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Monday, January 25, 2021

Also Known As "Noodles" and A Call for "Keeper" Blogs

I'm showing my age, talking of "noodles." Actually, why did I even type that? I don't care that I'm no longer young. Others sometimes seem to have a problem with it, but I just don't care. I feel lucky to be alive. I don't like that my health is so poor and my arthritis is so bad, but as for aging, it's part of the circle of life. Satchel Paige said, "How old would you be, if you didn't know how old you is?" Sometimes you'll see that quote "cleaned up" grammatically, which is totally insulting, if you ask me. Satchel Paige knew what he wanted to say, and the droll way he wanted to say it. 

I saw on another blog a good recipe for pasta. Of course I cannot find it again, but maybe someone will have posted it or seen it, too. I am always on the lookout for good recipes. I never heard of pasta until I was grown, because we called pasta "noodles." Spaghetti, egg, orzo, fettuccini, whatever shape or ingredient, they were all "noodles." A dish I served often as a young bride was boiled spaghetti noodles with canned Chicken a la King over them, and "toast points" balancing on the side of each bowl to make it more filling. Ah, those old days. A "green salad" would accompany the meal, if it was near a paycheck. The "salad" was torn up iceberg lettuce doused with an oil-and-vinegar/salt-and-pepper mix.

I was amazed when grown when I found some people used the noodles we knew as "sliders" in their "chicken and dumplings." Our dumplings were a steamed biscuit-like dough "settin' on top the chicken stew part." These strange dishes called for SLIDER NOODLES in place of the dumplings. They had to be FISHED OUT of the chicken stew part. I marvelled at it, but I could not deny the sliders were great in that dish.

noodles pasta with pecans avocado oil tomatoes lunch dish

I often eat noodles as shown above: Boiled, and then with anything "to hand" mixed in them. Usually, that means margarine, and then some protein (usually peanuts or pecans), and spices like lemon pepper or salt-and-pepper. When I am in luck, it means cherry tomatoes and an avocado in there, too, or boiled yellow squash. For awhile there at the beginning and middle of the pandemic, cherry tomatoes completely disappeared from our area. Gone! So I'm making up for lost time with them.

If you get a chance, visit the blogs over on my Blog Roll. I just LOVE those blogs. And, if you know of any other "keeper" blogs, please comment and tell me! Blogs are my "window on the world" lately, and such day-brighteners. Long Live Blogging!

    Kind regards,

    Holly, The Merry Olde Dame

23 comments :

  1. I eat a lot of pasta dishes these days. Warm and good.

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  2. Such a good post! Since I no longer eat gluten, I leave the “noodles” out and throw in anything else we have “to hand.”

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    1. I highly recommend nuts thrown into many dishes, if you have any to hand. But some can't eat nuts, either. Sorry to hear gluten is a no-no for you! Makes it a bit tough.

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  3. Ha ha....we called them noodles growing up as well.... But we only knew 3 kinds: Elbow macaroni (by far, the "go-to" noodle in our home), spaghetti noodles and shell macaroni (only used when we were expecting company or mum was asked to bring a tuna salad or tuna hot dish for a pot luck). I never knew there were so many different versions of "noodles" until I went away to school. But, I have to admit ignorance here....I have never heard of slider noodles??? Dumplings, yes, are a biscuit cooked over the top of a bubbling stew or soup. As far a blogs go...oh by.... There are so very many. I hesitate to name them by name as I know I would certainly leave some out unintentionally and would feel bad for the omission..... ~Robin~

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    1. The "slider" is a very thick rectangular prism noodle. It is really long, perhaps six inches long. It is flat. They are often sold frozen and take forever to cook. Cracker Barrel uses sliders in their chicken and dumplings!

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  4. Thanks for including me in your blog roll. I'm off now to look through it for some other interesting blogs. Liz

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  5. you say tomatoe I say tomatoe..remember that song? Pasta or noodles, I love them fixed any which way but loose. Like you only with butter and garlic. In soup, in salads, ice burg lettuce like you said back in the day.

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    1. I do remember that song! Hmm, which movie was it in? "Let's call the whole thing off..." Oh yes, "Shall We Dance," with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers!

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  6. All I knew growing up was egg noodles and macaroni - literally. I don't remember ever having spaghetti, linguini, penne growing up. Until today I never heard of slider noodles. Then again, dumplings weren't a thing at our house growing up either. I had to learn about those when I got out and on my own.

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  7. I have never come across slider noodles before.

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    1. I wonder if I have a package in the freezer. I will rummage around in there tomorrow and take a photo if they are in there.

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  8. I might be misinformed but I always thought the correct term was spaghetti noodles or macaroni noodles. Being the lazy speakers we are we simply shortened the terms to spaghetti and macaroni. I suppose we call egg noodles simply noodles because we already had eggs.

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  9. Believe it or not we never had any type of bought noodles when I was growing up. My Mom would make homemade noodles which she served with a salty Ham gravy. Never had dumplings either until youngest son's girlfriend came for supper when we were having Beef Stew and she called her mom for the recipe for dumplings. Ever since then Beef stew has to have dumplings. (too bad that girlfriend didn't stick around. I really liked her).

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    1. I would really like a bowl of those homemade noodles with ham gravy!

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  10. Toby Keith wrote a song and part of the lyrics go "How old would you be if you didn't know the day you were born?". It was written after spending time at a golf outing (I think it was) with Clint Eastwood when he was turning 88 or so. It was included in the movie The Mule which if you haven't seen is most excellent.

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  11. I absolutely LOVE your blog and want to follow but don't know how. Sure enjoyed every word of this post. Gosh, where did green leaf lettuce come from anyway? Iceberg was the only lettuce available until the 1980's, as far as I know (which isn't very far), and noodles...I still call all of them noodles. I love that quote from Satchel Paige. I need to Google him. Thank you for brightening my morning!

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    1. I am so pleased you like my little blog. Your blog is an absolute delight and beloved in the Blogosphere, as it used to be called. Right, about the lettuce, it was always iceberg, wasn't it, none of the new lettuces we have now! To follow my blog, look on the left sidebar, and click the Follow button that is below the little thumbnails of those following. Then I think something pops up and you click Okay. Thank you for visiting.

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  12. Hello....what a sweet blog. Noodles? What's not to love about them....any kind any shape. My favorite would be leftover spaghetti sautéed with garlic and oil and whatever else you have on hand like bits of ham or chicken. Also enjoy your free printable.thank you.
    Donna

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