Showing Respect on National Pig Day
Oops! We missed it. March first was National Pig Day. And being the producers of pork sausages (among other varieties) we should be ashamed. We confess it's true that the celebration is actually in honor of living pigs – domesticated pigs like those pot bellied pets known for being clever and intelligent – but we figure that we also demonstrate appreciation for pigs by making the best darn sausages any pig would be proud to give his life for. What better way to show our respect?
National Pig Day is not an official “Day” which requires an act of Congress, but that doesn't make it any less important. In a world without pigs, where would we be? No footballs. No bacon (serious tragedy, that one). Ix- nay on the Ig-Latin-Pay.
Just think about how much we rely on pigs for our colorful expressions. If we had to substitute some other creature, what would we be left with?
A porcupine in a poke? When koalas fly? Can't make a silk purse out of a rattlesnake's ear? Like lipstick on a kitten? Eat like a bobcat? Sweat like a fruit fly?
No, no, no.
Now, getting back to sausages... just like pigs are versatile in providing imagery for our language, pork sausage is also versatile in the many ways it can be used. Obviously, it makes a delicious main course for dinner grilled or fried up on the stove. But pork sausage is also part of a country breakfast, a component of casseroles, stews, sauces, and stuffings, an ingredient in Italian meatballs, a topping on pizza, a filling for dumplings, an accompaniment to baked beans, and ... here's where we come full circle ... the wonderful secret inside of Pigs in Blankets.
So let's hear it for National Pig Day. March first may have passed, but there will be another one next year. In the meantime, we have a lot of respectful, appreciative, commemorative eating to do.