Dinner is Served is a plastic, guacamole-colored box that contains cards that provide the menu for entire meals: entrees, side dishes and desserts. Sometimes there are even appetizers. They also supply a handy time-line so dinner can be served at 6pm (when your husband arrives home from work).
In my set there are 118 cards total.
1-90 are complete meals
91-98 are supplementary cards (sides and desserts)
99-118 are salads, brunch dishes, assorted snicky-snacks and more complex desserts.
The set that I have belonged to my Gramsy and she never, ever, made a single meal from them. That is according to my mother.
From what info I have found online and from what visitors to my site have told me, the cards were available through gas stations. Whether they were freebees or had to be purchased I am unsure.
Here are links to some actual advertisements for the series:
Although I had heard online rumors that recipe cards above 118 existed, I could never confirm it. Well, not until August 2011. They do exist. They were published in 1973. I can’t get my hands on them, but there is a helluva guy named Danny in northern Alabama who is going to scan me the cards from 118 to 205. TWO-OH-FIVE! I have seen the first few cards and they are something to behold. Cheese Nugget Spaghetti? I say yes!
*Dinner is Served was published in 1972 by Marjon Promotions, Inc. All images/recipes/whatnot belong to them. Please don’t sue me (if you still exist).