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Hors d’Oeuvres


There is an old joke about three businesspeople that died and wanted to get into Heaven. At the gate they were told they could get in if they answered one question correctly. The first two were asked real simple questions and were told they could enter. The third had not been such a nice person with his employees and suppliers and he was asked, “How do you spell Hors d’Oeuvres?”

One of the best things about catered affairs is usually the hors d’Oeuvres. At some parties, guests line up at the kitchen door to grab them as soon as they are ready. This is usually part of the “cocktail hour.” Well, if the hors d’Oeuvres are so good, why not have them for lunch or dinner at your house as part of the meal rotation? Why limit that pleasure to fancy parties?

Other things that we only eat sparingly are the cheese spreads, jams, crackers and other goodies that come in the yearend holiday gift baskets we receive. Well, I’ve been “locked” in my house for over three months now and lunches are getting monotonous. So much so that I am now digging into the pantry and starting to eat the cheeses, jellies and crackers, some of which are from years past that I cannot even remember who sent them or when I got them. I am making believe I am eating hors d’Oeuvres.

The pandemic period is also getting me to empty the almost empty bags of pretzels and various versions of chips tucked away in the depths of my food closets. This is also making some of my lunches an adventure.

There is a sign on some cafeteria-style restaurants [remember when we used to go to them] that you should eat the dessert first. That’s not for me, but eating the hors d’Oeuvres doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

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