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Bottlecaps

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The original tv dinners:  We loved them as kids, but now that I think about it, it was probably the novelty that we loved.  Our mother was a superb cook.

Same here!  My parents were pretty poor and we rarely ate out or bought packaged meals, but when we did, they were a real treat.

I agree with this.  My mother made a fantastic lasagna but there was something exotic about the TV Dinner version.  It was especially so when some of the sauce got into the little brownie at the top of the tray.  TV dinners weren't considered real food but they were fun lunches after a morning of sledding.

My mother was a health nut so TV dinners were a yummy treat.  I loved the fake mashed potatoes mixed with the mushy steamed corn, mystery meat in red sauce and the little brownie (the best) or apple compote (consolation prize) in those foil segmented trays.  For especially good behavior we got to eat the dinners on tin TV trays while watching the Brady Bunch on Wednesday evenings at 8.  I think I often had on purple flowery velvet bell bottoms too.

AAAAAaaaaack!!!  It was the decade of bad taste, both in food and lifestyle.

I am so, so sorry if what I am about to say screams age to anyone  :-[, lol - but I wish I had been around during the heyday of TV dinners. You know, when they still came in the tin tray instead of a plastic or cardboard one, and I've heard they were actually a lot more tasty then than they are now. I like my TV dinners, but they definitely leave a lot to be desired!
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I still love the brownie batter that comes in frozen food dinners. I take it out of the tray and eat it cold while the meal is cooking  >:D

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My grandmother is - and apparently always has been - very conscious of status and class.  Since my grandfather was pretty high up in the corporate world, she entertained a lot and it was all about showing you had good breeding.  Apparently she was a part of a wives' club where they rotated hostess duties each meeting and took the chance to pull out their good china and show off their lunch-making skills.  One of the other women proudly served newfangled TV dinners one meeting and caused quite the stir - because everyone was so impressed at how modern she was!

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My grandmother is - and apparently always has been - very conscious of status and class.  Since my grandfather was pretty high up in the corporate world, she entertained a lot and it was all about showing you had good breeding.  Apparently she was a part of a wives' club where they rotated hostess duties each meeting and took the chance to pull out their good china and show off their lunch-making skills.  One of the other women proudly served newfangled TV dinners one meeting and caused quite the stir - because everyone was so impressed at how modern she was!

I think it was in the late 1990s or early 2000s that a restaurant in NYC started serving home-made replicas of TV Dinners.  I doubt if the fad lasted very long but it got a lot of press for a while. 

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The original tv dinners:  We loved them as kids, but now that I think about it, it was probably the novelty that we loved.  Our mother was a superb cook.

Same here!  My parents were pretty poor and we rarely ate out or bought packaged meals, but when we did, they were a real treat.

I agree with this.  My mother made a fantastic lasagna but there was something exotic about the TV Dinner version.  It was especially so when some of the sauce got into the little brownie at the top of the tray.  TV dinners weren't considered real food but they were fun lunches after a morning of sledding.

My mother was a health nut so TV dinners were a yummy treat.  I loved the fake mashed potatoes mixed with the mushy steamed corn, mystery meat in red sauce and the little brownie (the best) or apple compote (consolation prize) in those foil segmented trays.  For especially good behavior we got to eat the dinners on tin TV trays while watching the Brady Bunch on Wednesday evenings at 8.  I think I often had on purple flowery velvet bell bottoms too.

AAAAAaaaaack!!!  It was the decade of bad taste, both in food and lifestyle.

I am so, so sorry if what I am about to say screams age to anyone  :-[, lol - but I wish I had been around during the heyday of TV dinners. You know, when they still came in the tin tray instead of a plastic or cardboard one, and I've heard they were actually a lot more tasty then than they are now. I like my TV dinners, but they definitely leave a lot to be desired!

Oh, gosh. I haven't thought about those in ages. Back in the 1970's when my parents would go out at night, mom would give us TV dinners. My favorites were either the Salsbury Steak with the mashed potatos and fruit cobbler thinging or the beef enchiladas with rice and refried beans.  Does anyone remember if the mexican entrees came with a dessert because I can't remember one? Or in the 70's did places outside of Texas even have frozen mexican food TV dinners? 

What I remember most is that they took forever to cook in the oven, or maybe to two impatient pre-teens it just took forever. 

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mentioning of Pizza Hut reminded me that I LOVED!! (with all capitals  ;) ) their creamy Italian dressing.   I still like it if/when I go to Pizza Hut (it has been quite a while); but not LOVE.  I think it had to do with the fact that at home when ever my mother made salad (which was almost every day); she would already dress it with vinegar and oil; so the Pizza Hut dressing was my first taste of a creamy dressing.

and count me in too as someone who use to love it when we got TV dinners or Pot Pies for dinner - which wasn't often at all.


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What I remember most is that they took forever to cook in the oven, or maybe to two impatient pre-teens it just took forever. 


Your memory is correct; they did take forever -- well, 40 minutes or so -- in a regular oven.  My mother used to complain that she could make a real meal in less time.   :)  I didn't care.  I loved the salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and corn, although the sliced turkey was a close second.  My mother must have bought a cheaper brand, though, because I don't remember a dessert, until Healthy Choice meals came along.

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Tried one this year and got through about 1/4 of it before the sweetness was just too much.

Cadbury Creme Eggs have changed since I was a kid.  They used to have a lovely thick shell of chocolate and only a small amount of creme filling, so the sweetness wasn't too much.  Now, they've got more filling than chocolate (cheaper to make, I guess) and I find them sickly.

I also think the chocolate is different. It melts faster, and it's sweeter and stickier.

And so I don't like them anymore, when I used to go nuts for them.

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I still love the brownie batter that comes in frozen food dinners. I take it out of the tray and eat it cold while the meal is cooking  >:D

I gotta do that sometime! I even said to Mr. Bottlecaps here a while back, "I should try and cut the brownie compartment out, I bet the batter would be really good uncooked!"

What I remember most is that they took forever to cook in the oven, or maybe to two impatient pre-teens it just took forever. 

Nope, they really do take forever in the oven. I remember looking at the box once while I had one cooking in the microwave, and read that it took something like 45 minutes in the oven. I've heard they turn out better in the oven than they do in the microwave, but waiting that long, especially when I'm hungry? Oh, ehell no, lol. I'm too impatient for all that!
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I used to eat lots of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, now I will not have them as my mother packed them as lunch so often while I was in school.  I don't really eat many regular sandwiches between slices of bread these days for same reason.  I prefer to have sandwiches theses days that are on some type of bun or roll.

Most packaged boxed mac n cheese: most of the cheeses don't taste like cheese to me


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Pizza Hut Pizza. OK, any kind of pizza that is not thin crust. Or whole grain.
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Pizza Hut Pizza. OK, any kind of pizza that is not thin crust. Or whole grain.

Oh yeah - I don't have to eat whole grain, but the bready, heavy tomato flavor of Pizza Hut/Dominoes - scarfed it down as a kid, hate it now.

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Forgot about pancakes. I ate so many as a kid that I'm still not nuts about them. I'm slightly hypoglycemic too, so protein is a better breakfast choice for me than carbs. I'll make an exception for DHs sourdough pancakes- wowza, those things are tasty!

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Ramen noodles.

I haven't been able to eat those since I was pregnant with my first child.  Oddly though I don't mind cup o' soup.  It's just the packages with the noodles and flavoring. :P Blech.

A college friend used to douse them in Old Bay...come to think of it he doused everything in Old Bay.  I don't think even that could save it for me.
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I also bought some canned ravioli, etc. last fall during superstorm Sandy. I figured, since everything in my apt is electric, if i were starving, i could eat them cold. BLECH. DISGUSTING. I now have a bunch I need to donate to the food bank as it was just gross.

Twinkies. never really loved tham as a kid, but had a craving one day and bought some. also disgusting.

and pretty much any tv show that was popular during the 70's or 80's. My favorite was Emergency! - which last fall showed up on METV. I religiously watched every episode, but oh how cheesy it was, between the dialogue, the interaction and squeaky clean personalities, and how NOT attractive either John or Roy really was. I got to the point I couldn't even finish watching out all I had DVRd as they were just so bad. Then again, I was say 6-8 in its heyday, and it was the only tv show I was allowed to watch (since it was on Sat and no tv was allowed during the weeek)