Chef Boyardee


was a wizard with a knife

if he couldn’t find

a can opener

or a P38

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he could cut into

the metal shelf life

of a wide variety

the happy meals

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that defined my youth

Dinty Moore or

Spaghetti O’s

Van Camps’ pork-n-beans

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the Jolly Green Giant

hands on hips elbowed in

on Hunt’s and Del Monte

but Campbell’s held claim

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to the soup game opened

wide for chunky Jiff or

smooth Skippy paired

to Welch’s grape as

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French’s dogged Heinz

Wonder buns to go

with Lays or Fritos

cracking open a Pillsbury

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dough-boy to giggle

for flaky crescent rolls

and sop-up exotic Ragu

save room for Duncan Hines

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Chef Boyardee didn’t need

fresh food or a stove

he helped us survive

cold wars and winter

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—for Kurt & Richard

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Mark Gibbons

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