Salisbury Steak

I recently bought a frozen meal of Salisbury Steaks, 6 of them in brown gravy, at Aldi. They are delicious, just as I remember from many years ago when I last had one, maybe in a TV Dinner, probably 40 years ago. It got me to wondering, what exactly is a Salisbury Steak?

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Vienna Sausage

Vienna Sausage was a staple in my house growing up as Mother and Daddy always had cans in the pantry. It was great for fishing, hunting, lunches or just a quick snack. I liked it with soda crackers and, if I had some available, liked dipping mine in Heinz ketchup. I’ve noticed that the Swanson chicken broth , that we use at the compounding pharmacy for some pet prescriptions, smells just like Vienna Sausages.

I’ve pointed this out, but the younger folks don’t have any idea what I’m talking about. They are a thin parboiled (scalded) sausage traditionally made of pork and beef in a casing of sheep intestine and then low temperature smoked. Beginning in 1903, in the United States, Vienna Sausage came to mean small , shorter, canned wieners instead than link sausage.

They contain salt and various spices, such as cloves, coriander, nutmeg, garlic powder, onion powder and finely ground, dry red pepper. Vienna Sausages come in cans in a gelatin, like aspic (a gelatin made from a meat stock or consommé). They also offer them with flavorings such as smoke, mustard, chili or barbecue sauce. You always have to open the can, pour off the gelatin and then either slide the sausages out or, my favorite, stab them one at a time.

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Why are they called Grapefruit?

The Grapefruit is a sub-tropical citrus tree with large fruit that is sour to semi-sweet. It is a hybrid starting in Barbados as an accidental cross between the sweet orange and a pomelo (shaddock).

The name most likely comes from the fact that the grapefruits grow in clusters, just like grapes. The interior is segmented and colored white, yellow, pink or red. The evergreen trees typically grow 16-20 feet tall but occasionally a 43-49 foot tree will occur.

They have thin, glossy, dark green, long thin leaves.The original sweet orange was Jamaican and the shaddock was from Indonesia, that Captain Shaddock brought to Jamaica. The hybrid nature of the tree is though to be naturally occurring.

Click Read More to keep going – a lot more on Grapefruit below!

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Bosco

Bosco chocolate syrup or milk amplifier was invented in 1928 in Camden, New Jersey by an unknown physician. The William S. Scull Company acquired the manufacturing license and gave it the name of Bosco after its own product Boscul Coffee. In the 1950’s they were sold again to Corn Products Company who would finally, in 1968, register the name Bosco.

It was 1985 when Bosco Brand Products, Inc. acquired the chocolate. Malt extract is added to the Bosco cocoa powder to create that distinctive taste. In the late 50’s, early 60’s The Popeye Club, in Atlanta Georgia, featuring Officer Don and Popeye cartoon would feature the Bosco jinge, I Love Bosco. When I was watching the show, which I certainly did, I’m sure that got me asking mother for Bosco.

The rabbits are containers that we ate the chocolate and Mother saved. They even made Bosco containers for Barbie’s kitchen. It was great to add to milk, making a perfect chocolate drink but was also incredible just spooned over your ice cream. I just found out that they still sell it today and even have sugar-free for us diabetics.

Read more about Bosco on Wikipedia.

Read more for several vintage Bosco commercials.

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TV Dinners

A frozen meal for one, on an oven-ready aluminum tray? What is this, magic? You didn’t even need Mom, you could put one in the oven yourself! They weren’t the best tasting, but I was never very picky, just hungry (and watching TV).

Swanson didn’t invent these single meals, but they did invent the “TV Dinner”! In the 50’s Tv’s were a new thing and this marketing ploy worked wonders! Watch the 9 min video “A Thanksgiving Miscalculation” below, it explains it all……

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Nehi Grape

Nehi soft drink was started in 1924 by Chero-Cola/Union Bottle Works, it was renamed Nehi Corporation in 1928 after the flavored drink were popular. In 1955 Claud A. Hatcher, a Columbus Georgia grocer, added Nehi to his RC Cola company. As of 2008, Nehi became a brand of DR Pepper Snapple Group. According to Wikipedia, in 1947 Nhi offered Dr. Nehi, Nehi Chocolate, Nehi Root Beer, Nehi Lemonade, Nehi Wild Red, Nehi Blue Cream, and its more classic flavors Nehi Orange, Nehi Grape, and Nehi Peach.

I remember riding out to Alpharetta to go to the gas station or barber with my grandfather, Doc Mize, and getting a Nehi Grape. Sometimes we would ride down to Roswell to the Rock Inn and buy fish bait and they had Nehi also in the late 60’s

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