Thanksgiving recipe rap: Alexander Hamilton

November 27, 2017 – 8:40 pm

For context: my family’s Thanksgiving tradition is that we do it potluck-style, and everyone prepares a dish matching some kind of theme, often a goofy one. For instance, last year’s theme was “Literature,” so we had Watership Down salad, Oliver Twist “more” soup, etc. This year’s theme was “It’s a (w)rap,” which covered either food encased in other food and/or food related to rap music. 

Also for context: I learned that there’s a dish called Chicken Alexander, which is basically Chicken a la King with a mashed potato crust, and immediately thought “oh, I could use pork instead, and thennnn…”

Also for context: play this music in the background (will be obvious from the title even if you don’t listen) – and you may be able to replicate my performance introducing this dish at the Thanksgiving table.

how does some carrots, onions, chardonnay and cream
of mushroom soup that get dropped into the middle of a slow boiled
pot of shredded kale ribbons to add a little green
match up with our Thanksgiving theme?

this ten-dollar bottle of supermarket wine will add a lot o’
flavor into the pot, that little alcoholic mottle
that goes full throttle to hit the spot, it’ll
be the efficient cause of the deliciousness, to ref’rence Aristotle

and every day when I was slaving away over my papers
trying to hack the tenure track with my researcher labors,
inside, I really needed some distractionary capers
from the day to day press of all my scholarship endeavours

then this rap came, and the recipe came, and I had it
since these parody songs have been a childhood habit
and a day or two off writing isn’t really all that bad,
it became a plain diversion from the pain of my whole train

of thought – I have to do my edits, really should abstain, man
planning out a recipe around a rap is vain, man
focus on your work, not on the Thanksgiving main, man
but I’m sorry, my left brain
it’s just insane, man

Alexander Hamilton
This dish is Alexander Hamilton
I planned this recipe around that pun
So just you wait, just you wait

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  1. One Response to “Thanksgiving recipe rap: Alexander Hamilton”

  2. Brilliant as usual :D

    By Mark Hoemmen on Nov 28, 2017

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