Salute to the Humble, Yet Noble Sandwich


Painting by Karen Appleton with permission. 

The lucious and ubiquitous sandwich with anything you choose to put between two slices of bread, or on one slice if you enjoy open-faced sandwiches as I saw in Norway: nearly all delicious.

Britain‘s “biggest contribution to gastronomy” (did you know that?)

Sandwiches have been a basic a part of my life, always easy to make, so compact and satisfying. Peanut butter and jelly was often my favorite, but so were others. I consider the hamburger a sandwich, and though we had them at home, they became a fine treat when our family or I ate out in cafes. The hamburger at Nordahl’s Cafe on Birch in Amery with Johnny Johnson’s mom frying them, hard to beat. They were about a quarter at that time, and cheeseburgers weren’t that common. The hamburgers at A and W were fine, as well as at the Amery Hotel.

Hamburgers at Wayne’s Café, once called Owly’s, cost a little more but were of higher quality. I remember them coming on a little better platter. This late night cafe became the place to eat after football and basketball games. Hamburger and fries were 60 cents, so with a cherry 7-Up, it left enough for a generous dime, or two, tip for Karen or her mom, Eleanor.

Other Sandwich Memories

Bacon, lettuce, and tomato works of art, pictured below. Always a treat in the summer when tomatoes were everywhere. This taste combination has no equal, though close to it is a taco. (not a sandwich).

There’s a memory I carry with me about the first McDonald burger I bought on Snelling Avenue on the way to the MN State Fair. About 15 cents and though they were pretty bready, they tasted great.

Once summer when I worked on an Apple River project, my mom made a sandwich for me, and she didn’t tell me about it. What did she put in it? Cream cheese and walnuts. Uff da, did I quickly reject that and didn’t eat that day. Of course young and immature teen that I was, I should have been making my own sandwiches that morning. Today I would heartily enjoy that type of sandwich, but not then.

When I packed for my twice a year school sack lunch week as I wrote about before, it would often be p and j. (Refer to the blog post with the painting of Karen Appleton’s about a month ago). P and J was the standard and a little fellow like me would have a hard time screwing it up. Sometimes lunch meat.

A Couple Historic Notes

Said to be named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), who once spent twenty-four hours at the gaming-table without other refreshment than some slices of cold beef placed between slices of toast. This account of the origin of the word is given by Grosley [in a publication titled] Londres (1770).

sandwich is a food typically consisting of vegetables, sliced cheese or meat, placed on or between slices of bread, or more generally any dish wherein two or more pieces of bread serve as a container or wrapper for another food type. The sandwich began as a portable finger food in the Western world, though over time it has become prevalent worldwide. Thanks Wikapedia.

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