"Taste the World: Writers on Food


Food and family go hand in hand
Whenever there is a gathering of relatives
You can be sure to find a smorgasbord of scrumptious edibles
Waiting to be devoured.
During Halloween,
There is always plenty of candy lying around
From sweet candy corn to luscious chocolate bars like
Snickers, Three Musketeers
Milky Way, Kit Kat and Twix
Caramel apples and powdered donuts
Are also quite savory
But if you want a treat a little less sweet
Popcorn balls and pumpkin seeds
Are the choice goodies to eat.
On Thanksgiving Day,
The waft of Turkey and trimmings
Permeates the air with its warm tender aroma
While pumpkin pie tops off the meal
With its spicy yet sweet flavor and fluffy whipped cream
Just melts in your mouth for days on end.
During the Christmas season,
There are dozens of cookies galore
From elaborate cutout sugar cookies
With creamy frosting and colored sprinkles
Butterballs doused in mouth-watering powdered sugar
Peanut Butter Blossoms that keep you going back for more
Jam-filled Crumb Bars with chopped nuts and rich raspberry preserves
Gingerbread Men filled with ground cinnamon and ginger.
Then there are birthdays
Starting off with mouth-watering pepperoni and cheese pizza
Followed by a mound of glacial ice cream cake
That is whipped together into a delectable combination
Of chocolate cookie crumbs, colored frosting and vanilla ice cream.
On Valentine's Day,
Whether you have a sweetheart or not
Everyone loves a good box of Russell Stover chocolates
I especially love the strawberry and orange creams
Which are so fluffy and rich
Jellied red hearts
Which are so soft and chewy
Or pretty pastel conversation hearts
With their confectionery sentiments.
On Easter Sunday,
I excitedly run down the stairs
To find an overflowing Easter basket of yummy treats
Such as colored jelly beans
Which are so soft and chewy
My favorites are licorice, grape and cherry
Blue and yellow Marshmallow bunnies and chicks
Several Reese's Peanut Butter eggs
And tiny pastel malted milk balls
A giant white chocolate bunny wrapped neatly in pink cellophane.
On Independence Day,
I always enjoy a big outdoor picnic
With family and friends
Beginning with hot dogs and hamburgers
Sizzling on the grill
Corn on the cob
Smothered with butter and salt
Heaping portions of potato and macaroni salads
Handfuls of potato chips and cheese curls
Watermelon slices dripping with sweetness
Soft warm chocolate cookies and brownies
And a large pitcher of pink lemonade.
So whatever your flavors may be
There is always something for everyone
At the holiday tasting table.

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