Sunday, November 11, 2018

Jake Cosmos Aller writes

Sandwich Choices

There are so many choices to be had
When ordering a sandwich

What kind of bread
What kind of meat or any meat
What kind of cheese or any cheese
Whether to have sprouts or not
Whether to have a pickle or not

Whether to go with a classic peanut butter
And something sandwich

I loved peanut butter sandwiches
As a kid

Peanut butter and sweet pickles were my favorite
Peanut butter and banana is good also

Peanut butter and strawberry jam
What a delightful memory

My current favorite
Is a BLT with sprouts, avocado, and kosher dill pickles.
Heirloom red tomatoes one slice per each half
Avocado one half per each half
One half pickle on each half
Bacon cooked just right – well done but not black
Sprouts and lettuce just right
Tillamook Yellow smoked cheddar cheese
On each half

On gluten free bread
with chipotle mayo
And Dijon mustard

Cut in half

Truly a sandwich made in heaven
And bacon makes everything
Taste so damn nice

And God if you are reading this poem
You had better prepare them for me
Or Heaven will not be worth it

Does Satan serve BLT sandwiches
I wonder

Probably not
Probably you become the bacon
In his hell sandwiches

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"The Big Bad Wolf," Blondie (10 March 1939) -- Chic Young
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"It's The Juggler In Him!," Blondie (28 December 1944) -- Chic Young


  1. Sandwiches were called "bread and meat" or "bread and cheese" in many English plays in the 16th and 17th centuries. In his journal, historian Edward Gibbon referred to "bits of cold meat" as a "Sandwich;" John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich, was the First Lord of the Admiralty, would have his valet bring him a piece of salt beef between two slices of toasted bread, which he could eat at his desk, and others began to order "the same as Sandwich!" Pierre-Jean Grosley spent 1765 in London and described his experiences in “Londres” in 1770 (translated into English as “A Tour to London” in 1772); Grosley reported the rumor that Sandwich ate the food named after him because doing so allowed him to continue playing cribbage while eating so he could keep from getting his cards greasy. (Sandwich strongly promoted captain James Cook’s voyages of discovery; in 1775 Cook called an archipelago in the South Atlantic the Sandwich Islands Group -- later renamed the South Sandwich Islands -- and in 1777 he named Montague Island in the Gulf of Alaska before sailing west and identifying the archipelago later known as Hawai’i as the Sandwich Islands in January 1778.)

    A BLT is a bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich. Moutarde de Dijon was introduced to Philippe VI le Fortuné of France in 1336, a year before his sobriquet "the Fortunate” started to be undermined by the beginning of the Hundred Years’ War. Dijon was granted exclusive rights to make mustard in the 17th century, though the product is no longer made there (it has been produced nearby, in Chevigny-Saint-Sauveur since 2009). Originally it was made from brown mustard seeds ((Brassica juncea), vinegar, and white wine, but in 1856 Jean Naigeon replaced vinegar with verjuice, the acidic juice of unripe grapes. (Sometimes the verjuice is replaced by a mixture of wine vinegar, water, and salt.) If it is blended with mayo (mayonnaise) it is called “Dijonnaise.” In 1866 Maurice Grey and Auguste Poupon began producing the popular American brand. The Tillamook County Creamery Association, founded in 1909 in Oregon, USA, makes dairy products, especially including cheddar cheese. It is named after the Tillamok people who inhabited the area. Chipotle (from the Nahuatl word for “smoked chili”) is a smoke-dried jalapeño pepper.

  2. Murat Bernard Young acquired the "Chicken" nickname in high school, and as Chic Young he introduced the "Blondie" comic strip in 1930, which he drew until his death in 1973. The title character was flapper Blondie Boopadoop and featured her boyfriend Dagwood Bumstead, the heir to the Bumstead Locomotive fortune. In 1933 Young married them, and Bumstead was disinherited, thus transforming the members of the strip into a middle-class family. His fondness for tall, multi-layered sandwiches made with a variety of meats, cheeses, and condiments, began to be depicted in 1936, and the "Dagwood sandwich" (or just the "Dagwood") became familiar terms in American popular culture. In 1951, due to the success of Blondie movies (1938-1950) and radio programs (1939-1950) a Dagwood-themed restaurant opened in Toledo, Ohio, but the print syndicator King Features had it closed down for not being licensed. However, a Dag-Wood Dner operated in Ann Arbor, Michigan, until 1971. In 1999 Blondie's, the "Home of the Dagwood sandwich," opened at Universal Orlando's Island of Adventure in Florida. For awhile Denny's restaurants offered a breakfast dagwood that had over 1,000 calories of food. The Dagwood's Sandwich Shoppes chain of restaurants, under the direction of Chic's son Dean (who took over his father's strip) opened in Clearwater, Florida, in 2006, featuring a 1.5-lb sandwich. In South Africa, dagwoods are also sold.


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