Underwood deviled ham and grilled cheese sandwiches
Food nostalgia. Those odd combinations we ate as kids that still flood us with a sense of comfort and warmth even 55 years later.
For me, it is either a peanut butter and butter sandwich (my mother couldn’t have done that on purpose) or the Blue Box – Kraft macaroni and cheese. I can still devour an entire pot in one sitting.
For King Daddy it was his mother’s Underwood Deviled Ham and grilled cheese sandwiches. I am just guessing that one night when Crete was desperate to feed her kids quickly she grabbed a can of deviled ham out of the cupboard and put it into a grilled cheese sandwich. But to Mark it was a deliberate act of creativity and love.
Food from the ’50s. Everything was processed, everything was in a can, bag or box and Kraft was the dominate player in every sector of the processed food world – mayonnaise, marshmallows, margarine. Kraft hired a spokesman named Ed Herlihy to narrate what now seem to be laughably bad recipes such as Kraft macaroni and cheese stuffed in hot dogs and a Waldorf salad featuring miniature Kraft marshmallows.
Here’s the Blue Box one.
And Kraft touted Velveeta as a health food.
I actually ate Velveeta sandwiches with mayonnaise on Wonder Bread regularly.
The point is we all have those incomprehensible favorite foods from childhood (another one of mine is baloney sandwiches with French dressing, crushed potato chips and cottage cheese).
Mark made his mother’s deviled ham and grilled cheese sandwiches for supper the other night. Just to keep it authentic, we ate them with a vintage pear “salad” – a canned pear half with cottage cheese topped with grated Cheddar cheese. He looked like he was 5 years old again.
So what’s your favorite childhood guilty pleasure? And, more importantly, do you still eat it?