Liquid Smoke

Liquid Smoke
or, Dad’s favorite foods to make and eat

slicing apples with a knife on the couch
spiraling the peel

tuna rice
turkey burgers on the grill
pickled garlic cloves right from the jar

halibut and chips out the road
at that tiny diner behind the auto shop
that nobody knows is there

jojo potatoes and chimichangas at foodland’s deli
popcorn and the veggie lover’s supreme pizza at bullwinkle’s

all you can eat chinese buffets,
especially the spring rolls and general tso’s chicken

grandma joan’s zucchini bread
his signature lemon bars
coffee with irish cream
mike’s hard lemonade

chocolate cake
the gluten-free dairy-free kind
and the glutenous dairy-full kind

baked brie with crackers
baked halibut with yogurt dill sauce
cheese and refried bean dip
clam chowder, especially ivar’s in seattle

lead balloon soup
a carrot/potato/onion kitchen soup kind of thing
that he says ‘goes over like a lead balloon’

nathan’s hot dogs in new york city
on his ‘must do’ list the one time he visited me

his signature chili
with liquid smoke as the secret ingredient
on family dinner sunday

Published by Sinclair Sexsmith

Sinclair Sexsmith is “the best-known butch erotica writer whose kinky, groundbreaking stories have turned on countless queer women” (AfterEllen), who “is in all the books, wins all the awards, speaks at all the panels and readings, knows all the stuff, and writes for all the places” (Autostraddle). ​Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. They identify as a white non-binary butch dominant, a survivor, and an introvert, and use the pronouns they, them, theirs, themself. Follow all their personal writings and all the updates through patreon.com/mrsexsmith.

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