Jimmy Dean is Petitioning Merriam-Webster to Change the Meaning of 'Sandwich'

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iStock/LauriPatterson

What’s the definition of a sandwich? It depends on who you ask. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines a sandwich as having a “meat or poultry filling between two slices of bread, a bun, or a biscuit,” but certainly doesn’t discount an all-cheese, egg, vegetable, or other filling. (They consider a burrito “sandwich-like.”) The state of California’s tax law defines both hot dogs and hamburgers as sandwiches. Merriam-Webster, which is in the business of defining things, has declared that a sandwich is “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between,” or “one slice of bread covered in food.”

Despite controversy over whether hot dogs should be considered a sandwich (Ruth Bader Ginsburg has even weighed in on the matter), the one constant is that bread is involved. But the  food merchants at Jimmy Dean are looking to change that. In acknowledgment of National Sandwich Day on November 3, the company has announced that it’s petitioning Merriam-Webster to change its definition to include breadless options.

“From lunch meat sandwiched between lettuce to sausage and cheese between eggs, people are seeking more ’breadless’ options, and Jimmy Dean believes it's time the definition of sandwich is updated to represent how people are eating today,” the company stated in a press release. They’ve also set up a Change.org petition so that breadless sandwich lovers everywhere can help them lobby for the revised standard, calling the existing definition “stale.”

The packaging for the Jimmy Dean Egg'wich breakfast product
Courtesy of Jimmy Dean

Not coincidentally, Jimmy Dean is also rolling out the Egg’wich, a new bread-free breakfast item featuring “savory meats and cheeses” situated between two egg frittatas.

With keto diets, paleo diets, and other low- or no-carb eating habits continuing to grow in popularity, it might be time to consider revising the sandwich definition with some kind of official declaration. Until then, Jimmy Dean is taking the bold step of proclaiming the Egg’wich a “sandwich” on the product label.

In the meantime, you can ponder whether pizza counts as a sandwich.

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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Wax Paper vs. Parchment Paper: What’s the Difference for Cooking?

Wax paper is great for keeping your counter space clean (as seen above).
Wax paper is great for keeping your counter space clean (as seen above).

When it comes to kitchen accessories, there are utensils like ladles and spatulas, bakeware like cupcake pans, and then covers and wraps like aluminum foil and plastic bags. But one kitchen item can result in some confusion—paper. Specifically, wax paper versus parchment paper. Despite similar appearances, they're not the same. What’s the difference between the two?

It’s pretty simple. Parchment paper tolerates heat and wax paper does not. Parchment paper is a sturdy, kitchen-specific item made with silicone that resists both grease and moisture. It’s perfect for cake molds or for wrapping fish. (So long as you don’t reuse it for those tasks.) You can safely use parchment paper in an oven.

Wax paper also has a non-stick surface, but it’s not intended for use around any kind of heat source. The wax on the paper could melt. It’s better to use it to cover countertops to make clean-up easier. You can also use it to roll out dough or pound chicken breasts into submission.

Though parchment paper is typically more expensive, it’s far more versatile. You should opt for wax paper only if you plan on making a mess and want to discard it easily. But don’t get the two mixed up, as wax paper near heat could require another kitchen accessory: a fire extinguisher.

[h/t MarthaStewart.com]