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Topic: Taste (07/15/10)
TITLE: Taste Test
By Nancy Bucca
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One look at the high cholesterol items sitting on his plate convinced Dan that he wasn’t as hungry as he thought he was.
Shrimp… hotdogs… pork rinds… fried calamari… squid fingers… and some gooey glob that looked like it was still moving…
Whatever happened to the all-you-could-eat salad bar?
Dan looked at his three friends who were suspiciously eyeing the food in front of them.
“Don’t worry,” he said. “We’ll just exchange this junk food for something edible.”
“Great idea,” replied his friends. “But what about … the Nezz?”
That was the problem: what to do about the Nezz, pyromaniac principal of Babylon High and king of Fiery Furnace Pizzas, a franchise famous for its crispy critters. He was the tyrant responsible for their culinary predicament. They were in his cooking school against their will, the innocent victims of a diabolical conspiracy to wipe health food nuts off the face of the planet.
They had to find a way to stop him before it was too late.
They could fast, but not for an entire school year.
They could go non-kosher. But that was a stomach churner.
Or, as Dan suggested, they could introduce the chef to some healthy alternatives.
After munching on all the ideas, they decided that the last one had the best flavor. Much to their delight, the chef liked it too. On one condition.
First they had to win “Babylon’s Top Male Model.” For ten days Dan’s clan would eat only carrots. The other students would eat crab cakes. On the eleventh day a catwalk and photo shoot would take place. If Dan’s clan won the competition, then vegetables would dominate the school menu.
But if they lost, it was pork sausages for them. And crab cakes. An unpalatable tragedy!
Dan’s clan just had to win. They had to! The future of every health food nut in the world was at stake!
Unfortunately, the guys in Dan’s clan weren’t the only ones competing for Top Model. Some students had been preparing for years, toning their skin with all the latest lotions and creams; exercising daily to keep their bodies in top condition; even poisoning the food of rival contenders. It was a dog-eat-dog herbivore-versus-carnivore fight to the finish, with predators that could devour their prey in one gulp.
But Dan’s clan had one advantage that their enemies lacked. And that was faith. Faith in the king of kings and chef of chefs, the One who had created every food that ever existed, and the Maker of all just desserts.
The night before picture day most students were tossing and turning on their beds, worrying about who would win Top Model, and plotting each other’s demise. But Dan’s clan had a good night’s sleep, with dreams of green energy drinks and whole wheat cupcakes.
Many a sad sack of potatoes stumbled onto the catwalk the next morning, bleary-eyed and two hours late. The Nezz put them in detention for being tardy. Dan‘s group fried the competition with their peaches-and-cream complexions and rose to the top of the food chain.
The taste of victory was sweet.
And everyone in Babylon was forced to eat vegetables.
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Psalm 34:8, KJV)
This story is based on the first chapter of the book of Daniel.
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