New readers, of which there are quite a few: that’s exactly right. By the time you finish reading this, I hope to have those of you who just know that lard is bad for you questioning that assumption. Keep it in mind, as it’s instrumental and essential in deprogramming decades of such purely rendered error. Here goes. First, a reader email. Did you read the article in the San Francisco Chronicle today? It’s in the Food section and it’s called “Loving Lard.” It extols the virtues of lard. You’ve been blogging about lovely lard long before the newspapers caught on to its benefits. When I was young, I had the pleasure of spending the summers with my Granddaddy and Grandmother in Winton, CA. They grew all their produce on their quarter acre of land, bought their meat and dairy at local farms, and canned their own food. Once a week, my Grandmother would get a tub of freshly rendered lard from the local farmer. Every day, she would melt some so that my Granddaddy could drizzle it over just about everything he ate. He lived to 99 years of age and was healthy and fit up to his last day….