Gook Book 4

"it's all a matter of taste"


My best friend loves to make sandwiches with barbecue sauce, pickles and processed cheese. Sometimes she adds potato chips.

Also, she has a new sandwich: meatballs with barbecue sauce and Miracle Whip.

Incidentally, she's pregnant. She wasn't for the first one tho, so there's no excuse!!

Potted Meat Salad

I think this is great. My wife thinks it's gross. I call it potted meat salad.

Take one can of potted meat.
Add a dollop mayo.
Add some chopped onions.
A little mustard.
As many sweet pickles as you want.
A dash of salt.
A sprinkle of pepper.

Mix together and serve on bread or buns, um um good!!

PB & Gardineira Sandwiches

This is something my cousin and I made up and ate regularly when we were kids ... a LONG time ago ... and occasionally still eat it. Try it, you'll like it.


Spread peanut butter (I prefer crunchy, but any kind can be used) thickly on one slice of bread. Top with plenty of hot or mild gardineira (I prefer Hot. Gardeneira is peppers and other vegetables packed in olive oil; usually found in the vegetable or ethnic section of the supermarket). Spread a little of the olive oil on another slice of bread. Flatten the sandwich to hold the ingredients in and ENJOY!


For an added treat, add a slice of real cheddar cheese. Mmmmmmmm yummy. =O)

Jolly Smoothies

I remember once when me and my friend took some Jolly Ranchers and mixed them in with our smoothies.

Simple 'n' Scary

This is a sandwich that I enjoyed before I went Kosher. The non-Jewish part of my family would get these fancy deluxe hams for easter that had like half of an inch or more of pork fat on the outside. I would cut a piece of fat the size of a slice of bread and make a sandwich with pork fat and peanut butter. Simple 'n' scary.

Hot Apple Pie

My favorite strange combo would have to be grilled cheese sandwich with grandmas homemade strawberry preserve spread on top of it!!!

Next would be hot apple pie with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese melted on top!!!

Both very GOOD!!! Give it a try! YUM.

Disgusting My Mother

When my aunt was a teenager, she used to invent and consume all kinds of strange foods for the sole purpose of disgusting my mother. This process actually led her to discover a combination that has since become a family favorite. It's very simple. Take two pieces of lightly toasted white bread (still warm) spread creamy peanut butter on both sliced and in the middle place several slices of VERY crisp bacon (still warm). It is very important that the bread and bacon not yet be cool because the peanut butter needs to get melty for optimum enjoyment.

I also discovered another peanut butter combination in my own quest to gross out my mom. Two slices of white bread, peanut butter, a thick coating of grape jelly, crumbles Lays potato chips and dill pickle spears (this is not on the side, it is on the sandwich). Keep in mind that you need to use a paper towel to dry off the pickle spears first, or else they will make the potato chips too soggy. It's fabulous, I swear. It's something about the sweet, sour, and salty combination that I like.

Another item I enjoyed when I was little is popcorn and milk. You need freshly popped popcorn with butter and salt on it and a giant glass of extremely cold skim milk. Dip each piece of popcorn into the milk before popping it into your mouth. MMMMMMMMMMMM!

Jessica N. Sevy

Green Tea Cake

Before you add flower (use bread flower, not all purpose) into the bowl, you add green tea powder mixture.

Mixture is: 1tbs green tea powder 1 tsp of water (maybe a little more) 1/2 tsp of sugar

I think you can find the green tea powder in Japantown. It's a usural green tea use for tea ceremony.

It wasn't that difficult, I must say. I hope you can find a time to try sometime.



Orange Creamsickle

I love the following weird snack:

1/2 glass o.j.
1/2 glass milk
1 tsp. sugar

Throw in the blender for a minute or just stir it up.


Chili Fetish

I picked up this combination while working at a mom and pop hamburger place. Take a dill pickle slice and gingerly top it with a spoonful of thick, (must be thick) chili. Any brand will work, but Manning's Brick Chili is great. Wonderful!

Then, as a child in grade school, I got onto a kick of anytime I ate chili, I would put shredded lettuce in it.

I really don't have a chili fetish! Pure coincidence.

Famished Kids

As famished kids jumping off school buses back in the days when Moms went to the grocery but once a week and habitually bought real food requiring cooking on a stove for more than 3 minutes, we learned to make decadent, although unusual treats, from the goods on hand. One such quick delight was to slather mayonaise on slices of white bread and sprinkle plain old sugar on the tops (excess to be shaken off over the sink, please). Yummy, sweet and quite filling!

Another concoction was prepared with saltines crushed in a cereal bowl with a splash of milk generously poured over the top... obviously an acquired taste!

A banana amply spread with peanut butter rounded out our trio of novelty snacks.

There was another snack so unholy and unwholesome that it was prepared only on those afternoons when we'd find ourselves alone.... The Awesome Crisco Cookie. Again a simple and quick way to ingest, oh roughly, a thousand calories. A blob of Crisco shortening placed slyly into a cereal bowl followed by a good pouring of white sugar, mixed well with the back of a spoon or fork (more fun) and add a dash of real vanilla. A variation replaced the white sugar for brown and skipped the vanilla. Don't tell my mother.

Carol Davison

Macaroni Mania

All of these macaroni recipes are slightly strange but very good. The first two are "Macklem originals" that my mom and grandma used to make. The third is one I invented one day when I ran out of milk - bachelorhood can spawn some interesting and unusual, but good, concoctions.

1) Macaroni and Buttermilk with cheese:
Take some cooked macaroni and put it in a bowl, add some buttermilk to it (about half a bowl and grate some cheddar cheese on top (preferably sharp/old cheddar). It may sound weird but it's good.

2) Macaroni and cottage cheese:
Take some cooked macaroni and add a few dollops of cottage cheese on top (so that there is a little more cottage cheese than macaroni). No other cheese is required. Mmm...Cottage cheese...ahguggug!

3) Boxed macaroni and sauce:
Cook up your favourite boxed macaroni and follow the directions - except DO NOT add milk, and butter is optional. Instead of milk add spaghetti sauce to it (preferably warm) and don't forget to add the package of cheese. Mmmm!

Taste Sensation

I've discovered something quite tasty.

I love to eat pudding (tapioca, especially) with meatloaf!

Heat up some leftover meatloaf, spread liberally with tapioca! My my my!

What a taste sensation!!!

Fishy Flufernutter

Had a girl once. She would come to work with her lunch, which consisted of 2 pieces of white bread followed by a jar of flufernutter and followed by a can of sardines? This young lady would spread on one half of her bread the flufernuttet and on the other piece of bread she would put the sardines....close it up and eat it right in front of us....now that was gross!

Omelette Cereal

Try adding corn flakes and chocolate chips to your next omelette.

Fruit of the Sea

Every day for lunch my son eats a tuna fish and banana sandwich. He started making this when he was about seven. He's twenty-four now and still loves it.

None for me, thanks.


Cheese Me!

When I was a kid I wanted a peanut butter sandwich but we had no jelly. So I made me up a peanut butter, cheese, and mustard sandwich. Sounds gross but it is very good. Chris

Mayo Crunch

I have seen many receipes with peanut butter and mayo, but not this one.

Two slices bread;
Generous portions of peanut butter (either kind);
Mayo, spread on each;
Slice of bread;
Then put lettuce (how much depends on you) on one;
Slice, top with other slice of bread.

Really good.

It's also good toasted.


Frito Layers

Try Frito Lay corn chips (original) and use vanilla ice cream as a dip--mmmmmm it is really good. I loved it as a child and I love it now. My grandma taught me how to eat that. My friends think its gross but I love it!

Another one is this: Flour tortilla and Peanut Butter and Banana Taco!

Warm one flour tortilla and spread peanut butter on it, and add sliced banana to eat-- it's really good, it used to be my friends favorite after school snack-- I tried it and liked it!

Sweet Sandwich

I used to eat this everyday when I was younger. Take 2 slices of soft, white bread (preferably with the crusts cut off). Spread both slices with butter, then put a liberal amount of plain, white sugar on both, then mash together. Very sweet, and very tasty!


Tuna Frito Sandwich

I discovered this when I was about 10. I always ate chips with any kind of sandwich I had. And Fritos always accompanied a tuna sandwich, so I just thought why not just make it easier... crunch up a few handfuls of Fritos and stir into tuna and mayo, put on bread and enjoy!


Steak Um Roll Ups

And this is by-far, I think, the strangest thing I used to eat. I'm not sure if they still make Steak Um's or not, haven't looked for them in awhile... but when I was younger I used to beg my mom for these roll ups. I would take one steak um piece (it was more like a sheet) and I would spread cottage cheese all over it, and then roll it up. Very Good!!


Rice with Applesauce

This is something that a dear friend of mine likes to eat. She is the sweetest 92 year old lady! She loves to cook some minute rice and when she eats it, she puts some applesauce on top and sprinkles it with sugar. I ate some with her and it is good!

Apple-Cheese Mix Up

I used to, and still do occasionally, mix plain Applesauce and Cottage cheese together.


Reese's Crunch Snack

I love this little Chocolate/salty snack, especially during that time of the month when you're craving something salty and something sweet. I take Reese cups (the big ones, not the small bite size ones) and mash Fritos onto the top of them.


Miracle Pickles

My husband loves Miracle Whip, peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches! And you have to make sure that you put a generous amount of both the salad dressing and peanut butter...and use sliced hamburger dills. He has introduced both our children to this "delicacy".


Cheese Me!

I have loved this my whole life:

Make a regular peanut and jelly sandwich, but add thick slices of sharp cheddar cheese. Viola!! Peanut and jelly sandwich with cheese. YUMMY!

Peanut Butter &...

Peanut butter and pickle sandwich or
Peanut butter and bologna sandwich or
Peanut butter and bacon sandwich

If you like all of the above foods individually, try the combinations. They are delicious and I've come to the realization that peanut butter goes well with anything!

Jocelyn Stein,
St Paul, MN

Three for the Road

I have three ...

1) Make an egg omelet. Make a sandwich using the omelet, white bread and peanut butter. Yum.

2) A bologna sandwich with cheese, on white bread with peanut butter. Smash potato chips and put on the sandwich. Drink with Almond Smash (may not be around any more).

3) Meal in a bowl made with leftovers: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn... all in one bowl, mixed up.

Sandra Westrope

Meaty Green Sweets

My mother-in-law would kill me if I didn't make this stuff, which she and I eat on turkey and ham. No holiday is complete without it. I used to make my aunt's recipe, which involved lots of melting marshmallows, bowls of ice, and took forever.

Here is the easy way:

1) Drain one can of crushed pineapple;
2) Use a food processor to grind up 3 or 4 stalks of celery;
3) Put that on draining pineapple;
4) Put big block of cream cheese in food processor;
5) Cream it up and add 2 small boxes green Jello, pineapple, celery and a tub of Cool Whip;
6) Whip it up and put it in a bowl;
7) It sets immediately if you have the pineapple cold.

My husband won't eat it on meat. He just eats it for dessert. Yuk! Celery in dessert, ha ha...

Creamy Bar-B-Q Sandwich

Sliced white bread. Creamy peanut butter on one side. Bar-B-Q sauce on the other side. Baco-Bits sprinkled over the peanut butter. Sliced bananas inbetween.

Try it, you'll love it!

Pete Venuto

Mahoney Stew

The Mahoney family has enjoyed this fine recipe for more than eighty years. Although most people find its name a bit unappetizing, those bold enough to taste it agree that it is surprisingly good. The aroma is very inviting; however, people quickly lose interest when ey are told that it is "liver stew." Chicken livers slowly simmered in a seasoned broth are the basis for this hearty stew. The Mahoney family serves this tasty dish for breakfast, spooned over pancakes, as in an open-faced sandwich. This much-maligned culinary treat deserves to be enjoyed by those who can get beyond its name.

Combine first seven ingredients and simmer until livers are tender. Remove from broth, and cut into small pieces. Return to broth, add vegetables, and simmer for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. The potatoes usually thicken the broth, but a paste of flour and water can be used if necessary. In order to make this savory dish more aesthetically pleasing, add a dash of Kitchen Bouquet to provide a rich color.

1 lb. chicken livers
4 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 large onions, diced
6 medium potatoes
2 large carrots
Kitchen Bouquet

Elaine Mahoney
Tucson, Arizona

Banana Chips

I like to eat Doritos with banana. I peel the banana and use the Dorito chip to scrape off bits of banana. It's a great mix of sweet and salty. Another sweet and salty mix I got my boyfriend hooked on is Ore Ida Onion Tater Tots sprinkled with garlic powder, onion powder, Lawry's seasoned salt, and Equal sugar substitute. It is sooo good.


Sugar Bread

My recipe isn't really gross, but by today's standards, it is wierd.

When we went to visit my Grandma, she would occasionally serve us sugar bread. As the name suggests, she would take a stale piece of bread and drizzle water from the tap on it. Then she would take a big spoon the sprinkle sugar over it. We used to just love it.

Judy :-)

Tomatoes and Bread

This is a dish that my mother used to make. I think it was passed down in my family. I have never heard of anyone else ever serving it, not even in any restaurant I've been in or any recipe book. My father is the only other person I have ever known to like it besides me. My sisters can't even stand to look at it. I think it's scrumpdilliumpcious!

Tomatoes and Bread

5-6 tomatoes
2 slices of bread
1 Tbls. of sugar
1-1/2 Tbls. of butter or margerine
salt and pepper to taste

Stew whole tomatoes (or use 1 can of whole tomatoes). Do not drain off liquid. Put the cooked tomatoes in a pot and cut up the bread into the tomatoes (leave the liquid in the tomatoes). Add the butter and sugar. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook until almost boiling. Stir occasonally. Eat up! UUUUMMM! good!

Donna B.

PB & Parsley Sandwich

People think I'm crazy for eating this, but I think there is nothing strange about it, plus, it's delicious. Peanut butter is not my favourite thing, but at times I find myself really wanting a peanut butter and parsley sandwich. Pile on the parsley! MMMMMMmmm. I like it best with soft, white bread, Wonder Bread style, at it's freshest. Dry bread ruins it.


PB & Mayonnaise Sandwich

My family is really grossed out by the fact that I eat Peanutbutter and Mayonnaise Sandwiches.... They are really great!!! Like I try to explain to them all the mayo does is keep the peanutbutter from getting stuck the roof of your mouth.


PB & Mustard Sandwich

When I was a kid my brother and I came up with this great sandwich that we still eat 35 years later.

white bread
iceburg lettice
yellow mustard

Trust me it taste great!

Soggy Salad


I like to put my salad on my dinner plate and let the lettuce get covered in gravy.............MMMMmmmmmmmmm!


Chip Dip

I always mix cream cheese, garlic salt, and milk together to make a delicious chip dip!!!

Don't say no till you try it.


Oooy Goooy Yum Yum Sandwich

For those of you with a sweet tooth!

This is a sandwich that a childhood friend introduced me to. It is very delicious. I even expanded it to make it even more messy.

2 slices of wonder bread or very soft thick white bread
1 heaping spoon of creamy peanut butter
1 heaping spoon of marshmallow cream

To make it even messier and more delicious, add some of your favorite melted chocolate. I like to melt a Hershey's chocolate bar on low in a shallow plate in the microwave for about 15 to 30 seconds.

I have also added sliced banana to this. YUM YUM

Shannon from Chicago

Garlicky Fix

Here is a "snack" when you really crave a savory, salty, garlicky fix:

4 heads garlic
2 tbsp. butter or olive oil
Fish Sauce (3 Crabs Brand best)
Real Parmesan cheese

Peel cloves of garlic and slice into 1/6" pieces. Sauté garlic in oil or butter until garlic is soft (Not crispy). Put garlic on an appropriately sized plate and cover with the fish sauce and parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

adam hill...

Afternoon Delight

When I was little, my dad would tell me that if I was hungry, I had to make it myself. So one day, I got creative. Here is my afternoon delight...

2 pieces of white bread and toast them in the toaster.
Fry up 2 pieces of bologna and 2 pieces of bacon in a skillet.
Slice your tomato into slim slices...as well as your onion.
Spread mayo on your toasted bread.
Add sliced pickles upon the mayo side of the bread.
Next, add your bologna and bacon to the bread.
Then add your tomato's and onions...
Then finally, take regular potato chips and crush them on top of your sandwich.
Put the other piece of bread on, and sqush together.

This is best served with a cold glass of iced tea.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Heather Tames


When I was younger my sister and I used to enjoy this snack in the mid afternoons. We would get out the Saltine crackers and spread peanut butter on them. Then for garnish and extra taste, a slice of dill pickle. It tastes wonderful!


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