Favorite Foods – Mouth-watering Memories

For the past few weeks, I’ve been making a large pot of soup early in the week, then enjoying the convenience of warming it up for a quick meal. So far, I’ve made chicken soup, vegetable beef and currently in the fridge, corn chowder. In trying to decide what type of soup I’ll eat next week, I got thinking about some of Mom’s recipes. Well, this started a long walk down a culinary memory lane.

It turns out that I’m not the only one of the children who sometimes think about Mom’s cooking and their favorite foods. Here are the mouth-watering memories from we four Miller kids.


  • Barbecue ribs
  • Tuna melt sandwich
  • Lemon delicacy
  • Popcorn balls
  • Best gravy ever!!
  • Bread pudding
  • Banana bread
  • Date bread
  • Chocolate cake with white frosting (Dad’s favorite)
  • One of Dad’s favorite meals:  steak, canned cream corn, and fried potatoes


  • Jubilee Jumble cookies
  • Trifle
  • Cowboy Delight (deer hunting favorite)
  • Riced potatoes (Dad liked them better than mashed potatoes)
  • Snickerdoodle cookies
  • Jell-o (orange with carrots, red with fruit cocktail)
  • Porcupine meatballs (Mom pronounced it “parky-pine”)
  • Baked halibut in milk
  • Sour dough pancakes
  • Baked chicken (breaded in egg and flour, fried then baked)
  • Tapioca pudding


  • Huckleberry pie
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Banana bread
  • Zucchini bread and everything imaginable made from zucchini
  • Lemon delicacy
  • Fresh trout
  • Swedish meatballs
  • German pancakes
  • Rice pudding


  • Baked beans with Spam and bacon
  • Red Jell-o with fruit, layered with sour cream
  • Pressure-cooked “herbed” pot roast
  • Cream puffs
  • Rice pudding made on the coal stove at Blue Creek
  • Pink popcorn
  • Pork roast
  • Hamburger soup
  • Creamed tuna on toast (affectionaly known as “shit on a shingle”
  • Double breaded (by Dad) chicken, browned, then steamed in an electric frying pan

Mother and Dad also enjoyed eating out.  A few of their favorite places:

  • Maddox
  • Sizzler
  • Chuck-o-Rama
  • Angie’s
  • Glausers – owned by the Jay Auman family
  • Tropical Café (Brigham City) – early days, this may later have been renamed “The Idle Isle”

Dana Miller, February 2016