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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-03-14 06:51 AM
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8. Lean is healthier, but fat is yummy.
In fact, most things that I find delicious are less healthy. Sigh.

I usually add some water to my stews when cooking, but yesterday, I added only chemical-free beef broth and chemical free vegetable broth. Besides, I started it with garlic, bacon, butter and extra virgin olive oil, then seared the beef cubes in that and went from there. So, while it was healthier because of lots of veggies, it was not exactly a healthy dish. It was a tasty one, though. Then again, I made a big potful. So, the amount of bacon fat and butter per bowl is very little.

Thing is, I enjoy the broth and the veggies more than I like the meat. Especially if I have some yummy bread on hand. (Didn't yesterday, will for the leftovers, though.) So, for me, a really good homemade soup (or soupy stew) is optimal.

Two older women (talking late 80's) were having a fight about whether one adds chicken broth or water to make chicken soup. The one advocating for broth knew that I make mine with broth, so she appealed to me to chime in. Diplomatic responses are not my strong suit, but one came to me then: when cooking, it's literally a matter of taste. The only right or wrong is how the people who will eat the dish enjoy it most.

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