I mean seriously, what really happened? In the 70’s, we ate like crazy people. We were not looking at labels or thinking about trans-fat and partially hydrogenated oils. Nope, we were thinking about beef, beef, and more beef. And cream sauce. Oh, and beef.
Below are three family dinners that I vividly remember from childhood:
The thing I remember most about beef stroganoff is the way mom prepared it. She didn’t make it on the stove top, instead she would lug a giant, heavy, counter-top electric frying pan out from the cupboard and plug it in. Why? I have no idea. This fry pan was synonymous with the meal. When we saw that ninety pound pan set up on the counter we knew it was stroganoff night. Tender strips of beef, mushrooms (canned, naturally), and globs and globs of fatty sour cream served over big wide egg noodles. Who could ask for anything more? Why would you want a vegetable served with this dish? Like I said, there was a four ounce can of sliced mushrooms in there. Plenty of vegetables to go around for the whole family - done.
Tomato Noodle Dandy
The beefiest, cheesiest, most delicious casserole dish EVER. And if you are a Velveeta hater, I don’t want to even know about it. This dish consisted of ground hamburger (or “chuck” as my mom called it, “ground chuck” – what the hell is that about?) green bell pepper, onion, tomato soup, brown sugar, a plop of mustard, and a shitload of melted Velveeta. Mom didn’t need any help from Hamburger Helper, this was the real deal. You would do that all up on the stove top and then transfer it to a casserole dish and bake it and serve it (just like the stroganoff) over those 70’s egg noodles. This dish was hamburger-cheesey-goodness. And it was patriotic - with the name and all.
Screw bringing sexy back - I’m bringing the family dinner back.
Time to lug out the counter top fry pan and get cooking. What could be sexier than a woman slaving in front of a counter-top fry pan with ground chuck and Velveeta?
Nothing comes to mind.
|I also enjoy this Meat Loaf. But we'll save that for another day.|
|Screw you cheddar, Velveeta melts better!|