Used to be, any mention of fast food caused nose wrinkles among Lutheran Ladies. We’re talking about women who were taught how to cook as soon as they could waggle a spoon in a bowl without slopping the ingredients in a two foot radius.
Of course, they were wore aprons. (Old aprons for everyday use and nice frilly aprons for fancy-dress events)
Of course they learned from older women who threw handfuls of flour into bowls. When asked how many cups a recipe needed, the white-haired ladies would shrug and tell you “Until it looks right.”
These teaching-women didn’t know if the recipe was correct until they felt the dough, or tasted it, or watched it drip off a spoon (or bounced it on the counter—which Grandma liked to do when making noodles—I’m not sure why, but it was fun. Wa-hoo!)
So you can see why the mention of a fast food burger would make one of these ladies say: “I think we can do better than that.”
And then things changed…
- More women working
- Families loving hamburgers more than spinach
- Being worn ragged by figuring out what to have for dinner, going to the store, prepping it, cooking it, serving it, listening to kids complain about it, and cleaning up the whole mess, hoping to fall on the couch by 8pm.
- Doing the whole thing again the next day
- And the next
- Burgers were available AND cheap!!!
Note: (the original McDonalds was a burger shack in 1940 where two brothers cooked. It went corporate in 1955 with a franchised opening by Ray Kroc who later bought the McDonald brothers out).
Every bitty town had a burger place. And you were really a big city if you had a couple of burger joints AND one was a McDonalds.
And then…Lord bless the Roman Catholics.
(Yes, I know this is a Lutheran Blog, but if it weren’t for our Catholic buddies, we’d be buried in burgers).
They obeyed Vatican II mandates and didn’t eat meat on Friday.
So McDonalds came out with a HULA BURGER for those worshipful Friday folks. It was
Soon, everybody was going to the Catholic church for the Friday Fish Fry instead of the local burger barn. At McD’s the Hula burger was discontinued in less than a year’s time and morphed into Filet-O-Fish burger.
If you’re like me, after the holidays, the remains of burgers and fish patties are still hanging around (on hip, belly, and bottom).
So…it’s time to turn to the famous Lutheran specialty….
- Just leave out the marshmallows.
- And add pineapple. (In honor of the deceased Hula Burger)
- Stir “Until it looks right,”
- And be sure to wear your pretty apron.
(photos: litlnemo,Thomas, The Bees Knees)