My mother drank buttermilk, by the iced tea glass full. I can remember her leaning up against the kitchen counter. I tried it at least once, just a small glass. It was okay, but I never could have gotten down an iced tea glass full. I wonder if she was drinking traditional buttermilk or cultured buttermilk? Probably the latter (this would have been late 40s - 50s).
Other late night snacks for her included rice and milk and bread and milk, both probably Depression snacks. She would put left over rice or torn pieces of white bread in a glass, pour milk over them and dig in with an iced tea spoon, then drink the remaining milk.
I don’t remember when I discovered yogurt but I remember the first yogurt drink I encountered, Borani, in the first NYT Cookbook by Craig Claiborne, the first cookbook I ever bought for myself. Wow!, that was amazing. I have remembered that over the years as being described as an Iranian drink but I just looked it up and it is described as being Pakistani. Funny, I love all sorts of Middle Eastern yogurt drinks but my favorite buttermilk or yogurt drink now would be Chaas, the Indian spiced buttermilk. I love to go to a chaat shop or vegetarian buffet and get some chilled Chaas. It’s not that different from the Borani I first had ca. 1970.
The Afghan version of dogh is also very good.
A few years ago I discovered Moru Curry, i.e., buttermilk curry, at Kerala Kitchen, a mostly take-out place near me. I had seen it on the menu board several times and was tempted but didn’t know how it was consumed. I was chatting with another customer who was wolfing down food at one of the few tables while I waited for an order to go and he had a pitcher of it on the table. I asked how it was used and he took the pitcher and poured it over a plate of rice and dug in. I rang the bell at the counter and ordered some to go with my order! I ate several plates myself before the day was over. Shades of my mother’s rice and milk, but a lot tastier.
Back on the original topic. I was alive though out the 60s but I don’t remember ever having any of those dishes or even hearing about them. I never would have been served any of the dishes involving Miracle Whip at home, I know that much.