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What Foods and Recipes Remind You of Your Childhood? Carrot Cake? Marinara Sauce?

Posted by David Venable 1374867923.527

I am ready for the weekend, foodies, how about you!? Yesterday was a very special, very busy day. I traveled to Ypsilanti (ip-sa-lan-tea), Michigan with Mary and two members of our production crew to have lunch with Dwight at Haab’s Restaurant—our Foodie Road Trip contest winner!
Dwight, Mary, and David at Haab's
We were up early and caught a flight from Philadelphia to Detroit. Ypsilanti is just 20 minutes from the airport and home to Eastern Michigan University…what a quaint little town. Haab’s—now run by a fourth-generation owner—has been serving up comfort-food favorites since 1934. When I asked the owner of the restaurant why folks keep coming back, he said, “For most of our patrons, it’s like coming home again. We serve the kind of comfortable, consistent food they’ve enjoyed for decades.”
Ask anyone in town—like Dwight, Heather, and Rachel—why they love Haab’s and the food will certainly be mentioned. But, they’ll also tell you that Haab’s owners go above and beyond to support the community. And, they’ve been doing it every day for nearly 80 years. Haab's history is written on its walls in old photos and a glance of the menu will tell you why the locals have fallen in love with this place.
Haab's Restaurant
So what did I have? Chicken in a basket with four pieces of fried chicken, homemade shoestring French fries, and a hot buttered biscuit with honey. YUM!
Our flight home yesterday was a little delayed—and by little, I mean six hours! So, it was a late night and an early morning today…I scheduled an appointment for landscapers to come help me curb my hedges. With all the rain we’ve had this summer, my shrubs and flowering bushes were out of control and I needed professionals! Then, I was off for a much-needed trimming myself...
And now, I’m dreaming of Homemade Summer Peach Ice Cream—Sunday’s recipe on In the Kitchen with David.
David's Homemade Peach Ice Cream
Homemade Summer Peach Ice Cream
This recipe is prepared with the Kitchen Aid 13-Cup 3-in-1 Wide Mouth Food Processor (K35182).
Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.

4 cups frozen peaches, defrosted
1 (9.6 oz) can peach nectar
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup whole milk
1 tsp unflavored gelatin
1 tsp lemon juice


Puree 3 cups of the peaches with peach nectar in a food processor until smooth.

Add the peach puree, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, and milk to a medium-size sauce pan; stir to combine.

Place 3 Tbsp of the peach mixture in a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over the surface of the liquid and set it aside.

Bring the mixture in the sauce pan to a slight simmer over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and scoop a cup of the heated mixture into the bowl with the gelatin. Stir until dissolved. Stir the gelatin mixture into the rest of the ice cream base and refrigerate overnight. Chop the remaining peaches into 1/4” pieces. Refrigerate them until you’re ready to freeze the ice cream base.

Pour the chilled ice cream base into the canister of an ice cream maker and begin to freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. When the ice cream reaches a soft-serve consistency, add the chopped peaches and let the machine run until they’re distributed throughout. Continue to freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Foodies, homemade peach ice cream is my all-time favorite and a recipe that is rooted deep in my childhood memories. I remember coming back from a family vacation and we were minutes from the North Carolina/Georgia border when my mother stopped at a roadside farmer’s market. We walked out of there with baskets full of fresh, ripe, Georgia peaches and went home to cook peach cobbler and homemade ice cream. My brother, sister, and I ate ourselves silly and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.
I’m sure all of you have memories like that. For today’s blog question, tell me about them. What foods and recipes remind you of your childhood? Did your grandmother make the best carrot cake? Maybe you can still taste your mother’s strawberry jam? Or, was it your father’s famous pasta sauce? I’m headed out for a quick walk then I’ll be back to work on some head notes for my new cookbook. Believe it or not, about 35-40% of the recipes have been tested and completed already. Be sure to join me Sunday at Noon ET—we’ve got a VERY special announcement to make and you won’t want to miss it!
Keep it flavorful!

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goocharoo1374882219.357546 PostsRegistered 8/13/2006illinois

No Ice Cream in IL as it barely will make it to 70! Anyway:Food memories? When Ed & I make turkey breast for Gobble day, it reminds me of my Gram, Bless her heart! She would do all the BIG Holidays: Easter, Gobble & Christmas. The aroma of sage reminds me of her cooking 3 meals plus homemade wreath bread! My Dad & Uncles had bread eating contests! Also her homemade Gravy & Raviolis. Ed & I make Gravy/Sauce but Gram's was something else! She was 4 feet 11", worked at a Fruit Store that had sawdust on the floor, pushed her metal cart to get groceries & knew everyone on Cermak Road. Can't wait for the sequel & we'll be watching as Ed is off this Weekend!

Lois May1374889057.687157 PostsRegistered 2/13/2012

Hi David, My Mom use to make Dumplings and milk, and I loved her Beet Soup. Always loved the way she made her breaded pork chops and her lettuce and tomato salad with the mayonnaise. French toast was another favorite. Lois May.

Lois May1374889058.217157 PostsRegistered 2/13/2012

Hi David, My Mom use to make Dumplings and milk, and I loved her Beet Soup. Always loved the way she made her breaded pork chops and her lettuce and tomato salad with the mayonnaise. French toast was another favorite. Lois May.

Lois May1374889058.873157 PostsRegistered 2/13/2012

Hi David, My Mom use to make Dumplings and milk, and I loved her Beet Soup. Always loved the way she made her breaded pork chops and her lettuce and tomato salad with the mayonnaise. French toast was another favorite. Lois May.

ZonaHottie1374891406.77176 PostsRegistered 12/8/2012

Hi, David. It's a toss up between my mom's fruitcake [ I know it gets a bad rap, but some of us like it]. She would make it in a loaf pan lined with a brown paper grocery bag cut to fit. She usually made two, after Turkey Day, and kept them hidden in the dark recesses of the lower kitchen cabinet, only to see daylight occasionally to be "doctored" with brandy or rum. My other choice would be Gram's kolache. She had been a caterer back in the day, and with her Bohemian heritage was a fantastic cook. She and her workers even catered my parent's wedding meal. I miss them both but the memories survive.

glenny1374927536.53320 PostsRegistered 6/27/2010

Good picture guys. What kind of prizes on the instant game are the foodies winning? I'm still hoping to win.

topaunt1374952261.8228 PostsRegistered 1/1/2010

Hi David!

I have many fond memories of great food from my childhood :

-chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles

-meatloaf with scalloped potatoes

-homemade grape jelly and strawberry jam

-blackberry pie

-homemade cinnamon rolls

I could go on forever! My mother was a great cook and baker! I am grateful for her influence on me!!


cbp in geo­rgia1374960553.18779 PostsRegistered 7/9/2010

My dad was the cook in our family. On Sunday mornings before Church, he would make hot oatmeal with big plump raisins and served with Texas toast. In the summertime, his specialities included 1-"killed lettuce", 2-grilled ham steaks, or 3-fried chicken (he browned the chicken in just a little bit of vegetable oil and then added water to the skillet to finish cooking the chicken with steam). Occasionally, Dad would drive us up to the top of the mountain and cook pancakes and bacon on his propane gas camping stove. Eating on the mountain was so tranquil at that time of the morning--- we (kids) knew to come together for breakfast when we could smell the bacon aroma wafting through the air.

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love my da­vid1374978504.887294 PostsRegistered 6/13/2010

Mac and cheese, mashed potatoes with gravy!!

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normasbeac­ons1375021202.10319 PostsRegistered 6/27/2010
My mom made the best rhubarb custard pie! Could hardly wait for the rhubarb to be ready in spring for that first pie. She also made the best homemade dressing. I would love to both, from her, right now. Have a great show today David. Just received a basket of Georgia peaches so tomorrow I will be making jam.

sundawg1375021366.48179 PostsRegistered 6/13/2010

Hi, David! Sounds like your trip was a lot of fun! Glad you're back! The foods that remind me of home are meals passed down from my mom. I loved her meatloaf, pinto beans with mashed potatoes and fried okra and chow chow, or creamy mac and cheese. M&M cookies, red velvet cake and just a bag of M&M's (she and I shared two 1lb bags of the things one night; we ate every last piece!). My mom was a great cook and I hope I cook even half as good as she did. I miss her a lot, and some foods just remind me of her a lot. Karen in Florida

schub1375025521.441 PostsRegistered 7/20/2012

Hello David. One of my favorite summertime treats my mom made and still does is her homemade cherry pineapple icecream. It is delicious. She made some for our 4th of July cookout. Growing up, us kids would take turns hand cranking the icecream. Those were wonderful memories.

Tweetee1375026672.3073 PostsRegistered 5/10/2012

Hi David...it was a pleasure to speak with you the other night...my most favorable memory of mom's cooking was her strawberry cheesecake. She would no sooner make it, and it was gone. Then she doubled the recipe, and it was gone within two days...lol...oh how I miss my mom and her cheesecake... Louise in New Jersey

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Rainbow06281375028267.3532 PostsRegistered 7/26/2013
My favorite childhood food, my grandma-ma's infamous baked beans. She would make them just for me at every family get together. Grandma-ma never measured the ingredients, she just put everything in the pot and they tasted the same every time.

food junkie1375028460.4536 PostsRegistered 2/19/2012
Homemade chicken noodle soup. My grandmother would go to church early, return home & begin finishing the soup she had started the night before. The noodles would b cooked & placed in a covered bowl. The family, who were all close by, would gather after church & add soup to their bowl of noodles. Soooo good, then add fresh baked bread from the bakery hot out of the oven. Nothing better in the world!!!!!

pam w1375028644.3172 PostsRegistered 7/28/2013
Homemade chicken and dumplings at my grandmas on Saturday noons in the winter. We ate ourselves silly!!

gellargirl1375029313.06320 PostsRegistered 5/2/2012

My mom's Irish Beef Stew....the smell would fill the neighborhood and we couldn't wait to come in from playing for dinner. Thank goodness that's one of the few recipe's I learned to cook. (I was the tomboy and hung out in the garage with my dad, my sister hung out with mom in the kitchen and learn to cook). Keep the great shows coming...I love watching you and Mary.

Mary b1375029636.544 PostsRegistered 2/6/2011

Growing up in a family of ten, we ate a lot of corn on the cob in the summer. My dad used to line us all outside to shuck the corn. Being so many of us, it took us no time to finish. I remember how delicious the corn was.

KLamb1375029827.832 PostsRegistered 5/1/2013

As a child I lived in a trailer park adn though we were not poor, we certainly were not swimming in cash. On Friday nights all the families that were friends would get together and make dinner with whatever we had in our kitchens. It was usually spagetti. So everytime when I have very basic spagetti with some white bread with butter and a banana popsicle, it reminds me the days growing up in Nortern California in a trailer park.

cab19551375029856.2531201 PostsRegistered 11/17/2004southwest michigan

Beef roast and potatoes after church on Sundays. :) cb

hazeleyedm­ommy1375029891.0671 PostsRegistered 7/28/2013
Hey David! I think there are a couple foods that always take me back to my childhood. My grandmas homemade buckeyes, her beef veggie soup ( I have never been able to duplicate it even with her notes on it) or my moms slow cooker beef roast, carrots & mashed potatoes we had nearly every Sunday. My family is a big food family, every memory has some dinner or food behind it!

miss_tiffa­ny261375029901.7374 PostsRegistered 8/1/2012

Hi David! Love the show!!

The food that reminds me of my childhood would have to be the homemade Spaghetti and Meat Sauce that my late father would make on weekends. He never shared his secret for making it taste so good. I always looked forward to Spaghetti night and the smells that would come from the kitchen when he was cooking. Just talking about it is bringing a smile to my face. However, now that I am older, I have come up with my own Spaghetti recipe that is very close to what my dear father used to cook for my family.

RoboCook1375029991.8335 PostsRegistered 11/6/2011
My favorite meal growing up was my mom's roast beef (actually a slow braise) with potatoes and gravy!

Shopper fr­om Ohio 1011375030179.8078 PostsRegistered 4/24/2008
Beef and homemade noodles from the pressure cooker at my Grandma and Grandpa's house. Also ham loaf and scalloped potatoes at my other Grandmother's house. Mmmmm. Thanks for spurring that trip down memory lane!

dodo531375030234.3733 PostsRegistered 7/29/2009
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