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Thursday, August 09, 2007

  BBQ Rivalry. My officemate is planning a barbecue with a large circle of friends and acquaintances, and the potential for the sort of rivalries you hear about in Texas, where people take their secret sauces to the grave, is abundant.

I believe I actually heard her say, "You think your barbecue is great, because you haven't tasted mine, b*tch!"

THAT is being serious about barbecue.


I went to a barbecue-and-baby-shower on Saturday, and I can assure you that it was completely non-violent, and no remarkable rivalries broke out. It was a bring-your-own-grillables event, which was unusual, and we brought those veggie burgers available from Amy's (the same folks who make the best ever vegetarian refried beans). They were tasty on spelt buns with mustard.

Spelt? Spelt is a now-obscure wheat which was THE dominant wheat in Europe back in the Bronze Age. (God, I love Wikipedia.) It's tasty and nutritious, but isn't common now because it's harder to machine process it. That's how food decisions are made now: if the food is suitable to mass-production and machine handling, it's probably familiar to you; if it's not, you'll have no idea what I'm talking about unless you're also some kind of food nut.

My officemate would just laugh.

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