Let’s Have a Virgil

It started with my grandparents, Howard and Gyneth, during their young married days, I think. The lines between stories are blurry, but this I’ve experienced first hand.

Young couples at church on a Wednesday night.  Everyone was hungry afterward, of course.  So Virgil and his wife offered their house and the contents of their refrigerator.  A leftover smorgasbord, if you will.  With friends.  I imagine the fridge door just hung open and plates and bowls headed to the table.   I also imagine no one bothering over the perfect place setting, the food temperature, or whether all five food groups were accounted for.   No prep whatsoever.  Friends ate.  Friends laughed, I’m sure.  And hearts were full.

This happened so often that my Grandma and Grandpa took to “having a Virgil” at their own home as the years went on.  They had four boys, and seriously, who could keep up with those gigantic appetites?  Then came spouses, grandkids, great-grandkids.  So again and again, plates and bowls headed from the fridge to the table, and bellies were filled.  No bothering about details.  Everything but the kitchen sink.  They even coined a new phrase: Having a virgil.

Jump forward maybe 60 years.  We had a virgil our home last night.  We virged, if you want to really get into our family lingo!  We pulled it all out, ate it up, and thanked God for it.  Yum, yum.

Sometimes a virgil will have a redeeming feature.  Something new to add to the mix. {General virgil requirement: Food must be leftover}.  At my Grandma’s house it was usually jello, fruit cocktail included.  At our house last night {and one other time this week} it was roasted potato wedges.  Homemade french fries.  When you buy a 10 pound bag of potatoes for just a few bucks, well, you know.

I love it when my mom calls and says, “when you guys come up this weekend, we’re going to virge” or “we’re leaving for Michigan tomorrow, so let’s virge”.  A delicious family tradition indeed.  I wonder if Virgil knew back then that he’d be long remembered by his refrigerator generosity?

So.  Go have your own virgil tonight!  And make these potatoes your redeeming feature.   Yum!


Roasted Potato Wedges

6 medium sized potatoes, cut into thin wedges

2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped

2-3 T. olive oil

salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large bowl, toss potatoes with olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.  Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray, and then line up the wedges like soldiers.  No overlapping.  Bake for about 15 or 20 minutes, then flip each soldier.  Bake 10 or so minutes more until potatoes are brown and delicious looking.  Serve.  Ketchup optional.  {I consider that a victory.}


One thought on “Let’s Have a Virgil

  1. I love this! So fun! We host Taco Tuesday at our place once a month. Usually the first Tuesday of the month. And even though we call it Taco Tuesday it usually ends up being something Mexican related – I get bored with making only tacos! At least I keep to the general theme 🙂 We started it last summer and still going strong. I like the idea of a leftover night though!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s