Happy corned beef, cabbage, and green beer day! Sounds like a holiday steeped in bad choices. As with most holidays, the actual meaning of the holiday itself pales in comparison to the glutinous feasts and drinks we associate with holidays and celebrations. New Years Eve is an hor d’oeuvre and champagne delight, New Years’ Day is centered around hangovers and football snacking. Valentines’ Day is a candlelight dinner and boxes of chocolates kind of day. Easter involves colored eggs, chocolate bunnies, and a ham dinner at our house. Love a little brunch on Mother’s Day. Cook-outs with brats, burgers, potato salad, and other picnic staples on Fathers’ Day, Memorial Day. 4th of July, Labor Day and any all other summer celebrations. More candy on Halloween and, of course, the stuff-your-face Thanksgiving holiday. And Let’s not forget the season of everything-but-the-kitchen-sink month-long eating and drinking feast that is December. The cookies, the pies, the ffffffffffoooooooodddddddd!. That’s why diets start in January, people! Then there’s all the other means of get-togethers throughout the year, birthdays, anniversaries, dinners with family, game nights with friends, etc. Almost all without exception are food and drink centric. Something we wouldn’t think about consuming in normal every day life, we throw caution to the wind and tell ourselves, “What the heck, it’s a celebration!”
Diverse, regional, sentimental, comfort foods are one of the great joys of being a human. I mean, my cat gets a bowl of dried tasteless morsels of crunchiness every day, every single day, day after day after day. Throw in a taste treat every now and again, and he’s set. No wonder he rolls his eyes at me when he curls up in my place on the couch if I get up for so much as a bottle of water. I’m sure he’s thinking, what the heck did I do to be sentenced to the same oh same oh. Me, however, purvey the fridge, freezer, and cabinets looking for the delightful concoction I will prepare for our meal. Meat, fish, beans, vegetables, salad, dessert … what oh what will it be today.
Celebrations take it up a level to eatery-centered days like today. Go nuts, everyone! Enjoy one of our true blessings. Food in all its glory. Take some antacids and do better tomorrow; but as for today, let’s wear a green sweater with a shamrock patch, put on silly glasses, don a top hat, turn on the battery-powered lighted necklaces, and raise a bottle of Jamison if even green Kool-Aid while having a corned beef on rye with coleslaw. Have a good one y’all. Laugh, love, and enjoy what comes with the privilege of being human… Sandy