Feb 29 2012

Carrots are hearty root vegetables that are easily stored for winter.

When times are tough, or even when they’re not, where can you buy ten pounds of organic food for $6.00? COSTCO, that’s where, and probably other places as well, but COSTCO is amazing as they have a number of organic foods I wasn’t expecting at such a large “big box” store. And ten pounds of organic food is ten pounds of organic goodness that can fill lots of tummies for quite a while.

I am talking about COSTCO’s organic carrots, which are the deal of the century. You just have to like carrots and yet be aware that if you eat too many at once, you can turn orange from the carrot coloring, carotene. But, other than that, these handy root vegetables will store for quite a while as long as you take them out of their plastic bags and put them in the vegetable crisper of the refrigerator.

Slicing carrots into “Copper Pennies” begins a
side dish that will become a family treat.

COSTCO carrots, I found are even cheaper, in other areas of the country. While ten pounds of COSTCO Organic Carrots are between six and seven dollars outside of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area, the COSTCO web site shows that ordering on-line allows you to buy ten pounds of organic carrots for, if you can believe it, $ 4.99, plus some shipping and handling, I’m sure.

Overall, carrots are a great addition to any frugal household hoping to sustain life on grated carrot raisin salad, vegetable soup, carrot cake or carrot juice. Why, one could make a whole seven course meal using carrots every step of the way. This is not beginning to mention, however, the best use of all for carrots, making Copper Pennies.

Fill a saucepan with the sliced carrots and cover
with filtered water and some pinches of Real Salt.

When the carrots have cooked, but are still firm
enough to hold their shape and not become mush,
pour off the water.

Food fantasies were big at our house when I was a kid. My dad, more than my mother, tried to make things “kid friendly” and would come up with names for things he thought we might not want to eat. It wasn’t until years later that I learned the real reason he was watching out for us. He, himself, didn’t like the serving choices and that’s why he thought he had to make them fun for us. That’s why we had “Liver Candy” for calves liver and “Baby Cabbages” for Brussels sprouts, in addition to “Copper Pennies” for cooked carrots.

Melt some grass fed organic better in a pan with
organic brown sugar. Add carrots and stir to heat through
and coat with yummy candy-like goodness.

And I suppose I continued the fun food naming trend when my kids were small. There was nothing they liked more than a little bowl of frozen peas. We called them “Pea-sicles,” named after Popsicle brand frozen ice confections.

We Serve our Copper Pennies with sour cream,
walnuts and a sprinkle of brown sugar, all organic.

This making “much over nothing” to bring smiles to the face of a child is lots of fun for adults as well. Coincidentally, the art of entertaining children reminds me of a post I read this week on BlogHer: It will be like an Amusement Park…only Better. A fanciful, creative post by BlogHer “dvorakoelling,” relatively new to our BlogHer world, but already participating handily.

Much like my Dad and I making up little fantasies to tickle a kid, Dvora explains how she took kiddie playacting to new heights when she turned her local supermarket and shopping mall into a Disney World of sorts. I read enchantingly as Dvora described bringing the fun of a trip to FantasyLand to her seventeen month old daughter by using their cooperative imaginations to turn shopping carts into bumper cars and mall escalators into rides. It sounds like they had fun, and I know I did as well, as I read along with Dvora, thinking of my Dad’s tricks to make everyday special. What a childhood rich in love I had with my Dad and Dvora’s daughter, Em, is enjoying everyday with her Mom, today.

I got to thinking, simple games are like COSTCO carrots: both are nourishing; both cost little.

In a world of expensive clothes, plastic and trinkets, these thoughts really made me smile!

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Jan 18 2012

Visiting “The Future” at the New York World’s Fair, 1964-1965,
while in 1960’s clothes.

When I was a kid, we looked to the future through a TV cartoon time warp called “The Jetsons.” Then, while we watched futuristic “programming” on TV, our parents were also being instructed by mass media that the future would bring better living to us all. We were told daily that the progress to take us blindly into the future would be better, much better than anything in the present. It was inferred that we should just trust whomever was bringing this to pass. And so, when the biggest international event of the decade occurred, the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York City, we knew we were on the cusp of a wave that would carry us aloft to glorious destinies. We didn’t know where we were heading, but we knew we were getting there fast, and that it was going to be better, right?

Bell Telephone Pavillion: New York World’s Fair 1964-1965.
“Peace through Understanding” Moving chairs carry the Fairgoer
past animated exhibits tracing the history of communications.
Anyone may try out “picture phones” -phones equipped with TV
devices showing the person on the other end.

Bigger was better. Faster was better. More, stronger, cheaper was better. New and improved? Well, of course THAT was better. The words new and improved must mean something was really NEW and IMPROVED. It therefore must be better. The box said so, just as the TV had. Who could argue that the product wasn’t actually new and improved? And since the new and improved product was now and the old has-been product was then, this product in the present HAD to be better…but nothing compared to what it would be in the future!

The New York World’s Fair 1964-1965

And so, whirling in this vortex of progress, spiraling upwards, or so we thought, we became very impressionable to the idea that new was better and old served no purpose. Like modern lemmings, we followed the promises of the TV box that guided us through every day to “improve” our otherwise primitive lives. And so, our societal common sense undermined, we believed like children that modern was good and old fashioned was not only outdated, but bad. For example, I can remember visiting my mother’s family home where her cousin had “modernized” and replaced “all of those silly old, dark, heavy walnut doors and matching woodwork” hoping to bring a Federal Period house into the 20th century.

And here are people in 1965, trying their best to be
“Futuristic” with a lamp pole, sunburst wall clock and
“modern art” man-made fiber curtains.

And as fast was better, convenience overcame tried and true. I can remember my mother laughing, as she opened a loaf of spongy white Wonderbread, that Mrs. So-and-so made bread for her family every week. Nobody we knew had ever made bread. And then we went through all of elementary school, junior and senior high school with the same group of kids year, in and year out. We knew everything about everybody. Trust me, no one baked bread, no one, except Mrs. So-and-so. Buying convenience foods, opening cans, heating up frozen food, using cake mixes: no one we knew had mothers that did anything much more than that. On occasion, cookies might be made from scratch, but NEVER a cake.

Convenience and taste, not nutrition, were the selling points.
H-m-m-m. Wonder what chemicals were used to replicate the eggs?

According to the Joy of Baking:  “Eggs play a major role in cake
baking. Eggs add aeration to the batter, provide structure to
the cake, help bind the ingredients together, keep the cake moist
and add flavor and tenderness.”

Eggs sound important to a cake! What did they use instead?

The modern housewife was told by mass media advertising that convenience was the way of the future and the less done the better. It was the futuristic way to do things for those in the know. The whole concept of eating to nurture the body while promoting wellness was not considered. Nutritional content was not considered. The only things that seemed important were taste and convenience. And if that taste were stimulated by a chemical cocktail, no one seemed to mind or notice.

This hash commercial is odd for a number of reasons. You’ll see
that as long as women were invisible and could open a can of
hash, things were fine.

But, how did the woman and the hash feel about it?
And how nutritious was that dinner of canned hash and eggs?

Little by little, convenience foods became fast foods. It wasn’t that long before men, women and families began eating out more and more. In addition, as people ate out more often, cost became a concern and restaurants offering good “home cooking” were expensive compared to McDonald’s “four course meal with change from a dollar.” We were detached from the concept that what we ate physically became our bodies and minds. In fact, I can’t remember chemical additives or preservatives ever being commonly discussed. Maybe there was mention of nitrates and nitrites in hot dogs once in a while, but overall we ate without self awareness.

Now I understand that nutrient dense food is not only medicine, but provides the foundations for living. That’s why “The Jetson’s” putting a pill in a wall unit that looks prognostic of microwave ovens, closing the door and pushing a button to conveniently produce a plate full of food seems out of date. The concept is old fashioned, from when that was considered “modern” and is comically passe. People now know wholesome, unadulterated slow foodstuffs are truly the building blocks of life. Therefore, any quaint desire for convenience, at the expense of nutrition and wellness, has thankfully gone the way of the TV dinner.

 

Where do great meals begin?

Come to the Table brings you straight to the source of wonderful flavors, beauty, abundance, and pride of place—the small farms of California and the people who tend them season after season.
Alice Waters, the celebrated chef and food activist, introduces a remarkable group of resilient fresh-food artisans who are committed to keeping our food supply delicious, diverse, and safe—for humans and the planet. Meet the folks down on the farm and learn firsthand about the back-to-the-future small-farm economy that’s gaining strength across America. Discover new tastes and memorable traditions. Explore local flavors, wit, and wisdom along with the universal values of a food system that is “good, clean, and fair.” Recreate a range of sumptuous yet simple meals with the farmers’ own family recipes—including breakfast crostata and fresh-fruit jams, stuffed artichokes and black-eyed peas, chile relleno casseroles, pulled pork, and cheesecake.Sustainable food is real food.
Come to the table, and help yourself!
 

If you have an interest in this book, hover your mouse over:

Slow Food Nation’s Come to the Table: The Slow Food Way of Living

NaBloPoMo January 2012



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Dec 26 2011

On the Shank Eco-farm, Your Family Cow, in Chambersburg, PA,
the cows and their probiotics are part of the family.

Life before probiotics was very different. I didn’t know I was sick. I didn’t know I wasn’t digesting well. I just thought I had a host of physical problems and tagged them with labels such as “growing old” or “female troubles.” But, once our friends convinced us to introduce fermented foods with probiotic bacteria into our diets, my life changed dramatically. The complaints, I thought I had to live with, just went away.

Reading and studying the way people live and eat around the world, I am convinced that many of our common illnesses here in the United States are actually hiding inefficient digestive systems.  Digestive tracts unable to properly function usually lack the three pounds of good bacteria needed to help us digest our food. A lack of good bacteria invites the bad bacteria and seriously debilitates our immune systems.

A fellow blogger, Pick Your Brain, has a great post outlining the particulars, but why isn’t information about building up the gut flora for optimum health the first thing you hear out of your doctor’s mouth when you go to visit? In fact, you have to almost dig for the information while looking in alternative health venues. We are bombarded by pharmaceutical drug advertisements. At the same time, we hear little about the good bacteria necessary to properly sustain our lives. This information about good bacteria ought to be mainstream, not “alternative health” oriented.

Misdiagnosis of faulty digestion is so widespread and
oppressive, one has to ask, “Who stands to gain?”

While years ago, healthy habits were promoted by mainstream media for the common good, now toxic living habits are profiled. For instance, the mainstream media tries to convince us that good food takes too long to fix and our modern schedules demand fast food. Like never before, each of us must gain a knowledge of how our bodies work in order to heal and nurture our way into better living. No longer can we use a blind eye to rely on newspapers, TV, the Federal Government or our medical community to instruct us. And, most importantly, we have to rely on our bodies themselves to tell us when we are feeling good and what constitutes good health. Good health begins with slow food and a fully functioning gut.

The money and time spent on nutrient dense food reaps rewards.
For an informative PDF on “How Probiotics Keep us Healthy,”
click on the dollar bill above.

Great sums of money can be made on a massive scale when people eat toxic food and live in a toxic environment. Each of us is really a fine tuned spiritual being in a physical body of chemicals and electrical impulses. If we don’t provide our bodies with the chemicals they need to operate their electrical impulses efficiently, our bodies “don’t work right.” We get sick and have to seek treatment for health complaints.

Health complaints lead to contacting the medical community and here modern society seems to have gone down a path of corporate profit, promoting illness rather than health. Common sense would seem to require checking the old “garbage in garbage out” admonition. Wouldn’t you think a doctor would first inquire about what you eat? How you eat? Your level of exercise? How much sleep you are getting? And whether you get outside into the fresh air everyday? No, by prescribing drugs and ignoring lifestyle, the body gets further and further out of balance. Small problems become big ones. It would appear a toxic population is a revenue generating asset.

And once one studies how the body works and maintains health, the most important requirement seems to be a fulling functioning digestive system. A digestive system that efficiently breaks down food and allows the absorption of essential nutrients requires, so learning how to make and eat traditional foods is a step toward using food as medicine. When the body gets what it needs, in the way that it needs it, being chronically sick is not a daily concern.

The Weston A. Price web site says this family is happy
because they eat butter. They also eat raw milk, cream,
cheese, eggs, liver, meat, cod liver oil, seafood, and
other nutrient-dense foods that have nourished generations
of healthy people worldwide. Learn more about the foods
that support radiant health for your family.

 

Billie Bumps knows to eat his probiotics, that’s why
he’s so healthy. To download Billie Bumps and his
Christmas toys for your own personal use,
click on his picture.

 

For the week of December 25 – 31, 2011,
SunbonnetSmart.com will share a new downloadable PDF
each day, but only for a limited time.

Visit each day to collect them all!

NaBloPoMo 2011



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Dec 17 2011

What’s wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing.
That’s what wrong with it, as far as the FDA is concerned.

Here’s a family during Colonial times, sitting together outside in the summer. They are sharing the day while enjoying refreshments under shady trees in the garden. Looking closely, we see a gentleman, an officer in the military, relaxing with his upper class wife and children while the milk maid tends to milking the family cow. While the older boy enjoys his milk with mother, the younger boy is eagerly waiting for his glass by getting close and talking with the milkmaid. He leans on the table that holds the glasses waiting to be filled with nutritive fresh milk straight from the cow. Milk is the substance that has sustained humankind throughout known history.

We are now disconnected from the origins of our food, because we live dependent upon large industrial agricultural complexes. We are out of touch with how our food is treated every step of the way from the place where it is raised, to where it is slaughtered, packaged and distributed. Losing sight of these steps from farm to mouth is dangerous, because if we don’t know what we are putting into our bodies and the bodies of our families, we are not responsibly seeing to their health and happiness. Lots of distasteful things are happening in between the source of our food and when it is presented for consumption at the dinner table.

For most of human history, cows and their milk
have been interdependent with people in all cultures.

Because the public is becoming more aware of what is happening to our food supply, many farmers have converted over to strict organic farming to answer the public’s demand for more accountability. The problem is, that so many people are demanding clean food, that organic farms are starting to take a representative market share away from giant industrial operations. And, under the guise of “protecting the consumer,” it seems regulatory agencies are provided oversight where it is not require to shut down small farms and give back the market share to giant agribusinesses.

Quiet, rural farmers that sell organic food directly to the public are having FBI Swat teams wake them up in the morning and pull them and their children out of bed. If you are not aware that extreme measures are being taken against the farmers who are trying to save our wholesome foods, then go here. The movie Farmageddon is a wake-up for us all. If we are limited to the chemical foods government regulators say are OK, but forbidden from eating healthy, organic foods grown naturally, then we, as a people and as a nation, will continue to be malnourished and ill.

Organic Pastures is one of the largest distributors of fresh, wholesome raw milk in the country. To visit Mark McAfee, his family and their life’s work, go here.

Mark McAfee has been involved in a government sting
operation that was just resolved on December 16, 2011.

Although raw milk is actually much safer than pasteurized and homogenized milk, government agencies are dumping hundreds of gallons and shutting down small farms over trumped up charges without valid claims. By filing charges, valid or not, the farm must cease operation. This is a terrible hardship for all concerned, farmer and consumer. The cows must still be milked and the farm operation must continue although daily sales are suspended.  In the case of Mark McAfee, the cessation of operations lasted a month.  Can you imagine the financial loss?

We all need to become more aware of those trying to control our food systems. The information is freely available on the Internet and research on the issue is well worth your time and trouble.  Many of the illnesses that plague you and your family may be easily ameliorated with fresh, natural organic produce, grass fed and free range meats and raw milk dairy products…as long as they are available and we work to keep them so.

 

NaBloPoMo 2011



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Dec 02 2011

Milk has been drunk straight from the cow all through history.

My family lives by the tenets of the WAPF or Weston A. Price Foundation. Being aware of children with ADHD and becoming aware of the Feingold Association, www.feingold.org, when they were small, we realized our Western diets were lacking essential nutrients and over burdened with toxic chemicals. We did not realize, however, the importance of good, clean animal fats in our diet until fifteen years later, when we became friends with members of the Weston A. Price Foundation, found at www.westonaprice.org

Tending more toward vegetarianism, than anything else, we ate fruits and vegetables, mostly raw salads with turkey and lean fish, if any meat at all.  Organic eggs were included as well as occasional hamburgers or beef strips in stir fry, but never, ever did we consume volumes of meat. Steaks were unheard of at our house. We had grown up “fat free” while counting egg yolks and watching cholesterol like most of America, sure that as our LDL and HDL volleyed for supremacy, so would go our cardiac futures. In addition, skim milk was our ticket to clean artery heaven, as we believed whole milk was for the sorely undisciplined.

Well, fast forward to 2008 when we met the “Weston Pricers.” They changed our lives. When we read the Weston A. Price web site along with Sally Fallon and Dr. Mary Enig’s books, we became convinced that humans need animal fat and must have daily quantities of it for healthy motor functioning, bone development and mental acuity. We changed our diets, started eating only organic grass fed, naturally pastured beef and drinking raw, non-pasteurized, un-homogenized milk. We did not know until we made the change how lack luster our bodies and metal processes had become.  In fact, many symptoms of what we considered to be “aging” were actually the result of being malnourished. We felt better almost immediately, within a week, let’s say, and have never looked back.

Now, we want to get the word out that many of our modern illnesses can be lessened or cured with the re-introduction of good clean animal fats and animal products and a return to traditional diets and foodstuffs.

Please visit the Weston A. Price web site’s hefty archive of articles and gauge the possibilities for yourself. For your convenience, I am listing their Mission Statement below:

About the Foundation

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January 1 2000

 


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The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.

The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.

The Foundation seeks to establish a laboratory to test nutrient content of foods, particularly butter produced under various conditions; to conduct research into the “X Factor,” discovered by Dr. Price; and to determine the effects of traditional preparation methods on nutrient content and availability in whole foods.

The board and membership of the Weston A. Price Foundation stand united in the belief that modern technology should be harnessed as a servant to the wise and nurturing traditions of our ancestors rather than used as a force destructive to the environment and human health; and that science and knowledge can validate those traditions.

The Foundation’s quarterly journal, Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts, is dedicated to exploring the scientific validation of dietary, agricultural and medical traditions throughout the world. It features illuminating and thought-provoking articles on current scientific research; human diets; non-toxic agriculture; and holistic therapies. The journal also serves as a reference for sources of foods that have been conscientiously grown and processed.

PLEASE NOTE: The Weston A. Price Foundation is NOT a trade association.

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