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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 25 2012 6:39 p.m. MST

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Free Agency
Salt Lake City, UT

I hope traditional Mormon dishes *do* get re-interpreted. I've found the majority of them, as they stand now, to be very unhealthy, with a predominance of fat, sugar and meat.

Since I agree with Mormonism that our bodies are the temples of our spirits, I think the Word of Wisdom (which honors that belief) should be updated for modern times. It's a pretty unattractive temple that's overweight with arteries clogged.

I once went to a Mormon social group, which offered something I thought only Mormons could come up with: a *dessert* potluck. Sounds good on the surface, but think about it: at a potluck, you want to try some of everything. That meant 28 desserts. By time I'd tried just four desserts, my blood sugar was sky high and I'm sure I sounded drunk. Could the Word of Wisdom really have intended that?

My own religion, Judaism, needs to do the same updating with its kosher rules: e.g., shrimp is still forbidden yet partially hydrogenated oils are perfectly "kosher."

ciaobello
Concord, CA

Free Agency: I see nothing wrong with a social of desserts. You eat dinner at home and take a dessert to socialize. You sample a square inch of what looks good or eat a cookie here and there. Once we had a chocolate pot luck. It was beautiful and delicious. At work there was a Valentine's "tea" that was over the top, again beautiful and varied. I do object to the term "funeral potatoes." Why not party potatoes? I personally eat a ton of vegetables, a good share of fruit, almond milk. It's up to each of us to do our best to be and stay healthy.

floridadan
Palm Bay, Fl

It's a know fact that if you play Mormon Tabernacle Choir records backward, you get jello recipies !!

michaelm
Waukesha, WI

I found the Times piece overly stereotyped and obviously not well researched. For example I know tons of men who drive more interest and get more of the food storage done than women, it is not strictly a female effort.

I know lots of men who cook and many male chefs, I do most of the cooking in our home too, so did my grandfather. Cooking is not just a LDS woman's domain, many women cook in all kinds of families everywhere.

All the Mormon food should have been referred to as generally western as you could walk into any church or school function and find all the exact same foods as any LDS social function. Virtually all churches, clubs, and social groups include food or refreshments.

As for generational diversity, I'm nearly 50, I guess in the generation that is supposed to be meat in gravy crowd, however that was never the norm for me growing up. We ate foods from all over the world, and both my parents, and grandparents were all creative cooks, I am too.

Lastly the concern of the White House having food storage? It does, it has food stores for hundreds.

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