Friday, January 20, 2012

3 Short Subjects

So Paula Deen has diabetes. Ms. Deen, along with her sons, either host or appear on 16 to 23 shows on the Food Network at any given moment. In the past, Ms. Deen has been criticized for her high fat, high salt, pour some sugar on everything recipes. She co-authored a children's cookbook that angered the ladies on The View by suggesting the young ones eat cheesecake for breakfast. 

It seems the internet was invented for this moment of schadenfreude.Anthony Bourdain has a few funny and not particularly supportive comments here. Of course the vegans are out in force, for which group is more likely to let someone else's misfortune pass without scoring their own points. (Maybe TeeVee preachers win that). Although Ms. Deen has had diabetes for three years, it wasn't until she took a reported 7 figure endorsement deal to push a drug that Huffington Post suggests maybe has some issues, that she bravely decided to make her illness public. And everyone is piling on, suggesting the very unhealthy food she cooks may have something to do with her current predicament. I object to this last point, I have little sympathy for Ms. Deen, who looks like she has spent more of her life scheduling cosmetic surgery  than exercising. Then not surprisingly, she decided to push a pill rather than a lifestyle change, but it's not individual foods that are good or bad, it's diets in their totality that are healthy or unhealthy. You can have my buttermilk fried chicken and cold beer when you pry it from my greasy fingers.

I like Whole Foods.It's located one block from work, I can easily pick up their 365 brand foods - not an endorsement, but these branded foods offer a high quality to price ratio - the cornerstone of how I shop for groceries. That and daily specials, which have to be loss-leaders, help improve the quality of my diet. I also appreciate some but not all their policies on food - Sometimes I just need freakin cornstarch and that isn't going to frustratingly happen at Whole Foods, but with fish and seafood, I just want dinner, not 20 minutes of calculating whether the catch was sustainable or not. I'm glad they have a system in place so all I have to do is decide if my secondary protocol for shopping - the price to desire ratio aligns. And it looks like big box stores are catching on to this trend - this could mean less tilapia and catfish, more ocean fish for me.

I was recently challenged to write something exciting about parsnips. Instead, I chose to write some funny things about parsnips. Although the parsnip has a history of being funny, there is a whole episode of Blackadder based on the shape of an unseen parsnip, I find constraints always help, not limit comedy. But that's just me and maybe you don't think this is a chucklely as I do.

More next week



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