The Presidential turkey pardon


One of the most ridiculous holiday traditions in America is the presidential turkey pardon that takes place each Thanksgiving. The President “pardons” a pair of turkeys from the day’s festivities and keeps them from being butchered. “For this turkey and his traveling companion, this will not be their last Thanksgiving,” Bush said. “By virtue of an unconditional presidential pardon, they are safe from harm.”

The most telling paragraph, though, is this one, which underscores the awful treatment that turkeys (and other food and dairy animals) undergo on an everyday basis:

Actually, the birds may not see another Thanksgiving. They have been so fattened up they can’t get around well, and their hearts and lungs are overtaxed. The comfortable retirement compound waiting at Frying Pan Park in Herndon was empty yesterday morning—because the last two Clinton birds are dead, as were the previous two by Thanksgiving a year ago.

Sticker update

A quick note to those of you waiting for stickers, I apologize for the delay. I’ve been a bit behind, but intend on mailing them out this week.

Ener-G Egg Replacer


Last night Huyen made two batches of bran muffins, one with eggs and one with Ener-G Egg Replacer (easy to spot on the store shelf with its distinctively late-70s/early-80s package design). The verdict: almost no difference. Tastewise, they were indistinguishable. The texture on both batches was the same. The only minor difference was that the batch made with Ener-G had a flatter (less puffy) top than the batch with the eggs, but that may have been due to replacing vegetable oil for vegetable shortening, too.

The egg replacer is a simple white powder made of potato starch, tapioca starch, calcium lactate, methylcellulose, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, calcium carbonate, and citric acid. The box contains a number of recipes as well as simple directions on one-to-one replacement for eggs in other recipes.

No doubt: Ener-G egg replacer is an outstanding replacement for eggs in muffins. Now to try them in pancakes…