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Friday, August 3, 2012

The Hardy Boys' Tower Treasure & Welsh Rabbit

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When I was 7 I found my first Hardy Boys' book, and I was hooked immediately.  I loved the action and adventure and read all that I could get my hands on.  

I inherited a few from family but soon wanted more.  Since first- and second-graders were not allowed to read Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew at my school, my parents ended up talking to my school librarian.  After reading books with such fast-paced adventures full of mystery and intrigue, The Wind and the Willows didn't quite cut it!

A few weeks ago, while checking out the sale case in a local grocery store, I spotted a frozen package of something called "Welsh Rabbit."  Immediately a scene flashed into my head:  the Hardy Boys at a dinner party at Chet Morton's home, who prepared and served some sort of cheesy dish called Welsh Rabbit.  After examining the package, I purchased it, thinking that maybe now I could figure out exactly what that is. (As a kid, I pictured a giant rabbit, something like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, sculpted carefully from cheese.)

I have no idea why this particular dish captured my attention, but it did; and I'm sure if I had asked someone, they would've helped me to figure out what it is and how you eat it, but I didn't.

I popped my frozen cheesy dish in the freezer and promptly forgot about it.

Until last week, when My Big Helper grabbed The Tower Treasure off my bookshelf and asked to read it.  

The kids and I snuggled in on the couch, and before reading more than a few chapters, we happened across the very dinner party that I remembered reading so long ago!

So tonight, we're having Welsh Rabbit with our dinner.  I still don't really know what this dish is or how you eat it, but it appears to be some kind of dip, so we might pick out a nice bread or some fruit to go with it.

Maybe after trying this frozen variety we'll do some research and figure out how to make our own.  At the very least, though, there are two new Hardy Boy fans in this house - and tonight they'll be covered in cheese, too. 

Anybody out there know what Welsh Rabbit is?  How do you eat it?  What do you do with it???

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