Will The Hate for Our Traditional Institutions Ever End?
The short answer, No. In order to establish new behaviors and new norms it is essential that traditional institutions be torn down, disassembled and erased to make way for the new order.
Yesterday I came face to face with this new effort. Unsuspectingly I entered into discussion with a group who appeared on the surface to be well grounded and reasonable patriotic people. Little did I realize that they were a bunch of sinister hard core change agents dedicated to destroying our traditional institutions.
Their target was the stalwart of the Thanksgiving table side dishes, the green bean casserole. The green bean casserole, synonymous for comfort food, was to be destroyed and wiped clean from our collective taste buds.
The hate that flowed so freely, disgusting, eck, no never, why would you, cream of mushroom or those highly process onion ring things; and even divisive, “it doesn’t taste like my mothers”. Stop the hate!
I wondered if the hate was based on color. The green, associated with radical environmentalists or the bean, associated with gas from the legume family. Whatever the reason it is un American to hate the green bean casserole.
It is time that we embrace diversity and welcome the new green bean casserole to our table for Thanksgiving. A tradition not replaced but built new on the stalwart recipe of the ages.
Start with fresh green beans cook until soft.
In a large pot add olive oil and a large onion. Sauté until golden brown when all the sugar has been released.
Add a pound of chopped apple wood smoked bacon from the meat case, not the packaged kind and cook until that wonderful aroma has filled the house…..bacon.
Add the green beans and mix well.
Now add some Velveeta cheese, just enough so that it melts and gets a thin coating on the beans.
You can serve as is or add the onion rings and bake. Make it ahead and your guest will love how you have saved an institution for American.
Make Green Bean Casserole Great Again!