The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on January 1, 1977 · Page 13
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 13

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Saturday, January 1, 1977
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Palm Beach Post-Times, Saturday, January 1, 1977 B3 Bologna and Wonder Bread: A New Year's Day Feast face gleaming with sardine oil, would gloat at my squeamish little brothers and sisters who were my obvious inferiors. Later Mother and Daddy would head for the VFW with whichever of Daddy's relatives was living with us at the time. "Those damn Martins," Mother called them. There they would dance and drink and play the slot machines that belonged to the deputy sheriff's brother. At dawn they would come rolling home, with Daddy making one more pass through the kitchen for a pig's foot. New Year's Day was a solemn occasion. We tip-toed around the house whispering things like "Mother, what's for lunch?" and got answers like "uhhhhh." Finally we would break out the bologna and Wonder Bread. About 3 p.m. rustling sounds would emit from the bedroom and Daddy would emerge, carefully zeroing in on the couch then flopping in a them in the height of revelry "gizzards and lizzards." All this was washed down with bourbon, beer and carrot juice and a variety of less exotic goodies such as pickles, cocktail onions, ripe olives and cheese. My mother, who seemed to be pregnant a lot in those days, turned various shades of green whenever Daddy waved a pig's foot in her face and challenged her to partake of his feast. I, being the eldest child, dutifully climbed upon his knee and, deathlike slump. As he settled in, the tantalizing aroma of German mustard and warm bologna would assail his olefactory glands. "Oh, God, take it away." Soon Mother would stagger out, tying her frazzled chenille robe and moaning something that sounded vaguely like "coffee." Later, over bologna sandwiches and coffee, they would solemnly make their New Year's resolutions. Among the first always was, "Never again." bread that builds bodies eight ways, and German-style mustard, the only kind my dad would eat. Almost any kind of bologna would do as long as it wasn't too expensive. My father was not a religious man, but his annual celebration of the New Year could accurately be labeled devout. He started out with a quart of bourbon and ended up with a jar of pickled pigs feet. Daddy always got these strange cravings when he was drinking. He usually had a lot of strange foods- at New Year's because people were always sending him weird things for Christmas. He liked candied bumble bees, chocolate covered ants, snake and, of course, sardines and chicken gizzards and livers, or, as he would call By SHARI BERGBOM Pott Staff Writer The tradition of eating blackeyed peas for good luck on New Year's Day is well-known. But my family has long observed the traditions of a relatively unknown culture (our own) in Story County, Iowa. It all began after a fantastic New Year's bash in a local VFW. Our good luck dish was a bologna sandwich, constructed and served in absolute silence and eaten with all the ritual deference awarded any religious feast. If you could keep it down by 3 p.m. it was a sure sign you had survived another New Year's Eve. The New Year's bologna sandwich was made with Wonder Bread, the New Year From Bl tent, 70 milligrams per 100 grams of lemon, if it is the right species picked at the right time. To avoid the labor of squeezing the lemon you might try this simple technique: Cut a lemon in half and rub the severed surface, vigorously if you can, against the armpit, Waverly Root is a retired foreign correspondent who lives in Paris. SEE THE BEST AT medy is sauerkraut juice (hot sour cabbage soup is sometimes used in the United States). The ancient Romans munched cabbage leaves between courses of their orgiastic banquets to stave off drunkenness. They also wore wreaths of celery for the same purpose, no doubt absorbing B vitamins by osmosis, and treated hangovers with screech-owl eggs, roasted sheep's lungs or swallow's beak ashes, items that we must assume were found in every Roman pantry. One French method is to swallow a clove of crushed garlic in a single gulp. To keep your breath inoffensive, it is suggested you chew a little parsley, a recommendation I transmit without guarantee. Virginia Paley, in her "Celebration of Food," suggests vichyssoise for hangovers, which sounds reasonable since the soup is based on leeks, rich in vitamins. The lemon, whose juice frequently turns up in hangover remedies (it is most effective in lukewarm water on an empty stomach), is not deficient in B vitamins, but is most remarkable for its high vitamin C con- o (X 0 PORPOISE SHOW Cure The Bullshot consomme with lemon juice, several drops each of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco, salt and pepper would be all the way over into the temperance column if it did not contain also a modicum, or sometimes only half a modicum, of vodka. Milk, a potent adversary of alcohol, is combined with hard liquor in a number of lifesavers. It is a double-threat remedy. Not only does it contain reasonable amounts of the B vitamins plus vitamin A, but it spreads itself over the stomach lining, forming a filter which retards the penetration of alcohol into the blood stream, giving the liver, which deoxidizes alcohol on a strictly chronometrical basis and is incapable of speeding up, a little more time to deal with the difficulties that confront it. People with more foresight than I sometimes drink a glass of milk before starting out for an evening on the town, but I settle for drinking milk when I reach home, if I can wrestle the refrigerator door open. The usefulness of milk in this connection suggests that our ancestors knew what they were doing when they made eggnog with milk or cream a feature of the holiday season, thus offering in the same package the poison and its antidote. Of the temperance remedies, the most famous is no doubt the Prairie Oyster, a term which has other meanings too, but never mind. The classic recipe starts with a glass of tomato juice, enriched with a raw egg (this is the oyster), a teaspoon-ful of Worcestershire sauce, a drop of Tabasco and salt and pepper. Taking the name at its face value, a New York restaurant replaced the egg by a brace of raw oysters, not so bad an idea as it sounds, for oysters contain vitamins B-l and B-2, not to mention A and C, and they bring a breath of freshness to a sufferer who can well use one. In Alsace a favorite hangover re- From Bl- committee, said the group is still active and that overall, he considers the year-long celebration a success. "There are 37 municipalities in Palm Beach County and in some way, each one of them participated," he said. There were "peaks and valleys" and one of the peaks was the recent Freedom Train exhibit in Riviera Beach. Other high points, he said, were West Palm Beach's July 4th festivities and a well-attended music festival. In all, Clark said about $20,000 in state, federal and local funds was spent on the events, although a lot of money and time was donated. About 150 residents in the county, he said, will be recognized and presented citations for their participation. Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge James Knott, who was a member of the county's Bicentennial Committee and of groups in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, characterized the local commemoration as "moderately successful." Given the "diverse nature of our population here," he said, and the difficulty of organizing various groups, "I think it worked well." He said there were "intelligent suggestions from all people . . . retirees, minorities, everyone ..." Knott, president emeritus of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, added he thinks school children especially benefited from the celebrations. "The youngsters who took part in the various activities in the schools will remember 1976. But beyond that and the Freedom Train exhibit, it's not likely much else will be "We really didn't have the kind of things we had hoped for," he said. "That enthusiasm wasn't sparked." In Greenacres City, builder Steve Anderson, the town's volunteer historian, described interest in events there as "pathetic." He recalled that during the past couple of years, some of the town's bicentennial planning meetings and the events themselves attracted only a few people. But he thinks the efforts "were appreciated . . . even if people weren't willing to help." One of Greenacres City's projects was the publication of the 50-year history of the town and Anderson, who wrote much of it, said he is proud of the effort. "I'm satisfied," he said "even though most people here just stood back" and watched. Others involved in area bicentennial projects felt the celebration was a success. Bob Rose of Tequesta said his group's 25 projects were well attended and involved civic, fraternal, school and community groups. "It won't be over for three or four years ," he said. "There's a lot more to be done." The museum project, he said, is not scheduled to be completed for another year or more and there probably will be additional money-raising functions for it. In the north county, Rose said, community participation was considered good and the effort brought together disparate groups in a way that had never been done before. "People worked together. There were groups that hadn't known each other previously and I think it broadened everyone's horizon. I think it gave them new ideas." Tax Collector Allen Clark, chairman of the county's bicentennial 25 off labor for custom draperies. This week only. Announcing new low prices on our best glass belts. A set of 4 at $8 to $56 off November prices. Most popular sizes. El Tigre 278. Features 2 ply polyester cord, 2 fiber glass belts. 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