Yes, I spelled that headline correctly. I celebrated Fat Tuesday with a beer and Baltimore's iconic Berger Cookies. I grew up enjoying these decadent delights, picked up fresh-baked at Lexington Market, and they are a fond, and tasty, memory. To my delight they recently have they been available at our local grocery store and the occasional box will find its way into our shopping cart.
Sadly, the government's war on trans fats might push Bergers out of existence. Thanks to the ever growing nanny-state, the cookies which have been produced in Baltimore since 1835, are threatened. You see, they get their flavor from copious amounts of margarine and fudge, which contain contain partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil, sources of trans fat. As long as Americans choose government care over personal responsibility, classic foods such as these, enjoyed by generations, could be changed forever.
But for the time being, we'll thumb our nose at the busybodies and continue to enjoy the foods we choose. Well, when Lent ends anyway.