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I was only exposed to my grandmother's cooking during Thanksgiving (when we were still schlepping to their tiny apartment in Jackson Heights).  The two things I remember most were the (saltless) vegetable barley soup to start and the pile of sliced rye bread.  My grandfather would make a pareve "fruitcake", really a honey cake with raisins and candied orange peel or citron.

I never had my other grandmother's cooking at all. What I associate with her are Melba toast and peppermint Chiclets.

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the only thing I can remember my mom's mother making was a batch of cookies that were made with salt instead of sugar. I can still remember her cussing at my father and calling him a liar for pointing it out. she did smoke three packs a day, but I don't think that was the issue.

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Ha!   Jello recipes!   I remember reading that Jello recipe for cantaloupe filled with raspberries in raspberry Jello, then frosted with cream cheese, chilled and sliced.  I really wanted to make that, but my mother refused on the basis of spending so much money to screw up a perfectly good cantaloupe.  

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