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Fainodraino  (Level: 111.8 - Posts: 240)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 4:17 PM


Does anyone else remember every school cafeteria serving corn with pizza? I'm a teacher, and both school systems I've worked for, the schools I attended growing up, and every other one I've ever heard of, thinks that corn MUST go with pizza. Couldn't they have thought of something else? And why corn? Very different tastes, if you ask me.

And then, I suggest pizza for dinner and my wife suggests that we add corn to the menu. Granted she was once a teacher, too. But now they've gotten to her somehow. What's the deal.

Ok, completely random, I know.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 4:23 PM

I don't know about the combo you mentioned, but school corn was the best corn ever!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 4:26 PM

the only good thing i remember about school lunch---yeast rolls!

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 5:12 PM

Oh cripes. It took so long for this page to load that I have no idea which thread this is.

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 5:14 PM

oh yeah. Now I know. Our cooks used to make to-do-for cinnamon rolls. They were so big they took up 2 spots on the tray.

A big yuck was that green jello with the shredded carrots & cabbage in it, along with soggy raisins. What the hell was that?

Collioure  (Level: 102.8 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 5:18 PM

Ewwww! Musta been a Idaho specialty.

Didn't have that in SW Ohio, but we did have Johnny Marzetti which I see is similar to pasticchio.

Suzannec  (Level: 243.7 - Posts: 616)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 5:21 PM

I will never forget that nun who MADE me eat the tuna noodle surprise. She didn't even care when I cried. (I was only in 1st grade!)

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 5:26 PM

I have some "bad nun" stories too, ugh. But I really liked the green jello with the carrot shreds!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 5:31 PM

Okay, this will probably definitively date me, but here goes...

All of our school cafeterias smelled horrible, a combination of "old food" and pervasive chemicals. It was hard to find anything that tasted good with that constant stench.

Every Friday was fish day, some unidentifable deep-fried square blob of delight from the deep seas, supposedly. That was in deference to our Catholic students.

Wednesday was always Liver Day, and was the worst lunch experience ever. I've never eaten liver in my adult life, most probably as a direct result of the offensive dish. In order to entice the students to actually buy lunch that day, we were bribed with a cup of free vanilla ice cream for doing so. Normally, that would have set us back six cents, so I guess our parents considered it to be a bargain, even though absolutely nobody ate the main course.

We never had pizza, hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, tater tots or hot dogs. Instead, we had meat loaf, beef stew over rice and salmon patties. They were all equally offensive, though not nearly as horrible as the aforementioned liver concoction.

Finally, I refused to eat anything at all for lunch. This went on for years, until a kind teacher eventually pointed this out to my mother. After that, I took a little lunch box to school every day with a matching thermos filled with the same exact thing. My mom made me a turkey lunch meat sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise, and filled the thermos with some sort of Kool-Aid. I couldn't bear to drink the lunch room milk (for a nickel) because it was always warm. We didn't have the luxury of water.

One day, Mother decided to pack the thermos with vegetable soup she'd made the night before. Guess that thermos wasn't happy about having something hot in it. Anyway, after much difficulty in unscrewing it, it exploded all over me and everyone within a ten foot radius. Rip Singer was so shocked that a long line of snot shot out of his nose and landed right on my soup-covered white blouse. It was the most fun we ever had in lunch in fifth grade.

Foogs  (Level: 264.8 - Posts: 848)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 5:34 PM

Excuse me.... I have to go clean my computer.

(still chuckling)

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 5:41 PM

I'm sitting here giggling over that story. Thanks.

Reminds me of, in 2nd grade, the kids were playing kiss & tag. I was severely traumatized by Bob Hancock holding me down and kissing me on the cheek and leaving a big goo of snot in my cheek.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 5:43 PM

In third grade, I couldn't eat the beets (they were warm) I was used to cold, pickled.ones. A nun saw me gagging and took no pity. I had to sit alone, under the statue of St. Joseph, until lunch was over (missing recess). I was pissed. Was the best "tag" player in our school (ha).

Kaufman  (Level: 254.3 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 6:43 PM

I don't know about corn&pizza (a regional thing?) but all I know is that when my HS cafeteria trotted out the Shepherd's Pie, it was always preceded by "German".

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.9 - Posts: 1302)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 6:51 PM

And chili and peanut butter sandwiches - those were always together, too. I guess I'm kinda weird in that I liked most of the school lunches.

But I did have a run-in with my kindergarten teacher. As a class project, she'd had us all bring in vegetables so we could make vegetable soup. I brought carrots. I was very excited about the soup because Mom's soup was soooo good. Well, when it was done, the teacher had added cream or something and the soup was white. WHITE! What the crap? Well, you know how kids are - if it looks unappetizing..... I had to sit there until recess was over, but I never did eat the stuff.

Bbear  (Level: 160.0 - Posts: 2301)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 6:53 PM

We had chocolate milk for 4 cents. It was terrific.

We had "tater tots"; not sure exactly they were.

When mom packed a lunch she always put an apple in the box which ended up smelling like the "mystery" meat in the sandwich. Could have started an orchard with all the apples I threw out.

And the thermoses of soup. Yuk.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 7:02 PM

chili and peanut butter sandwiches. Seemed like the peanut butter had a little honey or something in it too. Was good.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 7:04 PM

Susan LOL! I loved that story! Here they serve Chile and cinnamon rolls! Now that is a different combination in taste!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 7:09 PM

that "little honey" was probably a sedative. Teachers knew how to do it back then.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 7:15 PM

Anyone who knows English/Wales food. We were served sandwiches of a mostly brownish gelled something. It was mystery food to me. My best description would be it reminded me of the gelled stuff that surrounds canned ham.

Anybody know what this mystery food is?

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 7:30 PM

Pizza and corn sounds like a lot of carbo loading to me. Are they doing an all-school marathon?

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 7:42 PM

I seem to remember grilled cheese and tomato soup. That was served on Friday since we couldn't eat meat. We weren't allowed to throw any food away since there were children starving somewhere in the world. Nuns were on duty to inpect your tray or bag to make sure nothing got past them. There should probably be a group made of us who went to catholic school, I'll bet the stories we could tell are off the charts....


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 7:46 PM

Jank, think it was canned ham fat, probably brown because it was old.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 7:47 PM

Maureen..Oh I do remember those days LOL!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 7:48 PM

MPlaw--whenever you want to start a catholic school thread, I'll tell the stories that I dare to.

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 7:49 PM

Gelled yuck in a sandwich? Hork!

Seems like we always had chili & cinnamon rolls together as well.

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 8:07 PM

I could talk for hours about the evil things the nuns did to us. What was up with that????? I was a sophomore in high school before I had a teacher that wasn't a nun!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 8:11 PM

In 6th grade, we weren't allowed to talk at lunch. Can you imagine? So the principle, a nun about 4'8",would walk down the long cafeteria tables, whacking everyone on the head (cause of course we were all talking). Many caught on quickly, and just laughed and covered their heads with their arms.

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 8:18 PM

We weren't allowed to play in the same schoolyard! Boys were on one side of the school and girls on the other. When the bell rang to come in, you had to freeze, when it rang again-no more talking...everyone silently lined up by class. I'll bet many of the catholic school kids had THAT experience!
The nuns carried that 18 inch ruler up the sleeve of their habit...scary thing when they whipped it out to conk you on the head, or hand or rear end!


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 8:20 PM

Yep, those were some angry women alright. I loved my lay teachers. Geez, bet they were traumitized too!

1mks  (Level: 208.6 - Posts: 5868)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 9:28 PM

I hate to break it to you but they are STILL serving corn and pizza on the same tray. Gag............or at least they were in the school year that just closed. I won't know about next year. snicker snicker and YEE HAW !

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 24th Jun '09 11:31 PM

Its a good thing I didn't go to Catholic school. My mom probably would have made national headlines for kicking a nun's a$$.

You know that Jeff Foxworthy comment about your mom not removing the Marlboro from between her lips while telling the State Trooper to kiss her a$$? Well that was Lena. A buncha nuns with rulers wouldn't have stood a chance.

Fainodraino  (Level: 111.8 - Posts: 240)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 12:09 AM

So glad I'm not catholic!

Koota  (Level: 180.6 - Posts: 2098)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 12:19 AM

I used to stuff my broccoli in my milk carton so my tray would be clean. I just couldn't eat it. It ticked on the way down.

Salzypat  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 5296)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 12:53 AM

You know, I cannot remember a single dish we were served in our school cafeteria but I do recall that it was really good. Little red-haired lady from Scotland was the head cook. I do remember cinnamon rolls, all homemade and warm and yummy. My mother was an excellent cook, and Marge's cooking was every bit as good as my mother's cooking.. No one would have thought of wasting any of Marge's meals. Guess we were pretty lucky

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 6:16 AM

When I was in fourth grade, I was chosen to be the one that sold ice cream sandwiches from the little window inside the kitchen area in the cafeteria. There was a huge table in there because the nuns ate their lunch at the same time we did. My first day back there, I almost died, they had all taken off their wimples to eat! Freaked me out. I could hardly sell the ice cream, I was staring so hard!

Lodi, you'd think more parents would be up in arms by their treatment of us. They'd just throw you out of the school. They would also threaten you and say if you went home and told your parents about it, you'd get it even worse because you had acted up in school. Diabolical...

Zeedee  (Level: 222.3 - Posts: 1088)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 7:16 AM

Our school cafeteria served a "side dish" they called "stuffed celery" which was a little cup of peanut butter with a tiny piece of celery stuck into it. Always seemed to me they should have called it "stuffed peanut butter" instead.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 7:20 AM

LOL Zeedee. That was one my favorite "dishes".
Good night, I would have never told my folks if I got in trouble at school. Just more punishment.

Collioure  (Level: 102.8 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 7:34 AM

Faino, I'm not Catholic, but I love them. Great people.

Live in Catholic country. Married devout and active Catholic. She's a lady with many great loves, and I am lucky to be one of them.

And BTW, concerning food, Catholic countries France and Italy are the height of cuisine and wine.

Fainodraino  (Level: 111.8 - Posts: 240)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 9:40 AM

That wasn't a knock on catholics. My mom's entire family is catholic. It was mainly just a reference to the...interesting stories we've been hearing in this thread.

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 9:52 AM

Maureen - probably would have been for the better had I been thrown out. I'm the youngest of 7 and way younger than all my siblings. My oldest sister is 18 years older than I am, and the one closest to me in age is still 8 years older. They all scrapped all the time. And that was ok, but the one thing you did not do is mess with one of us because you mess with one, you mess with all.

My parents divorced when I was 5. My father briefly remarried to a woman who sounds like she would have made a great nun. She looked just like the stepmother in Cinderella. One day, she smacked me hard enough across the face to elicit a scream from me and tears. The next thing I knew, pandemonium erupted and my stepmother was a vision of flailing arms and legs, and teenage girls. Just as my dad would pull one off, another two would jump in.

We all got shipped off after that.

It was worth it.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 9:55 AM

Wow! Where did you all go?

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 10:08 AM

The two youngest of us lived briefly with my mother, some lived with friends. But mostly we ended up living with our older siblings as long as they could afford to take care of us. By the time I was in 6th grade, I moved back in with my dad and stayed there until I graduated from high school.

Ladyvol  (Level: 203.3 - Posts: 5442)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 10:18 AM

I remember chili and peanut butter sandwiches...we always had that or spaghetti on Fridays. That was the only day I'd eat in the cafeteria! The high school now has three lunch lines...there's the salad bar, the regular lunch line and the taco, hot dog, hamburger and fries line. Then of course if they don't like anything in the cafeteria they can go to commercial foods and get something. Of course, when I was in high school if you had a car you could leave at lunch...there was a little drive in about a mile from the high school where most of us would go at lunch time...they had the best cheeseburgers and onion rings there....Or we walked to town at lunch time to Robinson''s drug store for cherry cokes....Ah, the good old days....

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 10:38 AM

Things sure have changed! When I was in school, we didn't have any menu choices at all except to eat what given to us or not.

My daughter's high school has about 4000 students, and looks like a little college campus with its 68 acres, tennis courts, football stadium and palm trees. It's right across the street from Universal Studios, so the kids hear screams every 20 seconds when they're changing classes from the roller coasters there. Although there are two cafeterias with somewhat traditional lunch lines, it's my understanding that they're rarely used by any of the students. They much prefer to go to the school's Commons with its booths of pizza, subs, cookies, drinks, etc. There are also several commercial establishments with booths there, including Einstein Bagels and Chick-Fil-A.

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Thu, 25th Jun '09 12:03 PM

In elementary school in Wisconsin we all dreaded the Macaroni &"Glue" and the seaweed surprise(actually it was spinach that was boiled down into a near inedible green glopppy paste.) High school in Florida we actually had a "fast food"option at lunch. You could either go through the regular lunch line or go to other side of the caf to purchase Pizza Hut or Taco Bell. Because this was a magnet arts school and our school day was three hours longer, we also had a snack period after our academic courses ended to fuel us up for our afternoon arts classes. The first year this school was open, the dean of the dance department ran the snack cart and refused to sell snacks to anyone in the dance program, lest they should gain weight. This only lasted a month or so, and after much protesting by parents and students alike, snack shop duty was turned over to those in student or class council and the dance department finally got their afternoon M&M fix.

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