Tuesday, May 13, 2008

In Our Kitchen After The War

This past week, we got a note that the maintenance people were coming to everyone's apartment to do an upgrade to our kitchen cabinets, and, in order to facilitate whatever the hell they were going to do, we had to remove the contents from all of our upper cabinets. So, we took everything out on a Wednesday, they fixed what needed fixing on Thursday, and we put everything back on Saturday.

Given the opportunity, Wife of DCeiver and I decided to make the most of the situation and cull things from the cabinets that could be gotten rid of or otherwise disposed of. Now, as you all know, we are not the most responsible household in the continental United States. So it should come as no surprise that there were many food products that had gotten shunted to the back of some remote shelf and forgotten about. It happens. So we had some items that needed to get pitched.

But the three items, pictured above, were truly special. The first, a bottle of Amazona brand verde picante sauce. The second, a box of Ball brand pectil fruit jell. The third, a bottle of Champagne wine sauce from Penelope's of Evergreen. What made these three things special? They were the only three food items we own that were packaged before 9/11. Preserved within these containers were two things: 1) the preserved memories of a more carefree and innocent time in our nation's history, and 2) almost certainly rancid food.

Seeking to recapture those memories, I turned to my wife and asked, "Why is it that we ever bought a box of pectin fruit jell, anyway?"

"We were going to make jam," she said.

We were going to make jam.

Never forget!

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