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Dec 22, 2010 09:38 AM

Odd request....ISO 70's game show foods....

My place of employment is holding an "employee recognition event" (the official term...), and I'm in charge of food. The theme of the event is gameshows. We're going to put on a few gameshows (family feud, minute to win it, price is right, match game), and have some other electronic versions (computer based) for groups of folks to play.

We're going to ask folks to volunteer to bring in dishes, so we'll have several mains, sides, salads, etc. But in addition, I'm hoping to come up (buy, make, whatever) some dishes or items associated with game shows. I think many of these game shows were at their height of cheesy popularity in the 70's. But I'm having a hard time coming up with foods that folks would automatically associate with the 70's, and that would be easy to make/hold for a mid day event.

Before tons of people say "casseroles", I'm dialing in from Minnesota, the land of 10,000 casseroles, so there will already be plenty represented, and folks won't associate them with the 70's. Green bean casserole is a very here and now dish in Minnesota (for the record, I'm a transplant).

I was thinking about TV dinners? Like buying a bunch of Swanson TV dinners? Anything else? Thanks!

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  1. Whoopie pies for the Newlywed Game.

    1. Speaking of 'cheesy' , Fondue was quite the rage.

          1. re: Hanky

            Wonderful, gut-wrenching site. I was gonna suggest Jiffy Pop (which they have listed) because it was a staple AND it has the advantage of still being in aluminum foil, unlike Swanson's Frozen TV Dinners. I was thinking about the whole water chestnuts soaking in soysauce with whatever (ginger, garlic), then wrapped in bacon and skewered and broiled.

          2. Perhaps think gelatin molds? It seemed to me that a lot of the game shows in the 70s did have a little bit of "raciness" involved (think the celeb responses in Match Game...Charles Nelson Reilly could do cackling PG-raciness with the best of them, oddly), and the wiggle-jiggle of the gelatin mold might echo the giggle-at-the-jiggle that seemed to permeate seventies TV. Could you do a mold of a "Price is Right," um... 'spokesmodel,' for example?

            Caveat: I will often think of gelling odd things, but that's just me; and, I'm in MN too, so the gelatin mold, like the casserole, might not have completely died out here either. On the plus side, if you're at all handy with garnishes and decorating of a mold, you could have some fun. It's an interesting medium!

            (See my avatar, which is a tom kha gai and garnishes, molded.)

            Sounds like a very entertaining theme!