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The Pinterest Board of Ghastly Mid 20th Century Cuisine

(Because The Gallery of Regrettable Food is already taken and I don’t want to get sued. But you should go visit the Gallery of Regrettable Food because it’s awesome. And, don’t forget, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.)

I’m not sure what the heck was going on in the mid 20th century.  I do know that it was fashionable to serve most anything in loaf form, preferably with hard boiled eggs or green olives stuffed inside like the secret toy surprise in a box of Cracker Jacks, if they had Cracker Jacks in Hell.

Then there is this thing called “aspic”. They were awfully fond of that, too.  All I know is that it’s just plain awful. So of course, I collected quite a few of them on a Pinterest board.  Let’s have a look, shall we? Hungry? You won’t be after looking at these.

The Box Lunch

Consider the box lunch or bag lunch. In these uncertain financial times, many are taking to bringing their own lunch with them to work or school. The open-faced sandwich, while delicious, may not be practical to pack along in a lunch. This sandwich is especially not practical.

Source: via Kathy on Pinterest


This sandwich is a cry for help. Literally. Can’t you hear the cries of a lobster as it takes its final breath before drowning in this quagmire of…pus?

Entrée d’Art

There was a fondness back in the mid 20th century for taking food and sculpting it until it becomes the piéce de résistance of the dinner table.  They say we eat with our eyes first. I think that was lost on the creators of these dishes.

Exhibit A: Crown Roast of Frankfurters.

Source: Uploaded by user via Kathy on Pinterest


This dish is for those people with discriminating tastes who prefer their intestines, hooves and snouts to look classy. It’s all about the presentation.

Ah, winter evenings. What’s more cozy than popcorn balls and a steaming mug of hot chocolate topped with a marshmallow?

Source: via Kathy on Pinterest


Popcorn balls, a steaming mug of hot chocolate topped with a marshmallow and a dead pig sculpture made from olives, bread, cheese and deviled ham.

Our next exhibit comes from the seafood category.

Source: via Kathy on Pinterest


Nothing says elegant like a fish with a gag ball made from parsley.  This whole 50 Shades of Grey thing has gone too far.


The Candle Salad.  A feast for the eyes and the tastebuds.

Source: via Kathy on Pinterest


I don’t know if the creator intended for this banana candle to look like an erect penis with an angry looking sore on the tip that’s oozing ambiguous white goo, but it looks like an erect penis with an angry looking sore on the tip that’s oozing ambiguous white goo.

Molds and Loafs

Loaves and molds work for breads and desserts.  Not for main dishes. The name of this dish is Sweet and Pungent Ham Pork Loaf

Source: via Kathy on Pinterest


Pungent is a word I’d probably use to describe the smell of decaying flesh, not my dinner.

And finally, there’s the molded food.  Mid Century housewives seemed to love their molded Jello salads.  However, there are things that should never be suspended in Jello. Macaroni, hot dogs and green beans are only three of them.  Behold this gelatinous centrifuge of ipecac.

Source: via Kathy on Pinterest


If the suspended weiners in Jello isn’t enough to gross you out:

Source: Uploaded by user via Kathy on Pinterest


Behold this unholy union of Jello, Spaghetti-O’s and Vienna Sausage.

I think aspic is the French word for “partially digested food suspended in gelatin”.

Kathy Kramer

Kathy Kramer has words in her head, so she writes them down. Kiki Dee had words in her head, but she only just said them. Kathy has other things in her head that aren’t so great, but that’s what the medication is for.

Kathy is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Plains Magazine and eFiction Magazine. Kathy is originally from Wisconsin but her mid-life crisis prompted her to move to South Dakota because she can’t be like other people and do normal mid-life crisis things like dress inappropriately for her age, get Botox or chase after younger men. No. Kathy has to be different.

When Kathy isn’t writing her author bio in the third person, she likes to make things, she likes to read books, and she likes to go outside. Kathy lives with her husband, whom she refers to in these pages as The Hubby or D.

Kathy also likes to hang out on Twitter a lot, especially during football games. Kathy is a Green Bay Packers fan and has been since she was born. She is also a contributor to NFL, as a writer about the Green Bay Packers.

1 Comment

  1. bleeeechhh that is all I can say.. just ewwwwww