As you may know from past posts, the Crankee Yankee and I belong to a great group of people who love model trains. We have become sort of a family over the years, and we have many dear friends in the club.
Each year we have a Memorial Day picnic, and at Christmas time, a huge get-together. Everyone brings their signature dishes and we enjoy each other’s company as well as the food.
This year the Crankee Yankee offered to make steak tips and a huge Caesar salad. On the appointed night, we drove up to Bedford, NH with the car loaded with hot steak tips and the salad. This year the party was being held at a church, so when we drove up, we didn’t see any of our friends’ vehicles. It was 5:30pm, the time for the party to start.
The Crankee Yankee called the main organizer to ask if the time had been changed. Turns out that the party was for the following Tuesday!<Insert that “wah-wahhhhhhh” sound here>
At first, we were just feeling stupid to have foobled up the date. Then we were a bit PO’d that we made all this food for nothing. Then we laughed our heads off; really, it was way too funny not to laugh.
We enjoyed those steak tips all week, as well as the salad. There was no end of the laughs on the Crankee Yankee, which he took in good stride. As the real date approached we decided to make a “joke dish,” then a real dish.
We made a delicious and enormous pot of chili, using my mom’s “never fail” recipe, and, of course, a huge Caesar salad. We decided to make “poor man’s steak tips,” too. Here’s the recipe if you’re interested:
Buy a loaf of white bread, a jar of peanut butter, and a jar of jelly. Spread peanut butter on one piece of bread, jelly on the other and put them together to make a classic “PB+J.” Cut the sandwiches into “fancy” triangles. Nail them down with *party toothpicks. Place in a nice tray with a cloth cover. Upon presenting them, whip off the cloth and say, “tah-dahh!”
This was supposed to be a joke, but behold and lo, everyone loved them! One of our friends is a British lady who had never had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before. She loved them! Another friend of ours is a strict vegetarian, so she was delighted to have some. In fact, she ended up taking the rest of them home.
So there you go; if you make the kind of thundering boo-boo we made, just make up for it with something silly. Worked for us!
*Party toothpicks; either the ones in colors, or the “foo-foo” ones with the colored cellophane at the ends.