September 10, 2013

National TV Dinner Day

"Who bothers to cook TV dinners? I suck them frozen." - Woody Allen

It's National TV Dinner Day!

I've seen loads of other bloggers comment on how they never ate TV dinners growing up. "They weren't allowed in our house. We believed in family time by enjoying a sit-down meal together. BLAH BLAH BLAH." Bullocks. Either these people are trying to seem cooler than they actually are or they didn't grow up in the early nineties when there was no longer just one "bread winner" in the family. Both of my parents worked, and sometimes they were too tired to make dinner. So they'd fix themselves a bowl of cereal and slap a blue "Kid Cuisine" in front of my sister and I.

And y'know what? I wouldn't change those memories for the world.

Back then, we always got the same kind: chicken nuggets with mashed potatoes, corn, and a gooey black thing that was supposedly a brownie. Did the mash taste like eating coagulated salt? Yes. Did the corn feel like plastic in our mouths? Yes. But did we practically lick the cardboard container clean? Oh, girl, you better believe it.

The "TV dinner" is generally credited to C.A. Swanson & Sons in the first half of the 1950's (although other companies, like Birdseye, had conceptualized and executed frozen dinners before that). A Swanson TV Dinner tray is even in the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of American History because of the importance the prepackaged meals had on our culture.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Happy National TV Dinner Day!