Childhood memories...wilted lettuce

United States
May 7, 2008 5:40pm CST
Tonight I made wilted lettuce for part of our supper meal. Gosh, it was awesome. It brings back so many memories of my childhood. My grandmother used to make this all of the time. I started making it a few years ago. It had been about 30 years since I had eaten it. Every time I make this I will think of my grandmother. We used to visit her for a couple weeks at a time throughout the summer, when I was a child growing up. Do you have a food or meal *trigger*? One that triggers a childhood memory? I have many more, but this is the one that came to me today. Have a great day!
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@kbourgerie (8781)
• United States
8 May 08
The only food that reminds me of my childhood is liver, which I don't eat now. So I don't think of it often. My mother used to feed it to us, but their was a fireplace in our diningroom. You can guess where the liver ended up. By the way what is wilted lettuce?
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@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
8 May 08
wilted lettuce is made by drizzling hot bacon fat over fresh garden lettuce like green leaf lettuce or red leaf lettuce then crumblethe crisp bacon over it. so good. yum.
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• United States
8 May 08
None of my sisters liked liver.
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• United States
29 May 08
Right! No liver for me!
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
11 May 08
"Wilted lettuce?" Is that a food?...sounds kinda soggy. I thought that about a blt though and I LURVE them. can you explain wilted lettuce to me please?
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
15 May 08
That sounds absolutely yummily awesome and easy to do. I have all the ingredients on hand....except for the green onions...bugger! Oh well, I'll get some when next I shop. I'm thinking it's more of an entree or a side dish...right? Oh, and thanks for going to the trouble of typing the recipe for me...much appreciated.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
8 May 08
I always liked green beans cooked over the fire in teh fire place a they get scirched some. now I have figured away to do it on my stove tastes almost the same and now thats the only way my kids will eat it
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• United States
8 May 08
That sounds yummy. I fry corn like that.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
9 May 08
Ive heard of that but havent tried it
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
8 May 08
We didn't have wilted lettuce growing up - I didn't taste or learn to make it until after I was married, but I do love it! One of my favorites from growing up was new potatoes and fresh peas from the garden creamed together with a nice sized pat of butter melting on the top!
• United States
8 May 08
I haven't had fresh peas from the garden since I was a child. I can never find them in the store or at the farm market.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
9 May 08
I'm gonna have peas....and lettuce and radishes....and whatever else I can grow! My husband just finished making me a large raised bed for my garden!
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@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
7 May 08
I have lots of childhood memories with food and my grandma. She was a good cook and loved feeding us. We could have as many marshmellows in our hot cocoa as we wanted. We could also have as much sugar as we wanted in our cereal. She was always feeding us that she reminded me of the Hansel and Gretal story, where the witch was fattening the kids up to eat them. She made homemade noodles, bean soup, cookies and out of this world pies. I was lucky I grew up living within walking distance of my grandma. I spent lots of time with her and have many precious memories with her.
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@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
7 May 08
I just read your other responses, no one knows what wilted lettuce is. I know what it is, I don't know how to make it though. I do know it taste good. Its a grandma thing, hehe.
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• United States
7 May 08
My grandma was an awesome cook.
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@wooitsmolly (3613)
• United States
7 May 08
I am also interested in learning what wilted lettuce is. I have never heard of that before, but it sounds like something I would like. I add lettuce to a lot of my meals, especially anything hot like soups so it gets nice and soggy. My boyfriend thinks it is disgusting, but I just love the way it tastes! Anyway, a food that triggers childhood memories is my mom's homemade chicken noodle soup. I no longer eat it, but it used to be my favorite food and I could really pack it away haha.
• United States
7 May 08
I do not eat bacon, so maybe I could try this recipe without it. I don't know!
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7 May 08
hey sherrir! i would be interested to know how you make wilted lettuce? ive not heard of it before - please share!! yeah when i have a scottish dish called 'stovies' it reminds me of my childhood, my father used to make it weekly in the winter..its a good warming meal! You have a good day too!!
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7 May 08
wow...sounds delicious, thanks im gonna try that!
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@Adelida2233 (1008)
• United States
7 May 08
What is wilted lettuce? I've never even heard of this. Sounds interesting though.
• United States
8 May 08
This actually sounds edible. I may have to try this. Interesting, Ive never even heard of such a thing. Thnaks for opening my eyes. Off to try and make it!
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• United States
27 May 08
And the one of "Green Granny" that I remember is not the wilted lettuce, but the sliced bologna off the roll with lots of Hellman's and tomato slices! Remember??? Haha! Nice discussion, I haven't thought of her for a while!
• United States
27 May 08
ahhh...the bologna sandwich
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@amerexp (25)
• United States
8 May 08
I was invited to supper at my boss' mother's house several years ago. At that time, I think his mom was 90 something. She made us homemade dandelion soup, homemade bread, and homemade rhubarb pie. The bread and pie were delicious. I wasn't thrilled about the soup, but I certainly wasn't going to offend her, so I ate it anyways! I've never heard of "wilted lettuce", but then I had also never heard of dandelion soup, either! :-)
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@Breath (1297)
• United States
8 May 08
Yummy wilted lettuce with onions and vinger...My grandmother use to make this all the time for me growing up...I loved it and wish I had some now...I lived with my grandmother growing up and she was a very good cook...Ever heard of meal gravy?
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• United States
8 May 08
No I haven't. I have heard of Sawmill Gravy. I didn't care for that. But I did like the flavor. Is meal gravy like a mush?
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@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
8 May 08
Your Grandmother must have been a southern gal. We had wilted lettuce a lot when I was young. I still fix it for myself but my children would never try it. They didn't like the idea of eating the grease from the bacon. I have memory trigger foods too, like fried fish and hushpuppies and the best is homemade cornbread dressing. I still like to try to make it like my Mom and Grandmother but for some reason it just doesn't taste the same. I spent a lot of time with my Grandmother. She would save me a biscuit in the top of the old wood burning stove so it would still be warm when I came by every morning on my way to school. Sure do miss the fresh white butter we had back then too. Homemade biscuits baked in a wood burning stove are so light and soft, not like what we eat today. My grandmother and Mom made everything from scratch so we spent a lot of time in the kitchen. The kitchens of today are just too small compared to how big they were then. Ahhh, Good memories...
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• United States
8 May 08
My grandma was from Kentucky. I forgot about her homemade biscuits. I miss her.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
8 May 08
I have heard of wilted lettuce salad before, but I have never had it. Something about the name of it keeps me from trying it. I have lots of childhood memory triggers. Black Raspberry pie, fried potatoes, and watermelon are a few that take me back to my childhood at my grandmothers house.
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• United States
8 May 08
Black Raspberry pie---YUM
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• New Zealand
8 May 08
hi dear friend, Your recipe sounds very interesting to me.I would love to make it when possible.Yes even my granny was a wonderful cook. I spent my entire childhood gobbling down her yummy food.I do cook now but can never duplicate her.Everything she made was great.I still remember her pickels,tomato jam,bread pulao,everything.I miss her so much.Unfortunately she dosent cook anymore but the taste of her food shall linger in my senses till my last breath.
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• United States
8 May 08
Sounds like she was a wonderful cook.
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
8 May 08
I've never heard of wilted lettuce but yes I do agree that some foods are memory triggers! For example whenever I eat potato salad it always reminds me of my mum because she makes it every year for christmas lunch. Also pretty much just what we eat for christmas and easter lunches bring back memories because everyone brings pretty much the same dishes every year! These include: garlic potatoes, asparagus stalks, corn, beetroot, green salad, olives, sundried tomatoes, barbequed chicken and pasta salads. This is my favourite thing to eat-just salads and everything slapped together, it brings back fond memories of christmas days and getting all my presents in the morning!
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• United States
8 May 08
Green beans, ham and potatoes remind me of my other grandmother.
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• United States
7 May 08
yes my ex grandmother used to make the best meatloaf i have ever had and when i make my own i always wishe i had her recipe cause it was the bomb
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• United States
8 May 08
I wish that I would have paid more attention when she cooked.
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• United States
27 May 08
And the one of "Green Granny" that I remember is not the wilted lettuce, but the sliced bologna off the roll with lots of Hellman's and tomato slices! Remember??? Haha! Nice discussion, I haven't thought of her for a while! Like at least 2 weeks, when I seen a roll of bologna!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
16 Jul 08
i was just telling a friend on here that mygrandmother did that to. sure it's not good for you but sure is tasty.
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• United States
20 Jul 08
If you don't have it that often, can it be *bad* for you?? LOL
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
20 Jul 08
haven't had it in years, think i'm overdue for some. it is good stuff! anything that good couldn't be too bad for you every once in awhile.
@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
25 Jun 08
OMG I was just talking about lettuce in another discussion, and someone mentioned it. My grandmother used to call it "hot lettuce" and she made it all of the time. i loved it! I have been trying to figure out how to make it for a while now. Your message popped up on the bottom of mylot and i had to come respond to it. It's also a very special memory of mine as well!
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• United States
25 Jun 08
Well, I am happy that you responded and got the recipe for the willted (hot) lettuce. Isn't it amazing what can trigger a childhood memory?
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Me too! I hope I can make some soon!!
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
16 Jun 08
This actually goes back more than my generation but a generation when my mother was growing up. She grew up Catholic so no meat on Fridays... so they would have grilled cheese... and as much of it as they could eat (which was rare with five kids in the house). When I was growing up my mother continued the tradition and now whenever I see/smell grilled cheese I still remember my childhood and the stories my mother used to tell me of her as a child. Thanks Zelo
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• United States
25 Jun 08
We ate a lot of grilled cheese in my childhood years
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
2 Jul 08
And didn't we all... oh to be a kid again and have a perfectly grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner... it's the little things I miss about being a kid! Thanks Zelo
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