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        Hiya Guys and Dolls,

        It takes sometimes just one thing to trigger a memory. My father has passed away now for a few years. My grandparents were born and raised in the UK (Ireland) and what i never realized was that while growing up some of those traditions were in our house.

        I had gone to breakfast one morning with the newlyweds and everything was great. The sun was shining and we had a full day planned. Excited about trying the "English" breakfast i looked at the menu and saw "fried toast". Instantly i remembered as a child having this alllllllll the time and it was my dads fav. It jarred such a memory of him that the tears began to well up in my eyes. I always wondered why kids in the neighborhood never had "fried toast"! Didn't every house?

        Further down on the description of this breakfast was included baked beans. Omg my father was a huge baked bean man. Not once did i trace his roots to this food. It was just one of those things when you are growing up that you don't think about, it just is.

        I felt a real connection to my ancestors and my dad while i was there. Though these things may sound trivial but it was a sensation of connecting to the past and the roots we all carry with us to some extent.

        I have not made "fried toast" since i have been out on my own but i think i just may start and not let the tradition die!

        Do you have any traditions or dishes that were handed down through the generations?

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        I can totally understand how that brought tears to your eyes. You need to bring the fried toast into your life!

        My mom used to make me english muffin pizzas when I was a kid. I loved them. A few years back I had her make that for my birthday dinner 
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        Omggggggg i almost forgot about them! They are so super easy to make and were a lunch cafeteria favorite. We would go bonkers on English muffin pizza day!

        Some of the recipes my mom makes i can't seem to duplicate. She makes a fudge that is off the Hershey's cocoa can that i can NOT make to save my life. In fact most people have tried and i think it has to be the toughest recipes ever.

        Hershey had that fudge recipe on their can for years. I just wonder how many peeps could actually make it.

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        I tried that recipe and the first time it was more of a chocolate sauce than a fudge. I just remember thinking oh this isn't right  I made it again and it turned out semi decent.

        Darn you Hershey's!
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        My pops has been gone for awhile too lips so I can relate :'(.He was raised in Ireland and came to the States when he was 20 and I loved to here him and his sis talk Gaelic .Fried toast..hmmm,not sure if we did have it or if I just don.t remember.He was definitely a meat and potatoes man with gravy on everything My mom on the Italian side made biscotti,pizzelle (Italian waffle cookies) and of course homemade ravioli..yum!/color]
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        Then you have to be absolutely gorgeous rose! What beautiful babies Irish and Italian make.

        My dad was a huge meat and taters man too. Ya need to get your mom to share her  biscotti recipe. I have been wanting to learn how to make that for a long time. Especially with a nice cup of tea or coffee...yum!
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          Ah Lips, you kicked off a memory for me of when I was a young "gal".  You call it fried toast, we always called it fried bread.  I recall my Mum making me fried bread when I was knee high to a grasshopper and I remember saying to her that I was going to have it every day when I got married.  I still love it to this day but it's not a daily treat I allow myself! 

          As you know, my roots are in Ireland too but I don't recall anything specifically Irish that my Grandmother or Mother used to make.  Maybe I will have to do some research.

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          Alright you guys... you can't keep talking about the fried toast bread and not describe how it's made... come on... give! 

          My mom made this wonderful rice pudding for breakfast as a special treat... it involved lots of whipped egg whites and was so sweet and creamy... yummy...

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          Wonderful and touching stories all.....thanks for sharing.

          I can see why they would bring both a smile and a tear.
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          I make killer hershey's cocoa fudge.  Absolutely fabulous I can eat the whole thing if nobody beats me to it.  Not that I do, but I could.
          My dad's thing was venison chili.  He was 1/4 native american, and hunting deer was in his blood.  He'd make a gigantic pot or two every season.
          the only thing I remember my grandparents making, that must have been some kind of cultural thing was scrambled eggs and brains.  ewwww.  I could never force myself to eat those, and won't carry on that tradition.
          My family tradition is stolen from a mixed Japanese/American couple- hamburger hash.  Ground beef, onion, a little corn, and potatoes fried up in the skillet (covered with Heinz for me).  Everyone still makes that.

          My mom would make another old timey favorite that nobody seems to know about - Skippys.  (from skippy peanut butter).  Take a hamburger bun, spread peanut butter on each side, top with a slice of sliced pineapple, put a slice of american cheese (or cheddar) on top, and bake in 350 degree oven until cheese is melty.  Mmmm Mmmm Good!
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          I remember when my Mother would make sauerkraut and keilbasa in a pan. The kids would scatter when she did. Years later, I tried it and fell in love with it like her chicken and dumplings.

          I think it was a year ago, I was passing a family and you could smell it when they started serving it (Picnic area) I kept walking, though I nearly hit a tree for the tears in my eyes in memory of her.
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          Omg your stories are so touching and means alot that you shared them too. You guys are just the best.

          ps gabby you are another gorgeous LCB'er! Oh my tween katt, eyesofgreen and now you what good looking group we have! 

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