It’s late afternoon of New Year’s Day when Darq enters the farmhouse with snow on her carryall and CATHERINE says: Welcome back. You look . . . Are you a tad hungover?
DARQ: No, I’m not hungover. I know what hungover is and I am not hungover. And before you ask, I had a great New Year’s Eve party, and I did not end up naked in the pool with the rich guy or the actor or that Wall Street broker-guy.
CATHERINE (blinking in shock about the naked, pool, and men) whispers: Okay. Only somewhat hungover but definitely cranky-tired.
DARQ: I heard that.
CATHERINE, pasting a smile on her lips: Supper’s in ninety minutes. Why don’t you go unpack your carryall?
DARQ nods and goes upstairs. There she not only unpacks but also takes a nap, coming downstairs feeling more herself, and hears Catherine call: Supper!
DARQ stands in the kitchen doorway: What’s the pungent smell in the kitchen? What are you fixing?
CATHERINE: We’re having a traditional McLean/Polish/German/Serbian/New Year’s Day meal of pork and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and peas. John likes peas. It’s his favorite vegetable.
DARQ grunts but takes her place at the table. When the meal is finished, she says: The pork was good. Very good. Some people at the party last night said they hated sauerkraut’s smell and taste, but this shredded stuff tasted okay to me.
CATHERINE: A lot has to do with how the sauerkraut is fixed. I rinse mine to take the edge off it it before cooking it.
DARQ: So, what’s for dessert?
CATHERINE leaves the table and returns with the dessert for everyone.
DARQ: Is that what I think it is?
CATHERINE: Yep– Darq’s fruitycake topped with vanilla ice cream!
DARQ: You actually made the fruitycake from scratch?
CATHERINE: No, I took a shortcut and used a boxed mix and canned fruit, not fresh.
DARQ says after tasting the concoction: Unbelievable. This tastes like the real thing.
CATHERINE: It should. I recognized the ingredient list you gave me and took a shortcut. Nothing to it– one carrot cake mix, 4 eggs, 1 stick of butter, 1 fourteen ounce can of Delmonte no sugar added, very cherry fruit mix (not drained), 1 eight ounce can of pineapple tidbits, drained, and three quarters of a cup of chopped pecan, but I ran out of pecans so I added walnuts. Mixed well. Baked in a bundt pan for 50 minutes–well, until done–ovens being what they are and mine is old . . .
DARQ stares at Catherine for a moment then says: I’m having seconds.
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