Beth Siegalkoff

I invite you to bite into your favorite sandwich because today is National Sandwich Day. Always celebrated on Nov. 3, the sandwich is truly a great creation. Sandwiches are a daily luncheon staple for millions of Americans.

The annals of English history report that John Montague was the 4th Earl of Sandwich, he was born on this day in 1718.

Among other things, the 4th Earl of Sandwich was a heavy gambler. Montague often spent many long hours in London’s gambling parlors. In 1762, he created the sandwich, by putting meat between two pieces of bread. This allowed him to remain at the gambling table for long periods of time without having to get up to eat. Thus, the sandwich was named after him.

The sandwich has come a long way from those first two pieces of bread and a slab of meat. Now sauces and condiments add to the flavor as well as vegetables like lettuce, spinach, onions, tomatoes, pickles, etc., and then there are different types of breads that enhance the taste as well, and by the way, would you like your sandwich grilled or toasted?

Today is a good day to support your local diner or sandwich shop and have your favorite sandwich or, better yet, try a new sandwich. Me, I am thinking a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with some tomato basil soup may be just the ticket for dinner tonight or maybe a hot Reuben with lots of sauerkraut?

Did you survive Halloween? I saw a lot of early Trick or Treaters when I was in Galt. I love to watch the little kids. They get so excited and some of their homemade costumes are adorable. I spent the day switching out the Jack o’ Lanterns for ornamental turkeys and now I am ready for the Thanksgiving season. Maybe I’ll add some more fall leaves, a few more pumpkins.

Speaking of fall, don’t forget to “fall back” one hour on Sunday, Nov. 7, because Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. Or just turn back your clocks before you go to bed on Nov. 6 so there is no early rising confusion.

You may be wondering why we have Daylight Saving Time. While daylight saving time has been around since World War I, the United States didn’t formalize it until the Uniform Time Act in 1966.

Daylight Saving Time starts the second Sunday in March and concludes the first Sunday in November. The concept is making better use of the day’s light by moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. The purpose, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, is the time change saves energy along with lowering crime and traffic accidents. Various studies, however, have disputed those benefits over the years. I’m not buying it. It is a lot of words for something the state of California voted to get rid of a few years back.

Flower of the day: Mexican Heather

Recipe for the day: Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Dates to remember:

Nov. 7 – End of Daylight Saving Time – one hour of extra sleep

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

Nov. 12 – No school for the high school

Nov. 22-26 – Thanksgiving vacation for Estrellita, Galt High, Liberty Ranch

Nov. 25 – Thanksgiving – Gobble until you wobble

Until next week – be strong, be courageous and make a memory.