Little Johnny Roden comes running inside for dinner after a long afternoon of playing in the hot sun on the shores of Lake Ontario. The year is, let's say, 1964.
"Ma, I'm famished! What's for dinner?"
"How about Chinese?"
Johnny scrunches up his face, but the over-riding hunger in his belly tells him it's best not to fight with Mom's culinary experiments tonight.
Minutes later, Diane Roden brings out a heaping plate of "Chinese Scramble."
"What do you think? Do you like Chinese?"
"It's good. Tastes sorta like green bean casserole."
Diane mutters under her breath, "Of course it does. Who wants to turn on the oven on a day like today?"
Johnny thinks to himself, "Don't complain. It's better than more leftover ham."
Recipes from Home Cooking Secrets of Fair Haven, published by the First Presbyterian Church, Fair Haven, New York (n.d.).