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Coffee Break with Liz and Kate » Headline, » everyday (or even just a few days a week) can become a bit of a dreaded chore. Let’s face it, we are busy people these days and sometimes getting a meal on the table seems to be a nearly impossible task. I know this. You know this.  Liz really, REALLY knows this. I was originally just sharing my recipes with Liz, but quickly realized there are a lot of people out there struggling with the sameI want to feed my family a good home cooked dinner or dessert, but I really don’t have the time to do itdilemma. That’s why I started running my Recipe of the Week, featuring fast, easy, and yet still yummy, food ideas.

So on this past Sunday a  reader left this lovely comment on this past recipe of the week…

Crunchy Taco Chicken

“this is sick. all highly processed crap. hope your family thanks you for giving them cancer. btw corn is NOT a vegetable.” ~Amapola

Really?! I’m giving my family cancer by serving baked chicken breast with some seasoning, soup and cheese? And the whole “corn is NOT a vegetable” thing? I don’t even MENTION corn in this post, it’s merely in the picture as a side dish. *see interesting corn aside at end of post.

My first thought was to “trash” the comment,  no one ever being the wiser. I’ve got to tell you I felt a little hurt that a complete stranger would write such a downright mean thing to me. I mean, give a girl a break here. And then as I was watching the first episode of the new season of Amazing Race that night, I couldn’t get that comment out of my mind. I love Amazing Race  and I should NOT have spent the show thinking about chicken and cancer and mean people, and I somehow went from feeling hurt, to feeling kind of angry.

So I did what any self respecting, grown adult would do, I turned to facebook to see what all my “friends” thought about the whole thing. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say. (I’ve changed all names to protect the innocent and the guilty too, for that matter…well, except for Liz’s.)

Soo I guess I serve ‘not vegetables’ when I do Mexican themed meals too. Oh well.

Nice. :/
Did the reader say it’s a grain or a fruit? If it’s a grain then you could serve corn kernels with milk for breakfast. If it’s a fruit then you could make a pie.

Hey, you actually cook for your family. You’re way ahead of the general American curve already. Pat yourself on the back.

Somebody has some corn anxiety.

Yes. Approve the comment. It will give others the chance to comment and maybe see the stupidity. Roll with it.

BTW….I love serving corn as a veggie! And the recipe looks yummy…I’m going to have to try it out!

Liz: It’s comments like this that make blood shoot out of my eyes. Thank God that person hasn’t seen the recipe for Coke cake yet – HA. I can see the title for my next post already: Liz’s rant: Kate accused of causing Cancer in CHILDREN!!! Run for the hills!! Or maybe it’ll be a news headline “Corn hater arrested in produce aisle” What an idiot…

Really? What a weirdo, I would like to know what she feeds her family? This dish sounds and looks fantastic!

Wow….that was a harsh comment she left…she must of have been having a rough day….the recipe looks so easy and I will make it for my family, but no corn-my husband has diverticulitus and he can’t have corn :)

I think you are amazing. I don’t let my husband see all you cook for your family. I am so boring when it comes to the kitchen. I am awed at all the great meals and treats you create. Keep up the yummy food. Thanks for the yummy potato recipe. Love you.

Got your back cuz!

Such a vitriolic posting proves that even a donkey orifice can learn to type.

I prefer the term value added agricultural products.

This is one of my family’s favorite meals. Some people are just plain crazy!!! If you don’t like it, then don’t make it!

So, there you have it, Amapola! First of all, thanks for giving me something to write about for today. Secondly, I hope you keep your negative attitude confined only to anonymous comments on the internet. Thirdly, in case you didn’t realize it, the shift key on your keyboard, gives you capital letters.

So now my big question for you readers is, do I send Amapola a link to this story so that I am sure she gets a chance to read it? Or, do I take the high road and drop it here?

A big thanks to my facebook friends for having my back.

*Here’s the quick little aside. What the heck IS corn, really?

“According to Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the answer to the question “Is corn a vegetable, a grain or a fruit?” is that it’s all three. Corn is technically a fruit in that, botanically speaking, what we call grains, like corn, wheat and rice, are caryopses or the dried fruit of a plant. It’s a vegetable if it’s harvested early to be eaten fresh and it’s a grain if harvested only once it’s dried.” Philadelphia


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