Ode To Takeout (Song Parody to be sung to My Favorite Things)

I’m not much of a cook. Don’t believe me? Just try reading (or singing) my Ode To Takeout song parody, which I wrote for And They Cook, Too: A Blogger Cookbook and fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders.

Ode To Takeout (Sing To My Favorite Things)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Baked meat lasagna and Indian curry.
Sesame noodles. I’m famished! Please hurry!
Buddha’s Delight that is fit for a king.
Takeout is one of my favorite things.

Greek beef moussaka and cheese ravioli.
Brocc’li and eggplant, stir fried with aioli.
Barbecued chicken: Just breasts and some wings.
Takeout is one of my favorite things.

When I’m feeling
Pangs of hunger,
Need fine food to eat,
I thumb through my menus and pick up the phone.
Cause takeout just can’t be beat.

Turkey with stuffing that isn’t too mushy.
Beef yakiniku, but please hold the sushi.
Salad that’s topped with a dressing that zings.
Takeout is one of my favorite things.

Chicken with walnuts and garlic, quite spicy.
Filet mignon. I don’t care that it’s pricey.
Lo mein and dumplings and fried onion rings.
Takeout is one of my favorite things.

When I yearn for
Something tasty
Need good food to eat,
I leaf through my menus and reach for the phone.
Cause takeout just can’t be beat.

(Author’s Note: I live in an ethnic food wonderland — Bayside, Queens, New York — which is why all this and more can be (and often is) delivered to my home.)

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7 Responses to “Ode To Takeout (Song Parody to be sung to My Favorite Things)”

  1. Rosemary says:

    I absolutely loved this. You submitted it to the blog carnival. And I know what you are talking about because I originally lived in the Bronx for 25 years of my life and I miss it enormously(living in Fl for 13 years). I was in NY in October visiting my daughter who is at Columbia University. We spent the day all over the city and ended up at St. Genaro feast. Oh, just the sight and smell of all of the foods. Just the NY pizza had me drooling. Ended our night at Veniero’s – what more can I say. Being Italian with all of those cookies and pastries – OMG.

    Thank you for this. It gave me a good laugh.

  2. madkane says:

    Thanks so much Rosemary. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and could relate! As I often tell my husband, they’ll have to drag me out of NYC kicking and screaming. I love NYC and the wide selection of ethnic cuisine is amazing. :)

  3. Katy says:

    Hi MadKane!
    Popping in from the DIY carnival…LOVED this! I was a NYer for 15 years in Astoria and then Manhattan. I loved Rosemary’s post too as she mentioned some of my favorite haunts. We’re in High Point, NC now and the cuisine can be summed up in 3 words:BBQ, BBQ, BBQ…never seen so many varieties. We also have good Thai food i the area.

  4. madkane says:

    Thanks so much Katy. Funny, but I was in Astoria just a few days ago. And I’m always in Manhattan.

    BBQ and Thai, huh? Not bad, but I can’t live without my Indian. :)

    I don’t know where High Point, NC is, but I do have family in Cary, NC.

  5. madkane says:

    Thanks Nickers!

  6. Katy says:

    High Point is next town over from Greensboro and forms “The Triad” with Winston-Salem added into the mix. It’s the Furniture Capital of the World. Anyway, Cary is near to Raleigh and we were over there today to see an exhibit at the Nasher Museum at Duke U.