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What was your favorite school lunch?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 16, 2011

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“At my elementary school they always did Thanksgiving lunches where the parents would get to come and eat and that was always my favorite.”

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“I always liked pizza Fridays.”

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“Mac ‘n cheese.”

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“Crispitos.”

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swampyankee 2 years, 8 months ago

Mary jane and then whatever they were serving

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Joe Hyde 2 years, 8 months ago

What stands out in my mind weren't so much the lunches as those from-scratch cinnamon rolls that were so delicious we students used them almost as a form of U.S. currency. They were widely bartered in food tray item swaps and probably got used in non-cafeteria swap agreements as well; they were just that good. Not even the great Joe's Bakery on 9th St. could make sweet rolls that came close.

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MajorPeterezz 2 years, 8 months ago

Please excuse my intrusion as it is late. However, out of curiosity, again, I am wondering why so many people would like to physically fight? I pose this question as I was just, minutes ago, invited to engage in personal and physical combat by one whom wished to acquire a personal possession, my wallet, from me without my consent. I humbly denied.

Then I was told " I WILL KICK YOUR ASS YOU FKING PSY!!" As I retained my inner clarity and composure I simply replied "Of course, Marquess of Queensberry rules, then." Puzzled, as my then adversary was from these words, I hit once and he fell. And then he ran screaming yelling something about "You broke my f**kin jar man!!" I do not remember seeing a jar. However, I am glad not to have seen or felt one either. If you are reading this, the person whom which I broke your jar, please respond as I do apologize for breaking your jar - some are very collectable - and I would gladly pay full duty at market price to replace.

Here are some of my pictures if you need a reminder or would request a line up to point me out. Good Day.

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MajorPeterezz 2 years, 8 months ago

Filled my pipe and drew from the stem. Am almost sure that it is not coming from my pipe, however, I think I smell a skunk. Hmm...Curious.

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MajorPeterezz 2 years, 8 months ago

Please do, Ole' boy. I will hand you the reins for a spell and jump in as well as you have given me many a good chuckle from your ability to see things abstractly, yet, logically. I believe I will go refill my pipe - sometime it helps me to think abstractly, yet logically. Thank you, Hollis.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

"Agreed. And what an injustice. However, I was rather fond of the dancing girl from the original post. Now to give Mr. Mayfield, the real deal, some justice"

Dammit, Major. You really killed me with that one. God I miss Curtis Mayfield! What a beautiful, talented man. And a huge influence, too.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Major, I was serious. I totally love the mugshot commentary! Please keep it up. I'll jump in if so inclined.

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MajorPeterezz 2 years, 8 months ago

"HollisBrown (anonymous) says…

I'll be damned. "Gypsy Woman" was written by Curtis Mayfield. No wonder I like it. Thanks, MajorPeterezz.....

Oh, Baby! This guy is a total cheeseball! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZlUe6... "

Agreed. And what an injustice. However, I was rather fond of the dancing girl from the original post. Now to give Mr. Mayfield, the real deal, some justice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc_nWUJ7jzQ

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MajorPeterezz 2 years, 8 months ago

"HollisBrown (anonymous) says…

MajorPeterezz is now in charge of mugshot commentary. And boy do I love haggis. My Scottish dad wouldn't even touch that nastiness."

So, sorry, Hollis. Not trying to monopolize. I shall refrain unless utterly irresistible.

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trinity 2 years, 8 months ago

Oh-and those gals were unequalled for the fluffy huge white rolls that were made from scratch and also the cobblers they'd have at the end of the line. Those were freshly made too. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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trinity 2 years, 8 months ago

Baloney boats, lolol! I think we called 'em (or the cooks called 'em) potato boats...ours weren't quite as detestable as yours sound, scopi. The baloney was warm but I don't know how it got that way-not by frying, 'cos my dad used to do that and it just made me want to hurl; the mashed taters were real taters, and the cheese was shredded cheddar! They weren't half bad! Two grandma types were our cooks in grade school...very small parochial school...so stuff was done right! That's where I learned to love sour kraut :)

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

So steve the lawnmower guy and Dale from the King of the Hill...brothers? And R_I's cousins.

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roadwarrior 2 years, 8 months ago

back east, elementary school lunch was a chicken back bone with the tail still attached to the end, little tail feather hairs still hanging on it Maybe it was just me, but i remember clearly getting stared down by that lunch lady before having that tail butt chicken shoved into my hand. High school favorite, shepards pie with green beans.

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scopi_guy 2 years, 8 months ago

The rectangular pizza was pretty good. The cinnamon rolls were very good. They always put a lot of icing on them. I remember the grey hamburgers. They didn't look too good, but they weren't too bad.

Worst: Before moving to Lawrence, had some of what Jefferson County school district had to offer for lunch. Baloney Boats. A slice of baloney, fried until the edges turned black and curled up. A scoop of instant mashed potatoes on top of the baloney with a square of orange-yellow cheese on top of the potatoes. Then, some kind of gravy to float around in. I have no idea what was in their "meat blanket". Probably don't want to know.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

The bumper sticker in a frame on my wall pretty well sums it up. I Opened Johnny's Tavern 7:30am Lawrence, KS

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JHawker 2 years, 8 months ago

I never ate a full school lunch, always had a delicious sack lunch meal: slice of bread with meat or cheese, slice of bread with something sweet, a fruit and a yoghurt or pudding. Along with a container for milk. Then again, when there was something I did want, like tater tots or pizza, I would craftfully trade some of my lunch. I always had the good sweets, straight from our Dutch kitchen.. chocolate sprinkles, nutella, you name it :-)

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RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

I may or may not know anything about a certain vice principal's VW getting carried into the front entrance and set crossways in the vestibule. However . . . I had nothing to do with the doors of H C Stuart's pickup getting Liquidmetal around the seams of the doors. (That kid was caught and spent many after school hours cleaning it up)

(I'm safe after 45 years . . . right?)

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bobberboy 2 years, 8 months ago

bell peppers stuffed with spanish rice and hamburger.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

I'll be damned. "Gypsy Woman" was written by Curtis Mayfield. No wonder I like it. Thanks, MajorPeterezz.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

I think my Cousin Steve is a youtube celebrity. I've seen a lot of his screwups, but he knows his rights. Roe, we should've been in school together. Once, I flushed my 5th grade teacher's hard boiled egg down the toilet, then left my calling card all over the floor. The Plaster of Paris in the toilet was fun, too.

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Julie Craig 2 years, 8 months ago

Beef stew with grilled cheese on homemade bread . . . that was the best. We all put our lima beans into our milk cartons because Mr. Church went around and made sure we ate everything on our trays :)

Anybody remember when peanut butter was the government surplus item and they put it into everything! Cinnamon rolls never should be like that.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

Hollis. You worked the kitchen? We used to put a penny between the half slices of bread and butter then gather in the hallway to listen for the disposal to grind it up. If one of us were feeling flush a nickel would go in. That would lock up the disposal and a very angry maintenance man would have to skip lunch to fix it.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

I wonder if home-schooled kids get to watch "Glee". Prospector, where in the hell do you find this stuff?! Incredible. My cousin Steve got into a similar mess. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30InBg...

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 8 months ago

"Man, you home-schooled kids are really missing out!"

Eh, they probably don't have their vaccinations anyway, so I shed no tears for them.

/goes ahead and hides under my desk.

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kernal 2 years, 8 months ago

Homemade chicken and noodles over real mashed potatoes. Even the noodles were homemade. Just one of the benefits of a small school - only 25 to 30 students.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Man, you home-schooled kids are really missing out!

Hollis, I heard that some of them got jealous of High School Musical so no there is Home School Musical. Only problem was try-outs only lasted three minutes and one actor has to play all the parts. Home schoolers......got it tough man.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

In 6th grade I washed dishes in the kitchen with the old ladies. I had probably gotten in trouble for something again. They did make real food. But I could not believe the amount of lard they used. Everywhere you looked, industrial sized drums of lard. And the principle, the late George W. Lloyd, was a classic. He used to give kids bear hugs, and always encouraged me to keep singing. He also used to stand at the front of the gym/cafeteria at lunch with a microphone and yell at kids that were acting up. Once, he pulled this girl up to the front. She tried to stab him with her fork. He shook her so hard I thought her teeth would fall out. Taught her a lesson, and a lot of us wet our pants. He be in jail for that now, even just for the hugs. Those really were the days.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

The last day of my Senior year, we had a huge food fight. Some jock threw an entire bowl of soup at me. I mean bowl and all. Luckily he missed and I clocked him with a banana. We were friends so we just hugged it out. Man, you home-schooled kids are really missing out!

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

EP: Jan. 8, 1935-Aug. 16, 1977. I bet Graceland is poppin'. I see some idiot remade "Straw Dogs". Great. I bet Bloody Sam Peckinpah is spinning in his grave. Drunk, too.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Johnny Marzetti. Bleck! I liked that wierd pizza. I had lunch tickets so sometimes I'd get 2 lunches. Yes Andini, my favorite part of lunch was laying a pad of butter across a napkin, snapping it, and watching the butter stick to the ceiling. The grease spot was huge the next day. I also liked wiping a pad of butter across the spout on the drinking fountain, then watching the look on the faces of the next few people who got a drink.

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H_Lecter 2 years, 8 months ago

Finding a raw fetal pig head on a fork, on the lunch table, sure grosses the other kids out...kind of warms my heart.

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he_who_knows_all 2 years, 8 months ago

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g_rock 2 years, 8 months ago

And anything where a tri-taor was involved. With a ton of ketchup.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 8 months ago

Elvis died on this day in 1977. Allegedly

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kristyj 2 years, 8 months ago

I second the vote for Spicy Chicken sandwiches at LHS! Crispitos were also awesome. And the a la carte cookies at LHS were just amazing, but that's when students were still allowed to eat real fat & sugar. Burned it all off in marching band!

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BorderRat 2 years, 8 months ago

I too vote for the Chili and cinamon rolls. Also remember when LHS had hot, fresh baked rolls. The limit was two, but I don't remember anyone ever counting as you walked out.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 8 months ago

I was not allowed to eat school lunch.
That program was one of the communistic programs started by Truman.

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rodentgirl16 2 years, 8 months ago

For everyone's enjoyment and perusal. The more things change, the more they stay the same...

http://www.usd497.org/ParentsAndStudents/FoodServices/documents/Aug.%2011%20Elem.%20Lunch.pdf

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 8 months ago

I clearly remember one school lunch. That was the day one of the teachers caught me selling my small carton of milk to a classmate for a nickle. Until I realized that milk had a cash value, I had simply refused to take a carton, and that was fine.

That day, I discovered that it wasn't fine to be selling your milk in the cafeteria. I hated milk, I couldn't stand drinking it. For many years, I could not even watch people drinking it because seeing that was simply to gross. Finally I got used to seeing that, if someone wants to drink milk, sure, do it. Just don't get me involved.

The teacher that caught me selling my milk tried to get me to drink it without success. When it became obvious that I was willing to give up all of recess in order to not drink it, he finally gave up, and I was allowed to leave. But, having learned from the experience, I never sold my milk in the cafeteria again.

Much later, my mother told me something that might very well have explained my aversion to drinking milk. When she was an infant, she was simply unable to digest milk. It would not keep her alive, and she was almost at the point of death by age six months due to starvation, even though she was frantically given as much milk as my grandparents could get into her.

Just in time, her parents tried Similac, which is a soy product. She did very well on it, and quickly began to grow and turned out just fine.

That may have something to do with me disliking milk so much. It simply makes me sick.

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 8 months ago

Oh Sarah...time had thankfully erased most of that from my memory! LOL..and ewww. I totally understand why I was so thin back then. Snap, had it not been for the tater tots, the children of Lawrence would have perished. Remember when you had a choice of nasty entree or nasty ham and cheese sam..salad (before salad was something a child ate), fruit pieces of some sort (watery, low syrup), and all you survived on were the tater tots or mashed pots..and the dinky carton of white milk?

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MapMadeMind 2 years, 8 months ago

Runza, Pizza, homemade doughnuts, taco salad. Everything was homemade by a couple of grandma's at my school. That's one of the precious few advantages to attending a school with less than 100 kids!

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Sarah St. John 2 years, 8 months ago

Sept. 28, 1971: A lunch menu for Lawrence public schools for the upcoming week was published. On Wednesday, students would have beef tips in brown gravy over mashed potatoes, tossed salad, a roll, milk, and spice cake with butterscotch icing.

Nov. 21, 1970: The lunch menu for the week included pigs-in-blankets, green beans, and parsley-buttered potatoes, chicken pie with biscuits, and chili with cornbread.

And of course, milk in those teeny paper cartons: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/aug...

(At my elementary school in NJ, we had a choice of "white, chocolate, or orange drink.")

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dogsandcats 2 years, 8 months ago

WTF are crispitos? Sounds real healthy, whatever it is.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Now, what is for lunch today? All this talk of food is making me hungry. I have another ham on rye with some trail mix. I'd just assume leave that on the trail.

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Andini 2 years, 8 months ago

Nobody likes school lunches. Nobody.

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Andini 2 years, 8 months ago

A can of Old Milwaukee and a bag of Funyuns.

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wmathews 2 years, 8 months ago

Chicken nuggets with mashed potatoes were the best! And we had these popsicle things called "Push Ups" that were shaped like triangles. Orange was gross, but cherry was on point.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 8 months ago

Tater tots are an abomination. That's my $0.02.

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 8 months ago

I too am 'post chili and cinnamon rolls' period. Never saw those. We had charburgers..which most of my years were intolerable. Later on, I was finally brainwashed to choke them down. When my kids went to school, they seemed a fond memory. Most memorable, but not a fav...fish sticks w french fries. The fries being the 'only' real life, kid desirable food they ever served, and of course they were baked, soft, and icky. Yet, when I would walk into school when my kids were there and the smell of both wafted throughout the building...heaven. And oh yuck..those ham sammies are probably the reason I knee jerk dislike sammies to this day. I actually do like a few types of sams, but the memory of those school hoagies and whatnot repel me.

Memorable days...when Brenda Sperry bet people she could swallow a canned half peach whole for 50 cents..so she tried, and we darned near lost her right then and there.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 8 months ago

We had something called Pizza Pin Rolls with cheddar sauce. I'd eat four of those. I'm not nearly as old as some on here, but we had good food at the cafeteria when I grew up. Chili and cinamon rolls seems to be the constant.

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somedude20 2 years, 8 months ago

I wanted to snack on the young nurse we had but more often than not I was stuck with a couple warm cans of beast and a smoke for lunch. The food the had was over-priced crap that looks a lot like that nasty Runza place shhhhhh it burger...gross. Really, I just eat pills for lunch anymore (and a pint of Barton's) and then write song lyrics for Ke$ha and Barbra Streisand (funny story, I sent the wrong set to Babs when it should have been Ke$ha, Babs sent back the demo for the song "I'm going to snatch it back (from you)" good stuff)

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rockchalker52 2 years, 8 months ago

Gosh, I really can't recall what the heck they served when I was in school. The only thing that comes to mind are those little wafer ham sammiches on a dinky bun. I can't remember what they served with them - tater tots maybe?

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Any lunch that started by first reciting the Lords' Prayer. After that the food was insignificant.

...but not as insignificant as the prayer. I'll take the sandwich over the ethereal anytime.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 8 months ago

Chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes

Chili and cinnamon rolls... really? Never seen that combo. Sounds OK.

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Andini 2 years, 8 months ago

The butter that was stuck to the ceiling.

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My_Life 2 years, 8 months ago

Any lunch that started by first reciting the Lords' Prayer. After that the food was insignificant.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

It's a one-track town, just brown and a breeze too Pack up the meat, sweet, we're headin' out For Wichita in a pile of fruit Get the loot, don't be slow, we're gonna catch a trout Get the loot, don't be slow, we're gonna catch a trout Get the loot, don't be slow, we're gonna catch a trout

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

MajorPeterezz is British, like Madonna. I don't know if it's genuine or not, but I kinda like it. We need a little couth culture in this joint.

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prospector 2 years, 8 months ago

What Coach Clanton told us to eat, raw meat and gunpowder,

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Machiavelli_mania 2 years, 8 months ago

Doritos from my friend's house the one day when the principal let us play half a day of hookey our senior year, my one and only hookey experience done with the permission of the principal.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

and why does MajorPeterezz use the English spelling in "favourite"? I've only seen one other poster use that style. One that is long gone these days.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

MajorPeterezz is now in charge of mugshot commentary. And boy do I love haggis. My Scottish dad wouldn't even touch that nastiness.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Ham on Rye, the story of Autie, by Charles Bukowski.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Hey Ronaldo, check out the MajorPeterezz 12:32am video. Now, that's dancing!!

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g_rock 2 years, 8 months ago

I was a chubby kid. There weren't too many school lunches I'd turn away.

Chili and cinnamon rolls. Pizza. Those fresh made rolls and little butter pats. Fake mashed potatoes and instant gravy.

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thuja 2 years, 8 months ago

A salad and a slice at Rudy's when it was behind The Crossing.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 8 months ago

Never had a favorite, it would be like being snakebit.

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Bill Lee 2 years, 8 months ago

It was a toss up between lamb chops and red snapper.

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TopJayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

I think you actually have to be an adult to remember cinamon rolls and chili. That was the best, back when they actually cooked food that was good for you. Reading that list above. And we wonder why all the kids today are soft and fat. I think it affected they're brains too.

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Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

I miss my mommies cinnamon rolls!! :(

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RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

Corn bread and beans were always good.

And any meal at LHS that included cinnamon rolls got no complaints from me.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

A few of us used to skip Friday afternoon sometimes back in '66 and have liquid lunch at the Harbour. Good times.

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MajorPeterezz 2 years, 8 months ago

Hagiss and black pudding, with sea salt, as a kid. Good stuff.

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MajorPeterezz 2 years, 8 months ago

WTF??

Nobody should try to re-do a John Wayne movie, a classic, at that. This must be the curse of "DUKE."

Take heed and learn from this....

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Chili with homemade cinammon rolls. Those kids up top will never know what they missed. Everything the said is pre processed made someplace else crapola. There are a few of us that can remember when the cafeteria was run by the old ladies that rocked the kitchen with real cookin.

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MajorPeterezz 2 years, 8 months ago

Oh, yes. Please excuse my deviation from our question. One of my favourites, an true American to my resources was a sandwich called a 'Sloppy-Joe." Very good.

I also, in my later years, learned of one of my other favourites called 'Meat- Loaf." I love it them both. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ROCKS!!

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riverdrifter 2 years, 8 months ago

It was the chili. The chicken noodle soup was good too. The rest of it sucked. The best was when I pedaled my bike over to the Dari Ring on 56 at noon (open lunch hour back then) and downed a burger & fries made by Mrs. Purvis. I wish that the Dari Ring was still there. Places like that are still needed. And so are open lunch hours. A break was a good thing.

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Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

Turkey hash on string poptatoes.

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chestylion13 2 years, 8 months ago

Spicy chicken sandwhiches that were served on Wednesdays at LHS. Follow that with those chocolate chip cookies that weren't quite baked all the way.....yummy.

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MajorPeterezz 2 years, 8 months ago

Miss Holle,

May I dedicate this to you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H659Ax9xoWc

BTW - are you somehow related to a Mr. Brown?

Just curious as I have a small idea that he will not return my laundry. He did give me me his word, though. Bullocks!

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Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 8 months ago

Chili

We had a lady in our cafeteria that made rolls from scratch. They were fantastic! When I moved back to Kansas as an adult I discovered this lady was working for a local diner and making those same rolls. The best Jerry! The best!

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 8 months ago

No question. The brownies with powdered sugar when someone would say the name of the person next to them, wait for them to turn, and blow the sugar in their face,hair, clothes. Priceless.Every damn time regardless which end of brownie you were on. (Did anyone else sorta gag at reading the question?)

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