Thursday, March 6, 2008

Lesser Reasons We're Thankful That Ronald Reagan Was Our 40th President.

In Proclamation #5157, President Ronald Reagan said: "Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 6, 1984, as Frozen Food Day, and I call upon the American people to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities."

Thank you Mr. Reagan.

Now, I'm left to think how, I, John Q. Citizen should observe this day. Its coming up on 2:00pm here on the east coast and I haven't done a single frozen-food related ceremony or activity yet. I feel like I've broken my fast early on Yom Kippur. Bad frozen-food boy.

A quick check of the freezer reveals the presence of

2 packages of Cooked Squash
1 package of Birdseye Classic Mixed Vegetables
1/2 package Jones Farms "Little Sausages"
1 Lean Cuisine Deluxe Cheddar Potato dish
1/2 tub each of Haagen Daz Cookies and Cream and Coffee Ice Cream
4 boxes of assorted Twinings Teas (they just keep better in the freezer)
1/2 bag of frozen shrimp
4 partial bags of frozen french fries (I always forget we have them when I'm at the store)
2 Omaha Beef sirloin steaks (thanks GF's mom.)
1 small freezer burned steak of the mystery cut variety.
1/2 bag of buffalo wings
2 Cornish game hens
1 tub of pine nuts
1 tub of chicken schmaltz ( I always forget its there and its such a good ingredient)
1/2 package of shredded coconut
5 bags of wild rice (don't ask)
10 popsicles

Folks, this is what I've got to work with. I'm now open to suggestions for any frozen-food related activities and/or ceremonies I can observe to commemorate this important day. You may also tell me how you intend to mark the day.

Please note, for those of you in Alaska, Moose walking through you yard do not count as Mobile Pre-Frozen Food, so kindly leave them out of your planning.


Random Michelle K said...

I'll go for the obvious.

You, your GF, the ice cream, possibly the shreded coconut, and two spoons.

Because if you're going to celebrate frozen foods, the by all means celebrate frozen foods!

This isn't an everyone-list-the-contents-of-their-freezer meme is it? I hope not. Because although I no longer have frozen paint rollers in my freezer, there may be some odd things.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Michelle, although I'm not entirely sure about some applications of frozen food...

Celebrating frozen food day with Haagen Dazs (or Ben & Jerry, for that matter) seems entirely appropriate!

Tania said...

Seriously, eat the ice cream!

My parents used to keep their weed in the freezer. And film. Both in film canisters.

Tania said...

Now, because I can't resist things like this...

Lunch - Shrimp and Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry. Popsicles for Lunch Dessert.

Dinner - Coconut Roasted Cornish Game Hens
Squash/Wild Rice/Pine Nut Casserole
Ice Cream and Tea for Dessert

Late Night Reality TV Snacks - Buffalo Wings and Fries (get beer from somewhere)

Breakfast Friday or Saturday - Scrambled Eggs, Little Sausages, Cheddar Potatoes. Tea.

Tania said...

On a more whimsical note - take the popsicles and hand them out on the street while wearing a sandwich board that says
March 6th
National Frozen Food Day
Never Forget

Let's Be Ice To One Another
A costume would be nifty.

Jeff Hentosz said...

First: Tania wins today's game of Internet. Yes, do that. The leftover cigar would be a nice touch, as well. GF, man the video.

Second: Shrimp? But I thought... Never mind.

Third: Throw out the squash. That's just gross.

Fourth: Once the popsicles are distributed, make a YouTube extravaganza of the Cornish Hens holding a wake for the wings. Comedy gold.

Fifth: No unfrozen dinner for me. Going out to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Maybe some frozen Thin Mints with coffee while I watch Lost, though.

Blessed Frozen Foods Day, everyone. "Birdseye Gorton's" to one and all!

Nathan said...


How long before John stops in and says, "Let's talk Shawn into doing that."

John the Scientist said...

About 12 minutes

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many popsicles Shawn can fit into his mouth at once?

And yes, Tania, you totally win! ::bows deeply to the master::

Jeff Hentosz said...

Or how many pine nuts fit in the average adult nostril?

Nathan said...


MWT said...

Poor Shawn.

Nathan said...

Shawn is the official, "Hey Mikey!" of my blog.


Janiece said... cream.

And coconut!

Tania said...

I'm still laughing over the vision of the cornish game hens having a wake for the chicken wings. :snort giggle snort:

vince said...

Nathan, I'm impressed that you would know that today is Frozen Food Day.

But let's give Shawn a break. Or at least Donna a break :-).

Nathan said...
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Nathan said...

Previous comment deleted due to embarrassing confusion of which cartoonist did which comic.


I only knew what "National Day" it was because I was wandering around the net looking for something to post about today.

We kid Shawn 'cause we love him. (And I still owe him for the pizza prank.)

Nathan said...

Test comment to see if the feed thingie is working.

Random Michelle K said...

Hey, I see you read The Onion Girl. You like it?

Nathan said...

I'm up to page 66 and I haven't got a clue what its about. If you've read it, give me a reason to continue. Or not.

Random Michelle K said...

Have you never read Charles de Lint before?

Of not, then stop right there and pick up another book by him. The best part about Onion Girl was that we'd spent years and years getting to know Jilly, and this was the book where we finally learned about her past.

Lemme see... where to start... I'd recommend Dreams Underfoot , which should be his first short story collection or the Ivory and the Horn, which is the second Newford collection. Or, check out my website and see if any of his other books catch your fancy.

I adore Charles de Lint, but would never recommend starting with The Onion Girl. Not that it's a bad book--it isn't. But it's not my favorite because it's pretty dark, even for Charles de Lint.

If you want a full book set in Newford, then try Spirits in the Wires, which I think would be a little more accessible to first time de Lint readers.

Or if you'd rather not start in Newford, I love Jack of Kinrowan, which is a compilation of Jack the Giant Killer and Drink Down the Moon.

Or it could be that, like my husband, de Lint isn't your thing. But I would strongly recommend reading something else by him first and coming back to Onion Girl when you're more familiar with Jilly and Newford.

Nathan said...


No, I've never read anything by de Lint. I've been meaning to for a while and picked this one up. I'm not a big fan of short stories, (I always either think there was a cheap payoff, or it ends just when I feel like I'm into the story). What full novel would you suggest that would introduce me to some of the folks in Onion Girl?

I have another Pratchett waiting for me, so I can put down Onion Girl pretty easily and come back to it later.

Random Michelle K said...

Although you can read Spirits in the Wires,

I really recommend you try one of his short story collections. He is (IMHO) a master of the short story, and writes some of the best short stories I have ever written.

Additionally, in the collections written about Newford, the chracters weave in and out of each others stories, so there is character development throughout the book, one single story at a time.

Can you tell that I'm a huge de Lint fan? (grin)

Jeff Hentosz said...
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Jeff Hentosz said...

Arghhh! Slow blog! No comment.

(That was me, NG. I hit "Publish" before "Preview" and the damn thing was still full of stupid. Maybe try again later.)

Nathan said...


I understood it anyway. I had a similar thought.