Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Please


It’s a rainy day here in California. Not too cold, but wet and rainy none the less. On rainy days when we were kids, lunch often times consisted of a bowl of Campbell’s Tomato Soup and a Grilled Cheese Sandwich. When we were kids, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches were made from slices of Velveeta cheese and…
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Potatoes Tomatoes Corn


At any time when Grandma K. couldn’t think of what to make for dinner, she would go downstairs to the basement and grab a jar of tomatoes and corn that she had canned the previous fall. She would then take the jar upstairs to the kitchen and make something out of it. She’d just heat…
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Sundays Are For Resting

Sundays are actually for going to church and then resting, according to Grandma K. Up early, get church out of the way and then have the rest of the day to sit around and eat, chat, and play cards while the kids ran around the house or played under the dining room table. Everyone converged…
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Tuna Noodle Casserole


It may be questionable that Tuna Noodle Casserole qualifies as a choice for Fish Friday, but it does have fish in it, and there isn’t any meat in so it should, right? Yes, I think so too. I don’t recall ever having Tuna Noodle Casserole so much when I was a kid that I learned…
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Fish Friday

Every Friday Grandma K. would have fish for dinner. The fish usually arrived on the table in some sort of fish stick form, although I do remember a number of times that it was fried, or sauteed in butter. We were a meat and potatoes family, and fish wasn’t meat … it was, well, fish….
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Christmas Eve at The Kradel’s

This is the house where magic happened on Christmas Eve! From the time I was about 12 years old our Christmas Eve’s were celebrated in this house. Everyone in the family who could get there would spend one magical night together – eating, drinking, exchanging gifts, joking, but most of all, the best thing that…
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