Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sometmes you just want what you want

Okay, I'll admit it.  I'm a Pinterest fan.  I use it to save ideas for things I might want to do as we remodel the house, or for "make household products at home" type ideas, gift ideas, books and movies I want to enjoy, things like that.  But my main use for Pinterest is....recipes.

I know, what a surprise, right?  Me?  Wanting to get ideas for new things to cook?  Whodathunkit???

Something I've noticed as I've perused Pinterest possibilities is that so many of the links are to 'healthy' versions of dishes.  "Healthy General Tso's Chicken!" yells one.  "Enjoy this HEALTHY version of macaroni and cheese!" yells another.  "We've lightened up cheesecake!" boasts a third.

Okay, really?  What if I don't WANT healthy General Tso's Chicken?  What if I want good, old-fashioned UNhealthy General Tso's Chicken, but I want to make that at home rather than pay five times as much to order it?  And really?  Who wants healthy macaroni and cheese?  *shudder*  That concept terrifies me.  How can macaroni (pasta...aka carbs) and cheese (fat-filled tasty goodness) possibly ever be made healthy and still retain any of the creamy, rich, comfort-food yumminess that makes macaroni and cheese what it is?

No offense to those searching for "...life everlasting in a tablespoon of olive oil..."  (Thank you, Chef Didier from Queen Latifah's "Last Holiday"), but sometimes you just want what you want.  And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.  Because I would much rather believe Chef Didier when he declares that the secret to life is butter.

I've reached the point in my life where I'm tired of worrying about what will kill me. I'm going to die, whether it is tomorrow or in 50 years, and nothing can stop that, so why spend the entirety of the time I have left denying myself things that I enjoy in the vague hopes that maybe, just maybe, that denial will bring me five more minutes of life?

Nope.  In the immortal words of Auntie Mame, "Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!"

Feel free to pull up a chair at the buffet with me for a while.  Sure, there comes a time when you have to push your chair away and walk off some of the banquet, but it is always there for you to come and have another nibble or two when you're ready.

Live, live, LIVE! :)

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