Today is National Ketchup Appreciation Day!
Not really - but I, for one, think that luscious red goop deserves a special holiday to celebrate its deliciousness.
On the culinary menu of life there are certain food items, such as French fries and onion rings, which should be deemed inedible unless they are accompanied by The Heinz.
Trust me on this point. My palate for discerning the different brands of ketchup is (almost) impeccable. One day, hubby Garth, tried to trick me by setting up a blind taste test. I came home to find a series of bottles, sans labels, lined up on the kitchen table.
“Okay, Miss Ketchup Aficionado. Find The Heinz.”
It took me a short time to narrow the pack down to two finalists. Then the pressure was on. I hemmed and hawed, dabbed a bead of sweat from my upper lip. Unable to decide, I closed my eyes and pointed to my selection.
“Aha!” Garth shouted with glee, “Heinz is the other one!”
In defense of my errant choice, I reminded Garth I had just finished eating a Burrito Supreme from Taco Bell and my taster was a bit off. He didn’t buy it. To this day he still revels in his small victory.
I’ve determined my love of ketchup is hereditary. My Grandpa (born in the “old country”) used to swap his plate for a bowl, dump his dinner fare into the bowl, then smother it all with The Red. This sent my Mother running from the room to suppress her gag reflex. We didn’t have many dinners with Gramps.
Now that you know the history of my love for ketchup, I‘ve decided to share three of my favorite gourmet recipes with you. This is a rare privilege, so do your best to keep them to yourself.
Easiest: Bloody Eggs
Scramble some eggs. Top with ketchup. Yum!
Most difficult: Ketchup Burritos
Brown some hamburger with chopped onions. Put into a flour tortilla. Top with cheese and ketchup. Roll up. Bueno!
My personal favorite: Ketchup Spaghetti
Take leftover cooked pasta (any kind). Heat in pan with butter. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Top with ketchup. Mix all together. Bellissimo!
For those of you who understand the delicate balance of tomatoes and sugar, I know you will enjoy this supreme cuisine. For those of you who aren’t so sure, all I can say is don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it J