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(Vintage Everyday)   Okay - everything was better back in the 70s EXCEPT the food. Pack a lunch before getting in the time machine   (vintag.es) divider line
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2020-11-30 8:49:17 AM  
The great thing about those recipe card subscriptions that everyone's mom had:  almost none of the recipes ever got made, and the box just collected dust.

And we hit "peak tragic food" in the 1950's and 60's:https://www.lileks.com/institute​/galle​ry/
 
2020-11-30 10:09:49 AM  
Cocaine is a helluva drug.

Seriously, nobody actually ate that stuff. Cookbooks in the 70s were off in their own little world. They were marketing materials for the processed food industry.
 
2020-11-30 10:18:03 AM  
This was closer to my 70s dining experience:
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Thus begat the flatulence problems.
 
2020-11-30 10:20:12 AM  
Okay - everything was better back in the 70s
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2020-11-30 10:22:11 AM  
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I wouldn't mind having this.
 
2020-11-30 10:27:24 AM  

oldfarthenry: This was closer to my 70s dining experience: [Fark user image 480x374] Thus begat the flatulence problems.


Don't forget how advertisers co-opted 2nd wave feminism. Look at this arsehole...

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2020-11-30 10:29:32 AM  

oldfarthenry: This was closer to my 70s dining experience:
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Thus begat the flatulence problems.


Blech. What in the name of Betty Crocker is that top center?
 
2020-11-30 10:30:47 AM  

blodyholy: oldfarthenry: This was closer to my 70s dining experience:
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Thus begat the flatulence problems.

Blech. What in the name of Betty Crocker is that top center?


Neeeevvver mind. Helps to read the what's inside listed right there on the box.
 
2020-11-30 10:35:53 AM  
 
2020-11-30 10:36:41 AM  
Nobody ever actually made that stuff. It was just to look "good" in magazines, which were a thing like a website that they printed on paper and sent to your house.
 
2020-11-30 10:38:50 AM  
Half the problem with those photos is that they are, wait for it, old photos.  Saturation, glare, etc. from the 70s plus 45 years of aging.
 
2020-11-30 10:42:18 AM  
one of the few redeeming quality of the 80s is that it eventually brought an end to the 70s
 
2020-11-30 10:42:45 AM  

FrancoFile: Half the problem with those photos is that they are, wait for it, old photos.  Saturation, glare, etc. from the 70s plus 45 years of aging.


And the food is also plated in the fashion of the time. Some of these combinations could actually work okay, and frankly are no different than the utter repulsive bullshiat people come up with today.

/I have personally made the 70s Betty Crocker chicken fricassee recipe, nothing to write home about, but it was far from disgusting.
 
2020-11-30 10:52:02 AM  
People didn't make these anymore than people make the exotic recipes you find in magazines today.
 
2020-11-30 10:54:03 AM  

kdawg7736: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x807]

I wouldn't mind having this.


mom made something similar.  It was basically meatloaf with a flaky shell around it.
 
2020-11-30 11:08:02 AM  
I figured jello with suspended fruit and vegetables but I suppose that was a 60's or even 50's thing.  I'm definitely making that hamburger pie though.
 
2020-11-30 11:20:35 AM  

exqqqme: oldfarthenry: This was closer to my 70s dining experience: [Fark user image 480x374] Thus begat the flatulence problems.

Don't forget how advertisers co-opted 2nd wave feminism. Look at this arsehole...

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Boxes and buckets and barrels...oh my!
 
2020-11-30 11:41:42 AM  

kdawg7736: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x807]

I wouldn't mind having this.


Looks like manwich in a pie shell.
 
2020-11-30 12:03:47 PM  
Pizza Hut was better then.
 
2020-11-30 12:14:38 PM  
" And I helped!"
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2020-11-30 12:16:51 PM  

edmo: Pizza Hut was better then.


In my small hometown, Pizza Hut was the only game in town for pizza, and I agree that it wasn't too bad. Mid 80's we got a Mazzio's and we all thought that was the bomb. Pizza Hut really took a hit when that happened.
 
2020-11-30 12:17:45 PM  
Yeah, everything was better in the 70's except the food... And technology... And music... And civil rights... And living conditions for most of the world... And medicine... And...
 
2020-11-30 12:20:29 PM  
A lot of stores also sell something similar to those seafood coquilles. They just get called stuffed clam or stuffed crab. (Those are not euphemisms.)

Christmas pudding is still a thing, just not here and they don't look that awful.
 
2020-11-30 12:31:41 PM  

FarkingSmurf: I figured jello with suspended fruit and vegetables but I suppose that was a 60's or even 50's thing.  I'm definitely making that hamburger pie though.


Aspic is way way older than that

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspic#​:~:text=Aspic%20(%2F%CB%88%C3%A6sp,asp​ic%20gel%C3%A9e%20or%20aspic%20jelly.
 
2020-11-30 12:46:14 PM  
 
2020-11-30 1:05:29 PM  
I don't even know which joke to crack first.

I saw the Man Pleasing Appetizers open for Fonduloha at Soldier Field in '73?
The man pleasing appetizers is the name of my tween kpop Chris Matthewscore cover band?
Tell your doctor if you notice ketchup on your cheeseburger pie?
The glamorous grapefruit picked Devin Nunes out of a lineup??
 
2020-11-30 1:12:50 PM  

alechemist: kdawg7736: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x807]

I wouldn't mind having this.

Looks like manwich in a pie shell.


This, or a take on shepherd's pie (obviously not as complex).
 
2020-11-30 1:12:57 PM  

Cortez the Killer: edmo: Pizza Hut was better then.

In my small hometown, Pizza Hut was the only game in town for pizza, and I agree that it wasn't too bad. Mid 80's we got a Mazzio's and we all thought that was the bomb. Pizza Hut really took a hit when that happened.


I'm convinced that slowly making everything worse is how we continue to have "low consumer price inflation" since the 80s. Actually like-for-like, I wouldn't be surprised if the rate's double what it's officially been, if you exclude electronics.

We have a small local chain that makes fast-food pizza that is about the same quality as Pizza Hut was up until about the late 90s. The menu price is double modern Pizza Hut's, and with the always-available sale pricing at Pizza Hut it's more like triple (they never have those kinds of very steep sales at the other chain)
 
2020-11-30 1:20:27 PM  

blodyholy: alechemist: kdawg7736: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x807]

I wouldn't mind having this.

Looks like manwich in a pie shell.

This, or a take on shepherd's pie (obviously not as complex).


The family did a rendition of cottage pie that no matter what, came out bland and flavorless. Kind of a bummer about some of those old recipes. I can see where Great Granny's 'stewed chicken' used to be coq au riesling but then poverty dictated the subbing of water for wine, shortening for butter etc...
 
2020-11-30 1:29:25 PM  

fallingcow: Cortez the Killer: edmo: Pizza Hut was better then.

In my small hometown, Pizza Hut was the only game in town for pizza, and I agree that it wasn't too bad. Mid 80's we got a Mazzio's and we all thought that was the bomb. Pizza Hut really took a hit when that happened.

I'm convinced that slowly making everything worse is how we continue to have "low consumer price inflation" since the 80s. Actually like-for-like, I wouldn't be surprised if the rate's double what it's officially been, if you exclude electronics.


It's exactly how real inflation is masked. When the steak in the "basket of goods" becomes to expensive, it was assumed that it could be substituted for the cheaper ground beef. Thus, the consumer still has meat, and prices "haven't risen at all." The consumer, of course, is the loser because he has to eat ground beef instead of steak.

It's not so much that the official rate is double, it's been an order of magnitude off for decades.
 
2020-11-30 1:29:57 PM  

NINEv2: blodyholy: alechemist: kdawg7736: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x807]

I wouldn't mind having this.

Looks like manwich in a pie shell.

This, or a take on shepherd's pie (obviously not as complex).

The family did a rendition of cottage pie that no matter what, came out bland and flavorless. Kind of a bummer about some of those old recipes. I can see where Great Granny's 'stewed chicken' used to be coq au riesling but then poverty dictated the subbing of water for wine, shortening for butter etc...


Huh, never heard to referred to as cottage pie. My mum used to do the same thing, canned veggies, less than ideal blends of meat, very little seasoning, etc. Stretched the dollar, and also your imagination. (You had to imagine it was good.)
 
2020-11-30 1:31:27 PM  
Also, that meatloaf recipe looks alot better than any I've grown up eating. When did we stop putting cheese in them? Did the basket of goods strike again and we had to collectively give up cheese and substitute ketchup?
 
2020-11-30 1:34:44 PM  
SOME of that is just the shiatty/old 1970s-era photography. Whether degraded due to the source images being about (checking the math) 50 YEARS OLD or just general photographic incompetence (not everybody's a food stylist and I've also noticed the 1970s was a very brown/beige era), not a lot of food is going to look good under those circumstances.

Also, some of that food is gross.
 
2020-11-30 1:39:52 PM  
Go back to the 70s and bring me McDonald's french fries and hot apple/cherry pies.
 
2020-11-30 1:45:44 PM  
My mom had a thing for taking Rice A Roni and putting it in a half of a green pepper. NOBODY liked them except her. Nobody ate them. So gross, so...70s.
 
2020-11-30 1:47:07 PM  

blodyholy: NINEv2: blodyholy: alechemist: kdawg7736: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x807]

I wouldn't mind having this.

Looks like manwich in a pie shell.

This, or a take on shepherd's pie (obviously not as complex).

The family did a rendition of cottage pie that no matter what, came out bland and flavorless. Kind of a bummer about some of those old recipes. I can see where Great Granny's 'stewed chicken' used to be coq au riesling but then poverty dictated the subbing of water for wine, shortening for butter etc...

Huh, never heard to referred to as cottage pie. My mum used to do the same thing, canned veggies, less than ideal blends of meat, very little seasoning, etc. Stretched the dollar, and also your imagination. (You had to imagine it was good.)


Ground lamb was hard to come by when I was a kid so they used ground beef instead. Beef makes it a cottage pie. Plus that side of the fam absolutely loved their bland-ass food. My English/Scandinavian/Polish ancestry didn't do me many culinary favors growing up. The French part of the fam never had kids or moved away. They came from Nancy, and I'd give my middle nut to get my hands on their cookbooks.

/wasn't all bad food
//lefse, galumpkis are always nice
///but most was undersalted slop
 
2020-11-30 2:30:38 PM  
Chicken was dead cheap.
 
2020-11-30 2:32:31 PM  
My mom was a fan of a jello based can salmon "loaf" with crunchy onions, or bones, or something like that.

Couldn't even sneak it to the dog.

duckpoopy: Go back to the 70s and bring me McDonald's french fries and hot apple/cherry pies.


My first McDonalds hot apple pie was served at approximately 400F, it tasted like fry oil and burned flesh.
 
2020-11-30 2:43:20 PM  
Mom never made any of those things, thankfully. For a Christmas Eve tradition, my Aunt may have made the cheeseburger pie and named it "meatza," but I'm not entirely sure. It was definitely meat and cheese in pie form sans ketchup, and not bad.
 
2020-11-30 4:04:24 PM  
I don't remember cooking from the 1970s.  I was young enough that it was all just food.  I suspect we never had things like the article pictured.

What I do remember is Julia Child.  My mother watched her show on PBS while folding laundry.  It was the furthest thing from Betty Crocker's kitschy casseroles.

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2020-11-30 4:20:17 PM  
Reminds me of this, in addition to Lileks. I like to page thru both around the holidays, for a chuckle. 
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2020-11-30 4:45:39 PM  

Stibium: fallingcow: Cortez the Killer: edmo: Pizza Hut was better then.

In my small hometown, Pizza Hut was the only game in town for pizza, and I agree that it wasn't too bad. Mid 80's we got a Mazzio's and we all thought that was the bomb. Pizza Hut really took a hit when that happened.

I'm convinced that slowly making everything worse is how we continue to have "low consumer price inflation" since the 80s. Actually like-for-like, I wouldn't be surprised if the rate's double what it's officially been, if you exclude electronics.

It's exactly how real inflation is masked. When the steak in the "basket of goods" becomes to expensive, it was assumed that it could be substituted for the cheaper ground beef. Thus, the consumer still has meat, and prices "haven't risen at all." The consumer, of course, is the loser because he has to eat ground beef instead of steak.

It's not so much that the official rate is double, it's been an order of magnitude off for decades.


An order of magnitude?  As in the reported rate is 3% and the actual rate is 30%?  You're mad.

A significant part of the problem with the inflation rate is that several of the major components are consumed primarily by people in wildly different age brackets.  Like college education (18-25, and to some extent their parents) and healthcare (60+).
 
2020-11-30 5:48:47 PM  

FrancoFile: An order of magnitude? As in the reported rate is 3% and the actual rate is 30%? You're mad.


My mistake, I had in mind %10 instead of x10.

If you look at inflation versus CPI, you can get a feel for how much basket item substitution can influence things. Historical sources for 1987-2020 give me average inflation of 2.5%, but CPI inflation at about 2.25%. Compounding since 1987 leaves you with a difference of 8.65%
 
2020-11-30 5:59:05 PM  

Stibium: Also, that meatloaf recipe looks alot better than any I've grown up eating. When did we stop putting cheese in them? Did the basket of goods strike again and we had to collectively give up cheese and substitute ketchup?


my wife always puts cheese in meat loaf. Cube up some cheddar and some bacon and you are on your way to a good bacon cheeseburger meatloaf.
 
2020-11-30 7:49:32 PM  
I freaking LOVE fricasse. You can pry it from my cold dead hands.
/Also loves Harvey Wallbanger cake
 
2020-11-30 10:41:23 PM  

Krieghund: I don't remember cooking from the 1970s.  I was young enough that it was all just food.  I suspect we never had things like the article pictured.

What I do remember is Julia Child.  My mother watched her show on PBS while folding laundry.  It was the furthest thing from Betty Crocker's kitschy casseroles.

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She was unlike anything you had rver seen before on TV.
 
2020-12-01 12:03:31 AM  
I could get nostalgic if they had a national fondue day. Yeah, once a year would be about right. Not worth buying and storing a pot and forks though.
 
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