I’ve been toying with this for awhile, becoming a vegetarian. I’ve wavered, back and forth, for several years…dealing with questions of the health aspect, worried about boring myself with recipes, and the ever present fact that I just LOVE MEAT! I do! I love it…the taste, the texture, the smell…omg…it’s like eating a slice of pie made by God’s own hand.
But, the ever present nagging guilt lay in the back of my mind, pretty much every time I took a bite. I am, what my parents’ generation will less than lovingly refer to as, “one of those damn hippies.” I love gardens, and organic produce, and crafts, and making something from scratch. Peace, love, and no war…and all that other stuff. But above all that, I love animals. And I absolutely hate the fact that, in order to eat meat, an animal had to die an all-to-early death. Plus, the animal practices throughout the world are absolutely deplorable, so I couldn’t really stomach that either.
So, I came to the conclusion that, though I do love meat, the self-shaming had to stop and I needed to come to terms with the fact that I cared more about treatment of animals and their welfare than I did about a nice, juicy, medium-rare steak (cooked to perfection, with just a hint of salt and pepper, perhaps smothered in a delectable blue cheese sauce. sigh).
Therefore, this blog! I have decided that, while my willpower is strong and mighty, it might help to have some community back-up should my taste buds try to lead me astray. And, for anyone else out there wanting to give up meat, maybe I can be a source of inspiration. Because, honestly…if a Hoosier born, corn fed country girl, raised on the nectar of the green earth (i.e. meat and potatoes) can do it, you sure as shit can to.