While I was making my shopping list for the chili I'm going to cook for our friends' 4th of July Chili Cook-off (I won 'Grand Champion' two years ago with my Chili al Diavolo), I was thinking of some flavors to make mine unique; I thought I'd go with a mix of beef and buffalo again.
But, my 10-year-old came over, read my list, took the pen out of my hand, and crossed out one of the ingredients: buffalo.
"Mom, I know they aren't endangered anymore, but they haven't fully recovered either. Please don't cook with buffalo." Fine. I like that they are aware of these things.
My 8-year-old piped up, "Okay, so, we're not supposed to eat them. But what's the difference between a bison and a buffalo?"
I had to look that one up. The only true buffalos are native to Africa and Asia. What we have here is an American Buffalo, which is not a true buffalo. It's actually a bison. I wonder if I write 'bison' on my grocery list if that will get edited out? Hmmm...