The year is 1974. I spent 8 months of that year as a fetus. I can't ascertain what my mother cooked so I can't say for sure these delicacies where passed into my delicate fetal bloodstream.
What gist I can grab is there just weren't enough books about cooking in a jiffy/hurry/convenience/make-ahead/fast in the 1960s and beyond. Food became more of a molecular structure and what better way to get these chemical experiments into the kitchen then by putting them in these cookbooks?
I present ANOTHER Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I need to find out how many of these things were spawned over the course of a few decades.
|Better Homes and Gardens After Work Cookbook, 1974. "Appetizing" is subjective.|
|Strange white light aside, this looks suspiciously normal. I would even eat it. Minus the white glop of course. Do I have the right book for the right time?|
|When you are in a hurry, cooking your food is optional.|
|Spaghetti and Meat Rolls. If there's time to add a parsley garnish that will go uneaten, there's time to roll those suckers into meatballs. Just saying.|
|Special Chicken Dinner Omelet. Secret's in the sauce. Eh, I'm not going to keep this a secret. Canned chicken a la king is the secret. Why even bother cooking for your family if this is what shit you produce? Gag.|
|The Gateway to all that is FONDUE! Oh wait, this is not a fondue. It's merely beef broth heated on the range and then put in a fondue pot for shits and giggles. Then an arch is placed over it. Why? It's art, man. Don't you understand art? One thing I do understand is that food safety and handling seems to be lacking A LOT in the 1970s. Dirty + Dirty = Dirty. In other words, raw meat touching raw vegetables equals cross contamination and that equals food borne illnesses. GAH!! Don't try this at home!! Unless you have an arch and maybe use a different plate.|
|What nobody counted on was the meatball plummeting to its demise and ruining the chi of the Confetti Meatball Supper.|
|Okay what's up with this target? Is it a metaphor to saying this sweet potato turkey pie was right on target? It needs to go away before I make more lame comments. It's distracting me from the chunkage blarp below the target.|
|So we call this a "pantry shelf special"? Okay. That works. Throw a little Rice Chex on top for more flair. It sounds like a good title for a blog post and so it shall be.|