Why do we celebrate The Giving of Thanks only once a year? For starters there are certain relatives whom we should only be obligated to see once a year. Secondly finding a whole fresh turkey at a good price is nigh on impossible except at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Are Americans so dazed by busyness and too lost in the realm of electronics to dedicate more than one day spot lighting thankfulness?. If we celebrated Thanksgiving once a month, would it become too mundane? Would we be in danger of losing our inner anticipatory ripple of holiday thrill?
For the Bah Humbug sector (what is the Thanksgiving equivalent of that Christmas expletive anyway?) celebrating Thanksgiving even once a year is too much. Here’s an idea, let’s leave Thanksgiving as is. I was forgetting to factor in pumpkins and Pilgrims into the mix. Plus I don’t want to lose the turkey popularity vote.
Since complications in life spread like black mold in a damp basement, simplicity deserves tender nurturing. So I’m beating my drum to institute Grateful Days– as in every day is Grateful Day! Why not? What’s the alternative, Crappy Day? The news already celebrates Crappy Day daily. Do any of us wake up with a glow in our heart and exclaim, “Wow I can hardly wait to begin celebrating Crappy Day.”
“What day is it,” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
By my new and improved definition a favorite day has to be a Grateful Day.
To officially kick off Grateful Day, I’m suggesting a happy meal and I’m not talking McDonald’s here. These Honey Sesame Pork Chops will put a smile on the face of everyone lucky enough to be sitting at your table.
Well to be totally honest, this dinner probably wouldn’t put a smile on Piglet’s face.
- 6 PORK CHOPS, ¾ inch thick
- 3 tablespoons HONEY
- 1 tablespoon CATSUP
- ½ cup WATER
- ¼ cup SOY SAUCE
- 1 small YELLOW ONION, diced small
- ¼ teaspoon GROUND GINGER
- 1 tablespoon SESAME SEEDS, toasted
- 2 tablespoons OLIVE OIL
- ) Brown pork chops in olive oil
- ) Place chops in 9 x 13 x 2 inch baking pan or dish
- ) Sprinkle onions over chops
- ) Combine honey, catsup, water, soy sauce, ginger
- ) Pour over pork chops & sprinkle with sesame seeds
- ) Cover & bake at 325 degrees F for about 1 hour or until tender
- ) Makes 6 servings