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  1. KodiakBeer

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    Shit on a Shingle. Dad was a WWII vet and sometimes he'd want Shit on a Shingle just like they served in every Army chow hall of his era. He liked it, we all did. Mom wouldn't call it that, she'd call it SoS. Being uncouth northerners we didn't know about biscuits n' gravy, the white gravy made with finely chopped breakfast sausage on a fluffy biscuit. Our Shit on a Shingle was made Army style, chopped hamburger in white gravy spread on toast. It was only later in southern climes that I learned about Biscuits n' Gravy, which is much better than Shit on a Shingle.
    I still like it (Biscuits n' Gravy, not SoS), especially on long drives. You're in a motel and head to the nearest Denny's or waffle joint and order Biscuits n' Gravy. You get about three days worth of carbohydrates right there on one plate. Maybe some bacon on the side so you get a sodium refill as well.
    I never served my kids SoS, I loved them too much. They'd get Cap'n Krunch and maybe a waffle now and again.

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    Sliders, rollers, shit-on-a-shingle, all standard fare when I was last at sea, c. 1986.
     
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    I always thought SoS was creamed chipped beef on toast. The 'chipped beef' being flakes of canned dried beef.

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    Now I want some SoS for breakfast......
     
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    One of my guys, whom we unimaginatively nicknamed "Mongo", used to get in the breakfast line with two coffee cups on his tray. When he got to the grill he had the mess cook fill both cups with raw eggs. Add eight slices of toast and he had his breakfast. When the MS guys had a new grill jockey one of them would stand behind him until Mongo got his morning order. It wasn't easy telling him "no" but some guys, woefully uninformed, thought they could do it. I guess these days they wouldn't be allowed to serve uncooked eggs. Mongo would not have been happy.
     
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    Anything that looks like diarrhea qualifies.
     
  6. KodiakBeer

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    Oh, you're from one of those La-de-da families. I hope you liked having your lunch money stolen and walking around with a wedgie all day!


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    No way. I used to beg the line cook to pull my eggs off the grill before they were turned to leather.....to no avail. Mother Green can be cruel, even when she's trying to be kind.
     
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    Please.....fresh beef sounds a bit more uptown to me. I'll trade ya any day. ;)
    (Actually, that preserved beef had a special flavor which is hard to replicate. Must be all the nitrates....)

    I never had lunch money.....:oops:....always a brown bag lunch brought from home. Sometimes with that Spam sandwich I mentioned earlier! :D
     
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    I went down to the reefer deck* once and saw box after box of meat stamped "USAF rejected". Poor dears might have had to chew too much?


    *Not what it sounds like. Sadly.
     
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    When I make SoS, I make it with equal parts of ground beef and ground pork. Not bad that way. I prefer it over biscuits though. And an egg, sunny side up. Maybe two eggs. Three would be better.
     
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    Sausage gravy and biscuits means it's Sunday morning around here. I like to put sharp cheddar on the biscuits before I ladle on the gravy.
     
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    That cheese add on sounds pretty good. Might have to try that next time I fix up a pot of SoS.
     
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    I split the biscuits and slice square cheese diagonally. Nothing goes to waste, but everything goes to waist.
     
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    howdy, jack, and welcome...actually there is a recipe thread kicking around somewhere here. not necessarily ww2 recipes.
    id have to spend energy to look for it.
    i am done with thinking for the day.
    there are some great ideas in that thread. ..if only there was a way to find it.
     
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    for the record- easiest meal?
    bottle of chunky spaghetti sauce and drop some eggs in there...huavos rancheros? ( pardon my french)
     
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    Poppy.......Poppy......Poppy......you are breaking my heart, here...... Huevos Rancheros is a glorious dish, suitable for any time of day.....or night. However, it has nothing to do with spaghetti sauce. Eggs, yes. Spag, not so much.

    I have seen a recipe for an Italian dish of eggs poached or baked in tomato sauce. Not sure what it was called (if anything). And that sounds like it could be a simple dish the graced the table of an Italian family with limited access to rations in WW II......

    I do appreciate the encouragement to look for the recipe thread, though. Thanks!

    I was wondering if there were interest in or support for a thread addressing the food of the war period. I'd like to understand how people coped with rationing, and how soldiers coped with military rations. When I was in the military, there were a number of recipes for making 'dishes' out of MRE's, the most famous being "Ranger Pudding". I have to image that the soldiers in the various armies had ways of making dull food more palatable. Modern war impacts all society, how did non-combatants cope? E.g., Siege of Leningrad: for breakfast, eat slice of bread, save other slice for dinner.

    I'll try to do a little research and consider starting such a thread....unless there isn't any interest.
     
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    my 2 cents- liking the cut of this jib jack.
    pretty sure youll be a star here.
     
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    Meat Pies AREN'T like a hot dog...And a Dim Sin is a Dim Sim...
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    Rabbits were big...Go and see your local "Rabbitoh"...They even have their own NRL team...still going...Half owned by Russel Crowe no less...
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    i posted a couple youtube videos in that thread, where a guy would open ww2 food packs to see how they tasted.
    some were still good. some not so much.
    easy to find that on utube.
     
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    Even Spam has a limited shelf life. o_O
     

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