I always love to read those "man-on-the-street" columns in my local newspaper. It seems that frivolous questions rather than weighty ones inspire far livelier and intriguing responses. In the same spirit, I collar friends, relatives, and total strangers to ask them inconsequential questions on culinary matters.

Q: What did you eat for lunch at school when you were a kid? 

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Amy: Peanut butter and raisin sandwiches. The raisins were in a layer as if it were jelly. My mother must have invented it. Peanut butter and raisins seems like a logical match. Actually, I liked all peanut butter variations. I always had a piece of fruit and Pepperidge Farm cookies. I never traded because all my friends had lunch-meat. I really didn't like lunch meat.

Jonathan: I was partial to cream cheese and tomato sandwiches. I usually had a marshmallow pie in my lunch. And fruit of some variety. I'm addicted to fruit. I always felt highly deprived because I wan't given money for the lunches they served at school. I had to make my own lunch from the time I was about six.

Amy responds: He's from England. He had a very Dickensian household.