November 16, 2011

Don't mess with Turkey

The story continues after PETA asked Turkey, TX (my hometown) to change its name to Tofurkey, TX for Thanksgiving. I don't think many people in Turkey have ever tried tofu. If you want to get a taste of how tofu should be done, come visit us in China and we'll buy your dinner.

Tofu is good (when cooked the Chinese style). In China, tofu is not a vegetarian dish. It's treated more like a vegetable, served with beef, pork, seafood, or other veggies like green peppers and carrots. Cover tofu in the Chinese sauce and it's yummy. Our kids love tofu. Kanyon says, "Can I have more of the saucyness?" as he eats his third plate of tofu.

Tofu is standard issue at all Chinese restaurants. When M'Lynn's parents came to visit, we ordered dried tofu. "That's tofu?" was the first thing they said. It taste much more like noodles than the dried out American version of tofu. We've even eaten at a tofu only restaurant. We left amazed at how tofu could taste like meat. It even had the right texture.

So here's the story. A local news station sent a crew to my high school to capture people's responses to eating tofu for the first time. Here's what they had to say:

"To change the name because of PETA - the name's not hurtin' anything."

"I've eaten tofu. I'm not a fan."

"This is more or less a beef and potato place."

"It's a proud little town. I wouldn't see them changing their name for a day."

"There's bigger problems in the world to worry about than what a town's name is."

"Turkey is ag-based. We've always been meat eaters."

"I think I like the real turkey better."

"I think I'll stick to beef."

"They can cook tofu on down the road as far as I'm concerned."

"They've got their own right but don't mess with Turkey."1

1Residents of Turkey, Texas respond to PETA by Micheal Duff for KCBD NewsChannel 11.

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