5@5 - Scary-sounding ingredients not to be scared of
July 20th, 2011
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Earlier this year, in partnership with the fine folks at Food & Wine Magazine, our readers had a chance to vote for the chef whose restaurant had most significantly stirred their soul and their palate - and that chef ended up being Jamie Bissonnette.

Bissonnette was named The People's Best New Chef because he’s not afraid to challenge diners’ palates with daring nose-to-tail cooking, like calf’s-brain ravioli and blood-sausage pepperoni pizza, at Coppa in Boston, Massachusetts.

And now, he wants to extend that same challenge to your very own home.

Five Scary-Sounding Ingredients Not to Be Scared Of: Jamie Bissonnette

1. Beef Heart
"Grilled steak is good. Roasted beef is great. Grilled beef heart is amazing. It’s more flavorful, just as easy to cook as flank steak, and cheaper. It also helps the farmers sell all the usable meat. Do one a la plancha (grilled) and serve it with romesco sauce like we do at Toro (recipe below)."

2. Tripe
"So many people say they hate tripe. When I show them how to cook it, they’re almost always converted. Tripe really absorbs the flavors it cooks with, so cook it with good ingredients and flavors and get an amazing dish. It also has a great texture.

Add it to chili (recipe below), or braise it with a stew, and use it to impress your friends!"

3. Liver
"Liver and onions is a classic. Sweet onions, vinegar, and sautéed onions. It’s important to remember that when cooking liver, it should be done medium so it’s not overcooked.

It also makes great leftovers. Chop whatever is left and mix it with equal parts butter for a killer chopped liver sandwich."

4. Pig's head
"It’s big. One trick for tackling this one at home is to ask your butcher to take out the bones and separate the cheeks.

Braise the cheeks, they are wicked tasty. Then freeze the fat and dice it to use in chowders like salt pork."

5. Pig tails
"I love pig tails, but there’s only one per piggy and it’s the best part. At Coppa, we roast pig tails in the wood oven and glaze them with mostarda. Delicious!

Also, surprisingly I see them in markets all the time. Next time pick you see pig tails in the market, take them home and treat them like pork ribs – slow cook them, glaze them, and dig in to a sweet piece of tail."

Grilled Beef Heart


  • 1 beef heart (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup Romesco sauce
  • 1 baguette
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. Open the heart up, and trim out the shiny parts of silver skin. Cut into 2-ounce steaks. Marinate with the garlic, crushed, thyme, olive oil, and vinegar 4 hours up to 2 days.
  2. When ready, pre-heat a grill. Grill the hearts to medium. Let rest until room temperature. Slice as thin as possible against the grain.
  3. Slice baguette, grill the bread, then rub it with a garlic clove and brush with oil. Then top the toast with some sliced heart, and a dollop of Romesco and a drizzle of olive oil.

Chili with Tripe
Serves 6 to 10


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound tripe
  • 2 Spanish onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 habanero, minced (with seeds if you like it hot, with out if you don't)
  • 8 cups canned tomatoes, crushed with the juice
  • 4 cups cooked pinto beans, drained
  • 1 Tall Boy Narragansett, 16 oz. can
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cascabel pepper, ground
  • 1 tablespoon urfa pepper, ground
  • 1 tablespoon Aleppo Pepper, ground
  • 1 cinnamon stick, whole

Cooking Directions

  1. Cover the tripe with water. Bring to a simmer. Allow to cook just below a boil for 20 minutes. Skim any impurities. Drain the tripe, discard the water it cooked in. Rinse the tripe. Reserve.
  2. Brown the beef and pork together in a Dutch oven or large heavy bottom pot. Add the garlic, onions, bell pepper, and habanero. Cook until onions are tender. Add the tripe, beans, carrot, dried spices and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add one can of Narragansett and cook for 5 minutes then add the tomatoes. Lower heat to a very low simmer, season with salt and pepper, cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour until it's as thick as you like your chili. Serve with a pat of butter on top.

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  1. frida

    and the banana said i need some meat! lol!

    August 8, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  2. Golf Dude

    Wow! how spicy it is! After reading your blog now i just want to try it as soon as possible. love to have your chili recipe .

    July 31, 2011 at 2:32 am |
  3. Noxious Sunshine

    I cant wait for our wedding... The fiancee says the men will roast an entire pig in a big hole in the ground... I'm sure with enough tequila i'll try the different parts.. With some homemade corn tortillas, nopales, arroz... I'm hungry now lol

    July 22, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  4. SUJ

    Where is the Goat's Head Soup?

    July 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  5. sergio georgini

    If even the idea of eating organ meats grosses you out that much, you probably should consider not eating meat. Using organs is an excellent way to avoid waste. Plus, many of the organ meats are tasty. Heart and tongue? Just big muscles, like the meat cuts you're used to eating. Liver? Fatty and delicious (and rich in vitamins/minerals). Sweetbreads are also nice and rich. I don't care for tripe (texture/taste thing), lung (spongy), or kidney (mmm, uriney), but pretty much everything else is fair game.

    July 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  6. Noxious Sunshine

    I eat meat. My fiancee does too.. While I refuse to eat tripa, I have had heart, tongue, & stomago (stomach). Mexicans dont waste animal parts lol.... My fiancee loves all that plus pickled pig ears, chicharrones, and a bunch of other shiz

    July 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  7. Kniv

    'The eyes of the predator look ahead, the eyes of the prey look to the side'. Humans are carnivores.

    July 21, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • Thoth-Amon

      That, folks, is what is known as a "thought-terminating cliché." Props to the vegans/vegetarians who have posted their intelligent and irrefutable rebuttals here.

      July 21, 2011 at 10:16 am |
      • BS

        Well, we can probably all agree that humans are not carnivores, since a carnivore's diet consists of mostly or entirely meat. But the veggies here have not done a good job promoting their agenda. Not unless you consider lies, myths, and exaggerations to be a good job.

        July 21, 2011 at 11:40 am |
      • Wayne

        BS, the fact is humans can thrive well on meat alone as long as it has the proper amount of fat. Humans suffer all kinds of illness when trying to live without consuming meat.

        July 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
      • BS

        Your second sentence is correct. Your first sentence might technically be correct, but it is not possible to eat healthy consuming a diet of only meat. The human body was designed to eat a variety of food.

        July 22, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  8. anticuchos!!

    I could never be a vegeterian because it would force me to give up bacon and my fave food of all time...ANTICUCHOS!! What are anticuchos you may ask...well they are chunks of marinated beef heart grilled on a bamboo stick a la shish kabob. And wow wow wow do I love it! I feel bad for people who have never had such a delicious taste in their mouth.

    July 21, 2011 at 4:02 am |
    • sergio georgini

      beef heart is awesome.

      July 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  9. Gil Tucker

    I love liver whether it is fresh beef liver eaten raw or chicken cooked on a skillet or with omelets.
    The worse food I have ever eaten is liver and onions. Not sure who came up with that recipe is a liver hater.
    Don't do it. I'm willing to bet the people that came up with that recipe are not liver eaters.
    AGAIN I repeat DO NOT COOK LIVER AND ONIONS it is worse combination of foods.

    I have been eaten liver since I was born BUT NEVER WITH ONIONS, sweet or otherwise.
    The recipe above to cook it with butter, again the 2nd worst recipe ever. How grouse can one get
    with liver.
    In an non-stick skillet with light seasoning of salt and pepper and there you go. Simple and great. And if you have left overs put in a sandwich bag in fridge for the next day; heat before serving and that is it.

    July 21, 2011 at 2:25 am |
    • Thoth-Amon

      Who gave us liver and onions? The Jews, that's who. They cause all the wars in the world, and they give us that tripe. Uh, liver.

      July 21, 2011 at 7:53 am |
      • sergio georgini

        whoa. antisemitic, much?

        July 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • Thoth-Amon

        @sergio: My remark was about as anti-Semitic as the deleted scene from "Mad Max" that's posted on YouTube.

        July 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  10. mr. dumass

    save an animal, eat a vegan.

    July 21, 2011 at 2:21 am |
    • Godoftrade

      Ha! Shouldn't it be "save an animal, eat a carnivore?"

      July 21, 2011 at 2:24 am |
  11. Godoftrade

    BTW... we are at the top of the food chain because we're smart, not because we kill off the species that seem threatening to us... like chickens, cows and pigs... WTF?
    We have survived because we're the only rational species in the world, that and we've been nomads and we have adapted very well.

    July 21, 2011 at 2:17 am |
  12. Lee Cherry

    EAT BLOOD? HEARTS, LIVER, PIG INTESTINES (Bacon or pork bellies) UGH! No wonder we act like animals. Eat veggies. Act like veggies. Say calm. lol

    July 21, 2011 at 1:48 am |
    • Godoftrade

      Hahaha nice... well I am a vegetarian and by no means do I want to act as a vegetable. Lol
      Au contraire, I have the drive to stay active and upbeat, and I associate it to that. Whether it's true or not, mentally it works.

      July 21, 2011 at 2:54 am |
  13. Lauren

    I miss eating chicken hearts and a good chopped liver. But short of a starvation situation, you could never get me to eat tripe or any pork product.

    July 21, 2011 at 1:38 am |
  14. Lee Cherry

    If its scary sounding, that because it is. God told the Hebrews (and us, by the way) to drain the blood out of the animal before you cook and eat it. God also said dont eat the swine. Oh no! You Christians think Jesus said its alright to eat anything you want. Wrong! What God said about what humans should eat still stands today. Dont be a jerk and think you can eat this crap without suffering the consequences!

    July 21, 2011 at 1:38 am |
  15. Chickendee

    If animals weren't meant to be eaten, they would be made of celery....not meat. However, as well as being blessed with chompers designed for chewing more than lettuce, note that we were also blessed with the "gag reflex"...thus the argument against all things icky & stinky with strange/unappealing names sticks!!!!

    July 21, 2011 at 1:19 am |
    • BS

      Preference for food is learned, not instinct. If you were to start eating a bigger variety of foods, you'd learn to like them. Just like black coffee and other foods that are considerd an "acquired taste."

      July 21, 2011 at 1:23 am |
      • BS

        OK, correction. Instinct is involved as well. So said another way, babies/kids who are regularly fed fruits and vegetables generally grow up to like them. Likewise, an adult can also learn to like them.

        July 21, 2011 at 1:26 am |
    • Godoftrade

      Lol... you make no sense. First animals made of celery...? I'm lost.
      Then teeth designed to rip meat? What about our digestive systems? Have you thought of that?

      July 21, 2011 at 2:56 am |
      • sergio georgini

        uh, that was the poster's point. That celery is gross, and animals are tasty, and we were given the tools (such as the right teeth) to eat animal meat.

        July 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  16. Sheri

    Regardless of how these animals are raised, animal organs are extremely bad for your health. Consuming any amount of organ or processed meat can greatly increase the risk of colon cancer and other ailments. Stick with low fat high quality meats. And grass fed meat is night and day compared to grain fed. Try a nice med-rare local grass fed steak and you will never go back.

    July 21, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  17. Becca

    Well Pretty soon we will not have to worry about what we as as we will be lucky enough to afford anything to eat. Thanks to our government feeding the would world! And giving the whole world our money!

    July 21, 2011 at 12:56 am |
    • Lauren

      Foreign aid is only about 1% of the federal budget. And the food assistance that goes overseas is due to overproduction caused by subsidies given to US farming corporations by the federal government, which actually has the effect of dropping the world price of staples (such as cotton, corn and rice) thereby depressing the income of third-world farmers. In other words, the only reason we are feeding poor countries is because of huge amounts of fiscal waste on unnecessary subsidies for agriculture whose magnitude dwarfs what is given in foreign aid (both economic, military, and other forms).

      July 21, 2011 at 1:36 am |
      • sergio georgini

        true enough. I would add, though, that a major obstacle to distributing surplus food (such as overproduction of subsidized product) is the conservative/Republican ideological objection to public assistance. It gets old listening to people whine about how we send surplus food abroad when the fact is that we wouldn't be able to put it to good use at home. Sending it abroad is better than wasting it.

        July 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  18. Leslie

    I've had all except the head and the tail. I've also had chicken hearts, gizzards and cow's tongue... my favorite is Tripe :D sooooo good and the texture is awesome! :P

    July 21, 2011 at 12:55 am |
  19. Dana

    Monkfish liver. If you ever get the chance, that stuff is amazing!! Ask for it in Japanese restaurants.

    July 21, 2011 at 12:28 am |
  20. MOWMOW

    Thanks cnn im a vegan

    July 21, 2011 at 12:26 am |
  21. Frenchy

    I have a hard time with Head Cheese. It could use a better name, for starters.

    July 21, 2011 at 12:20 am |
  22. guy

    must be an american. tell you what, you guys start actually testing your livestock for prion diseases like bse then go eat calf brain ravioli.

    July 21, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  23. Jim

    I have tried tripe many different ways and I still hate it.

    July 21, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • Jim

      Oh yeah and liver is worse.

      July 21, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  24. Mark

    These foods in this article will only be terrible for your health. Everyone please GO VEGAN for your health, for the animals, and for the Earth.

    July 21, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • Rick

      Good point, I switched to being vegetarian after my son switched to vegan and have never felt better. We only eat so much meat because we were raised eating it to benefit agribusiness. In the old days, meat was raised naturally but was expensive and you only had it a couple times a week. Now industrial farming allows you to buy a $1 burger, imagine what the heck is in that thing! Most of the flavors in food come from the veggies and spices anyway.

      July 21, 2011 at 12:20 am |
      • Godoftrade

        Great point. It concludes me to say that if the price of meats and animal products are cheaper than the vegetable products, something has to be wrong...

        July 21, 2011 at 2:58 am |
      • BS

        I don't think meat is usually cheaper than non-meat products. And when it is, it has a lot to do with the higher cost of shipping/handling.

        July 21, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  25. chmch

    This food is incredibly bad for you. Maybe in the past, sure, but with the toxic levels in our current food chain, you'd have to be nuts to eat any organs at all, I don't care how good it tastes. The guy saying it helps farmers use all of the 'cow' is off his rocker.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  26. Alan

    Anyone else of the several generations ahead, who wonder if we should take any advice from a guy who has no better judgment that to cover himself with tatoos? Imagine how those tats will look when he's our age.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
    • Schmellock

      They are gross and I sure as hell would not want him cooking anything for me.

      August 8, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  27. daisy

    Is this article for real? Do people really eat this stuff? I'm thinking it's a joke article. Either that, or people are more disgusting in their eating habits than I thought they were. Yikes.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • Noxious Sunshine

      Wow.... Sheltered much?

      Walmar sells organs in my area now....

      July 22, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  28. TheTeacherThePreacher

    What, no insects?

    July 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  29. James

    For every animal that you don't eat, I'm going to eat two.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  30. Julie

    Mmm. Did you just miss scrambled eggs and beef brains or is that one actually something to be scared of? ;)
    It isn't that I'm scared of any of these foods – it's just that with the exception of liver – I don't like 'em.
    I hate the texture and underwhelming taste of heart (and kidney while I'm at it). I hate fatty meat like pig face and tail, (and brisket and chicken thighs too)
    And tripe just tastes like, well, tripe to me. The only time I ever ate it was in soup made by a lady whose tripe soup was beloved by all. No-one mentioned what was in the soup and I didn't ask, but all the while I was eating it I kept trying to identify what it WAS about that soup that was so ... yech. Now I know. Tripe had a fair trial and blew it.

    I must admit I was a little disappointed with this article. These are pretty predictable "ick" foods that few are likely to try and that have no special value to try other than usually being very cheap to buy. I thought maybe you were going to talk about plain yogurt or vegan entrees or garlic pie or something.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  31. Thoth-Amon

    "...calf’s-brain ravioli and blood-sausage pepperoni pizza..." Mr. Macho-Tough-Guy-Chef with all those stupid tattoos. Folks have been eating and enjoying offal for millennia and this jerk-wad comes along thinking he's original when it's all just some jizzed-up pose. NOT BUYING IT!!!

    July 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • Conan the Barbarian@Thoth-Amon

      Only a skinny, powerless, pip-squeak would find a "Mr. Macho-Tough-Guy-Chef" type offensive. He's offering alternative ways to prepare food items things that rarely get eaten. Go pout and stomp your feet somewhere else.

      July 21, 2011 at 9:19 am |
      • Thoth-Amon

        Let me guess- you found my remarks to be offended. Sorry, I'm not some PC-wuss like yourself. "Conan" indeed. What a laugh, girly-man.

        July 21, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • Conan the Barbarian@Thoth-Amon

      Offended by your comments? Hardly. Didn't put that much stock in to what you posted. Just think you missed the intent of the article.

      Some anger therapy might be in order for ya, Sluggo.

      July 21, 2011 at 10:27 am |
      • Thoth-Amon

        Onan the Masturbarian would be a better name for you.

        July 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  32. Humor

    Yum, pan fried liver and tart apples. Grandpa raises his own beef and the only time we have organ meat is when he butchers in November. Grandpa doesn't trust store bought organ meat, so it is a treat, though I never got into eating beef tongue and Grandma won't let brains, tripe, and pigs feet in the house. lol.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  33. RickR

    I'd try some of these dishes, but right now I don't have the heart... :)

    July 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  34. Lars J

    Why just focus on dead animal foods? And who invented the scary names put on vegetables? The devil? I mean, we know plants are good for us and we don't eat enough of them, but who came up with names like peas, squash, beets? When I was 5 years old my aunt had a stoke and I overheard some relatives say in ominous terms "She's a vegetable now". Like this is going to make me want to eat my asparagus?!?

    July 20, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Lee Cherry

      Love it. LOL

      July 21, 2011 at 1:50 am |
  35. Rachel

    I would be willing to try the chili . I've had canned pork brains w/eggs. It's pretty good. As a trick one day I made it for my step daughter and she just loved it lots of mmmmm's. Even after I told her it had brains in it she still ate it.

    July 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • Frenchy

      She probably thought you were BS-ing her and went along with it to humor you. And then she probably thought it would be cool to freak her friends out at school ("My step-mom is so weird, she fed me BRAINS!") and pretended to be a zombie.

      I actually like brains myself.

      July 21, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • Delta@Rachel & Frenchy

      I like brains, too. That's why I keep coming back to Eatocracy.
      Occasionally, people with brains leave insightful, funny & entertaining comments.

      July 21, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  36. ClarenceD

    I've had beef heart (delicious) when i was visiting friends out in New Mexico. But I live in New Jersey and have not been able to find ANY place where I can buy it. Does anyone know of a place? Can it be ordered frozen over the internet (although I would really prefer fresh, unfrozen)?

    July 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Rachel

      I'm sure you can order it over the internet. Their are lots of internet sites that sell meats.

      July 20, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Mike

      If your close to NYC check out http://www.takashinyc.com in the W. Village. They have three different cuts of tongue all three w/ different flavors and texture. And the beef cheeks were amazing. The place is small and not inexpensive. But if you want to try something different. You won't be disappointed.

      July 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  37. James

    Ya, tripe hidden in 1lb of other meat with tons of other ingredients, what's the point? Could be a cats tail in there and it would probably taste the same.

    July 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  38. grantg

    The horror that goes on in slaughterhouses to produce this "not to be feared" food is tremendous. Put something healthy on the news for once, it's not that hard!

    July 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • BS

      The "horrors" are greatly exaggerated by people with an agenda.

      July 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
      • Bluemoondrop

        Depends on how you get your meat. Industrial farming most definitely has its fair share of "horrors", which produce animals that are not fit to eat. I know, its hard hearing that. But really, a healthy animal is a tasty one, and the demand for meat is so high, its hard to provide the environment needed for healthy animals ($$ in quality feed and room needed). I like this article because it suggests eating more of the animal- always good. But don't disregard reality because you're scared of the vegetarians ripping the meat out of your mouth- it won't happen, trust me.

        July 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
      • BS

        I am not disregarding reality. The "horrors" are always blown out of proportion. One undercover video is used to convince people the terrible stuff happens everywhere. Facts and science are ignored in favor of myths.

        A few of the most outrageous myths include the idea that cows spend their whole lives in feed lots eating grains and little or no grass. In reality, cows spend 2/3 of their lives in pasture eating grass. Another myth is that chickens and pigs are pumped full of hormones, even though use of hormones in poultry and swine has been illegal for decades.

        I could go on and on.

        July 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
      • Bluemoondrop

        Its true, the majority of cows (not all) begin their lives grazing, but almost ALL are finished on a diet of 70-90% corn. This "finishing" period does lead to an animal higher in saturated fats, not to mention corn being difficult on their digestive system (which leads to antibiotic use). Every package of pork and chicken clearly states that hormones are not used. Quit w/ the smoke screen. However, very limited room is often the case with both animals, which leads to stress and an unhealthy animal. Or are only humans subject to the physical factors of stress? What, do you have a farm on the line bud? Or do you just prefer suffering from the things you consume? who doesn't want the highest quality food possible?

        July 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
      • BS

        Don't put words in my mouth. Besides, I never argued that livestock lives in ideal conditions. I said the "horrors" are exaggerated, and they are. Another example is the chickens that are, unfortunately, put into scalding water still alive. But anti-meat folks will try to make it sound like this is an epidemic, as if this happens to a huge % of chickens. Yet if you do the math, it's actually a small fraction of a percent. One is too many, but this is a purposeful exaggeration designed to mislead people. Likewise the lie that chickens are "de-beaked". A chicken without a beak can't eat. They are not "de-beaked". Their beaks may be clipped. Changing "clipped" to "de-beaked" is an exaggeration.

        Pork, chicken, and eggs are absolutely not all marked as hormone-free. However, organic manufacturers will tout "hormone free" as being a benefit of eating organic pork, chicken, and eggs. Purposely misleading people to think that non-organic has hormones added. Just like you are purposely twisting my words, turning my point that the "horrors" are exaggerated into an argument about whether animals live in ideal conditions or not.

        July 20, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
      • XYZ

        "Facts and science are ignored in favor of myths." BS, please show a reference of ONE "scientific fact" that is being ignored.

        July 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
      • Bluemoondrop

        Stressed birds commit cannibalism and feather plucking, both of which are greatly reduced or nonexistent, in better conditions. I'm far from twisting your words, I just fail to see how people of your opinion help. Put down the meat sword (lol), and realize that our modern production certainly has room for improvement. And yes, some of the responsibility falls on our shoulders, meat 3x a day= at what cost? By saying, ITS FINE, ITS COMPLETELY FINE, you're preventing innovation and improvement because of fear. Again, I repeat, no one is going to tear the meat from your mouth, hopefully you can relax now, and see forward in this blog's general goal- good eatinnn'.

        July 21, 2011 at 12:14 am |
      • BS

        XYZ–Are you kidding me? Try googling "food myths" or a more specific search such as "does meat contain antibiotics".

        Blue–I agree with almost everything you say, since most or all of what you're saying is factual. It, however, has nothing to do with my original comment about "horrors" being exaggerated. Let's make this simpler for you. Answer just one true of false questions for me. "True" means you agree with my original statement. And "False", well given how educated you are on the subject, "False" just means you're a liar (which you don't seem to be).

        1: Animal activists claim chickens are "de-beaked", which is an exaggeration. True or false?

        I am not "Carrying a sword" for meat. In fact, after I found out I have high cholesterol, I've started eating veggie burgers and other vegetarian meals such as Indian food and meatless Mediterranean food. One of my favorite hobbies is growing fruits and veggies in my back yard. OK?

        July 21, 2011 at 12:26 am |
    • TheTeacherThePreacher

      Just be glad that you are at or near the top of the food chain and can decide whether to be a vegan or an omnivore. If you were few notches down, whatever was above you would have no qualms about making a meal of you...It's the way nature works

      July 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • Godoftrade

      If cows really spent their lifetime in pastures and all that, then mass production would never be possible. The consumption of meat, let alone the waste of meat, in the US alone is massive. And yes, it's a big country, but it's not the most profitable thing to own a huge pasture to produce the amounts needed to feed the ignorant majority.
      Educate yourself a little. We are what we eat.

      July 21, 2011 at 2:16 am |
      • BS

        Do some research. Get out and look around. I would be that most people have never even seen a feedlot. While virtually everyone has seen countless cows grazing in pastures. If you want to believe the myth, that's fine. You're just proving my point that the "horrors" are exaggerated.

        If you ever do drive by a feedlot, you will see that they are all fully grown cows. Whether you want to believe it or not, cows spend the majority of their lives eating grass in fields. Educate yourself or blindly believe the myths. It's up to you.

        July 21, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  39. Vickie

    Nope. My father really liked all of those things and I've tried them. Learned to cook most of them as well. The texture is just wrong for me.

    July 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  40. EricZ

    love his shirt! lol

    July 20, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  41. Rebecca

    Maybe you're not scared, but I bet the cows and pigs are!

    July 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  42. SoundOfForest

    Is anyone fighting against animal cruelty anymore?

    July 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • Jim Hawk III

      Raised in cages only two square feet in area, exposed to the elements, fed chemicals and animal waste products, and never once let out until they're to be cut apart and served to humans–oh wait, that's tomatoes. What was the question again?

      July 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
      • BS


        July 21, 2011 at 12:53 am |
      • Maynard

        To us it's harvest day..... To them, It's the holocaust.

        July 21, 2011 at 2:46 am |
    • lsull

      Cows and chickens would probably be extinct without human support. No natural defenses, so maybe they were made for human consumption? Just a thought.

      July 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
      • Mark

        NO animals on this Earth were made for human consumption. The human body was NEVER designed to consume ANY animal products. It is easy to see this in our anatomy. Everyone please GO VEGAN for your health, for the Earth, and for the animals.

        July 21, 2011 at 12:03 am |
      • BS

        I have 4 teeth designed for eating meat that suggest otherwise. Of course, proportionally, those teeth are few, suggesting meat is ideally not a large part of the diet. Today vegetarians may be able to eat healthy without animal products. 100 or 1,000 or 10,000 years ago, animal protien would have been a necessity, since most people would not have had easy access to plant-based protiens that provided all essential amino acids and certain vitamins/minerals.

        Don't make up lies to further your agenda, OK?

        July 21, 2011 at 12:52 am |
      • Lifelong Vegetarian


        Sorry, I have to call BS on your statements about previous eras' vegetarianism. Actually, the common diet up until recently was vegetarian, usually high in grains, nuts, beans, and vegetables. Meat or fish was a rarity among the lower classes, usually reserved for feast days or other special occasions. People ate far more balanced diets, mostly because they needed the fuel to do all the hand labor. It's not until recently that meat has become more accessable to a wider range of social classes. Do some resarch into the actualities of what people were eating, not just the upper classes, and you'll be surprised at what we take as common diet now was not then.

        Oh, and don't be fooled by my user name. I may be a vegetarian, but I grew up on a dairy farm and watched animals get butchered. I really don't care that other people eat meat; I simply don't want it for myself. Eat all the meat you want. Just get an accuarte education on what was actually going on, not the knee-jerk I have canines and all the ancient people were ignorant idiots about food fallacy that you put forth.

        July 21, 2011 at 1:06 am |
      • BS

        Google "lactose tollerance". You know why white people are far less likely to be lactose intollerant than other races? Because in Europe, milk was consumed by everyone out of necessity (i.e. to keep from starving in the winter). Lactose tollerance is a form of genetic evolution that resulted from that. Note, I said animal protien, not meat.

        In any case, humans would not have evolved with 4 canine teeth designed to tear meat if they never ate meat. Pretty simple concept.

        July 21, 2011 at 1:11 am |
      • Lifelong Vegetarian

        And Isull, you're wrong, too. Cows have been around a very, very long time, and if certain breeds hadn't been over-modified to give off far too much milk, cows would be just fine without humans if they had to make it on their own. As for chickens, you haven't spent any time on a free-range farm, have you? If you had, you'd know that chickens are perfectly capable of scrounging for their own food, taking refuge in places where predators won't get them, and so on.

        Peacocks used to be the equivalent of chicken back in the day. They, along with heron, were the fowl of choice for every day and feasts. Yet, for some reason, neither of those species have disappeared from the world.

        Wow. Logic. Education. Research. Amazing what shakes out when a little bit of study happens.

        July 21, 2011 at 1:12 am |
      • mmmmmmmmmmm

        Mark, humans have evolved to need B12. You can only get B12 from animal products.

        July 21, 2011 at 2:49 am |
    • Food is fun

      Nope, because people aren't stupid anymore (:

      July 21, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Godoftrade

      Has anybody mentioned how human beings have longer small intestines, much like other herbivore mammals. Opposed to shorter digestive tracts in carnivores because meat decomposes faster, hence disposing of the matter quickly.
      This tells you that when a mammal with longer small intestines consumes meat, the already almost decomposed matter keeps on being digested, consuming harmful components.
      If all your logic is summed up to something so superficial as how many teeth you have, or how many canine like teeth you have, then you're failed. Look closer.

      July 21, 2011 at 2:10 am |
      • BS

        Assuming what you say is true, it is completely irrelevant. If an animal is an omnivore, it would need the longer intestine to digest plants, even though they still eat meat. If you don't want to eat meat, then don't. But don't make up lies to support your agenda.

        July 21, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  43. pstttt


    July 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  44. fob

    nope. too scary.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • Puff the Magic Johnson

      Hot dogs and hamburgers are made of the unmentionable parts of thousands of different creatures ground up together – the parts that butchers couldn't possibly hope to sell as "shoulder tendon" and "groin adductor," and you're grossed out by a little beef heart?

      This is a clear case of "I don't give a damn what I shovel down my gullet. Just don't tell me what it actually is."

      July 20, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
      • Don't be a fool

        Wow, you are the most ignorant person to date I seen on this site. You really need to stop spewing myth as though it's fact. Try reading some FDA standards for Hot Dogs and Ground Beef. Try talking to a real butcher sometime.

        July 21, 2011 at 12:22 am |
      • fob

        Or, it's a clear case of responding to the article with the first thing that popped into my head. And that thought comes from an Oswald cartoon. Henry the penguin (voiced by Squiggy of Laverne and Shirley fame) says this when his best friend Oswald the octopus (voiced by Fred Savage) starts to tell a story about a lawnmower. It goes something like this: Oswald says, "Once upon a time there was a lawnmower" and Henry says, "nope, too scary." It's quite funny.

        So, see? You have no idea what you're talking about.

        July 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
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