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The secrets of dining etiquette unlocked

I’ll never forget seeing the movie Titanic. One of my favorite quotes was when Jack was eating dinner with Rose and her family in first class. In front of him were numerous numbers of forks. New money Molly Brown told him to start from the outside and work his way in.

This fascinated me. Even though I grew up in the South, I never took cotillion classes or was taught about etiquette. So I always hear good ole’ Molly’s voice in my head when at a fine dining restaurant or family gathering.

I found this awesome infographic on etiquette. Hopefully it will prove to be a good cheat sheet.

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When vegans attack I ask, ‘is there one right way to eat?’

Last week, I had the pleasure of reading some very heated ramblings about a college course an acquaintance of mine was taking, called the psychology of food.

Being a vegan, she went onto say that the book her professor wrote was “backwards.” 3o comments later, her Facebook friends, many of them vegans as well, were supporting her, giving her “intelligent” advice such as “Pardon me, my dear []… Fuck that shit. You tell her what’s up!” and “You need to fight this bitch!”

Funny, I always thought vegans were peaceful people, abstaining from meat to save the animals or some bullshit like that. But they showed more malicious behavior towards their fellow man than they did to some soulless creature that cultures all over  the world have been eating since the beginning of time.

I have to agree with this young lady that I find it upsetting that the professor doesn’t believe in eating fruits or vegetables. But I also find it hard to believe the professor actually believes this. I suspect there might be some human error in misunderstanding the text.

Assumptions aside, I put my two cents in, agreeing that fruits and veggies are a vital part of a diet, but that meat is also good and can be substituted with other protien-filled options if one is not comfortable consuming meat. And then, the vegan attacked me.

I didn’t reply. There is no arguing with someone set in stone.

She made my point, however, but from the viewpoint of cereal grains. We’ve been brought up to think whole wheat is a healthy option. People eat bread everyday to make sandwiches, as a side item to their spaghetti, a roll to their bbq, toast. Think about toast. A piece of bread with fat and sugar spread on it, optionally of course. Our bodies can’t digest all this grain.

I believe in meat. I don’t believe in over-indulging in meat. But I believe that we should eat meat. I think that the way it is prepared now days, in filthy conditions with animals being fed a largely corn diet, which our bodies also can’t digest, is contaminating the sacredness of meat. Combined with a weathly country that can afford to buy meat and eat it all the time, along with boxed fatty foods and no desire to go outside and play anymore, of course the obesity and diabetes rates in this country are spiked.

This young woman did mentioned there have been studies about meat that links it to cancer, as many other things in our daily lives are linked to cancer. So I found a study and analyzed it.

First off, the study was done by The National Cancer Institute. Not a completely unbiased party. They’re out to link everything to cancer. They’re expecting things to cause cancer. They want to scare us.

Second off, the study only regarded red meats, such as “beef, pork, bacon, ham, hamburger, hot dogs, liver, pork sausage, steak, and meats in foods such as pizza, stews, and lasagna.” But what about white meat such as turkey, fish and chicken? So, I say to my dear acquaintance, is all meat bad, or just half of it?

Third, the study was done with 50 to 71 year olds. Come on! 71? They’re almost dead anyways. There are too many other health problems that these over-the-hill participants could have developed, say I don’t know, throughout their whole life, that could have accounted for an early mortality rate.

Plus, what about the corn diet these animals are eating. Our bodies can’t digest corn. And the filthy conditions they’re grown in and prepared in. They wash meat with ammonia. That sounds more cancerous to me than the meat.

I do agree that meat does have cholesterol and that red meat shouldn’t be consumed nearly as much as Americans eat it. But I don’t believe that we should completely knock it off a diet.

Of course, there are many that would disagree with me. You can still have a healthy diet being vegan. I guess there is just no one right way to eat.

Mmmm, surf n' turf, my favorite. Photo Credit: partyblueprintsblog.com

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Funny things people do with their food

Saw some funny things people did with their food. Enjoy

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My big fat Greek drama

Drama, theatrics; The Greeks invented it. They created it. They owned it. And for one year of my life, I got to witness a different type of Greek theatrics.

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I worked at a family owned seafood restaurant last year. Three Greek brothers ran the joint. One worked the bar, one the kitchen, and the other just sat at “The Family Table” and ate all night.

When I applied, one brother warned me, ‘We’re Greek, this is family owned, things can get crazy, people can be rude. Can you handle that?’

I handled it very well. In my year there I saw many employees come and go, some as short as a mere three days. The constant grumpiness from the brother who worked the line was aggravated at the least. I once saw another employee throw two baked potatoes at his feet while in a shouting match with him.

The brother behind the bar could be very sweet and nice. I’m sure it helped that I was woman. But when he was in a bad mood, there was no negotiating.

There were no rules, like in a corporate business. The schedule sometimes would only be done day by day. The servers were constantly running out of ketchup, salad dressing, crackers, cheese, toppings, silverware. I mean, what kind of restaurant runs out of silverware? And napkins!? One time I had to bring my table, which had two platters of 1lb snow crab legs, an oyster shucker and fork because we had no more crab crackers available.

With all these flaws however, I got to see a lot of dishes being prepared and learned some new kitchen terms.

Unfortunately, the Greek drama caught up to me and I quit. But I am thankful for my experience. As hectic and frustrating as it could be, it’s a restaurant. After three years of working in the restaurant business, I understand that’s how kitchens are and I have come to love each kitchen I worked at. All are cluttered, loud, smell delicious. But each has its own culture and lifestyle.

So in honor of this little Greek restaurant, I will share a simple Greek dressing recipe that we used to prepare for guest and that I just used on my salad.

Greek Dressing like the Greeks do it:

(There are no measurements)

1) Fill up half the container with extra virgin olive oil

2) Fill the other half with a red wine vinegar

3) A dash of oregano

4) A dash of salt

4) A dash of pepper

Shake well and enjoy.

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I am no domestic goddess…or so I thought

I am terrible at cooking. I can mess up the easiest task. I mean, come on, I burn my toast every single time.

No one ever taught me the ways of the kitchen. My parents wouldn’t let me near a stove until I was 17 because they were scared I would burn the house down. And so, my potential with food suffered.

Now that I am on the paleo diet, I can’t have any cereal grains, which includes wheat, rye, brown rice, any kind of beans, etc. which means a lot more cooking with meats and spices and a lot less of throwing pasta on the burner or a pizza in the oven.

At first I was deterred. All I knew how to make was a chicken stir fry, which for the first week was all I had night after night.

But then I grew some balls and decided to try out a new recipe for cinnamon chicken.

SUCCESS!

I was so proud of myself. The meat didn’t dry out, the cinnamon and other spices weren’t too overpowering. It would be something I would serve to my husband, who by the way cooks very well, and would not be embarrassed.

My hope is to live healthier through eating unprocessed foods and of course experience new flavors through becoming a better cook.

My dog, Riley, is begging for my cinnamon chicken

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