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Late Nite Adobo

Typing out thoughts on a website… when the cravings hit you in the late nite…

by Bananaketchup


Sloppy Joes and tater tots. Not really gourmet-level cooking, but more like a single guy’s desperate scramble for instant sustenance on a lonely Tuesday night.

Step 1: Brown ground beef in a skillet.
Step 2: Add canned Manwich sauce.
Step 3: Throw the mixture onto a toasted bun.
Step 4: Pair with some frozen tots that were tossed in the oven for a few minutes.
Step 5: Enjoy eating while watching reruns of Saved by the Bell.


Sometimes certain foods that we haven’t eaten in over a decade don’t quite taste as good as we remember. In this case of semi-homemade cooking, the end result is a surprisingly tasty sloppy joe sandwich and tots combo that even Sandra Lee would be proud of.

Beneath the surface of the zesty robustness: Nostalgia. There was something so wholesome regressing into a child-like state of simplicity. Plastic trays, chocolate milk boxes, lunch ladies with clichéd facial moles and standard regulation hairnets, multipurpose rooms filled with good friends and silly conversations…For a brief moment, I felt genuinely happy; raw and unaware of all of the B.S. dramas that seem to punctuate life as a grown-up. Without knowing, my quickie dinner had become comfort food at its finest, taking me on an impromptu visit to lunch lady land that I honestly didn’t mind at all.

Beefaroni, Lunchables, Handi-snacks, twinkies…what nostalgic foods do you remember eating as a kid remind you of your childhood?


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