BLT Mania

Where did the summer go? Ours went to Asheville, Greece, the Zuni Mountains, Martha’s Vineyard. A wonderful, wanderful couple months. While we didn’t stay home much, the computer did – a spectacular formula for vacationing, not so much for the Lunch Encounter. Neglected. Sad. I feel bad about it.

The formica carries a coating of dust, the fryer is cold and the walk-in bare. Time to get those purveyors on the horn, fire up the grill and yank the chain on the OPEN sign.  Let’s sand wich it, shall we.

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A sandwich is a collaboration, of course, and we all know the beauty of sums and parts. Four is the magic number – bacon, lettuce, tomato, bread. Begin at the beginning – bread, use a loving touch, many hands and all that.

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We had many hands and the eating was splendid over the long (but not long enough) weekend of July 4th. Warmed  up with fried chicken, potato salad and cole slaw – not to mention the hours and days of foraging for the proper ingredients (thank you,  Extra-Steps Kay, for the whipcracking), and swung into BLTmania with absolute ease.

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Begin at the beginning. The vehicle. The bread. The boys knew what to do, I’ll betcha.

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All you need is bread…provided it’s been toasted and smeared, while warm, with mayonnaise. Mayonnaise haters will not be tolerated. So good when it melts into the toast.

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This is how it’s done. Everyone knows.

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Not my idea, but the foraging was epic. An island safari in search of THE bread, THE mayonnaise, THE tomatoes, THE bacon. Thank god I did not burn the bacon as I would have been dropped at the ferry pronto.

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The thing is, and any true maniac can tell you, once you are nuts for something, anything, you’ll down it with gusto, superlative or not. A BLT…well…puffy white bread, sweet salad dressing, ho hum tomatoes, greasy-ass bacon? Even at it’s worst it’s still the best.

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The same can be said for you-know-who. Yeah, that’s right, anybody I love. Even at their worst, they are the best. Tell you what, at my worst I am the worst. Praying to Demeter, goddess of bread, that I compensate with sandwiches.

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It was a fab four days over the fab Fourth. It’s good to know, now and again, that I too can cook. Thank you, Barbara, Bruce, Jeff, Kay and dogs, dogs, dogs for feeding  my heart and my mania. Boom, boom, boom.

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2 responses to “BLT Mania

  1. Welcome back, sounds like a lovely summer, I forgive the lack of blogging 😉

    The BLT is my go to sandwich and those look mouth watering! Especially with that great corn. My only regret this summer is that I never had a really good piece of corn on the cob…otherwise it was one for the record books.

  2. You, a proud Wisconsinite, did not have a good ear of corn. Oh my! How did that happen. One of these years we need to all convene at the Sun Prairie corn fest and get our butter-n-salt on!

    Thanks for the welcome. Very happy to be back. Back to school, back to work, back to knitting, back to sandwiching.

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