CULINARY THRILL SEEKING: Manwich makes for a special Mom’s Day

Published 12:14 am Wednesday, May 25, 2022

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When I visit my daughter, plans often change so much I just aim to show up and be directed, or redirected, to an adventure.

This time it was a culinary one.

Besides being part of an Astros win, there was visiting with my son-in-law’s mom, who made dinner. It was a Manwich, which she used to make for her boys.

I haven’t had one of those since the ’70s. “A sandwich is a sandwich, but a Manwich is a meal,” the slogan went.

That Sloppy Joe flavor hasn’t changed a bit, but I just had to be different. Instead of a bun, I got loose with that meat and topped it with red onion and fresh jalapenos.

It might have been a Mansalad, but it made a good memory.

Smoke + Honey – Rainier Foods is a family business in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, and they’ve surprised me. I’d never have guessed they like the heat as much as we do here in the south.

When I heard of combos such as Smokey Honey, Blackberry Smoky Honey, Gochu with roasted garlic and chilis and The Essentials, with sea salt, garlic and pepper…. I thought these would match my husband’s passion for Sunday afternoon ribs.

While I learned to cook new stuff on Korean Gochugaru chilies, my instinct was right on: the blackberry heat is my fave of faves. Here’s to the heat!

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Darragh Doiron is a Southeast Texas foodie happy to share a Manwich with Dena or anyone else. Share your vintage food memories with her at