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Watchers recipe cards from 1974
I found them while
helping my parents clean out their basement a few years ago.
They were neatly arranged in their own plastic file box. Plenty
of the dishes seemed normal enough, but as I flipped through
them, some of the recipes began to alarm me. And then I found
the card for the "Rosy
I fell over. Like
I Iaughed so hard I started coughing and I fell back on the floor
and I waved the card at my mom, who just rolled her eyes. "Can
I please have these? Please?" I begged. "What
do you want them for?" she asked. "To cook?" "No,"
I said. She let me have them. I think they might have been my
grandma's, but she never copped to actually buying them. Nobody
else did, either.
These cards mystify
me. None of them have calorie or nutrition information of any
kind, and in some instances it's hard to tell what's dietetic
about the recipes at all, except that they're unspeakably grim.
And yet also, completely insane. They appear to be from a much
kookier era of Weight Watchers. There's a certain serve-it-at-
your-next-key-party freakiness to a lot of these dishes.
flakes are in almost everything here. Apparently Weight Watchers
dieticians depended heavily on dried onion flakes, and pimientos,
They also had a
prop department that was clearly out of control. Oh, you'll see.
As far as I know,
I was never served any of these dishes as a child. I probably
would have repressed the memory, anyway.
This feature owes a great spiritual debt to sites like Cate's
Garage Sale Finds
and especially James
of Regrettable Food.
Click HERE to start the tour,
or else click on whatever thumbnail image disturbs you the most.
site is not affiliated with
Weight Watchers International, Inc.,
whose present-day recipes
are very nice and do not look like ass at all.