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head cheese

I’m taking a break in posting old newsletters home (the main element of this blog) to share with you all where my mild case of insomnia has led me. here is the email my parents received from me this morning:

“souse.

just thought I’d let you 2 know (for no reason other than to say hi and freak y’all out) that I just discovered what I was eating all week for lunch and dinner in Belgium at Peg’s house:

head cheese is not a cheese but a meat jelly made with pieces from the head of a calf or pig (sometimes a sheep or cow) in aspic. It may contain onion, black pepper, allspice, bay leaf, salt, and vinegar. It may also include meat from the feet, tongue, and heart. It is usually eaten cold or at room temperature as a luncheon meat.”

oh.my.god.”

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