December 27, 2007
369 days ’til what!?!
Whew! We made it though another one!
By the time you’re reading this, the turkey will be in soup; and if we’re lucky, so will the ham bone. Is there anything better than pinto beans cooked with a ham bone? Throw in a piece of hot cornbread and dinner is ready!
Just exactly when is “dinner?” Or, for that matter, “supper?”
The only one I’m really sure about is breakfast -- which meant originally to “break the fast” when you wake up in the morning.
Lunch is the noon meal, unless you’re having dinner then. Dinner, the main meal of the day, can be at lunch or at supper (souper) in the evening.
Unless, of course, you had elevenses at 11 a.m. Or maybe you had “second breakfast.” To my understanding, both of these are the same as afternoon tea (or snack time), except it’s a morning tea (or snack).
In J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” Bilbo Baggins mentions that hobbits like to eat seven meals a day.
Sounds like a great idea to me! There are seven available: breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, brunch, tiffin, lunch, tea, dinner, supper, dessert, and snack. (Tiffin is just another word for ‘snack.’)
After cooking all day on Christmas or Thanksgiving, many cooks in my circle of friends are just too blamed tired to eat. Or, it could be that we’ve tasted until we’re just not hungry.
Whatever the excuse, by the time the holiday meal rolls around, I’m not hungry. So, day after leftovers are very important! That’s when I enjoy my holiday meals the most.
The first turkey sandwich “the day after” is always great! With my family, you have rules about leftover turkey sandwiches -- has to be white, yucky bread, has to have mayo slathered over the aforementioned white bread, and then of course the cold, chopped leftover turkey. That’s pretty near perfect! Lay’s original, plain potato chips are all that’s needed to bring that sandwich all the way to perfection!
The first day after Christmas, I enjoy the dickens out of turkey sandwiches and/or chunks of fried, leftover ham.
The second day after Christmas, it’s still good, but...
The third day, I’m swearing I’ll never eat turkey again! Certainly not for seven meals!
After Christmas is a good time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. I think about them frequently, but nowadays, I don’t even attempt to make them anymore.
Why? I certainly don’t keep them!
How many years have we all resolved to eat less and lose weight?
How many of us have actually done that? I’m sure some have, but I don’t know “them” personally.
• This edition of the paper is dated Dec. 27 -- only 369 shopping days left until Christmas, 2008!
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