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Words of Wisdom

No, I still have not finished processing the photos of Patty.  But Jolly and The G Man are moving into their new townhouse this weekend and Beloved seems to be done with the traveling for the time being, so things should be going back to normal (for all of us).  Which will be nice, and hopefully allow me some time to do some of the things I need/want to do.

However, I do have a Fight Back Friday post for you.

I’ve been submitting photos to food photo sharing sites for some time now – Chowstalker, Dessertstalker, The Foodee, Foodgawker and Tastespotting are the main ones, although I occasionally submit to other sites.  Recently, I received an invitation to begin submitting to; like Chowstalker, Dessertstalker and The Foodee, Healthy Aperture only accepts photo where the food meets a certain nutritional criteria.  Unlike the others, though, Healthy Aperture is run by registered dietitians and nutritionists, and they set the criteria.

You see where this is going, don’t you.

Like Foodgawker and Tastespotting, many (if not most) of the photos on Healthy Aperture are for cookies and candies and muffins and cupcakes and the like, although the site owners make it clear that such dishes should be considered “treats only.”  So, earlier this week, I submitted my photo for the grain-and-dairy-free Chicken Fried Steak (a treat if there ever was one) – which was accepted by Chowstalker and Foodgawker, by the by.  I could tell you that I was surprised when the submission was declined, but that would be a lie.  Their reason?  “Nutrition criteria.”

In other words – I fried it in beef tallow.

I wonder if they’d taken it if I’d fried it in canola – it’s such a healthy oil, don’t you know. </sarcasm>

But don’t take my word for it – lets see what Julia Child, who died 2 days before her 92nd birthday, has to say about the whole animal fat/vegetable oil conundrum:

Have a lovely weekend, y’all.

Posted in participation of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday



By far, that’s my favorite Julia Child quote. (I have plenty – I ADORE Julia!) “Then the nutritionists got at them.”

Be says:

I notice that their site provides no guidelines about what is healthy (other than the justification for desserts). I’m surprised you would submit to a site that represents themselves as a health site without such qualifications.

Jan says:

Just working at changing the system from within, my dear. Even if they didn’t accept the CFS, they have accepted others, and maybe people visiting from there will read my whole site, and…well, you get the idea.

I adore you food photos. Every time I take a photo of anything food related I feel inadequate and wish you were here to help!

chuck says:

This next comment may be offensive to so so please turn away. FUCK ‘EM!

Michele says:

Cakes and cookies are okay but beef tallow is not? I’m confused.

I had no idea that McDonalds used to fry their fries in tallow. Who knew that they used to be HEALTHIER? 🙂

Lisa says:

Hehehehe. I remember the McDonald’s switch. The fries have never been the same. Why don’t you start a Paleo Food Photography group?

CJ says:

HAHA – I am shaking my head. Wow. Oh well, then they don’t deserve you!

No wonder McD’s fries don’t taste as good as they used to – they’re less healthy than they once were! 😉

And I’m loving the whole infiltration idea. 😉

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