Hi Y'all, Now, here's one that's sure to stir up some discussion. Many years ago, down South I visited these Folks with my Cousins. They were okay Folks, but kinda different. After dinner we were told that it had been horse meat roast, that we'd eaten. We went back a time or two subsequently and had dinner with them. And, although we never asked, I have a great suspicion that it was always horse meat that we had eaten. It was as good as any beef I ever ate. I have when working in the SouthWest, SC Texas, eaten goat, or kid, mostly barbecued. It had a similar taste to lamb, I had eaten on the farm in SE Indiana. Most Hoosiers really dp NOT like the flavor of lamb. To me it's great, as is kid, young goat, chevon(?). Here's the question: How do y'all feel about goat meat, or even horse meat? Well especially horse meat. Would horses be an optional food source in America? Looks like it is heading that way in certain areas now. Here is an Article from the USDA about it: see interesting link below http://www.igha.org/USDA.html http://www.igha.org/USDA.html Partial Text: "Horse was commonly eaten in many countries in pre-Christian Europe, but not in Islamic or Jewish countries, since under Mosaic Law horse meat is considered unclean because it conformed to the formula of an animal that was not at the same time cloven-hoofed and cud-chewing. In pre-Christian times horse meat eating in northern Europe figured prominently in Teutonic religious ceremonies, particularly those associated with the worship of the god Odin. In 732 A.D. Pope Gregory III began a concerted effort to stop this pagan practice, and it has been said that the people of Iceland were reluctant to embrace Christianity for some time largely over the issue of giving up horse meat. In some countries the effects of this prohibition by the Catholic Church have lingered, and horse meat prejudices have progressed from taboos to avoidance to abhorrence. Today, however, horse meat is commonly consumed in many European countries." "Retail cuts of horse are similar to those of beef. The meat is leaner, slightly sweeter in taste, with a flavor somewhat between that of beef and venison. Good horse meat is very tender, but it can also be slightly tougher than comparable cuts of beef. The meat is higher in protein and lower in fat. The meat of animals beyond three years of age is a brilliant vermilion color and has better flavor. The meat of young horses is more tender but lighter in color." "Although many Americans have an aversion to eating horse meat, the horse meat industry is now rivaling the beef and pork industries in the amounts of fresh meat shipped abroad. In 1994, 109,353 pounds of horse meat was shipped overseas. In Sweden horse meat outsells lamb and mutton combined. It is also commonly consumed in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, but it is most popular in Belgium and France." Glad Yule, Y'All.