Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Lettuce pray ...

My friends R. Webb Cole and Tom Thoma assure me that once upon a time, when newspapers were newspapers and intellectual giants walked among copy editors, headlines such as "Lettuce Pray" and "What a Friend We Have in Cheeses" graced food pages across America. 

Of the two, cheese-related parodies probably are more widely known because of the potential involved in rephrasing the famous old Joseph Schriver/Charles Converse hymn.

"What a friend we have in Cheeses, Edam, Cheddar and Gruyere! What a privilege to eat some, Gorgonzola with our pear!" for example.

But I've been kneeling lately in the museum garden, gathering salad from among the five (at least) varieties of lettuce planted there this year by Jim (Secor).

It's been a wonderful year for lettuce, only sampled for a change by rabbits and deer --- not nibbled down to the roots.

So "Lettuce pray" has come to mind more often.

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