Red and Rover by Brian Basset for January 14, 2022

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    maureenmck Premium Member 4 months ago

    “ready in 25 minutes” … That caused me to stop and think … Yes, TV dinners were once in aluminum trays and needed to be cooked in the oven. 25 minutes was probably about right. Now we have “frozen meals” to pop in the microwave for 3 or 4 minutes, so no more metal trays.

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    SquawkTron  4 months ago

    Mmm, I just love meatloaf.

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    Catfeet Premium Member 4 months ago

    Mom’s homemade TV dinner is the best!

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    robertdkrebs Premium Member 4 months ago

    TV dinners almost always meant that here was a babysitter coming soon.

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    mymontana  4 months ago

    Sunday dinner – in front of the TV with our dinner – yay!

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    rentier  4 months ago

    When I am alone I often turn on TV during eating!

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    Zebrastripes  4 months ago

    Aaaaah! The good ole days….

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    WCraft Premium Member 4 months ago

    Wow! I can remember those early TV dinners. The most common? (Or so it seemed): Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and apple cobbler. In fact, I think every meal tasted the same no matter what the entree…

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    slelareader  4 months ago

    Red, not the same if it isn’t in little compartments. Peas are a must, as is a little brownie or cobbler.

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    contralto2b  4 months ago

    I still like tv dinners and pot pies. When my dad was away on maneuvers for the army and my mom was working full time and going to classes, she would allow us to have TV dinners. We considered it a special treat because we knew we were going to be allowed to watch TV!!!

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    rentier  4 months ago

    How long do you want to wait for your dinner, Red?

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    Moonkey Premium Member 4 months ago

    I just don’t get meatloaf. Why not just make hamburgers and put the bread on the outside?

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    Burgundy2  4 months ago

    I remember as a kid thinking those TV dinners were just the greatest thing. What an insult to my mom’s cooking. And she was a great cook!

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    Taracinablue  4 months ago

    The 50s play on the radio at work, and there’s occasional snippets of relevant trivia or a sound sample from the era. For example:

    50s housewife, worriedly: Oh, dear. Your father will be home soon, and I haven’t had time to prepare dinner!

    Little boy: But Mom, we could have tv dinner!

    50s housewife: My word, you’re right! That certainly does save on time!

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