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Eating When My Dad Was A Kid

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Ben Davis

My dad grew up on a farm in Northeastern Iowa.  Not to be trite, but life was indeed a lot simpler back then.

Food has always been a part of our culture, but when did it get so complicated?  My dad recently sent me this email with some real food for thought.  Yeah…I went there.

   Eating When My Dad Was A Kid:

  • Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.
  • Taco? Never saw one till I was 15.
  • Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.
  • Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
  • All chips were plain.
  • Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking .
  • Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
  • Chickens didn’t have fingers in those days.
  • None of us had ever heard of yogurt.
  • Healthy food consisted of anything edible!
  • Cooking outside was called camping.
  • ‘Kebab’ was not even a word, never mind a food.
  • Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
  • Pineapples came in chunks or were round with a hole in the middle, in a tin;
  • We had only ever seen a picture of a real one.
  • Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it, they would have become a laughing stock.
  • There were three things that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties: elbows, hats and cell phones!
  • And … there were always two choices for each meal, “Take it” or “Leave it”

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