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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Barbeque/Cookout (09/06/12)

TITLE: Barbequing And World Peace
By Carla Procida


Barbequing, I believe, has always been the choice method of cooking for the male species from the beginning of time. Their particular taste buds, it seems, were created with an invisible vacuum that can only filled by charcoal or dried wood set on fire. It wasn’t until the 20th century when the same vacuum could be also be filled with gas. I can almost picture the guy who set off the first spark from rubbing two sticks together and wonder if his discovery hastened the extinction of dinosaurs by an overindulgence of brontosaurus burgers. But barbecuing had no easy beginnings, I assure you. The coveted metal spatula was in the hands of many a famous man only to slip out no sooner than you could say “Toss me another beer from the cooler”.

Take the first man Adam for instance. His first barbeque might have been his last after Eve asked him to throw on another rib. Then there was Noah, on the beach with his family after the ark pulled into Ararat harbor, firing up the briquettes. Too bad they had to call off their seaside cookout and order out that night. Someone must have warned the two cows on there way off the ship that they were on the menu. They were utterly alarmed and never seen again.

And who can blame Moses, great deliver of God’s people, for not wanting to barbecue after discovering that golden calves are impossible to chew with dentures, not to mention the sharp pieces that get caught in-between your teeth, ouch! And do I need to mention the predicament Solomon must have found himself in? Wanting to grill outside on the temple patio on Mother’s Day so his seven hundred wives could have the day off from cooking. It was a nice gesture, I’m sure you’ll agree, but after much thought the king wisely decided to have dinner catered instead.

Obviously, outdoor grilling has evolved from its early beginnings, so much so that some outdoor cooking areas resemble the traditional kitchen. Refrigerators, sinks, granite counters and stoves now grace many patios and outdoor decks. But what hasn’t changed is when the smoke finally clears, a male will almost always appear, donning what he would never be caught with indoors, an apron, a spatula and sometimes even a funny white hat.

But from Adam to the present day male ( my husband included), I commend all of you for the countless hot dogs, chicken, ribs, and hamburgers you have flipped and turned these thousands of years although I can tell you’ve enjoyed it. I’ll even go as far as to say I believe many of the world’s problems could be solved and disagreements settled if all its leaders could meet around a barbeque grill. The only problem would be who would hold the spatula. There could be quite a skirmish I am sure!

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Laura Hawbaker09/14/12
Liked this light hearted approach. Good writing!
C D Swanson 09/14/12
Well written and entertaining on so many levels. I enjoyed this entry that was completely on topic with a good message.

God bless~
Seema Bagai 09/14/12
The opening drew me in and the humor and light tone kept me reading until the end. Only one tiny typo ("on there way off the ship" should be their). A well-written piece. Good job.
Theresa Santy 09/18/12
What a fun, delightful application of this week's theme.