Misnomers, We Get You!

by Ellen

Does cheese eat grass?

I just know that one of these days someone is going to ask me how butter can eat grass.  I can’t contain my excitement about grass-fed milk, cream, butter and cheese.  And, I’m always gushing about the pleasures of pastured eggs and humanely-raised bacon.  But, even I laughed out loud when I saw a sign advertising “grass-fed meatloaf.”  Now that’s one dedicated cow!

Humanely-raised pork chops?  Pastured turkey legs?  Yeah, we tend to leave out a step, but for the most part we understand.  It takes too long to say, “ground beef from cows that ate grass” or “eggs from chickens running around out in the sun scratching for grubs.”

We don’t blink an eye when talking about whole-grain pancakes, even though the “whole” grains are usually all ground up!  I doubt that it will take long for “grass-fed,” and “humanely-raised” to become part of our daily lexicon, just as “green” shopping bags of all colors have.

Compassionate-certified sausage, anyone?

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This post is part of Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop and Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade.

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Jack November 10, 2010 at 9:46 am

And how about ‘healthy’ food?

In days gone by when precision of language mattered, we used to say ‘healthful’ food if it promoted health for those who consumed it. Isn’t it true that only living beings can be healthy (or unhealthy?) Let’s face it. Food, for the most part, is quite dead.

Ellen November 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm

So true!! I am guilty of saying “healthy” food, even though I know it’s not quite right :-) I think it’s becoming accepted through so much use, just as “hopefully” and “impact,” the transitive verb have.

Marian November 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Dear Ellen,
Your blog is No 1 on the internet. It is a delightful mix. Your recipes tickle my palate, Your attempt to better the world for our children is admirable. Thank you for a great work of writing.

Ellen November 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Wow!! Thank you very much, Gramma. Your praise means an awful lot.

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