Baby boomers lived through tricky historical times, so we must be mindful of their food choices. My parents in England grew up in Austerity Britain between 1945 and 1955 when war rationing continued. While some of the meals that survived this era may still be with us, who would begrudge people for craving their childhood favorites? In a recent online post, people suggest foods baby boomers still love.
"Definitely meatloaf and mashed potatoes," begins the thread. Who can argue that most boomers were raised on wholesome meatloaf? I grew up in the U.K. and only saw meatloaf on sitcoms. I imagined it was like a giant, roasted burger loaf.
2. Deli Products
Is going to the deli becoming a thing of the past? The time-honored tradition of picking up your local cold cuts, marinated peppers, or cheeses may end if Gen-Z has its way. "Bologna sandwiches, deli pasta, 7-layer dip, deviled eggs, and those upside-down jello molds," confirms a thread poster.
Thankfully, I have never come face-to-face with this concoction, and unless I visit the Deep South, I never will. Ambrosia consists of canned fruits and nuts served in whipping cream. This version may be acceptable, but I cannot abide by such culinary heresy when the recipe uses mayonnaise.
It must be a childhood thing! Who would like a chemical strawberry-tasting plastic straw of licorice? "Sometimes I'll pinch a pack when I see them at the dollar store for old times' sake," concedes a thread observer.
5. Soups and Stews
The older generation loves soup much more than their progeny. Eating (drinking?) soup must stem from more lean economic times, perhaps. Ironically, younger people eat soup less, though they are economically worse off than their forebears.
6. Vienna Sausages
Who can resist reformed pork parts heavily spiced, mixed with stabilizers, and boiled in a rubbery casing? Parboiled meats that sit in a brine-filled can for months can emit some nasty aromas. However, give anyone (boomer or not) a few beers and hide one in bread and under a line of mustard — they will beg for more.
Nothing says boomer more than a warm cheese quiche coming out of the oven, and let's be honest: quiches are not the coolest. However, they smell amazing when they are freshly baked. A pastry case with baked egg — sign me up!
8. Canned Foods
A remnant of the post-war years, canned products were a life-saving design for many people in the past. As much as they may be losing their appeal now, canned foods will continue to stock shelves for many years — especially for those Doomsday preppers among us.
9. Tuna Casserole
Baked tuna, creamy noodles, and peas are less appealing to youngsters nowadays, but tuna casserole has served a purpose for generations. Who could deny those friendly neighbors their "Welcome to the neighborhood" go-to recipe? Do people still do this? I hope so.
10. Bologna Sandwiches
Non-Americans marvel at those '80s TV shows and movies where they always fix a sandwich of bland, white sliced bread and Bologna. French people with their baguettes look on aghast at this American classic.
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