Monday, February 13, 2012

One Shell Of A Dinner

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Betty Crocker looks a little bit worried and it's not just because she's a disembodied head.

Well, she should be worried. Because that family of six is not going to be best pleased when they get a look at their dinner tonight. Dinner in a Shell, indeed. It is Something in a Shell, all right. Primal soup perhaps. But not really something you could call Dinner.

It floats in the air, barely supported by a strange hand attached to an arm clad in what looks like a Butterball turkey wrapper. The Shell - and the arm, for that matter - are both several times the size of Betty's head. So she probably feels that it is politic to praise them and stay well out of trouble.

Poor Betty, traumatized by dinner. And she's not the only one.

What in the world is in this Dinner in a Shell? It is supposed to be - Betty assures us (and herself) - that it is beef, pork, onions and green peppers. Also there are lima beans lurking in the brew. And cabbage. And gravy. And sour cream. But I think there may be small creatures in there, too.

Despite what this 1940s era ad says, this is not the way to "feed your family royally, yet keep your food bills down." Because you will want them to not only keep the food bills down, but keep the actual food down. And from the look of this, I don't think that's going to happen.


Kath Lockett said...

Call Samuel Jackson - this aint no Snakes on a Plane, but Snakes on a PLATE!

Tori Lennox said...

That is really nasty-looking!

DearHelenHartman said...

Oh, I am so sad now. Looking at that nasty worm pie makes me feel so bad for Betty's family. Save yourselves, family, collect your own 69 cents and split a White Castle slider and fries.

Marcheline said...

Egads. Don't know what's funnier, the ad or your commentary. I vote for BOTH! 8-)

P.S. I love the end of the ad, which gives thinly veiled threats that readers had best use "Kitchen-tested" Gold Medal flour. You know, as opposed to all that "Garage-tested" and "Attic-tested" crap floating around on grocery store shelves!

BrSpiritus said...

That's about the worst thing I ever saw since I had tuna casserole the first time. Good luck keeping that down, YUCK!

Dieter Moitzi said...

Yuckeddy-yuck! That looks like a Maggot-Shite-Pie, pardon my French! It really does look sort of a still crawling dinner, something you're not going to eat, but have eaten (and digested and... well, you catch my drift, I gather).

Mike said...

The mere appearance of that dish is enough to make mid-century kids everywhere BEG for liver and onions or creamed chipped beef on toast. That is truly vile looking.