Meal Options From 70 Years Ago

Well, 18 cents a serving is nothing to sneer at. I don’t know about you, but coming from the Lone Star State, I can appreciate the star in the pie crust, a nod to the “star” of the meal, which is Dinty Moore beef stew. Easy peasy!

If you need another side dish, why not green beans? The finest places served them, so you know they’re quality.


As in the above ad, animated characters are singing and dancing over the mere thought of dining. Who can blame them? Dad knows three chords, and kids know lima bean casserole hits the spot.

Let’s not forget a favorite of media, bandwagon. Everybody is doing it! 27 million people are eating soup. I hope you’re not in the minority here.

Next up, processed American cheese, the nastiest cheese that exists. Almost a non-cheese, if you will. But boy, does it melt.

This next one was a new one on me. I didn’t realize folks had peanut butter and jelly parties. This particular showcase is the “Ice Box Raider Special,” with a variety of flavors. I hope they had both smooth and chunky!


And finally, it’s time for a 1951 dessert. No soy milk, full of lactose goodness, and cherries that one associates with the father of our nation, George Washington (until he, too, is erased). Yum!

If ice cream isn’t your bag, you could go for the heavenly flavor of a devil’s food mix. Dorothy Duff liked it, and she’s probably related to Duff Goldman of “Ace of Cakes.” So it has to be good.

Well, there’s your mid-century wrap-up for today. I hope you’re salivating!

8 thoughts on “Meal Options From 70 Years Ago

  1. “Old Fashioned Devil’s Food Cake Just Like My Mother Used To Make.” Isn’t that an admission that the speaker’s mother was a devil? And how bad does life have to be to start celebrating a lima bean casserole? I do think I’d love me some of that cherry ice cream. It would probably kill me with clogged arteries but it would be so worth it.

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  2. Great post, so much to consider. My partner loves Dinty Moore; me; not so much. We keep some on hand in case her night time Cheerios don’t cut it. You are absolutely right about processed cheese. It ain’t cheese but nothing makes a better toasted cheese sandwich than American cheese. Or better yet. Velveeta. Have you ever tried jelly on a saltine cracker?

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