A Prandial Pandemic

Stoker grew up in Waterloo. Iowa. She was born at the leading edge of the Baby Boom decade, and her preteen years were the 1950’s. Her father was a postman whose duties allowed him to come home for lunch and prepare a mid-day repast for his daughters, with Stoker being the oldest of 4. Stoker’s mom had a full time job at a Savings and Loan, which was kind of unusual for wives in the 1950’s. So Diane got to share some quality daddy/daughter time over the noon meal.

One of their favorite lunches was a grilled cheese sandwich. White bread (Rainbow? Sunbeam? Wonder? Do those still exist?). Kraft American cheese or something similar. And always, always with ketchup to dunk it in.

Just Add Ketchup, and Stoker is Happy!

By the time I met Stoker her tastes in food had evolved a bit, thanks to some years living in the big cities of Minneapolis and the DC Metro Area. She likes to say that I fell in love with her when she made some homemade pesto that I found delicious.

I may have eaten a few grilled cheese sandwiches as a child, but they were far from my favorite food. And I never put ketchup on them. As an adult I’ve eaten paninis from Lockeford (try Donkey J’s) to Lombardia. And Croque Monsieurs or Croque Madames all over France. But Stoker’s version has little appeal for me.

There are times when whatever we are going to have for dinner just does not sound good to Stoker. As we enjoy the cocktail we use to get us through the evening news, she will announce that she is going to make herself a grilled cheese sandwich. She uses wheat bread these days, and the cheese is medium sharp cheddar, but the ketchup is still applied generously.

The grilled cheese sandwich is comfort food for her, and in these days she seems to opt out of our planned meal about once a week, instead of every couple of months as she did before the Covid came. If it makes her feel better for a while, that is a good thing. As long as I don’t have to join her.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Rules. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or fill out this form.
  • Categories

  • Archives