If you’ve been watching the news about our country’s financial troubles and find yourself wondering how we got ourselves into this mess, wondering how one company can be so important to the economic well being of our nation, I think the answer might be setting at your dining room table next Thanksgiving.
Green Bean Casserole.
We would not have the French Fried Onion industry if it weren’t for this one product. Do you buy French Fried Onions any other time of year, for any other reason that this rare occurring dish? I would guess not.
I don’t know anyone that really likes this traditional food. Sure your Uncle Clyde might say it’s his favorite thing in the world, but if he really liked it that much, your Aint Theeta might make it for him more than annually. We love hamburgers and have figured out how to serve them more than just the Fourth of July. I think Uncle Clyde is lying, just like you and I lie to our mommas.
I’ll admit it. I take the obligatory spoonful as the pyrex baking vessel comes around to my spot at the table. I’m a big boy now, but I still take my fair share for reasons other than palatial savor.
But when you look at the bigger picture, when you and I take that small teeny crusty corner out of the Green Bean Casserole, we are not just showing mom that we have finally matured to the point of willfully taking just a little bite of everything that gets passed, we are also doing our part in helping our national economy. If it weren’t for Green Bean Casserole, think of how many makers of French Fried Onions would be out of business.
Just like AIG, never mind that we have no idea how this three ingredient side came to be so critical a player that to let it disappear would have far reaching effects. And finding the person responsible for the frackus is about as easy as pinning the credit on the mother that caused Green Bean Casserole to become a ubiquitous feature of the culinary landscape of the holiday table.
Some mysteries will never be solved.