AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: Gratitude DATE: 3/02/2009 08:59:00 AM ----- BODY:
I recall a visit to Even’ Star organic farm many years ago to visit my friends Brett, Chris and their daughter. We sat down for dinner, a beautiful plate of beef rib- eye before us. We all bowed our heads slightly as if to say grace and 5-year old Allesandra summed it up in three words: “Thank You, Lemo.”

Lemo was the name of the limousine cow that Allesandra, along with her dad Brett, raised on their farm. Brett didn’t need to read The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan to know that commercial cattle industry has strayed from sustainable practices. Many commercially raised cattle no longer eat a grass-based diet as they were biologically designed, and they are housed in tight quarters that harbor disease, requiring many animals to be injected with antibiotics. By raising his own cow, Brett would know the animal’s diet was appropriate to its heritage and roamed freely within a clean stable with access to the outside. He chose the limousine breed for its “growth efficiency,” lean meat, and flavor comparable to the prized-Angus.

While many of us have no qualms about eating meat, most people get squeamish when they’ve seen the animals in the live state before cooking or eating it. Some won’t even purchase whole chickens at the supermarket because of the visual recognition that the meat they’re about to cook was once a live animal. I was quite impressed with Allesandra’s maturity to accept that the meat we eat comes from a once living being. And she expressed her gratitude to the animal for giving us a wonderful meal.

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Speaking of gratitude, many thanks to Giz of Equal Opportunity Kitchen for sisterhood award
And to Heather of Diary of a Fanatic Foodie for the butterfly award.

I've really enjoyed making new blogging friends, reading about your culinary adventures (whether it's a wedding cake made of towels or a drink called loneliness). And I'm delighted to know that you've enjoyed reading mine.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:3/02/2009 10:04:00 AM Julia, I see you are being productive during the snow storm--but then maybe it hasn't reached you yet. I am enjoying your posts. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Heather DATE:3/02/2009 11:46:00 AM lovely post! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger jesse DATE:3/02/2009 04:02:00 PM Congrats on the awards! You deserve them! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Joe DATE:3/03/2009 09:19:00 AM What are you preparing in your first photo shot? Its nice that she is thanking the animal for giving good meat,its really a good attitude,I wish to do the same towards all that gives me food.I wish to start with with my next meal onwards.I wish everybody to follow this, just as a sign of gratitude towards the nature as Allesandra does. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Kristen DATE:3/03/2009 05:42:00 PM That is very mature of your 5 year old. We used to raise our own beef when I was growing up and I used to have the hardest time eating the meat after I knew they were my little pets! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger melissa DATE:3/04/2009 07:33:00 PM That's a really wonderful comment on her part, to thank the cow. Good for Brett and Chris for shaping her attitude so beautifully.

I could definitely do it, I mean, in the sense of not being squeamish. But it would make me sad. It would definitely cause me a bit of anguish, as I tend to think of all creatures as having souls and feelings and am very Buddhist... except not a vegetarian hehe.

Anyway.

Congrats on your awards as well. You're always a pleasure to read. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Mister B DATE:6/10/2009 09:26:00 PM Did you help Brett clean it? I know what that is like! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:6/11/2009 07:28:00 AM Mister B -- I didn't help clean the cow, but have certainly helped with the chickens, pigs and deer. ----- --------