Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Pork & Beans? Happy New Year!
Above, that's Nan & Mom making our traditional New Year's Eve dish, Pork & Beans on Wonder Bread. (click picture and Uncle Mommy blows up!)
Nan firmly believed in carbo-loading, before anyone knew what that was.
Mom firmly believed in "no cooking."
They prepared the sandwiches at Sparkle Lake in July, then froze them for five months in Nan's cavern-sized freezer on York Avenue.
Nan began thawing the sandwiches on Boxing Day. She'd spread them over the top of the washing machine under wax paper. Around eleven o'clock on New Year's Eve, she'd start passing them out, as the adults listened to Guy Lombardo's Orchestra and Rory and me wrote down the Top 100 songs off WABC Radio. We'd eat two to three sandwiches each and wait for the ball to drop on Times Square. At the stroke of midnight, the family linked arms and marched to the front of the apartment. We'd open the windows, drop trow and release the Norse Wind. Our trumpets loud as a thunder-clap.