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"80's" Cuisine?

I'm going to an "80's" party, and am trying to think what food could be considered "80's food." Anything come to mind? Thanks!

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  1. The only big fad I really remember from the 80s was Nouvelle Cuisine, with teensy little portions of overly complicated food (salmon mousse quenelles with dill cream, anyone?) nestled in ginormous plates, complete with fancy sauce dribbles. Might be hard to replicate for a party, though.

    However, baked brie screams 1980s to me, for some odd reason. Or as a tongue-in-cheek reference to ET, bring along a large bowl of Reeses Pieces. :)

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    1. re: tartiflette

      I'm totally with you on the novelle cuisine. You just described the opening sequence to the movie "American Psycho", which takes place in the 80's.

      This isn't something you could do for a party, but I do remember before the height of microwave frozen foods like Lean Cuise and such, there was......BOIL IN THE BAG!! I remember my mom buying Stouffers boil-in-the-bag roast beef and gravy, in convenient single serving sizes. bleccch.

      1. re: mamamia

        Ew at the boil in the bag Stouffers. That reminded me of Hamburger Helper and various microwave TV dinners on re-useable plastic plates that we kept for no apparent reason. I think that was still the 80's, before that it was salisbury steak and mashed potatoes in a foil package for the oven....

        But hey, what about Reagan and his Jelly Bellys!

    2. I vaguely recall kiwi tarts or some such being served at the White House. The ladies who lunch--not finishing their pasta primavera at Le Cirque. All-you-can-eat shrimp at Beefsteak Charlie's (New York area).

        1. Blackened anything...

          New Coke...

          Bloomin' Onions...

          Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers...

          Chipwiches...

          Tofutti....

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          1. re: Jennalynn

            Something with raspberry vinaigrette?

            1. re: Jennalynn

              Oh man, we always had Bartles & Jaymes in the house. My mother loved those. Makes me wonder what moms drink now?

              Astronaut food, definitely. Tab. Shasta soda. It's hard to not think of junk food because I was a kid in the 80's and was convinced I could live off of slush puppies and Now & Laters.

              Hi-C Ecto Cooler? Or was that the early 90's?

              1. re: jsjs09812

                Tab was a 60's thing... it was already dying in the 80's because Diet Pepsi and Diet Coke came out.

                1. re: Jennalynn

                  Diet Coke! That was a revolution in my life. It was sooo much better than the diet sodas that came before. I drank so many cans of Diet Coke that I'd get woozy from the caffeine and couldn't drive. Caffeine-Free Diet Coke was the next great step forward.

                  1. re: Jennalynn

                    My mother drank TAB all through the 80's.

                  2. re: jsjs09812

                    Wasn't Ecto Cooler related to Ghostbusters? In that case, it would be 80's.

                    My first thoughts were fruit roll-ups and Capri Sun drinks.

                    1. re: jsjs09812

                      js, sorry but a lot of the stuff you mentioned was around at least 15 to 20 years prior to your childhood. I was born in the early '60's and well remember having Tab (my mother always had some in the refrigerator), Sluch Puppies and Icees, Now or Laters, "astronaut" food (Tang, packets of freeze dried stuff) as a child.

                      1. re: Sister Sue

                        Hey SS, I hope you had some Space Food Sticks to nibble on while you drank your Tang.

                    2. I believe the year was 1987: Jean-Georges V. catapults the molten chocolate cake to the top of dessert menus everywhere.
                      Other than that, everyday "foods" that remind me of the '80s include: Doritos, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Haagen Dazs Ice Cream, "deep dish" pizza, and white cheddar popcorn.

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                      1. re: vvvindaloo

                        French Bread pizza and Tostitos Pizza rolls would make great 80's party food