by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Happy 50th...Green Eggs and Ham!
We've probably all had the boring version...you know the one...the one they give you when you celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday in school...the one where they add a few drops of ewwwww green food coloring and call it a day. Well, the kiddos and I decided to use the abundant basil growing in our garden to turn our eggs green in celebrating 50 years of Green Eggs and Ham!
Serve it with some fresh fruit on the side or a cold glass of orange juice...ooooh, or better yet a mimosa! Sit back and marvel in the child-like wonder that is Green Eggs and Ham....
Green Eggs and Ham has been ST's absolute favorite book since he started loving books! He used to toddle over to me with it in his hands, wanting me to read it...he could listen to it over and over and over...day after day after day. Once he started reading all on his own and he could read it to me...you should have seen the look on his face! He read it at least once daily...and still pulls it out to read at least once a week you know, since he's older and all. Really, it's been a perennial favorite of all the kids in the family...from me and my brother and sisters to all of my kiddos. Yup, we've all loved food and reading about it since before we could read ourselves ;) .
DQ is helping me snip the basil this morning and jawing non-stop this is normal about how the green eggs and ham are going to taste...reminding me that they ate green eggs and toast in preschool..
Skip forward to the actual making... DQ: why isn't the ham green, too. I wanted the ham to be green.
Me: The eggs are green. I didn't figure you'd want basil in your ham, too.
DQ: I just wanted the ham to be green. (walks out of the kitchen)
Me: hmmmm....note to self...figure out a way to make the ham green w/out making it nasty next time 'round.
Forward even further...the the actual eating of the green eggs and ham...
DQ: I LOVE THIS! I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS! IT'S SOOOO GOOD, MOM. Will you make this tomorrow, too?
ST: MMMmmm (with eyes in wide-open-saucer-like surprise). Very tasty, mom. You're the best cook.
LT: It's good. You can't even taste the eggs. (This is a compliment. He's always had an 'issue' with eggs.) Proceeds to eat the rest in rapid succession.
Thanks for instilling the sense of wonder...the encouragement not to judge something until you've tried it... Dr. Seuss...you totally rock.
Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.