Hamburger and Rice Dish: The Alibi

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My wife thinks I ought to tell you why Lee’s Tasteless Supper is so… tasteless. I am afraid the alibi will be more damaging than the accusation, but let’s see what happens if I follow her advice.

I only use salt on French fries or corn on the cob. I use black pepper on casseroles. That’s the only use I get out of seasonings.

I do like chopped onions, but as a single man I never learned to chop them properly.

I can’t stand tomatoes or any kind of cheese, so I would never add them to any dish that I meant to eat. Once when I was a very little boy, I was served some stewed tomatoes, which I had never seen before. When I asked what they were, Aunt Joan said they were leopard hearts. I could never abide the taste of a tomato after that. (Joan was still in her twenties at the time, so cut her some slack.)

Finally, I kind of liked my rice-and-hamburger dish just as it was. I didn’t think it was tasteless!

P.S.–Also never on my menu: catsup, mayonnaise, mustard, jam or jelly, vinegar, most cooked vegetables, and a few other things.

Now everybody’s going to think I’m crazy.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

8 responses to “Hamburger and Rice Dish: The Alibi

  • Phoebe

    No garlic??? How can anyone cook without garlic??? 🙂


  • UnKnowable

    I think I’d have to add some salt and probably onions. Dried onion flakes are available at most stores, but the seasoning aisle is rarely visited by most bachelors. 🙂


  • Linda Sorci

    Wow, Lee, methinks it’s probably a good thing Patty does the cooking. And if she’s anything like me, she could be hiding veggies in your food, which is what I have to do to Michael 🙂

    I’m not fond of garlic (sometimes just a tad), but I do like seasonings – not spicy hot though! Onions and sweet peppers, mushrooms and lots of veggies!

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    • UnKnowable

      For me, the mild green chille, diced, is the perfect vegetable. I don’t know how common it is in the eastern part of the country, but in the Southwest, a good pork green child can make or break a restaurant. I also order diced chiles in my omelets. They are not particularly hot, not to the point of burning your mouth or anything, just a pleasant flavor-adding vegetable and they are mild enough that you can fill up on them.

      My first though, upon seeing the picture of Lee’s creation was: “Hey! That’d be good with a can of diced Ortegas in it.” 🙂


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