Thursday, February 03, 2005

Burgers and Fries

Thursday nights are usually soup or sandwich night in our household (and yes, every night does have some sort "theme" and no I don't have OCD it just helps me plan meals). We had awesome veggie burgers (Garden Burger "flame grilled" are the best), fries, baked beans and asparagus. I don't miss "real" burgers at all - after all it was always the stuff that went on top that I liked - avocado, pickles, onions, etc. And I really like the peace of mind of knowing what I'm eating. I mean, have you ever heard of Mad Tofu?

Speaking of...I had the privilege of meeting Howard Lyman, The Mad Cowboy, at a food festival last fall. This is the guy who was on Oprah Winfrey and was then sued by Texas ranchers under the "Texas Food Disparagement Act." He is quite a speaker. He told a funny story about his mother-in-law and her reaction to the fact that he and his wife had become vegan. She was complaining about having Thanksgiving at his house so he said "Come to our house for Thanksgiving and I promise you there will be turkey." So she shows up and looks in the oven - no turkey. Looks in the fridge - no turkey. Looks everywhere - no turkey. He takes her to the backyard and there, fully alive, is the turkey. He says to her "if you can kill it, I'll cook it." He ended with the quip "I'm happy to say that turkey is still alive. Unfortunately, so is my mother-in-law." Ba-da-bing. But he made a very good point. When it's sitting on a styrofoam tray and wrapped in plastic wrap we really don't have to think much about it. Just because we don't have to doesn't mean we shouldn't. So if you're looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything how about a turkey? My dad got one for his 82nd birthday (okay, just a picture of one) and loved it. Or at least he said he did. Maybe he was just being nice. Oh well, it's better than a tie.

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