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Taster’s Cherce

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.

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1 Yankee Mama   ~  Mar 1, 2010 10:59 am

Jeez, talk about strange. I, too feasted upon salami sandwiches on toasted English Muffin. That was standard lunch fare from my babysitter/housekeeper. The only difference was that she would put a little butter on the English Muffin as well as mustard and I would be forced to watch her "stories" aka soap operas.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 1, 2010 11:03 am

I put butter on too!

3 Yankee Mama   ~  Mar 1, 2010 11:10 am

Seriously? I've heard of parallel universes, but parallel New Yorkers?

4 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 1, 2010 11:30 am

Strange but true. Only in NYC.

5 Yankee Mama   ~  Mar 1, 2010 11:42 am

Indeed. Another growing up lunch special- Campbells tomato soup (with saltines).Someitmes (not always), I cooled it down with some milk, making it cream ot tomato. Saltines, a must.

6 Jon DeRosa   ~  Mar 1, 2010 12:09 pm

Anybody tried Bays english muffins? I'll never have another Thomas's by choice.

7 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 1, 2010 12:50 pm

Wow...now, that is a recommendation!

8 YankeeAbby   ~  Mar 1, 2010 1:14 pm

My grandmother used to make my brother, sister & I English Muffin pizzas - with Ragu & muenster cheese(yes, I know...odd choice of cheese but yuuuuumy!). They always seemed to taste better when Grams made it!

9 Raf   ~  Mar 1, 2010 1:17 pm

Anybody tried Bays english muffins? I’ll never have another Thomas’s by choice.

Wolfermans does it for me.

10 YankeeAbby   ~  Mar 1, 2010 1:23 pm

[9] Wolfermans is high up on my list too Raf - and their fruit preserves are quite tasty too!

11 williamnyy23   ~  Mar 1, 2010 1:35 pm

Nothing strange about using English Muffins as the bread in sandwiches. I use it for anything from cold cuts to eggplant parmigiana. Also, nothing beats a "little pizza" on English Muffins. Those nooks and crannies have lots of uses. What's more, Thomas now has English Muffin bread, which puts all forms of white bread to shame.

12 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 1, 2010 1:40 pm

Pizza Muffins RULE!!!!!!

13 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 1, 2010 2:26 pm

I grew up on pizza muffins ... camp, school, friend's houses

Thomas also makes sandwich-size english muffins ...

But since I've given up most starch lately, bread products are few and far between these days.

14 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 1, 2010 3:55 pm

So strange that I bought english muffins just yesterday and we are talking about them today. Of course I grew up on Thomas', but if I should be so lucky as to come across the ones you guys mentioned, I'll certainly give them a try...

I was not a big fan of pizza muffins; we always made fresh pizza freets (flat fried dough and sauce sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese); it was bad enough with public school "pizza squares" which were close enough to pizza muffins, but sadly were the most palatable choice on the menu. I remember my class once being served grilled hot dogs which were green in the center, and when confronted the cafeteria server admitted that they were actually steamed. I never touched a hot dog in school again, and from that point on I made sure to thoroughly incinerate any hot dog I intended to eat. Spicy!

Other fun things to make with english muffins: McMuffin sandwiches (except burgers), dodge-balls... >;)

15 joejoejoe   ~  Mar 1, 2010 11:14 pm

[11] Also, nothing beats a “little pizza” on English Muffins.

Oh man is that true. I have a tiny studio with a tinier kitchen but you may have convinced me to get a toaster oven with your "little pizza" memories.

16 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Mar 2, 2010 12:08 am

I'm very hungry now... :(

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