When I first moved to the DC area, I lamented (actually, it might have been complained) that I could not get Boar's Head cold cuts. Recently, the Giant supermarket started carrying them. Alleluia! I was once again able to order Boar's Head Bologna, sliced THICK (that's important!) to have sandwiches, on white bread with mayonnaise. Stop moaning, it's really good.
When I was growing up, my mother would take me to the "Farmer's Market," where I would ride the carousel, get samples from the "pickle guy," get baked goods, and my mother would get produce and then move over to Tony the butcher for her meat order. Tony always offered me a few slices of bologna (sliced thick). I was hooked, for you know what they say, first one's free.
So the bologna sandwiches began to appear in my lunch at work. And, I mean, they are so good that best friend asked me to make him one after spotting me eating one in the cafeteria one day. I delivered on this yesterday. While mine was the desired mayo variety, I prepared best friend's with mustard.
The group I eat lunch with (several of whom read this blog) commented on the sandwich swap. Mrs. Best Friend told him that he should offer something to me in exchange for the sandwich. So I scored a package of Ho-Ho's for break time. Literally, Sweet!
The conversation turned to the swapping of lunch items that we all engaged in during our school careers. I spent much of the first, second, and third grades trading tuna fish sandwiches with Matthew Kinigson, as for some reason, we liked how each other's mother made their tuna.
There is a long list of comfort foods out there in the world. For me, bologna (sliced thick) is right up there at the top of the list. Now that Boar's Head is readily available here in MD, now I have to start working on getting Wise chips to muscle out the Utz people. Heaven!