Swanson’s used to have a meatball TV dinner that came in a tin with mashed potatoes. THAT is true tasty fake food!
You eat menudo? So that’s what happened to that group….
I cann’t believe I am admitting this in public, but here goes….
My whole family likes to have those trays of salsibury steaks everyonce in a while, with Hungryjack potatoes. My kids call it "Fake steak and potatoes".[:0]
My mother used to give us an extra nickle on Cinammon roll day at our elementary school. I always like the school pizza and burgers to in a kind of sick fascination kind of way.
AND, you just can’t beat ball-park nachos with that cheese in a can and the who-knows-what chili.
All of the rolls, breads and desserts at my early 70’s high school were made from scratch, and they were outstanding. Shortly after I graduated a story was published in the local paper giving some recipes that were used in the schools. I treasure their recipes for butterscotch bars and cornmeal cookies! (Once I ate most of a batch of the cornmeal cookie recipe before it made it to the oven.)
Stoeffer’s makes a mean frozen mac ‘n cheese. Creamy, with macaroni that is cooked just right. Best of all, I am not tempted to eat enough for four people because the serving is only enough for two. (Don’t ask if I can manage to eat only half of the package!)
The LA Unified School District cinnamon rolls are legendary. I got the recipe and their secret was mixing cake crumbs in with the cinnamon.
The only boxed food I like is scalloped potatoes. I mix in a few fresh potatoes and some cream and snobby gourmets go nuts over them. I wish I could find frozen dinners I liked. It would make life so much easier.
I’m an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn, and I’m the only teacher who buys the school lunch. The chicken nuggets are good, a new addition I didn’t have as a kid. The wings taste like metal. The veal patty is surprisingly crispy and tasty. Although they serve everything with a bun, even chicken nuggets. Filler I guess. The pizza is still sub-Stouffers and remains a kid favorite. I grew up in LA, so I had a lot of Mexican food in the cafeteria. NYC kids are deprived. I couldn’t wait for Tacquito day. The chocolate milk is still a nice treat, although standing in front of class with a bellyful of fried veal patties and chocolate milk is not always too comfortable. The desserts, as the Sterns would say, are inconsequential. Even the kids won’t eat it. Actually, the kids have discerning tastes. If something stinks, they throw out the whole tray. You want to talk about service with a ‘tude, the lunch ladies are Ms. Ratchits with a hair net. They’re nice to me, though. If I’m around they’re nice to the kids, too. I guess the kids are nice to them as well. Anyways, if you plan on dining in a NYC public school for lunch, go with the veal patty or the nuggets, stay away from the baked chicken.
Rick F, pepper pot, doesn’t that have tripe? Alright then, if it does, I’ll eat it, since I have been known to eat menudo…
Child of the 70’s here, and in my small towns in Texas a whole lot wasn’t homemade in the cafeteria, but I still remember the greasy orange cheese and onion enchiladas on fridays!
Someone mentioned Nighthawk dinners, I have to eat two of those things cos they’re soo small. And whatevers in that little yellow sauce packet is great too.
Loved Swanson’s chicken pot pies with that slightly soggy crust on the bottom of the pan. Also the Night Hawk steak and tater dinners were yummy. They’re still both available, but cant afford all those fat grams nowdays[:(]
Glenn- I’m with ya man. THe yeast rolls in my elementary school in rural North Louisiana were as good or better than any rolls I have ever had.
There was another dish called Lexington CHicken Spaghetti (Lexington Elementary, Monroe LA) that is wonderful. It can be found in the Junior League Cookbook from Monroe called "Cotton COuntry Collection" A truly world class cookbook.
As far as getting back on topic, I love those big Gorton batter dipped fish planks, but always feel stupid eating them, since I live all of ten miles from the Gulf Of Mexico. But they are a good, easy way of making proper fish Tacos.
I used to be really fond of the entire line of La Choy Chow Mein products when I was in college. Food in the bottom can and a tasty can of noodles in the top. Haven’t eaten it in years, but it kept me alive in college (along with Aunt Jemima and dairy products from school ag barn
School Cafeteria Food in the South was great. It was all made from scratch. In the 60’s, when I went to school we all tried to work in the cafeteria, even if it meant cleaning trays. Just so we could eat early, work through lunch then get first dibs on the leftovers. The cinnamon rolls were outstanding! The bread/rolls unbelievable! Good Times!
Rick, I’ll take a number for being wife #whatever, The only thing on your list I wouldn’t eat is pepperpot, and even then I’m not sure[:D]
Wait til I break the news to the husband[}:)]
Anymore of this and I’ll quit this site!
Praise God, I am home at last! I have seen the future and it is filled with people like me! When my wife leaves me over some of the things I try to persuade her should be on our dinner menu, will one of you folks marry me?
Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper
Campbell’s Pepper Pot soup
Michelini’s one-serving meals
Armour (?) frozen bacon cheeseburgers
White Castles out of the freezer box at the supermarket
Dehydrated scalloped potatoes
Lipton’s one-dish rice things–Oriental, e.g.
Cracklins from Poche’s in Breaux Bridge
And there will be more. MORE, MORE, MORE!
School pizza and tang [:p] pure yummy.
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