(Original Publication Date, 7 October 1990)
Panel 1: We start things off with Elly one of her infamous casseroles out of the refrigerator. This was back before she was the Best Cook EVAH!!! and people could make jokes about how the weird thing about her Little Orange Surprise is that not one of the ingredients are orange.
Panel 2: She sniffs it to see if it's still good. A man in Saint John, New Brunswick makes a sophomoric comment online about how she's supposed to tell.
Panel 3: We add in some ritual Farley abuse when, having noticed that her casserole has been in the fridge for a while, maybe she'd better give it to the dog. Since he's a cartoon dog today, he's delighted.
Panel 4: He's less delighted when Elly wavers and says nah, it'll be good for one more meal.
Panel 5: She then says "On the other hand, maybe not....." and Farley is happy again....
Panel 6: ...until she mutters under her breath and moves to take it away.
Panel 7: Having made up her mind, she scrapes it into his dish.
Panel 8: Judging from the way Farley is sniffing it (hint: he has the same expression Elly did in Panel 2), one could be forgiven for expecting him to flat-out TELL Elly that food isn't supposed to smell the same coming in as it is going out.
Panel 9: When Farley saunters off in disgust, Elly angrily declares that she knew that she should have put the casserole back in the fridge. John overhears this and is on the verge of doing a Danny Thomas-like spit-take in horror at the reminder of how little care goes into the casseroles he and the others are meant to love.
Summary: What Elly does not realize is that she isn't helping her case when defending her cooking by saying that if the dog won't touch it, her family should.