Dad's Favorite Foods
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Many of these can be found in Mom’s Betty Crocker Cook Book. An old book that I remember from my earliest days in the kitchen with my mother. It was her master notebook. Which she supplemented with new recipes as time went on. So inside this old binder now held together with rubber bands, you see my mother’s notes scrawled in the margins for changes to recipes that she preferred to Betty Crocker’s. After my mother’s death this book went to my brother Jon, who gave it up to me in 2001. Including this was a 3 inch by 5 inch note card index box that my sister Cathy Morton now has.

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Chippino:  Crab, shrimp, clams, Manhattan Clam Chowder, canned whole tomatoes, bacon - Note: Without a doubt, and while growing up, this was my families favorite. Brought to us from my father and I believe he got it from the firehouse.

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Hamburger with miracle whip on white bread only - Miracle whip instead of mayonnaise was my mother’s tradition. I didn’t start using mayonnaise until I married Debra.

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Peanut butter on hot toast directly from the toaster - Common American dish. But the toast has to be hot enough to melt the peanut butter or it just isn’t the same.

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Bisquick biscuits with butter and honey - Common American dish.

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Butter, never liked margarine - Butter was always too expensive growing up. Margarine was a tradition among my father’s families, who are all Seven Day Adventist vegetarians. We would have it only at holiday dinners when it’d be overshadowed by the turkey and other holiday treats. But I can’t tell you how butter makes things taste better. The french are right, use butter.

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Pot roast with carrots and potatoes - Common American dish.

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Dad’s Fire House Tostadas - Corn tostada with Chili, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese and most of all, eggs.

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Quaker Oats Oatmeal cookies with Crisco instead of margarine or butter. Which, will be almost impossible to make anymore, as I discovered in my forties. Because Crisco was lard and forced to change from animal fat to vegetable fat based because animal fat causes heart disease. Crisco was virtually put out of business in the 70's and 80's because of this. But before this time was a staple in every house hold, along with a cup of bacon grease saved in the cupboard next to the stove. Both of these traditions have disappeared.

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Mom’s Tollhouse cookies - I believe from Grandma. I believe Cathy has these recipes

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Mom’s Christmas cookies - I believe from Grandma. I believe Cathy has these recipes.

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Mom’s Tamale Pie - From Betty Crocker cookbook.

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Banquet Frozen Mexican Dinners - A college staple in California that was hard to find outside of California. Make that good Mexican food in general, is hard to find outside of California. Including these states, Colorado, Kansas, Virginia and New Jersey.

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Banquet Frozen chicken pies - A childhood staple.

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Good, thick sliced bacon

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Bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich with miracle whip on white bread

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Mom’s home made bread - Developed with my Dad after his retirement.

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Mom’s surprise hamburgers - 4 inch squares of bread dough folded over hamburger and rice or fried cabbage. - My Grandma’s recipe who was a German woman that immigrate with my Grand father and settled in Fresno, California.

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Chocolate cake and white frosting - Frosting made from powdered sugar and butter recipe.

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Baskin and Robbins Jamoca Almond Fudge ice cream - My favorite. My second job at fifteen as an ice cream clerk in Baskin and Robbins, (* My first job was as a newspaper boy *), led to a discovery of tens of flavors of ice cream. These were high days for a boy. Sampling everything that the store had to offer and taking away this lifetime favorite, Jamoca Almond Fudge. An ice cream I prefer to all others, without a doubt.

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Hot fudge sundaes - Father’s favorites

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Pancakes with good sausage which can be found in Western, Southern or Midwest not Eastern US.

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Mom’s waffles made from Bisquick

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Red Bean Soup and corn bread - A family favorite of both parents

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Lima Bean Soup and white bread - A family favorite of both parents.

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Campbell’s Vegetable Beef soup

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Campbell’s tomato soup and Krispy Soda crackers. Other crackers aren’t the same. One of my Dad’s favorites.

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American cheese sandwich with tomatoes. Got to have the tomatoes.

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Tuna sandwich with sweet pickles and lettuce. - We had these often growing up.

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Best Food’s Sandwich spread on Krispy soda crackers. Father’s favorite.

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Kraft Pimento cheese spread, or Kraft Roka Blue cheese spread on soda crackers. Father’s favorite.

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Nuteena. Dad’s favorite. I put hear only to point out the Seventh Day Adventist influence which my Dad grew up in. This is made by Loma Linda Foods and a staple of all Seventh Day Adventist.

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Grandma’s Chocolate Fudge Cake. My sister has the recipe. This was my Dad’s birthday cake from his mother, my Grandmother, for most of his life. My mother would make it for him once a year but no more and I wasn’t sure if it was because of the difficulty in preparing it or because of its richness. For it is the heaviest cake I’ve ever run across. For both the cake and the frosting were made some type of rich, rich fudge mixed with walnuts. Its preparation is very difficult because fudge burns easily and requires a double boiler and constant attention to make. As a rule, half slice were cut. So this cake would last twice as long. This was also because of its heavy, heavy richness.

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Prime Rib with cream spinach and Yorkshire pudding - Without out a doubt my favorite meal after meeting Debra and dinning at San Francisco’s House of Prime Rib Restaurant. I’ve come close to re-creating their meal but their salad dressing escapes me as did the cream spinach for quite awhile before I discovered their secret ingredient, bacon grease. Love this meal.

Here Is A List of Vitamins That Are Not Over The Counter Hoaxes

Omega 3:  Promotes good HDL cholesterol and recommended by doctors for a good heart.  Needed specially after metabolism changes during mid life.  Found in tuna and salmon and shrimp.

Vitamin C:  Oranges and other citrus fruits as well as my favorite, pineapple.   Buy a cheap Oster blender, add 4 bananas and 3 peeled oranges or apples or fresh pineapple and drink for breakfast or dessert.  Easily stores in frige.

Vitamin D:  Milk.

Calcium:  Milk.  Good for bones especially for women after 30.

B12:  Caffeine substitute used by Mormons.

Ginseng:  Caffeine substitute used by Mormons.

Ginko Biloba:  Caffeine substitute used by Mormons.  Promotes a good memory.

Melatonin:  Sleep aid.  I took melatonin for years.

Vitamin E.  Skin.  Heals scars.

Yeast and B Complex:  Skin and nerves.

Potassium:  From Bananas.  One a day during periods of a lot of exercise or dehydration.  Buy a cheap Oster blender, add 4 bananas and 3 peeled oranges or apples or pineapple and drink for breakfast or dessert.  Easily stores in frige.

Vitamin A:  From carrots.  I was introduced to fresh carrot juice by my childhood best friend and its fantastic.  I love it.  Its just a pain to clean up the juicer which sounds like your cutting wood when making.