Dear Mrs. Inventor of the Green Bean Casserole,
Thank you. I mean it from the bottom of my heart. Thank. You.
Thank you for understanding that vegetables cannot be served out of a can alone. They must be accompanied by ingredients high in fat, calories and sodium. It was a stroke of genius when you married cream of mushroom soup, green beans and French's fried onions.
Oh sure you didn't invent the fried onion, but you introduced them to the world and gave them wings to fly and top other vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and yes, even spinach. Like little fried angel kisses to bring life to otherwise disappointing vegetables.
Many have come behind you and, inspired by your masterpiece, have created their own versions with varying degrees of success. Those who could be considered your apprentices have added ingredients such as cheddar cheese, butter and sour cream. A sort of "Super Phat" salute to the original. I believe that while they have taken some liberties, they have captured the spirit of the original. I applaud their effort.
Sadly, others have tried to create a "healthy" version of your casserole. Fresh green beans, low-fat cream of mushroom soup and bread crumbs are just the beginning. I shutter to think of what has been done in your recipe's name. Fresh mushrooms? Soy milk? I'm so sorry. I'm afraid tofu could be next.
I remain a purist and I'm counting the minutes until 1:00 tomorrow when I will savor the first of MANY forkfuls of your creation.
And I will do so with a very, very thankful heart.
With highest regards and on behalf of casserole loving women everywhere,
The Tree Climbing Mom