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Saturday, December 08, 2018

Feds to quit messing with your grits

As a Northerner, all I know about grits is you have to be a Southerner to understand them. Yes, I have had them. I was in the Army, remember. I would never mess with anyone's grits.

The Obamas did. They slapped federal rules on school cafeterias that may have been OK at Sidwell Friends School but were a disaster elsewhere.

President Trump, naturally, is ending this nonsense. The Associated Press got to the heart of the matter, which was a requirement that only whole grains be used. There were other stupidities as well, but my understanding is this was the deal breaker.

The AP reported, "Finding whole-grain biscuits and grits that students like are a challenge in the U.S. South, she said, while tortillas are a challenge in the Southwest."

I get that childhood obesity is a problem. What I don't get is why it is the government's problem.

Furthermore, if it is the government's problem then first fix the government program that most enables obesity: food stamps. Ban using them to buy potato chips, candy and soda. We already ban alcohol and cigarettes. Banning snacks should not be a problem.

But the government never really solves a problem because problems are merely an excuse to expand government.

President Trump is rolling back the rules. He is letting school cafeteria workers set the menu.

Anyone who doesn't like it can...

34 comments:

  1. As a reformed Yankee, I recommend going to a good restaurant for shrimp and grits for dinner. The breakfast grits are for those raised on them, like New Guinean tribes eating grubs.

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    1. Naw, the Southern version of New Guinean tribes eating grubs is boiled peanuts.

      Have you tried those, Yankee? Yummy!

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    2. My Kentucky-bred wife taught me to love grits. Ive got to try some boiled peanuts.

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  2. There are several reports out that, for several reasons, say whole grain products are actually worse for you than their more refined counterparts. Also, coffee, eggs, and salt are good for you. They're still looking at bacon. Now I'm getting hungry. - Elric

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  3. Grits are made from corn. Unlike wheat, I Never heard of whole grain corn. I guess Sotero thought he could change the nature of corn much like he could stop the rise of the oceans.

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    1. Ya mean corn has another use besides rotting the motors of our cars?

      I wish someone would tell our Elite Superiors that.

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    2. Sure you have. It's called corn-on-the-cob.

      (Actually, un-ground grits is hominy - corn soaked in lye. Amazingly, this process makes corn better for you than the unprocessed version. And you notice I use "grits" as a singular. I am from the South.)

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    3. Whole grain corn is sold by the can in practically all grocery stores, even Walmart offers it for sale.

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  4. I am descended from northern rednecks. Grits were never on the menu when I was growing up. I tried grits and SOS on the same morning one day in basic training. Unfortunately for me that was the day the drill sgt. announced we were wasting too much food and said we could not leave the mess hall until we ate everything on our trays.

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  5. Cooking grits is like cooking pinto beans and bacon: low and slow until they are cooked down to a porridge. I start with a stick of butter and a teaspoon of salt in the water.

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  6. Kindergarten through most of ninth grade in New Jersey. Then overseas for a bit, had grits only a couple of times when I was in the Army. Seemed OK.
    After retirement, started working IT in an Army hospital. Breakfast in their cafeteria (which I, by habit, always called a mess hall) was excellent.
    I came to really like grits, especially with a ham & cheese omelet.
    (When people ask me what I miss the most about retiring from the hospital, I can honestly reply: "Breakfast.")

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  7. It's not about calories. It's about control.

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  8. They just brought back Chocolate milk, too.

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    1. That one puzzled me too. Chocolate is good for you, kids love it, what's the problem? Only Obama could demonize chocolate.

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  9. Sausage gravy over baking powder biscuits
    -with a side of grits.
    Nothing better...

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    1. Me three on that one, yum!

      John Wayne loved the stuff so much he even made a movie about it. Remember "True Grits?"

      (No applause, just throw money.)

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    2. Singular of grits is grit and the title of the movie specified the singular so the title was "True Grit," not "True Grits." If you're old enough to remember the movie then you're old even to know the true title?

      (No applause, just send me money via PayPal and I thank you in advance for your generosity as it's greatly appreciated yawl.)

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    3. H-E-B grocery stores in Texas carry “True Grits” in the frozen food section.

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  10. I don't care how much those damned hippies insisted mung-beans were peace-lovin', there were always loud explosions wherever the freakin' things were served.

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    1. Beans, beans, the musical fruit.
      The more you eat, the more you toot.
      The more you toot, the better you feel,
      So let's have beans at every meal! ;)

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  11. Actually, it WASN'T good enough for Sidwell Friends. I recall somebody posted the lunch menu and it featured such items as pizza, meatball subs, veal parm, etc. Once again, one rule for the proles, a different one for the ruling class.

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  12. The democrats.

    Torturing children is their tradition.

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  13. I’ll have mines with another pat of butter and two packets of real sugar. Life is short. Enjoy it.

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  14. Grits? As a Yankee growing up near the seacoast I did accidentally taste beach sand. Grits aren't as salty.

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  15. Let the locals run the schools and let Flo run the Dept. of Education.

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  16. Congressional staffers are probably dreading the re-arrival of Nancy Pelosi. Last time she got a hold of the House cafeteria the results were hilarious, but not if you were a staffer or unpaid intern.

    Stick a fork in it, we're done (LA Times, 2011)


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  17. Sure I've heard of grits. I just actually never seen a grit before.

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    1. Sandpaper has grit of varying sizes.

      Suppose you could try smearing grits onto paper and a small portion would stick so you could make your own sandpaper... quality would be dismally poor so you're better off buying your sandpaper from the hardware store.

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  18. I like a big plate of grits with a couple of sunny side up fried eggs mixed in. Preferably the eggs should be fried in bacon or sausage grease!

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  19. Southern boy born and bred. Hated grits all my life.

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