato.
 
Years later, just as I was getting out of the Marine Corps Reserve a new line of food came out to be served as "hot meals" at a field kitchen. The product came already in trays that could be put directly onto the serving line, after a quick heat in another unit. The product was very good, stupid proof, and invented here in Massachusetts at the Natick Army lab. We had several true chefs in the unit, and they all approved. When you are feeding a lot of people, under tough conditions, "stupid proof" is important. The Chicken a la King tasted just like high school.
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/04 12:56:58 (permalink)
When I attended Ringgold Elementary in Clarksville, TN in the mid-80s, the head chef there was a woman straight from Germany. The food was delicious. There was some sort of deconstructed pizza with ground beef and spicy sauce I loved. The sugar cookies were incredible too. On parents night I think my mother ate 5 of them. 
 
As for the food in the rest of my school career, I'll always remember the greasy grilled cheese and steak fries still frozen in the middle.
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/04 13:27:15 (permalink)
In grammar school they didn't serve lunches. You either went home for lunch or went to a nearby grocery store for something. In junior high school they did have a cafeteria and on the first full day of school there I went to the cafeteria, saw the food and never went back again. Instead I'd go around the corner to Art's Groceries where Art would cook hot dogs in the back room on a hot plate or to Caplan's Delicatessen across the street from Art's, where they'd make cold cut sandwiches if they liked you, or if you were friends with their son Morty. In high school I never even knew where the cafeteria was located. I think it was in the basement.
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Re: Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/04 13:47:34 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ThanksfortheCrepes 2016/04/05 03:20:59
This is from 1989, but I can't think of a better thread in which to post it: one of my school lunch menus from that year.
 
http://i.imgur.com/sqTveia.jpg
 
"Fish Square on Bun".  Mmmm.
 

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Re: Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/04 14:11:50 (permalink)
Even then Michael, you were wise beyond your years.
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Re: Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/04 14:23:35 (permalink)
I don't know about that. But when I was in high school there were several good places to grab lunch. Among others, The Yankee Doodle and George & Harry's. And on several occasions I managed to get into Mory's, a Yale eating club that was at the end of my school's alley.
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/05 01:47:26 (permalink)
My cafeteria dayz were in the 50's.
Ham Salad Sandwiches -YUMMMM
Beef & Mac Casserole - OUTSTANDING
Grilled GOVERNMENT Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup - 5 STAR!
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/06 12:14:25 (permalink)
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Our nuns had happy hour. That was no help to us.

Maybe it was the fun memories of childhood...and that food was just part of the picture in your mind.

If a restaurant "School Lunch" opened what is on the menu?

The milk and orange drink warming in the hall. Check!

Frozen crinkle cut french fries. Heat oil to 175 degrees. Put them in. Ok good take them out. They need to be pale and soggy.



Those strange Smurf head shaped fried meat patties they fed us in elementary school. My friend would cut his up and mix it with the mashed potatoes and peas and carrots. 
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/16 18:06:43 (permalink)
I loved the mock chicken legs they served us in grade school. All the ones I have tried pale in comparison. But I believe our lunch ladies made them from scratch.
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/17 20:22:06 (permalink)
What, exactly, goes into "mock chicken"?
 
On second thought, maybe I don't want to know...
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/18 01:04:31 (permalink)
Mock or city chicken used to be made of veal, which explains its deliciousness. In the old-style recipes, tender veal chunks were threaded on short skewers about the length of a chicken leg, breaded and pan or deep fried. The newer recipes call for ground veal cut with ground pork, maybe to reduce cost. Veal used to be more affordable than it is now. So nothing scary, or that you might not want to know about in the ingredients. Veal, the other, "other white meat". Good stuff actually, but no longer as affordable, which is probably why it's not heard of very often now. 
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/18 09:22:54 (permalink)
Thanks for answering!
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/18 12:50:12 (permalink)
I just thought of one I loved... Turkey Tetrazzini 
 
Something that was never made in our home.
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/18 14:44:26 (permalink)
My mother used to make mock chicken legs. :)  And porcupine meatballs in her pressure cooker.
 
My favorite school lunches were both from junior high school.  My absolute favorite was meat in gravy over mashed potatoes.  The gravy was brown, I have no idea what the meat was, or even if it was actually meat.  But it was delicious!   Second best favorite was square pizza. :)  I really don't remember eating in the cafeteria in high school because we had Louie's and Dave's right across the street.  Louie was a Cleveland High School alum, I think Dave might have been too.  I was a Louie's person, but would occasionally pop into Dave's for a cheeseburger.  Louie also made the BEST CAKE DONUTS IN THE WORLD with chocolate frosting.  Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside and his chocolate frosting was incredible.  He used to tell us "If you finish school and graduate, I'll give you my donut recipe!".  I never heard of anyone getting the recipe. lol
 
I went to school in Seattle (Beacon Hill area) in the late 60s and early 70s. :)
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Re:Looking for them hot school lunch recipies from the 60's and 70's 2016/04/22 02:02:12 (permalink)
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I just thought of one I loved... Turkey Tetrazzini 
 
Something that was never made in our home.




@Mar52, we didn't get Tetrazinni in school, but I do love it. I prefer it with chicken and homemade chicken stock, but to properly make the dish, you must add white wine to the sauce. That may be why we didn't get it in school. It's actually an economical dish when made with leftover poultry and stock, so that would make it a very good candidate for school lunches, except for the wine. I like a good chardonnay for this dish.
 
If you or anyone else would like my recipe, please let me know in this thread.
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