Monday, December 07, 2009
Eco-Pagans Co-Opting Flavor!
In September, I was at a local farmers market and someone set up a stand to sell their *organic* prime rib. They put out an electric grill(!) and with just salt and pepper turned out one of the most mouthwatering pieces of meat I've ever sampled.
I was really tempted to spend $22 for a sliver of it when I remembered that 1) my wife wouldn't eat it and 2) my kids don't deserve it!
It was really, really good. Yet I didn't think much of it until today.
The catalyst was some meatballs I ate at a homeschooling holiday party. They too were un-freakin' believeable.
I'm hardly shy. I researched and tracked down who made them and essentially asked for a step-by-step recipe.
It wasn't the seasoning of the meatballs - at least I didn't think it was. It had to be the meat composition. They were *lighter* so I definitely had to be tasting some ground pork or veal in there....I was eager to know which, and in what proportion.
Nope. I was told they were all beef. But not just any beef - Whole Foods ground beef.
Now I've never really even been in a Whole Foods, except once for a curious walk-through in Chelsea (NYC). And I've most definitely never knowingly eaten much of their food.
But after my two recent *organic* experiences I'm wondering whether or not there's something to this no-growth-hormone, free-range, whatever the bleep it is that can command such massive price premiums.
Sure, I've heard eco-pagan idiots say that organics *taste better*, but only about one-tenth as much as I've heard them talk about *chemicals* and *global warming*!
You see, I'll certainly pay up for TASTE irregardless of the packaging or within reason, how healthy the foodstuff may or may not be.
I guess I'm the Moron here - allowing the co-option and inarticulation of eco-pagans to have steered me off what could be real culinary delight!
I had built up the SAME INTELLECTUAL RESISTANCE to yoga before going hogwild over it - I pre-judged the sport by the bubbleheads that trumpeted it!
Of course I'm going to have to do some more research on free-range food. I'll be hitting Whole Foods later this week, really for the first time ever....and I'm planning on buying some ground beef.
Hopefully the sticker shock won't be too bad!
For a glimpse into my rookie blogging year, see what I wrote on Whole Foods a whopping 4.5 years ago: