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Keep the change or simply: Hope is not involved

March 23, 2009 - Taste Buds
    WE KEEP it in the ashtrays of our cars.
    We have jars of it in our closets.
    We find it in the cushions of our couches.
    What is it?
    It’s change and the Buds have recently observed attitudes towards change and how it’s uses differ from person to person.
    Bud Tricia has a complicated relationship with change.
    She tends to accumulate change on the weekends. When doing errands and running in and out of stores, it seems that paying with paper money makes things easier. There is no juggling of wallet and change purse while searching for car keys and telling boys to stop drag racing with shopping carts. She simply hands the clerk a wad of bills and, while looking for car keys in her cavernous bag and praying no one needs stitches after the latest race, grabs her change and is out the door.
    This process is repeated a half a dozen times before shopping is done. All change - and small bills for that matter - wind up on the bottom of her purse which is cleaned out upon arrival at home. She then puts the paper money in her wallet and the change in a coin purse - minus the pennies. These are divided equally and put into piggy banks sitting on each of her children’s dressers. The rest of the change is used throughout the week as each kid needs lunch money, etc.   
    Her husband puts his change into a small basket on his dresser, which Bud Tricia and her children frequently raid.
    What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him...
    Bud Emily has a totally different relationship with change.
    You see, she would much rather see money of the paper sort than of the alloys. Merely a personal preference.
    So, she keeps both bills and change equally handy, thus, when making a purchase, she can always be on the spot to make exact change. Em loves exact change.   
    Sometimes she gets creative and really throws the cashiers for a loop. (i.e. - Her purchases total $13.53 and she produces a 20, four singles and three pennies. What she wants back is a ten and two quarters.) She’s not trying to be mean or make anyone look stupid -- it’s all an effort to get back whole bills, or the most even amount of silver.
    Sometimes, most often when dining out, her plan backfires. Say her bill is $11.63 and she gives the server $21.63 so she can get a whole ten back. But, the presumptuous server, not trusting that Em already had extra singles in her wallet for the tip, brings her a five and five ones -- just to make sure that there were plenty of singles for the tip.
    This always causes Em grief.
    Here’s another: Men are embarrassed by using exact change.
    Why? Who the heck knows!
    Example - Bud Em and her man go to pick up some pizza for her daughter and her friends. The cost is $16.29. Em hands him $20.29. As soon as he gets out of her view, he pockets the 29 cents, gives the cashier the 20, then gets a dollar out of his own wallet and ads it to the three he got back -- all to spare himself the embarrassment of using the exact change.
    Why? Men out there...can you please explain this to us?

    This yummy recipe from Randy Baker of Bridgeport won’t break the bank but it may take more than what you find in the couch cushions to pull it off!

3 pound lean ground chuck
4 eggs
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 tablespoons Italian salad dressing
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup ketchup

Mix well and set aside 1/3 of mixture. Press remaining 2/3 over bottom and up sides of 9x11 casserole dish, leaving the sides about 1 inch thick, making a well in center. Chop 1 bunch of broccoli and place in well. Cover with 1 cup of 3 cheese Mexican shredded cheese. Place the remaining meat mixture over top and pat down. Bake for 1 1/2 hours covered at 350 degrees. Uncover, pour honey over and bake 20 minutes more.


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