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Monday, March 03, 2008

Give Peas a Chance.

I love food, I love peace. I love Cooking for Peace. Of course this won't bring about peace in the Middle east, but I do love the mushy sentiment behind it. Here is their official website: Chefs for Peace. And then there's Peace Oil ,pictured above. Again, nice idea, even though it doesn't really solve the problem, it's the gesture of peace that brings to mind images of soldiers singing Christmas carols across No Man's Land. It didn't end the war, but it was a pleasant reminder of our humanity.

I'm also reminded of Cafe Reconcile in New Orleans. Their program trains troubled teens in various vocations, including the culinary arts, and is wondrous indeed. As someone who is witness to the most depressing levels of dependence being fostered in today's youth, it is a sight to behold to see anyone helping others to help themselves. And we may get a few sterling future chefs out of the deal too. Lovely!

The breaking of bread, the clinking of wine goblets to ensure no one will be poisoned (the wine splashes from vessel to vessel), the offering of the olive branch... Peace and good food go together like BBQ and corn bread. Heaven.

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