Last meal worthy


Last week I thought I had a good post idea. I was tuned in to the usual early morning radio chatter, and the DJs were poking fun at Kelly Gissendaner’s, an inmate on Georgia’s death row, last meal request.

As the Georgia Department of Corrections reported, Ms. Gissendaner’s request went like this:

…cornbread, buttermilk, two Whoppers with cheese and all the trimmings, two large orders of French fries, cherry vanilla ice cream, popcorn and lemonade. She also wants a salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, carrots and cheese to be topped with Paul Newman buttermilk dressing.

Not only were the DJs chuckling about Ms. Gissendaner’s request for Whoppers, they called out the “Paul Newman buttermilk dressing.” They were saying that while the Paul Newman dressing is good, is it really that good to make it on a last meal request?

Me being me, I rolled the idea around in my head a bit and thought this whole “last meal” topic could make for a funny blog post. But after I took to the internet to learn more about Kelly Gissendaner, what crime(s) she committed, when, etc, I realized it’s not funny. No, I’m not going to go off on some politically charged rant about the death penalty. I simply lost the desire to joke about a person’s last meal request. I suppose when I read the details about the case, things became a little more real. The instigator, the murderer, the victim, other family members. It just became sad.

So while I don’t find Ms. Gissendaner’s predicament funny in the least, I still think drafting up a list of foods I would want for my last meal would be kind of interesting, maybe even a little revealing (early morning DJs be damned).

A side note that I do believe I would still stick with foods that fall within my food tolerance zone so anything with gluten, lactose, and fructose is not eligible for my worthy foods list.

So here is what I’m thinking —

* BJ’s gluten free pizza with pretty much all the GF toppings
* BJ’s gluten free pizzookie dessert
* Omission Lager (are “alcohol” requests allowed, I wonder?)

No fancy steak for me, no fancy anything. But if the state wanted to throw in one of those cute drink umbrellas in my beer bottle, I wouldn’t object.

Now, if I was, for whatever reason, forced to choose from Mexican fare, I’m thinking —

* Gluten free beef fajitas with all the fixings (on corn tortillas of course)
* Chips and salsa (can’t forget the chips and salsa!)
* All natural margarita on the rocks with salt (fishbowl size)

I don’t think Kelly Gissendaner’s last meal request is strange at all. Surely her included foods are associated to better times and/or times of comfort. I made my two lists of different culinary fare, but I wonder what my list(s) would look like if I was literally scheduled to die. And I’m betting my favorite foods list will change as I grow older.

I’m curious what YOUR “last meal” worthy foods include. Do share in the comments.


10 thoughts on “Last meal worthy”

  1. Lol – nice try with the cultural cuisine options 😛 but what meal really fits the crime. Also, that’s a lot of food for one woman – not you, gerablippityblop

  2. That’s a tough one. There are so many different foods I just love.

    Once we were camping and it started to rain and there was no way I was going to try to fix dinner in the rain, so we went into town. The pizza place was packed and the only other place was a high-end little inn with candles and tablecloths. We were in full on camping mode (no showers for days, crazy hair, dirt under our nails), but they sat us anyway and served us dark beer and this schnitzel with lemon caper sauce and garlic mashed potatoes while the rain came down like cats and dogs. We were all ravenous. The kids were still little and picky as hell, but we all ate like we’d never experienced such joy before. The meal probably cost as much as a car payment, but it was the very best ever.

    So I guess I’d go with the schnitzel. Either that or a greasy bacon cheeseburger. And a beer. A good micro brew.

    1. Your story reminds me of the best shower I ever had in my life. It was after an all day affair of messing with home insulation. Messy itchy dirty. That shower felt so good. 🙂

  3. This wouldn’t be my last meal request, but I do have a twist for you. Say you have an extremely virulent allergy to shellfish. Why not order shrimp cocktail, shrimp & grits (with the spicy remoulade) and a chicken & shrimp gumbo? If you eat really fast, you might get enough of the allergens into you to beat the state to their appointed task. Or at the very least, you could get them to spend a ridiculous amount of money to save you just so they could execute you the right way. May as well go out kicking, eh?

      1. Yeah, 3 shrimp dishes is a little over the top. Maybe have a reasonable appetizer then some sort of surf & turf that features your allergen of choice in only 1/2 the dish – try to sell it a little, then go for broke towards the end. I still wonder of they could get a crash cart there in time. I really don’t want to find out though!

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