VIEWS OF A FARM BOY
BREAK BREAD TOGETHER
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This (above) is a cropped photo of an advertising signboard (sponsored by Community Choice Credit Union) that caught my eye. I decided to use it as a lead-in for my picture story this month. Unlike this ad, I am not talking about bread being money--I am talking about sandwich bread. I'm not much of a cook so don't expect a receipe book! However, I do fix my own lunch. Most days I have a bowl of canned soup and corn chips. But this has been a long cold winter and I needed a new hobby. I wasn't looking for a hobby to put more "bread in my wallet". But this signboard inspired me to put "bread in my tummy" by fixing a gourmet sandwich. Look--I fixed you one, too!
Now he who supplies seed for the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. (2 Corinthians 9: 10)
My View for the Month: You will notice I numbered my fun-food sandwich menu thinking I would post the makings but the list was much too long. Each sandwich has a story, but I will just tell you about the first and the last: First-(#1) Trent and I had a reuben sandwich at our favorite deli both times we were in NYC. I thought I could build mine better with corned beef, colby cheese,
Thousand Island dressing and Frank's sauerkraut, on lightly toasted N.Y. salt rye bread served with Mt. Olive kosher dill pickles. Last-(#22) More memories here with food of my youth. Everybody my age knows and "loves" the key ingredient, canned spam, but there is more to this story. When I was a little boy growing up in the hill country of Western Iowa, we raised oats as a crop. Mustard was actually a weed that popped up in the oat field. This provided a special treat! I would pick the mustard greens and my mom would cook them served with white vinegar. So my sandwich today comes with a lot of Iowa history. Spam, Kraft American cheese, with Inglehoffer creamy horseradish on homemade whole wheat bread served with Glory Foods southern style mustard greens with vinegar. YUM! Now, if you would like to know about the menu items between (1) and (22) let me know--but you get the idea! Better yet--stop at our house around noon and I will fix you a sandwich. We won't talk politics or anything controversial. We will just catch up on what's going on in each others life as we BREAK BREAD TOGETHER. That is how my farmer parents did it! If the neighbors dropped by our house near mealtime my mom would just throw on a couple of extra potatoes and we shared our food and friendship. That is the Iowa of my youth!
Views of a Farm Boy--Dedicated to promote Iowa agriculture and Iowa values--Robert Vaughn--Urbandale, Iowa EMAIL: