Mealtime Mama: Comforting classics

If you’re looking for a couple no-frills, easy recipes that kids and adults are sure to love, check out these two classics from my mom’s cookbook. (Note: This first one lists Spam as an ingredient. Before you get all grossed out and skip over it, let me assure you that it does NOT taste like Spam in this recipe. In fact, my husband, who swore he hated Spam and would never ever eat it, ate it in this recipe for two solid years before we broke the news to him that he does, indeed, like Spam in certain dishes. But if you’re not brave enough to try it, you can always use real ham instead.)

Wanda’s Potato Casserole

Peel and slice about 5 pounds of potatoes. Put in large pot and cover with water. Boil until potatoes spam.jpgare fork-tender and then pour off most of the water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 stick of butter or oleo. Add one can of diced up Spam or ham. Add milk until the mixture is a little soupy. Pour mixture into a 9 by 13 inch casserole dish. Cover the entire dish with slices of American cheese. Put in oven at 350 degrees until cheese is melted. (If it comes out a little soupy, let is set for 10 minutes or so and it will thicken up.) Serve and enjoy.

Strawberry Jello Salad

2 large packages strawberry Jello

4 cups boiling water

2 large bananas, mashed

2 small packages frozen strawberries (thawed)

1 large can crushed pineapple, drained

2 cartons sour cream

3/4 cup chopped nuts

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water and let cool. Add fruit. Chill 1/2 of the mixture until firm. Spread with sour cream and cover with remaining mixture and chill. Serve and enjoy.

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