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Old 01-25-2007, 12:37 PM   #31
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Thistles Andy, they eat thistles. And scare Highland ponies. The haggis is a fierce beast.

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Old 01-27-2007, 05:25 AM   #32
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It is interesting that you say you're first generation off the farm and that is why you don't like these meats. My dad is a farmer's kid and he loves all of it. I do draw the line and kidneys, they smell like what they are. Mom used to make them for Dad, but, well, none of us ate them. I also simply do not like the looks of menudo but would eat them if I was in a situation where it would be polite to do so. But no, I don't think you give up gourmet status by choosing not to cook or eat those products. In my opinion you give up gourmet/gourmand status when you quit eating an entire category of food like meat, or flour or .... if you go to a restaurant and cannot find something to eat at all (oh, this has that in it, this has something else in it, I can't eat that) ... or if you go to a friend's home for dinner and cannot eat because of an aversion to, say, onions. Once you become a vegan, it is all done.

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Old 01-27-2007, 06:38 AM   #33
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My ambition has never to be labeled as a "gourmet" but I do like to be called a great cook.

Eat what you like, using the freshest and best ingredients you can afford and you'll always have wonderful food.

I can resist anything, but temptation. Oscar Wilde
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