Even the most adventurous eaters often give their inner food warrior the day off on Thanksgiving – nothing but the same turkey, stuffing (or dressing!), cranberries, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie they've been eating since childhood. If one of those dishes goes missing, the whole meal just doesn't feel right.
Other families stray away from the standards (some friends of ours have to have collard greens, whiskey sours and banana pudding for the day to feel right, while another family dives into duck) and develop their own must-indulge traditions.
Yesterday, we posted a plea to get consumers and farmers talking to each other, and by gosh, they did. This comment by a farmer named M.A. really stood out to us, so we're sharing.
Who needs farmers? All we are is a bunch of dead-beat, lazy, filthy loons. Some of us sporting big goofy hats that work all of our dreaded lives sacrificing time with those we love only to be condemned.
The weeds are getting bigger as are some folks pocket books. Bugs are getting stronger too. Vegetables aren't as nutritious as they once were and the meat does not even taste the same. Not to mention the salt and sugar laden foods we're all being presented with. We need more hormones, antibiotics and chemicals! Just to "keep up."
Food says so much about where you’ve come from, where you’ve decided to go, and the lessons you’ve learned. It’s geography, politics, tradition, belief and so much more and this week, we invite you to dig in and discover the rich, ever-evolving taste of America in 2011. The week will culminate with a Secret Supper in New York City, and Eatocracy invites you to participate online starting Monday July 11th at 6:30 p.m. E.T.
Read more about the inextricable bond between food and cultural identity
From our post Does 4-H desensitize kids to killing?:
In our daily slogs through the mean streets of the internet, it's often easy forget that sometimes things can be, well, nice. When we see them, we like to call 'em out. From comments on our article on North Carolina liver mush:
Now don't you feel all nice and mushy inside?
From our post Hungry at the holidays:
Sometimes? Our commenters remind of something really freaking awesome that we forgot about.
For you new kids on the Eatocracy block, let's hop in the DeLorean and gun it back to September 27. On our "Last orders - death row menu requests," we asked: What would you want on your last dinner plate?
Commenter SteakAllTheWay responded:
Thus, an Interwebs sensation was born. Let's just say, we shall never order plain ol' filet mignon ever again.