I remember how happy this simplistic snack used to make me. The crunchy hot exterior, the doughy warm interior and the salt. Oh the mountains of salt. These were indescribable and truthfully, I never thought the need for hot cheese or spicy mustard was necessary – they were amazing on their own.
I still eat some occasional s’mores. It doesn’t really compare to what the environment was as a kid eating these. My dad somehow managed after four attempts usually to make us a fire in our game room — we’d all cuddle up in sweats and watch as the newspapers cinched and then lit red. My memories of making s’mores was as follows: they were never perfect, they melted in my hand, I usually burned the marshmallows but all I know is that I wouldn’t have changed my imperfect creations for the world.
GRILLED CHEESE & TOMATO SOUP
While I was never one for the combo together, actually come to think of it, I’ve never tried them together — shoot me I know. I do love a hearty Tomato soup and then at the same time, I love my Grilled cheese extra buttery, crispy bread equally as much. I love the incorporation of anything crunchy in my soup – Goldfish, Premium Crackers, you name it.
PEANUT BUTTER/HONEY/BANANA SANDWICHES (Jelly fans, get out of here)
No other sandwich compared as a child – I would be either doing gymnastics, dancing or running. With that in mind I needed my potassium and carbs. My mom usually made the perfect sandwich, of course after years of practice. Left side heavy on crunchy PB, right side doused in honey, bananas cut up and placed on both sides. Sliced diagonally.
My brother is the one who I attribute my love for Bagel Bites to. He was the first one in our house to take out the aluminum foil and stand, mouth salivating as he waited for the cheese to begin bubbling in the toaster oven. I think we internalize our decisions to eat these because they’re titled mini, meaning that if you choose to have 2 — who cares? It’s when you walk over for fourths that you know, you should have just opted for a big ass slice of pizza instead.
OREO COOKIE DIRT CUP DESSERT
I used to get this dessert at Friday’s after each dance recital as a kid — I also saw photos recently of me at age three, having a play date with twin friends of mine — clay pots, crushed Oreos, gummy worms all scattered across the granite kitchen top. I guess the dessert has been a recurring part of my life for longer than I knew? It’s such a simple and interactive dessert that I can’t wait to make for my kids when I’m older.
PLAIN SPAGHETTI WITH BUTTER, SALT, PEPPER
I grew up with quite the picky palate. I didn’t like anything esoteric so when it came to pasta nights in our house, I would only settle for one dish — PLAIN spaghetti with butter, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. So simple, so good.
“ANTS ON A LOG”
Celery, Peanut Butter, Raisins — sounds like such an odd combination but this is such a great staple past and present for kids. Think about it, celery is like — eating paper nutritionally wise it doesn’t cost kids calories, peanut butter — great fat and raisins, great dried fruit. I think I will begin making these as snacks for work actually, come to think of it.