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Let’s celebrate or simply: What week is this anyway?

April 24, 2009 - Taste Buds
IS IT just us or is there actually a special week of some kind being celebrated constantly?

It seems to us there is a special day or week earmarked to highlight some cause virtually every single day! Frankly, we are starting to get a little overwhelmed by it all.

For example, in the month of April alone, there are million special weeks/days being recognized. Including - but not limited to: International Customer Loyalty Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Volunteer Week, National Poetry Month, Guitar Month, Humor Month, Autism Awareness Month, Cancer Control Month and Occupational Therapy Month, Animal Cruelty Prevention Month, Autism Awareness Month, Books to Brighten Young Minds Months, Community Spirit Month, Couple Appreciation Month, International Guitar Month, International Legacy Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, Lawn and Garden Month, Mathematics Education Month, National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month, National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, National Self-Publishing Month, National Smile Month, National Youth Sports Safety Month, Pets Are Wonderful Month, School Library Month, Spring Break Month, Straw Hat Month and World Habitat Awareness Month.


We just don’t have that much time to celebrate!

We also got an e-mail telling us the fourth week of April is National TV Turnoff Week, created to encourage Americans to turn off their televisions to promote healthier, more connected families and communities. Started in 1994 by TV-Free America, NTTW is now celebrated all over the country as an effective way to:

? Combat childhood obesity caused by sedentary habits

? Establish better routines for leisure and implement healthier life style changes

? Rebuild and help family relationships torn apart by workplace stress, tough financial circumstances, distance, etc. bond again

? Re-think the role of TV, its impact on us, and the consequences of using TV as an alternative to social interaction

We think all those things are great but to be honest, we like TV. Heck, Bud Em just got one - and we mean that literally. We want to watch Chef Ramsay. We need our fix of mindless comedies. We like the comforting glow of the boob-tube!

We will not be taking part in this particular celebration.

Another celebration we want no part of is something called Meatless Mondays. With World Health Day and Earth Day both in April, health and environmental advocates are calling on President Obama to take a page from history and proclaim national “meatless” days. Presidents Wilson, Truman and Roosevelt all instituted national meatless days in order to divert food to troops overseas and alleviate worldwide food shortages. Today, a growing body of experts say that moderate reductions in meat consumption will mitigate climate change, lessen fossil fuel dependence, conserve fresh water and help reduce the chronic preventable conditions that today kill 70 percent of all Americans —cancer, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Meatless Monday envisions meatless menus and recipes issuing from the White House every Monday, inspiring Americans to cook healthier meals, and the administration providing international leadership by directing the White House Chef to plan and prepare meat-free banquets and state dinners.

The Buds are against Meatless Mondays.

We love meat! We believe we are at the top of the food chain for a reason and we intend to stay there. We’re all in favor of those who want to embrace a meatless lifestyle and say more power to ‘em - we’re just not made that way. We start shaking at the thought of world without hamburgers!

Now, here’s a recipe that requires meat but - we believe- vegetarians may be able to adapt it to their liking as well!

It comes from Bud Tricia’s son Kies, 12, who does not spend all his time in front of the TV but enjoys heading to the kitchen - a place his mother tries to avoid - and cooking up some creation born out of his own little mind. He calls this creation “Baby Neal’s Saucy Stir Fry.” Enjoy!

1/2 yellow onion

1 red onion

1 jalapeno

2 green peppers

1 orange pepper

1 sweet red pepper

1 celery stalk

Pea pods

3-5 mushrooms

1 Granny Smith apple

1 clove of garlic

Pre-cooked chicken strips


Chop all vegetables and apple. Cook onions, celery, garlic and apple together on low to sweat the flavor out. Add the remaining vegetables and cook until done to taste. Heat chicken thoroughly. Make rice in steamer.

Plate together and add a dipping sauce of barbecue sauce and honey combined.


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