A (gross) 50's Food Pot Luck

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  1. chicagoterry

    chicagoterry

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    There's a thread somewhere in the archives of Cheftalk where we talked about mid-century food. Some of us were nostalgic about it. I am not. I mentioned there that there is a cookbook I keep in my collection from 1959, just because I find the food so fascinatingly disgusting. Many of them look and sound like the dishes in this piece from Jezebel I ran across today, which I find hilarious:

    http://jezebel.com/taste-test-from-hell-we-cooked-a-bunch-of-gross-recipe-1520925733
     
  2. chefross

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    I used to make that frosted ribbon thing when I worked at Marriott in the 70"s.

    It was masked in yellow colored cream cheese.

    Gross is an understatement.
     
  3. koukouvagia

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    After watching an episode of Grantchester last night I was thinking what a lovely time period the 50's must have been. But after seeing that I change my mind.
     
  4. chefedb

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    50 s food may have looked bad, but it was more natural then the processed  chemical laced stuff that they sell today.
     
  5. kuan

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    You still see some of that stuff at family gatherings.  Like jello and ground canned ham terrine.  OMG.  /img/vbsmilies/smilies/lol.gif
     
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    My dad's wife always makes this "casserole" of lime jello, cottage cheese, cucumber and canned pineapple whenever she has to take something to a function. She also sprays it with Pam so it won't stick!
     
  7. chicagoterry

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    The food in the UK during the period when Grantchester is set might have been slightly better or infinitely worse. There was still rationing of sugar, meat and some dairy products in the UK until 1953 &1954. The only cheese available for many, many years even after rationing ended was something that came to be known as "government cheddar."
     
  8. cerise

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    I vaguely remember Government Cheese, back in the 50's or 60's, in the U.S. If I'm not mistaken, it was available for low income, welfare recipients, and the elderly. And, it was Kosher(?)  I remember my Grandmother making grilled cheese sandwiches :). It came in a large block, and looked similar to this:

    http://www.jewishjournal.com/bloggi...n_government_cheese_the_good_news_and_the_bad
     
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  9. koukouvagia

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    But the dresses were lovely /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
  10. chicagoterry

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    The government cheese in the US was in the 80s. It was surplus American cheese the government bought as part of a price support program for dairy farmers when milk prices tanked. It used to be offered to people as part of the Emergency Food Assistance Program. I remember passing the community center on an Indian Reservation in upper Michigan many times when the sign out front said that government cheese was available.
     
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    Could be.  We had it in New York City in the 50's or 60's, as well.  It may have been used in School lunches too, back then
     
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  13. maryb

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    Tomato aspic... one I remember well(and I do like it!).