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Lenten Fridays: Mrs. Paul’s Meets Lobster Newburgh In The American Spectator

Posted on February 28 2010 12:46 pm
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As a semi-practicing Catholic, I find it easy to relate to Christopher Orlet’s February 26th Article in The American Spectator (Something Fishy):

His memories are pretty close to mine, and probably to lots of other Children of Rome who grew up eschewing meat on Fridays during the Lenten season:

“When we were kids, every Lenten Friday’s menu — whether at school or home — featured Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks. Not only did this offal directly challenge my faith in an omniscient and loving God, but it instilled in me a lifelong fear and loathing of seafood. According to Mrs. Paul’s website, the villain behind fishsticks was a power plant worker named Ed Piszek. I’m sure Mr. Piszek was a swell guy and a capable power plant worker, but suffice it to say, he was no Julia Child. Piszek began selling devilled crab cakes in a Philadelphia saloon to earn money while the plant workers were on strike. One day, in 1947, Piszek made too many cakes. ‘There was a freezer in the back of the bar, so we threw ’em in there,’ he recalled. ‘It was either that or the trash can.’ I guess the freezer was closer.”

Let’s not forget the frozen breaded shrimp dropped into the deep fryer, or, to this Catholic, the defining symbol of chilly spring Friday evenings:

The McDonald’s Fish Fillet Sandwich! With fries, coke, ketchup (yes), and that tasty/gluey tarter sauce in the flimsy paper receptacle.

Can I interest you in a hot apple pie?

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