A Cowboy’s Faith: Burger and fries best

buchmanhead“Cowboys are ‘beef-and-taters-itarians.’”

That’s a made-up word the computer won’t accept our spelling on, and of course Dan Webster never heard of such a thing either.

But, we came up with the “fjbism” after the birthday party planners at work included vegetarian hot dogs in the picnic last week, because the two newest employees don’t eat meat.

Not that hot dogs have much beef in them anyway, but the ingredients list indicates they do contain a small percentage of “meat.” And, from what little we really know about it, that’s non-choice cuts, nor even likely what most people would be willing to talk about publicly.

Fowl and “other meats” byproducts are said to actually be “some” of the wiener contents from our limited research on the subject, with “bulk” being just that, vegetable stuffing, anyway.

Regardless, we didn’t try the “veggie dogs,” but the conscientious dietary co-workers contended they were “good,” as compared to what we don’t know?  Our two “real” hot dogs seemed to satisfactorily hit the empty hole in our continually expanding potbelly.

Thankfully, potatoes are a vegetable, so we get our “green fiber,” plus all of the vitamins, protein and delicious flavor of beef, with our regular hamburger and spuds menu.

Giving consideration to healthy eating, we do regular drive-by surveys of eating establishments and find it interesting the number of folks who go to the bologna shops, let alone those who are so “fired up” about wings and ribs.

Not that the vegetarian friends consume any of those foodstuffs, we can’t help but be amazed that people order a cold boloney sandwich for what they could buy a loaf of bread, a pound of  lunch ham, and eat better at home a half-dozen times for the same cost.

Still though, somehow we have to admire the merchandisers who have taken the lowest quality cuts of fowl and beef and sell them at premium prices, actually not unlike putting ground parsnips in a roll to more than triple wiener cost.

Reminds us Daniel 1:12: “Try a simple diet of vegetables and water, and then compare it with the young men who eat from the royal menu. Make your decision on the basis of what you see.” However, most importantly, First Corinthians: 8:8: “Fortunately, God doesn’t grade us on the food we eat.”


Frank_BuchmanFrank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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