So I started thinking about other "old standbys" that Mother liked to cook. One of my favorite sandwiches was fried boloney. Mother didn't buy packaged boloney (I know it's bologna, but we called it boloney). She had it sliced in the meat market at Palmer's Grocery Store, so it came with the plastic wrap on the outside of each slice. I loved peeling off the plastic wrap and eating the little bits of boloney that stuck to it.
Broiled hamburgers were another favorite. To make broiled hamburgers, you've got to use good old fashioned white bread, Sunbeam or Wonder Bread. Spread a little mustard on each slice of bread. Then make a very thin patty of ground beef and place on top of each slice of bread. Broil until the meat is cooked thoroughly but not too dry. The white bread soaks up the juice from the hamburger meat in the middle but is nicely browned and crisp around the edges.
I haven't had a broiled hamburger in a long time, but I think Mother still makes them every time my nephew Benton visits.
Probably my most favorite meal was fried chicken, mashed potatoes and English peas. Lots of Sundays Mother would come home from church and spend time frying chicken for Sunday dinner, which was the noon meal. I always preferred dark meat. The thigh was my favorite piece. Mother called it the "second joint." I'm not sure where that expression came from, but it was probably what my grandmother called it.
We'd make a "nest" in our mashed potatoes and spoon the English peas into the "nest." Now that's what I call comfort food!!