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Ask Aunt Nettie

We're delighted to share our Aunt Nettie with you. She's agreed to answer any questions you might ask about vegetarian food, its preparation, and even clean-up tips. But we have to prepare you. She just might want to come right over to your house and help you fix dinner.

To send any questions to Ask Aunt Nettie, .

Dear Aunt Nettie,

I have been contemplating on becoming a vegetarian for quite some time now. I am 24 now and I used to be a vegetarian when I was 16. I am a huge meat eater, however, that's not the issue. I truly do want to become a vegetarian again for ethical reasons (animal rights) though I can't seem to give up some leather goods such as shoes, and handbags.

I want to ask whether it would be hypocritical to give up meat and fish for the sake of saving animals but keep my leather goods. My justification for that would be that I eat a tremendous amount of meat daily and by giving that up, I would be saving some innocent animals, however, the leather goods I consumed are products I have had for years and can continue to use for years. Please let me know what your thoughts are on this issue. I would appreciate your advice. Thank you for your time.


Well, Howdy there Helen,

First off, yer thinkin' is very sensible, darlin'. You got what I calls good ole fashion common sense. The most important thing you kin do fer yerself an' fer the animals is ta give 'em respect an not think of animals as food. Goodness sake, we don't need ta eat 'em fer our health. We need ta just let 'em be an let the good Lord take care of 'em.

Now I kin see yer botherin' some 'bout the leather in shoes an' purses. I knows yer conscience don't want ya ta waste none. An' that's important too. Too many folks is wasteful.

Ta be honest, darlin', my deep down feelin's is that yer better off taking the first step and givin' up the meat eatin'. That's gonna make a big difference on the ethical side and yer gonna feel lots better in more ways 'n one. First, meat is kinda heavy on the stomach. Yer gonna feel better right quick. Second, yer conscience is gonna feel a whole lot better, too. Lots o' folks agree.

Then, sometime down yonder a bit after yer good 'n settled with yer vegetarian diet, why you kin start a-thinkin' 'bout tryin' on some vegan shoes. Theys makin' 'em mighty purty now adays. An' there's plenty o' nice purses 'round that don't have a stitch o' leather on 'em an' they's not so 'spensive.

Start out by workin' on them veggies, a dishful o' deelicious beans, some good ole fashion whole grains like barley 'n buckwheat 'n some brown rice. Enjoy plenty o' fresh fruit an' a handful o' nuts ever' day an' you'll start feelin' a tad happier an' happier ever' day. Child, I knows yer gonna take this step serious.

Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie

If You Haven't Met Aunt Nettie. . .

Our Aunt Nettie has a head like a hard disk. It's filled with gigabytes of information about food and cooking. And she's just itchin' to share her learnin' with city folk who live in mortal fear of the stovetop.

Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.

Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.

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