Rachel (chocolatecrane) wrote,

Food fun

Thanksgiving was tasty, though somewhat short on relatives. (Aunt & uncle from Michigan had planned to come, but decided not to so that their high-school-junior son could be with his college-freshman girlfriend. For the same reason, they're not going anywhere over Christmas, so we're going to visit them.) We had comfort foods in abundance, even if my mom did go a little overboard with putting fruit flavors in everything.

And we have a cardboard box signed by PA governor Ed Rendell. A charity group was selling pies in the main Philadelphia train station, and he had agreed to be there with them and autograph the boxes of all the pies they sold. They had the traditional pumpkin, sweet potato, and apple pies, but there was also what my father called a 20,000 calorie pie: cheesecake with caramel, chocolate, nut filling, and nuts. Ed Rendell, a man who never met a calorie he didn't like, recommended the last, so that was the one we got. (Seriously, Rendell got a fair amount of his popularity from his affinity for common Philly foods. Remember when John Kerry was mocked for going to a Philly cheesesteak place and asking for Provolone? Rendell knows that true cheesesteaks are made with Cheese Whiz, and his standard move of throwing his tie over his shoulder to avoid dripping on it was given the name, "The Philly Flip." The current mayor, by contrast, got in major hot water for saying that cheesesteaks were a contributing factor to Philadelphia's position as one of the top 5 fattest US cities, and suggesting that people try alternatives like turkey subs.)
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