In this post: Really old food.
Let’s talk indigestion for a couple of minutes, okay? I just discovered an amazing blog that features bizarro American recipes and food ads from the 1950s. I’m referring to those strangely inedible “cat vomit” dinners some of your mothers probably tried, such as Spam Boats, Sour Cream Green Bean Casserole and the ever-popular Bean Surprise. A variety of representative photos from Mid-Century Menu appears below.
When I was a young Marcy growing up in the 1950s — yes, I’m a senior citizen now — my mother thought it was “frugal” to add cut-up hot dogs to leftover beef stew and homemade beef chop suey (beef stew with soy sauce and a can of fetal corn) to stretch it for a second meal. My father and I refused to touch this crap — who the hell eats hot dogs in brown sauce? — but mom kept plugging away at it, year after year. Funny thing is, we weren’t poor, and dad and I could never understand why mom just never bought an extra pound of stew meat to start with. We decided that something must have happened to her brain during the Great Depression.
Here’s one more for you, a Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup recipe from a 1950s magazine that includes such all-time favorites as canned tuna, green olives, milk and waffles. Sorry, but I consider this repulsive, slimy, salty, fishy, confused, unhealthy and weird ... like a dystopian version of the Seven Dwarfs. (Would you eat this snot? I sure wouldn’t.)
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