What Foods Did You Hate As A Child But Love To Eat Now?

Wayback Wednesday


What Foods Did You Hate As A Child But Love To Eat Now?



Tomorrow is the biggest eating day of the year, and if you are fortunate and blessed enough to have a warm meal on Thanksgiving, please stop and give thanks to whom it is that you serve and honor for those blessings. 


I don’t know about you, but I still remember the large Thanksgiving meals that we had growing up in New Rochelle, NY.  We lived in a housing project and my aunt lived in the apartment on the same 5th floor so we could run back and forth between kitchens to eat in excess, which most of us did.  




I loved it all….the turkey…the stuffing…the gravy…the ham..the sweet potatoes…the potato salad and of course the collard greens.  However, there was always that one food that I hated and would wrap it in a napkin and throw it out the window when it was added to my plate…SQUASH!


I don’t know what it was about squash that I hated as a kid, but now as an adult – I love it!  I especially love Spaghetti Squash, and here’s the link to a previous recipe which is a very healthy dish.


Yellow Squash



I can’t recall why or even if anyone else had a problem with eating it, but all I know is that I hated yellow squash on my plate – perhaps it was because my grandmother would boil it until it was slimy and I hated the texture.  


My cousins never had a problem with the sliminess, as a matter of fact, my cousin Belinda, God Rest Her Soul would slop up some chitterlings in a heartbeat, something else I would never have eaten then and definitely would not be eating now!!!!!!!!




So when you sit down tomorrow at a table full of family food traditions think back to the foods that you never ate as a child but love to eat today, then leave a comment below and share this post with a family member or friend for them to chime in.





Turkey Time!

Completed Turkey Dinner

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It’s Turkey Time!!!!  Yes, can you believe that Thanksgiving is only 23 days away?  I don’t know about you, but in our home, we no longer prepare large family dinners, especially since it’s only hubby and my two mini-men.


I do, however, miss the big family gatherings that we once had, but now prefer a much calmer day without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen nor spend a lot of money preparing a large meal which makes the Jennie-O Oven Ready, No Thawing Boneless Turkey Breast a perfect option for us.




A 2-3 pound Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey Breasts is more than enough for a full meal, however, I must admit it’s not enough for leftovers so if you like eating Turkey Sandwiches or making Turkey soup, then you should get a  Jennie-O Turkey Whole Turkey which I made last year.



It is easy to prepare and you don’t have to worry about having enough room in the freezer, or oven which will give you plenty of room to make baked potatoes or any other side dish or dessert that you wish to bake.


Easy Thanksgiving meal ingredients


I always cook collards or kale as our vegetable of choice and if you watch this video you’ll see how I like to make my kale.



cooking kale


Video created on Twitter in 2015


Follow the easy step by step instructions on the back of the package and your Thanksgiving meal or Sunday dinner will be ready in under 2 hours.  The package of frozen gravy should be placed in the refrigerator while the turkey cooks and then add some of the drippings to make a delicious covering for your turkey or potatoes.


Frozen gravy and Jennie-O Turkey Breast

Oh, and you can even Slow Cook the Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey Breast which I may try the next time.


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Thanksgiving Memories From Your Kitchen


Get on your mark – Get Ready – Get Set – Go! 




It’s time to start planning your holiday meal, whether it’s just you or two or a family of many, it’s always fun to try something new for the holidays.  However, how many times have you tried something new which actually turned out to be a disaster?? 


Hubby and I still laugh about the time we almost burned down the backyard trying to fry a turkey – whoever came up with the Turkey Fryer probably had too many drinks first!


As you will read in Friday’s post, our Thanksgiving meals are very low key, however, in honor of Wayback Wednesday, I went back into the crates of my old blog DeDivahDeals to bring out this recipe for leftover turkey.


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During the holiday, most people overcook and then have many leftovers for days on end, so it’s important to find creative ways in which to make those leftovers appetizing.  Now I am not saying that a Turkey and Cheese sandwich with mayo and a slice of tomato isn’t appetizing, but there are other options.

As a small family of four, we always have Thanksgiving leftovers so in looking for creative recipes I found this one for a Crock Pot Turkey and Potato Chowder, but of course added a little twist based on my veggie preferences.


turkey chowder ingredients
  • 4-5 cups of Red Potatoes
  • 3 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 cup Onions, chopped
  • 1 bag frozen Mixed Veggies (corn, peas and carrots)
  • 1/2 bag frozen mixed Sweet Peppers
  • 3 Sprigs of fresh Thyme – remove from stems
  • 3-4 cups of cooked Turkey
  • 4 cups of Chicken Broth
  • 4 tbsp of Corn Starch
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
corn starch and chicken broth
crock pot turkey and potato chowder
  1. Wash and chop potatoes into 1-inch chunks.  Stir cornstarch into chicken broth then add potatoes and remaining ingredients except for the Heavy Cream into Crock Pot.  Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  2. Stir in Heavy Cream, cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  3. Serve with crackers or cornbread.
recipe for turkey leftovers

Okay, time for you to share – what major kitchen mess-ups have you had preparing a family holiday meal?