Cheeseburgers, Yum! (Homophone Flash Fiction)

After reading the ad, Harry knew this was something to add to their calendar. Hopefully, the special of the day would still be available when they ate at eight. Great cheap cheeseburgers, for National Cheeseburger Day, was something to cheep about. As Jill liked to say, “Being a money saver was not an excuse to not savor good food.” This would be the fourth year they would scramble forth to celebrate the holiday.

Thus, when they arrived at the café, the two were determined not to waste a good food special to overly care about one’s waist. Of course it was always a feat to eat the three feet, end to end, side of fries. Nor have any guilt drooling over those glowing gilt fries.

Unfortunately, just as they were almost finished with their meal, they were interrupted when Harry’s phone chimed ‘mail.’ It was his mom, “Harry dear, can you be here right away, because a deer is eating my hammock!” How do you respond when this was not the night to be a Knight in armor?

Harry said to Jill, that he had no clue why a deer would be eating the clew. Jill, having just finished eating her sandwich roll responded, “The role of a son is not to question his mom. And, Harry, who knows what deer do when the sun goes down! So don’t be coarse and take the right course.”

Harry sent a ‘ be there’ response text, to which his mother replied, “Spend a cent and bring me a cheeseburger, cause I can smell the scent of it via the phone!” Harry laughed, knowing full well that she had played him for the fool.

So, with tummies full and a takeout bag in hand, any cares were thrown to the wind as they went to his mom’s throne.
(Cheeseburgers, Yum!, © Steven S. Walsky, September 2018.)

National Cheeseburger Day is always September 18th.

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Building Blocks (vintage regional snacks)

A food choice is an iatrical part of both the character’s personality and the story environment. As writers, we need to use both regional and international foods to paint the picture. However, we must always keep in mind the regional and historical applicability of the item. For example, a person desiring a coddie would most likely indicate that Baltimore, Maryland figures into the character’s present or past environment. What are some vintage snacks that fit your story line?

Coddie: A snack food particularly popular in Baltimore, Maryland, since becoming available commercially there in1910. They used to be sold everywhere, from drugstores to bowling alleys, and they were very cheap; “the poor man’s crab cake”. A 5 ¢ coddie on a saltine cracker with mustard was a real treat. This Baltimore tradition can get sideways looks from people who ask if you mean cod cakes; nope, cod cakes are a different animal entirely.

Moon Pie: The snack is often associated with the cuisine of the American South. Since 1917 Moon Pies have been made by the Chattanooga Bakery, Inc. in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They are traditionally accompanied by an RC Cola.

RC Cola: Royal Crown Cola, is a cola-flavored soft drink developed in 1905 by Claud A. Hatcher, a pharmacist in Columbus, Georgia, and is known as the ‘campaign of the South’. In the 1950s, Royal Crown Cola and Moon Pies were a popular “working man’s lunch” in the American South.

S-shaped Soft Pretzel: The S-shaped soft pretzel, often served with brown mustard, became iconic in Philadelphia. It was established as a part of Philadelphia’s cuisine for snacking at school, work, or home, and considered by most to be a quick meal. In the late 18th century, southern German and Swiss German immigrants settling in Pennsylvania introduced the pretzel to North America. Many handmade pretzel bakeries populated the central Pennsylvania countryside, speeding the pretzel’s popularity.

Fried Cheese Curds: Cheese curds, a uniquely Wisconsin delicacy, are formed as a by-product of the cheese-making process.

Poutine: Quebec, Canada, has their own popular way of eating cheese curds called Poutine; a French-Canadian recipe in which French fries are topped with cheese curds and gravy.

Beignets: Beignets are commonly known in New Orleans as a breakfast served with powdered sugar on top. They were brought to New Orleans in the 18th century by French colonists, and were declared the official state doughnut of Louisiana in 1986.

Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.

Hurray for National Milk Chocolate Day

When I was at the store
my appetite did soar
seeing all those bags of chocolate eats
taste buds begging me to buy these tasty treats

When I arrived home
like a happy gnome
to healthy nutrition all I could say
was I’m celebrating National Milk Chocolate Day!
(© Steven S. Walsky, July 26, 2018)

Celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day, every July 28th.

Esther Chilton’s July 26th challenge is to write a story, limerick or poem on the subject of food.  Please visit Esther Chilton’s WordPress blog to read the other submissions and her great writing and marketing tips.