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Which Girl Dinner Are You?

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If you haven't seen TikTok's latest "girl dinner" trend, then you're living in the dark ages! You probably already have your own version of a girl dinner but just don't know it. A girl dinner is basically a weird meal combination of whatever's left in the pantry and fridge. The results of this quiz will accurately determine your go-to girl dinner. That's right; we know your weird mashup meals! Life gets hectic and chaotic, leaving little time to create Michelin-star meals. This is where girl dinners step into the limelight. Girl dinners are the land of no food rules, where it's perfectly acceptable to put pickles, onions, cheese, crackers, beans, and fish on one plate. You can liken it to an amateur charcuterie board or a really bad choice of tapas. Truthfully, throwing together a few of your favorite delicacies is nothing to be ashamed of. Too hot? Girl dinner. Too lazy? Girl dinner. Too busy? Girl dinner. Too busy doing this quiz? Girl dinner! With that being said, let's start the quiz. We know you're hungry for the answers!

History lesson

Ever hear your grandparents talk about TV dinners?

Alright, darling, grab your TV remote, and let's take a trip down memory lane! If you thought the "girl dinner" was the ultimate in convenience, then honey, you haven't met its granddaddy: the microwave dinner. Let's dive into this deliciously retro world!

Back in the day, before TikTok and even before color TV, the world was introduced to the marvel of the TV dinner. And no, it wasn't just a plate of leftovers you ate while binging your favorite show. The TV dinner was a revolution in the kitchen, and it all started with a surplus of Thanksgiving turkeys. Can you imagine? A mountain of turkeys and nowhere to go! Enter Gerry Thomas, a visionary from Swanson, who had the brilliant idea of packaging these turkeys into individual meals. And just like that, the TV dinner was born!

Now, if you're picturing a plastic tray that goes "ding" in the microwave, think again. The original TV Dinner came in an aluminum tray and was heated in an oven. That's right, darling, no microwaves back then! And the price? A mere 98 cents. Talk about a bargain!

But wait, there's a plot twist! While Gerry Thomas claimed the fame for inventing the TV dinner, there were whispers and rumors. Some said it was the Swanson brothers themselves, while others whispered names of smaller companies that had dabbled in frozen dinners before Swanson entered the scene. The drama, the intrigue! It's like a soap opera but with more gravy.

And speaking of gravy, let's talk about the menu. The first Swanson-brand TV Dinner was a feast fit for a king—or at least a very hungry couch potato. Picture this: a succulent serving of turkey, cornbread dressing, frozen peas, and sweet potatoes. Each delicacy had its own compartment, making it the perfect meal for those who can't stand their foods touching. And the best part? You could eat it right out of the tray! No dishes, no fuss. Just pure, unadulterated convenience.

As the years rolled by, the TV dinner evolved. Swanson, being the trendsetter, added desserts to their meals. Apple cobbler, anyone? And then came the breakfast TV dinners because why should dinner have all the fun? Pancakes, sausages, and even breakfast sandwiches made their debut. And for those with a bigger appetite, the "Hungry-Man" dinners were introduced. More food, more flavor, more fun!

By the time the 1980s hit, technology had caught up with our insatiable appetite for convenience. Enter the microwave-safe tray. No more waiting for the oven to preheat. Just a few minutes, and voila! Dinner was served.

Across the pond in the UK, the frozen meal trend caught on a bit later in the 1970s. But when it did, it took off like a rocket. From traditional British dishes to exotic Indian and Chinese meals, the UK embraced the convenience of the frozen meal with open arms.

So, the next time you're munching on a "girl dinner" or popping a frozen meal into the microwave, take a moment to appreciate the rich, flavorful history behind it. From a surplus of turkeys to a global phenomenon, the TV dinner has truly earned its place in the culinary hall of fame. And who knows? Maybe one day, we'll be telling our grandkids about the "girl dinner" trend, and they'll look at us with wide-eyed wonder, just as we do when thinking of the first TV dinner. Bon appétit!

Did you know?

What are the origins of the charcuterie board?

The charcuterie board wasn't always the glamorous array of delicacies that it is today. The platters of fine cheeses, figs, and expensive deli meats is not a modern way of dining. In fact, the trendy charcuterie has been around for centuries and dates back to 15th century France. Around the 18th century, the much-loved charcuterie board became popular across France and its neighboring countries. When Millennials arrived on the scene, they ensured the charcuterie board became a way of life.

Derived from a French word meaning "cooked flesh," charcuterie first started in butcher shops. French butchers refused to waste any part of the meat, which meant serving up everything from heart to kidneys and brain. These less tasty parts were often cured and served on a platter with other meats. It was mainly pork that was used for charcuterie. It was also customary to serve all the meats with wine. Aren't you glad that the charcuterie board has changed from organs and offal to deli meats and delicious cheeses?

How to Play?

Our personality quizzes are set up a little differently than your basic trivia quiz, but you’ve probably seen their kind around. Rather than having to choose the right answer from a list of multiple choice options, in this case, there is no “right answer”! (Two plus two will always be four, but every Golden Girls character is equally awesome.)

So, stop stressing. Just click on the answer that suits you best, and enjoy the ride. These quizzes are just for fun but who knows – you might just learn something about yourself along the way!

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