Wednesday, November 2, 2011

National Sandwich Day

By Diane Forrest,

My first year in college was a very exciting one.  It was my first time away from home, meeting new people, learning new things, having alot of adventures, and participating in all types of school activities.  One of the activities that stand’s out is the day they made the state's longest sandwich.  It was a big deal on campus, and everyone turned out to watch them build it...then we all ate it.  Made me think of Dagwood Bumstead from the comic strip Blondie, and his big sandwiches, I always wondered how he ever got them in his mouth.

In the 18th Century, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, was credited with the first sandwich.  He would like to play Cribbage, a card game, and wanted to be able to eat without getting his hands greasy from the meat.  So he asked that his meat be placed between two slices of bread.  Initially perceived as food men shared while gaming and drinking at night, the sandwich slowly began appearing in polite society as a late-night meal.  The sandwich then began to sweep across the world during the 19th century, when the rise of an industrial society and the working classes made fast, portable, and inexpensive meals essential.

Sandwiches are now a staple in every home.  We take them in our school lunches, eat them at parties and even while playing cards!  I would take peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in my school lunch, tuna fish or grilled cheese sandwiches on the weekends, and bologna sandwiches when I would go fishing.  When I would visit my grandparents on the Mississippi Coast, we would get this wonderful thing called a shrimp poboy.

Subway has made quite a splash across the country.  There, you can go in, pick your favorite type of bread, have it loaded with meats, cheeses, all types of vegetables and dressing, and have a meal fit for the Earl of Sandwich.  With their fresh ingredients and low fat and inexpensive price, they make for a great meal.

There are many ways to have a sandwich these days; you can have hot, cold, tiny bite sized finger sandwiches, or huge foot long ones.  So today, as we celebrate the 4th Earl of Sandwich why not grab one for lunch?

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