Posted by Tim Vidra / Monday, August 26, 2013
Back To School Throwback Lunches: Classic Cream Cheese & Olives
This week I'm kicking off a series all about back to school lunches. Not just any lunches — lunches my mom made for me when I was going to school back in the 70's. Of course I got your standard fare from straight peanut butter and jelly to a ham a cheese, but more times than not, mom was always trying to be creative and not bore me day after day with the same old thing.
First up in the series, the good old cream cheese and olives.
The amazing thing about this sandwich is the time she took to individually slice the olives. Now in my mind, I imagine most moms are looking for a quick and easy assembly to get the kids off to school. Not mine — she sliced each olive individually and carefully arranged them in uniform rows. Keep in mind that if I was getting this sandwich, it probably meant dad was taking one to work also.
A couple of other lunch bag staples typically included chips and of course some variety of a Little Debbie. Who remembers the Zebra Cake? Yep, they are still out there, although I must say since I rarely shop the middle of the grocery store this was a 10 minute hunt and almost required me to stop and ask for directions. That aisle in the grocery store is now very scary to me, knowing what we know now about heavily processed and refined foods.
Sliced and neatly packaged, I was sent off to school with a unique lunch that was always fun to show my buds at the table. I never recall running across anyone else that had a cream cheese and olive sandwich. I used to like to open it up and show my friends my "eyeball" sandwich, since the sliced olives looked like eyeballs, ha.
This was definitely not the most unusual thing I brought to lunch, but tomorrow we will tone it down with something a little more standard. What sandwich did your mom send you off to school with that you felt was a little outside the norm?
E.A.T. local E.A.T. well
P.S. Yes, my name was Timmy in school.
P.P.S. The zebra cake did not make it. I ate it.