Thursday, November 1, 2007

Today is the Official Day to Celebrate Sandwiches

The reason I am posting about Sandwiches is b.c they are my snuggle husband's FAVORITE food!! No Joke!! So eat a Sandwich today.

Here are a few picks from Erik:

Jimmy John's - Slim #5

Firehouse Subs - The Italian Combo

Bueggamers Bagels - Santa Fe Turkey on a Softwich

All hail Lord Sandwich! The origin of the sandwich goes back to the 18th century British politician John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich. Rumor has it that the bread-and-meat combo sustained Lord Sandwich while he was at the gambling table. His biographer, however, suggests that he ate them at his desk because he worked such long hours.

What is a mustardarius? In medieval European courts and monasteries, making mustard wasn't just a job, it was a career. The "mustardarius" was in charge of selecting mustard seeds and preparing the mustard. This was a very important job when you consider that, in medieval Europe, mustard was used as liberally as ketchup is today in the U.S. For centuries, mustard was considered an elixir. The Romans gargled with it to ward off colds, and the Greeks applied plasters made from it to treat a host of ailments.

What does WWII have to do with PB&J? Although no one knows the exact origin of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it is known that both spreads were on the U.S. Military ration menus during WWII. Some suggest that GIs added jelly to their peanut butter to make it tastier. Once the GIs returned, peanut butter and jelly sales soared in the U.S.

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