Prepared Foods

Developing Foods and Beverages with Reduced Calories

April 20, 2012

I awoke this morning at three forty five and heard a single bird chirping outside. I thought to myself, what in the world is he squawking about. And then I thought, he must be hungry. My own belly started rumbling, so I rocked to my knees and descended the wooden ladder to my carpeted bedroom floor. On my way down, I passed a snoring Mrs. Saltworthy in the twin bed below.
She was my dear departed grandmother's best friend and house mate. When my sweet Gamma Mae left us, Mrs. Saltworthy inquired about vacancy in my modest ranch. I could give her no other response than, yes, of course there was. Luckily, I had been sleeping above an empty bed for decades, so the move was quite seamless.

At any rate, I passed Mrs. Saltworthy on my way down and then I waddled to the kitchen. Opening the refrigerator door I saw a single head of Boston Bibb lettuce. I reached for it and took it down at once.

Have you ever eaten an entire head of lettuce while standing in a dark kitchen lit only by the light of a cracked refrigerator door?
I am embarrassed.

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