Celebrate Fruitcake Month at the senior center

Since December has been labeled Fruitcake Month, we can be forgiven for a few more observations on the topic. Fruitcake happened to be one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s favorite foods, and General George S. Patton was known to have devoured an entire brandied fruitcake at one sitting. But according to Alexander Thoreaux’s “Einstein’s Beets,” after doing this, worried about weight gain, Patton went immediately afterwards to the hospital to have his stomach pumped.

Photo by Lori YorkThere’s always a good crowd for the Monday Munches where the volunteers serve 50-60 meals weekly.
Photo by Lori York
There’s always a good crowd for the Monday Munches where the volunteers serve 50-60 meals weekly.

Thoreaux notes that fruitcake, designed to be given away rather than eaten, may in fact be the ultimate diet food, because it is never actually consumed.

Not to worry: Monday Munch offers plenty of delicious food crafted to be consumed in a room filled with good company.

Monday Munch
Dec. 19
Meal to be announced. Check the website.

Thursday, Dec. 22, 10-11 a.m.
Grab & Go Meal pickup
Macaroni and cheese, carrots, peas and mushrooms, pumpkin cookie with craisins and white chips.

Thursday, Dec. 29, 10-11 a.m.
Grab & Go Meal pickup
Beef stroganoff with onions and mushrooms, rotini noodles, Brussel sprouts, dinner roll, seasoned apples with cinnamon and milk.

Although these Thursday meals come ready-made by AgeWell, please remember that the Charlotte Senior Center needs volunteer hosts and servers, as well as Monday cooks and dishwashers.

Speaking of noodles, the food section of the New York Times reports that the most popular dish in their pages this year was San Francisco-style Vietnamese American garlic noodles. Besides recipes, this section offers comments from readers who have tried the dishes. In this case they offer tips on how to prepare the required 20 cloves of garlic. If you’d like the recipe, contact me and I’ll send you a gift article.

As you watch icicles form, listen to Billie Holiday singing “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”.

For more warmth, come enjoy food and friendship at the Charlotte Senior Center.