If you don't remember how the real food tastes... go to Poland. Again, I was amazed how simple tomato can make you think about summer afternoons, and a taste of a plum can make you jump high. The real feast comes with all sorts of breads, cheeses, milk products (healthy).
We still cook from the scratch, very little packaged "starters" (even in USA I make my own noodles once in a while). We still make eating food a celebration-meeting time. We still have time for tea and late night talks. We still value company above rashing issues of life.
I will not even start talking about chocolate (you guys in USA have no clue about what chocolate is, sorry), home made cakes, soups (zurek, kapusniak, krupnik, ogorkowa just to mention few), dishes like bigos, golabki, pierogi. Kielbasa can be addictive (so many kinds), as well as kiszona kapusta and kiszone ogorki. People still make preserves with anyhing they can, for winter and early spring months.
Food for thought:
this is how we serve tomatoes
eggs in mayo, standard party snack
even chicken tastes better... what do they feed them...
we drink liters (not gallons) of tea, and it's not Community tea...
lemon slice is a must for a cup of tea
forget Starbucks, said my American husband
plain bread is the best
can't eat soup without bread
gołąbki - cabbage rolls
schabowy (pork chop) & potatoes, classical Polish combination
eklerki & brownie-cheesecake
fluffy pudding & raspberry cake
probably the most popular beer in Poland, Zywiec
straight from the tree...
wild mushrooms picked in a forest, drying above the oven
walnuts, just picked in a backyard...