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August Is National Sandwich Month

It’s probably the most common food we eat for lunch…the sandwich. During the Frog Days of Summer, we observe National Sandwich Month throughout August. We all have our favorites, and mine is a corned beef sandwich or Reuben (with a name like McShea, what did you expect)?

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The history of the sandwich may be in order. According to Wikipedia:

“The first written usage of the English word appeared in Edward Gibbon’s journal, in longhand, referring to “bits of cold meat” as a ‘Sandwich’. It was named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, an 18th-century English aristocrat, although he was neither the inventor nor sustainer of the food. It is said that he ordered his valet to bring him meat tucked between two pieces of bread, and because Montagu also happened to be the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, others began to order “the same as Sandwich!” It is said that Lord Sandwich was fond of this form of food because it allowed him to continue playing cards, particularly cribbage, while eating without getting his cards greasy from eating meat with his bare hands.”

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