I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Childhood Favorite All Grown Up

I could not find a picture of the ham and raisin tv dinner to save my soul.....

Talk about something conjuring up a memory. I was surfing the internet and I happened to see this recipe for raisin sauce and I immediately thought; "Swanson's Ham and Raisin Glaze TV Dinner". There were only two TV dinners that I would ever eat, one being the ham and the other was the fried chicken. I could not imagine eating a TV dinner now, they are so expensive. Plus that little bit of food they give you would never satisfy my appetite, I would need at least two of those dinners to call it a meal. I am sure that this recipe I found is much fancier than Swanson's version which was perfectly suited to a child's palate. Let's just say this is my childhood ham and raisin dinner all grown up.... hurry up and pass the ham so I can ladle on the sauce!

Raisin Sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup orange juice
1/3 cup seedless raisins
1 tablespoon ham drippings or butter
1/2 cup ginger ale

In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, orange rind, mustard and cornstarch. Stir in orange juice. Bring to a boil, lower heat and continue to simmer until mixture thickens (5-10 minutes). Add raisins and butter or drippings from ham; cook another 3-4 minutes. Stir in ginger ale.


Lucia from Madison said...

This is so crazy. My husband and I were just talking about TV dinners tonight. My favorite was Morton's Fried Chicken with peas and carrots and mashed potatoes.

Julie said...

I know Lucia, TV dinners definitely are a reminder of childhood.

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Pam, aka, Dessert Lady said...

Oh, my gosh.....the rum raisin sauce for ham! I used to love that.....whenever we'd visit my Aunt--we knew one thing: She'd be serving ham with raisin sauce. I used to serve it when my kids were little, but they never liked it, so I stopped. Thanks for the memories!

Julie said...

You are so welcome, Pam