Funny what words make you hungry. Like “nooks” for example. Remember the commercials for Thomas’ English Muffins always talked about “nooks and crannies“? It never occured to me that this was Madison Avenue at work. Who didn’t like a “nook” or a “cranny”?
My uncle Fred made me dinner a few times when I was a kid. He is a painter and a neat, orderly guy. Those were special occasions at his apartment. I felt so grown-up. His wife, my dad’s sister, Beice was out for some reason and it was just the two of us. He toasted english muffins the way they looked on TV, perfectly even–at my house, the edges always burned. Then, he spread a thin layer of mustard on both sides and folded few slices of Genoa Salami inbetween. Some peperoncini on the side.
We set our sandwiches on a tray and watched the Yankees on WPIX in his art studio. It’s a vague but savory and happy memory, and to this day I make salami sandwiches on english muffins and think of my uncle, whom I love very much.