Lard, your fat of choice?
Going through the pictures I took in New Orleans, I stumbled upon this cute sign inside the fantastic Kitchen Witch bookstore in the French Quarter. It got me thinking about lard. Even with renaissance of our love affair with pork, I don't hear much about lard as the fat of choice in our cooking. I myself love lard. When I was growing up in Thailand, there was always a crock of home-rendered lard right above the gas stove, from which our cook would scoop up the semi-congealed fat by the ladle every time she stir-fried or deep-fried something. If I had a choice, my last meal would be crisp Thai-style omelette fried in lard, on top of fragrant steamed Jasmine rice with lots of Sriracha (see-ra-sha) sauce. It had to be lard, of course, because other fat would not fry the eggs as fluffy and as crisp.
What about you? Are you, too, happy because you eat lard? Or are you afraid of it? What's your fat of choice in your cooking, and why?