The Kitschy Cupboard

There can be many reasons why a dish gets labeled as kitschy cuisine. It could have a kitschy name, be served in a kitschy dish, or it could have been meant as glamorous but ended up disgusting and gross.

It probably also has one of these ingredients:

    • Gelatin – which was used to thicken anything and everything and make molds out of ingredients that should never be molded (like tomato soup – yes, I’m looking at you, Shrimp Elegante!)


    • Lard – because that was just what they used back then.


    • Pimiento – which is in so many recipes, I’m beginning to think housewives were rewarded by the government for serving it. (Add pimiento and get a $100 savings bond!)



  • MSG – aka monosodium glutamate. I don’t really remember the scuttlebutt behind MSG, but when I checked it out on the Mayo Clinic site it said:

Over the years, the FDA has received many anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG. These reactions — known as MSG symptom complex — include:

  1. Headache
  2. Flushing
  3. Sweating
  4. Facial pressure or tightness
  5. Numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas
  6. Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
  7. Chest pain
  8. Nausea
  9. Weakness

However, researchers have found no definitive evidence of a link between MSG and these symptoms. Researchers acknowledge, though, that a small percentage of people may have short-term reactions to MSG.

In other words, it may be harmful, or not. You may get a bad reaction from it. Or not. You may… well, you get the idea.