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Cornbread or biscuits? Which is your favorite?

I personally prefer cornbread. Nothing better than that crumbly comfort food especially when it is cold outside. Now, don't get me wrong, I still really enjoy a good biscuit but for me cornbread is king.

According to the website healthydiningfinder.com, "In terms of which is better for you, that would depend on the exact recipe being used. When made commercially, both biscuits and cornbread tend to contain a generous amount of fat. Both usually call for butter or shortening (high in fat and saturated fat, and in the case of shortening, hydrogenated fat), although we've seen recipes that use olive oil (we like that). Other factors relating to healthfulness are the amount of sodium (again, this will vary by recipe) and whether the milk or buttermilk (used in biscuits) is whole or low-fat. And finally, although biscuits can be made with whole wheat flour, you don't tend to find whole wheat biscuits in restaurants. All things being equal and without specific nutrition information, we might give the edge in healthfulness to cornbread, because of corn being a whole grain. Additionally, because both biscuits and cornbread tend to be rich, keep portion size in mind: have only one or even half, and don't top with added butter!"

With all due respect to the website, who in the heck can eat a half a biscuit or a half a piece of cornbread and stop? I sure can't. Plus, no butter -- are these folks out of their minds?

But as Shakespeare said, "To each his own." Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I don't have to agree with them. Just because someone has a different opinion than I do doesn't immediately make them my enemy. Sometimes if we open up the conversation we find that we have more in common than we originally thought.

I may not care for chocolate gravy on my biscuits whereas my neighbor may adore it. I could take the opportunity to ask him why he enjoys having hot, melted pudding poured over his perfectly good biscuits instead of immediately writing him off as a kook. This question may lead to him explaining that every time he eats chocolate gravy on his biscuits he thinks of his mother. Well everybody can relate to loving your mother so it gives us a common ground to build from.

I enjoy cornbread in milk whereas the guy at the next table may think I'm bizarre. He would never put cornbread in his milk but he would dip a chocolate chip cookie in milk and so would I. So we do have similar taste but not identical. And that is completely okay. It doesn't mean we can't have a discussion and probably even be friends.

Our world is becoming one of separation and team mentality. If someone has different ideas or beliefs, we are becoming programmed to distrust them and in many cases call them our enemy. This is crazy folks. We are better than this.

Different ideas don't mean distrust. Different ideas mean discussion. Discussion leads to understanding and understanding leads to compromise and compromise leads to a path forward.

Next time you find yourself becoming upset with someone who has a different opinion than you ask them if they prefer cornbread or biscuits. You may find that you have more in common than you think. You could be the only two people in the world who can eat a half a biscuit without butter. Who knows where that revelation would lead you?

Editorial on 08/11/2019

Print Headline: Cornbread diplomacy

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