The shallow revolution of the real food blogger.

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I don’t make a lot of friends in the real food blogging world. At one point I tried. You can probably tell by a lot of my posts. Homemade blah blah blah. How to make blah blah blah. Don’t get me wrong, I love food. I love food a lot. I plan my meals as if creating art. The recipes you will find on my blog are from the heart and things I make quite frequently. But I can’t just make a recipe or the sake of making a recipe. I’ll give you a recipe when I have the urge. And dammit, I don’t often have the urge. Which makes me a bad food blogger. I can only spend so much time making recipes and telling people what they want to hear and teaching people something they could find on a million different blogs.  It’s quite boring and shallow. Everything I would love to teach people to do regarding real food is in Nourishing Traditions. That’s where I learned, and that’s where you can too. Buy the book. Done. Now does the internet really need 5,349 different blogs with posts about how to make kombucha or can we move on?

I’m here to write. My blog is my baby. My creative outlet that, by some miracle, renders a less neurotic me. The things I say here I care passionately about. And while I do care about the number of hits my blog gets, Facebook likes, and other forms of public affirmation, it can be a draining attempt at networking when all people talk about is boosting blog traffic, social media tips, and affiliate programs. It may seem as though, behind the scenes, real food bloggers are activists and passionate home cooked revivalists, most are not. They’ve lost it.

The formation of big blog networks sort of ended the passion and turned the community into a marketing department.  Some bloggers have outwardly expressed their distaste for blogs who bring up controversial or politic issues and some say they won’t post politically related information because they are too afraid of what you (the reader) will think, or say, or do. You might leave. You might be offended. And that would affect their numbers. Blogging has a new motive: to make money and don’t shake the boat too much.

I thought we started our blogs because we are passionate about changing the state of disarray our culture’s food situation is in. I thought we were going to be the ones to stand up to the terrible science, politicians, and corporatist thieves whom we allowed to put us in this situation. No? We’re only going to talk about recipes? Ok. Can anyone here talk about the issues without fretting over what’s couth or not? At one point I think the real food blogger community could. There was a time when people who blogged about food cared more about the ideas and changing the tide than about food photography and Pinterest clicks. I guess the reason I bring this up isn’t really for any major statement. I have no grande declaration or call to action. Just disappointment. And the realization that I belong to a shallow revolution of real food bloggers.

Perhaps I’m sacrificing a bustling blog site for refusing to talk about the same things over and over that bore my brain to tears. I just can’t, no matter how hard I try, feel fulfilled and accomplished seeing that my blog is getting thousands of hits for under two minutes a person because of a post about homemade eyeliner that a kindergartner could have invented. I just can’t. It feels like bashing my head against the wall over and over and over and over.

(It’s good stuff though, the eyeliner, works really well. You should try it. http://www.lifelibertyhealthiness.com/2013/01/homemade-charcoal-coconut-oil-eyeliner/)

Well, now that I’ve succeeded in writing a post that alienates an entire community of bloggers, I think I’ll publish it. Because I’m savvy like that. And masochistic, apparently.

 

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Libertarians need to start acting like Democrats.

 

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Enthusiasm. Get some.

Libertarians need to act like Democrats. No, not THINK like Democrats–God forbid–ACT.

For the past couple months, my husband has been doing canvassing work for a nonprofit organization founded on libertarian principles. He has encountered many people. Many people have taken his survey. He knows before he talks to people what their voter registration is: Democrat, Republican, Independent, Non-Partisan, Libertarian, etc.

Despite the fact that the organization is founded on principles of liberty, do you know who the nicest people are? The Democrats.

Democrats are most willing to take his survey. Democrats are most willing to converse about the issues. Democrats slam doors in his face less often. Democrats are more willing to donate a few bucks to the organization. What the hell?

Honestly, good on them. They are nice people. They like to talk about the issues. They have no shame in boldly proclaiming their stance. They tell it like (they think)it is. They are on fire for their cause. And then they happily give money to causes they believe in. “Hold on, let me check if I have a few dollars in my purse!” As opposed to, “No, I can’t donate at this time.” The other end of the spectrum tend to be more cautious. They don’t engage much. They already think they know what you have to say. They’re busy, too busy, to talk to strangers. They have less regard for politeness. They aren’t on fire for their cause. They are hesitant to donate.

Of course, this isn’t the situation for every single person. But it’s a pattern worth noting. There certainly are libertarians and conservatives who are happy to give, especially when they are passionate about the principles of liberty. This is usually the exception, not the rule.

I don’t begrudge libertarians for being fed-up. Holding fast to a strong foundation of principles amidst a population of emotionally, and irrationally-charged statists would drive any self-respecting libertarian into a state of underground troll-like behavior. We have to rise above, though.  If we don’t start acting like Democrats, there will soon ONLY be Democrats. Their ways are working. Their ideology spreads like wildfire because of this. They win elections. Democrat candidates are generously donated to. They have no shame. As it has been said, word of mouth is the best method of advertisement. Politics is no exception. Your democrat neighbors, they have word of mouth handled like a boss, don’t they?

And do you ever notice how leftists always assume in conversation that you are also one of their kind?  It doesn’t even cross their presumptuous brain that you may be of a different opinion. And if it does, they could care less.  As they say…How do you know when someone is a liberal? They’ll tell you.

Libertarians fly under the radar. We’re used to being the fringe. The radical, outlandish, freaks who care about liberty. We’re the people that recite quotes, and books, and historical events, and tie it all back to principles of the enlightenment. We don’t get emotionally charged about fake wars–the war on women, the war on drugs, the war on racism, the war on poverty. We remain calm with a facetious eye roll and then proceed to tell you why politicians are tricking you into thinking there is inequality for their benefit–and it’s working. Our position is not very exciting. It’s disappointing. No one wants to feel like they got majorly duped. Or that they’re suckers.  And we certainly don’t want to feel like the wet blanket thrown over the active, blazing, liberal Democrat fire.

But, it is. It’s exciting. It’s fringe. It’s anarchical–in a good way. It’s not stuffy old politics as usual–it’s enlightenment. It’s a completely batty way of thinking compared to the rest of the world who are satisfied begging for pathetic crumbs of freedom. The Constitution is anarchical inherently.  “You work for us, these are the only things we need from you, now *$%@ off.” That’s batty to people who were brought up to love authoritarianism. Which is most people in this country. We have to bring that sense of independence and badassery out of the shadows and empower the pathetic people who think politicians and regulations are our hope.

My point is, if the Democratic party – whose ideologies and utopian economic policies have decimated entire nations – can be confident in their message then I sure as heck hope that our message of freedom and liberty is at least as inspiring.

And I hope that for a group of people who believe in the free-market, a voluntary society, privatized education, healthcare, social security, roads, and welfare that we would be willing to VOLUNTARILY donate to a PRIVATIZED non-government organization when they are trying to educate people and spread awareness about principles that you believe to be important. Otherwise, I don’t believe that you care. You may as well register Democrat because that is who you are permitting to prevail.

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Let’s take the offensive. Let’s be the ones who assume that everyone is on board with our principles in conversation. Because who in their right mind wouldn’t be? Be willing to talk about issues. And don’t let liberals fake you out with emotionally charged fear mongering and fake war bait. Because everything liberals complain about can be traced back to statist legislature that their party implemented. Every statist thing that comes out of their mouth can be refuted and shattered.

So, answer that door. Take that survey. Participate in change. Be optimistic. Be confident that your message is a million times better and be proud to talk about it.

And for the good Lord’s sake, don’t be so stingy when it comes to a few bucks to a private organization, curmudgeons.

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You are not a conservative if you don’t support the legalization of marijuana.

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I’ve tried to put this experience out of my memory but it keeps coming back to haunt me. A few months ago, I had the “pleasure” of attending an Oregon Senatorial primary candidate debate. Don’t get me wrong, the complimentary taco buffet was delicious. But I just as soon vomited it all back up listening to the four candidates. All claimed to be conservative. All claimed to be experienced. All claimed to be the best person for the job. But only one of them (Of course, this candidate didnt win the primary. The true conservative never does, but that’s another story for a different blog post.) could come up with a semi-decent answer to “Do you believe marijuana should be legalized?”.

The semi-decent answer was, “It should be up to the states.”

I’ll take it. It is outrageous that marijuana is a federally regulated substance. If individual states want to legalize it, they should be able to without the feds breathing down their neck. Still not an answer I’d like to hear from someone with zeal for fiscal conservative values and against wasteful spending but I’ll take it. What I won’t take are the myriad ear-bleed inducing arguments made by the other candidates. At a certain point I just got up and walked out of the banquet room. No respectable human being should have to listen politely to such stupidity spewing from another’s mouth. At least, that’s what I felt at the time. I also felt like if I didn’t walk out, I was going to throw something. In hindsight, I should have recorded it on my phone so we could all have a good laugh at it now. Ah, well, hindsight is 20/20.

“Sometimes the government has to protect us from ourselves.”

That’s what did it. I walked out.

Dear, candidate, you may as well have said “I actually have no understanding of what it means to be a conservative, I merely base my stances on whims and emotions but never principles!”

I wonder if she knows Ronald Reagan is famously quoted countering that exact Marxist sentiment:

“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”

Yes, the whole point of a self-governing people is to be SELF-GOVERNING. When the government protects you from yourself that is called a NANNY STATE.

All of the candidates droned on shamelessly hoping to appease the crochety, Republican audience by saying such things as, “It’s highly addictive!”, “Drugs are dangerous!”, and “Do you KNOW how much THC is in pot these days???”

What is it with conservatives these days, seriously? Is the concept of conservatism SO HARD to grasp that people keep falling down into statist blubbering? Conservatism is a principle. It’s like an equation. Apply the issue to the equation, punch the equal sign, and see what it says. 99 times out of 100 it will say, “It’s none of your damn business regardless of what your personal preference is. Liberty for all.” And there you go, there’s your stance on marijuana.

Until now, these are all minor arguments in the great debate of marijuana. The biggest issue is that $15,921,896,814 PER YEAR (source) is being spent just on incarcerating people who have committed victimless marijuana crimes. How can anyone claim to be fiscally conservative and not have the legalization of marijuana at the top of their priority list? Want to cut wasteful spending? I don’t believe you until you legalize marijuana. Want to decrease the deficit? I don’t believe you until you legalize marijuana. Want to cut taxes? I don’t believe you until you legalize marijuana.

“With 757,969 individuals incarcerated for marijuana abuse, at $21,006 a pop, that is $15,921,896,814 to keep these individuals imprisoned for one year. At this rate, over the course of 36.8 months, $44,765,690,442 would have to be coughed up by the American taxpayer to clothe, shelter, offer medical, dental and psychiatric care, maintain, transport, and educate these individuals and maintain facilities for them to live in. This — $44 billion over more than 30 years — is the grand cost of petty crime. ” (http://mic.com/articles/54803/this-is-how-much-marijuana-prohibition-costs-you-the-taxpayer)

$44 billion dollars over the course of 30 years. Irresponsible, wasteful spending at it’s finest. You are not conservative nor are you fiscally responsible if you don’t support the legalization of marijuana.

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If you’re anti-raw milk, you’re anti-science.

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The worst arguments in the history of arguments are the arguments against raw milk. The only thing that I can conclude about people who makes these arguments is 1) they do not understand the functionality of healthiness. 2)They do not understand bacteria, and 3)They are so statist they probably fluoridate their own water.

What do I mean by understanding the functionality of healthiness? A healthy cow produces a good product and an unhealthy cow produces a bad product. The functionality of healthiness is that the cow is functioning properly and produces healthy milk. By dismissing this logic, and many do, it leads one to believe that animals are machines. It doesn’t matter what living conditions they have, it’s all the same. An utter and complete dismissal of basic biology. There are millions of people in the United States that cannot understand this concept. As my husband jokingly explains it: If you HAD to eat a human, would you want to eat someone who took care of themselves, worked out, ate healthy food and was disease free or would you rather eat someone riddled with cancer, diabetes, excess fat and various bacterial overgrowth who was frequently shot up with antibiotics just to stay alive? And further, if one of these people was the mother of your children, which one would you want breastfeeding your children?

To point number two, by saying that raw milk should be illegal because it could harbor pathogens not killed during the pasteurization process you are saying that you do not understand the function of bacteria. No one is making the argument that ALL milk should be raw. If you drink factory-farmed milk, you bet your bottom dollar you should pasteurize the crap out of it. And at that point you’ll be drinking a nice cup of pus laced with billions of dead bacteria. I personally won’t touch that milk with a ten-foot pole, but everyone has their personal tastes. Some dogs like to roll in poop.

What raw milk advocates ARE saying is milk produced by healthy cows on small, local farms, that is not ridden by disease has no need for pasteurization. This milk contains no sickly pus, the bacteria are alive (this is healthy! think probiotics.), and the naturally balanced ecosystem of good bacteria serves as the milk’s personal immune system. And–radical idea–this should be legal to consume if you chose to do so.

“Because pasteurization damages the probiotic content of raw milk, pathogenic organisms associated with disease can easily grow in pasteurized milk. When the probiotic organisms are destroyed, pasteurized milk lacks it’s own protective mechanism against harboring toxins that make people sick.” -Rami Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay.

It’s a pretty basic concept. Should humans consume massive amounts of antibiotics so that we have no bacteria growth in our systems whatsoever? No, that would completely annihilate our immune system and we’d be sick all of the time. We are dead without our bacteria. If a pasteurized human is a bad idea then pasteurized food is a bad idea. We need these good bacteria to support life.

It’s unfortunate that in an era such as this with all of our innovative technology and scientific breakthroughs that this has to be spelled out: It’s time to stop thinking about bacteria in the context of disease. Bacteria does not equal disease and it is bad science to think so. Bacteria is an ecosystem that is beneficial when all of the characters are playing their roles properly. When a bacterial ecosystem is properly functioning, good bacteria fights bad bacteria so that bad bacteria cannot overtake the system. When there are measures taken to obliterate all bacteria, it is easy for bad bacteria to barge back in since good bacteria are not on duty. And more accurately, bacteria only becomes “bad” when it is out of proportion with the other bacteria. Human immunity is largely based on the proportion and amount of bacteria we have in our body. Raw milk advocates are passionate about their right to consume raw milk since it contains such a strong ecosystem of “good” bacteria. Raw milk is considered to be one of the best life-giving and life-supporting foods because of this prolific bacteria.

According to this study, westerners have a population of gut microbes that is seriously lacking in comparison to a native tribe called Hadza. The article articulates that a lot of the bacteria that is present without danger to the Hadza tribe would be deadly if introduced to Americans or any other western culture. They also have bacteria that are known to cause Crohn’s and Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Americans, but no such diseases are present in the Hadza tribe. Furthermore, bacteria that are thought of by Western nutritionists as essential for healthy intestinal function are unheard of in the Hadza tribe.

So should we continue demonizing bacteria? Or should we embrace it and nurture its ecosystem so that it may serve us as a life-giving, disease-preventing source? I say, embrace it so we can stop killing our food. And while we’re at it, stop lathering our hands up with microbe destroying hand sanitizer after contact with anything not completely irradiated. Rather than becoming a culture where everything must be sterilized before consumption–in the future we’re all going to have to live in individual sterilized bubble ecosystems if we’re not careful–let’s become a culture that allows the environment to protect us. We’ll have to get rid of factory-farms, mono-cropping(growing the same crop on the same soil year after year without allowing soil to be replenished by animals and other crops), use of synthetic and malnourished soil for most of the nation’s food(healthy soil is teeming with bacteria), sterilization of environments and bodies(I see this everywhere: mandated bleach water rinsing in all restaurants, excessive antibiotic use, hand-sanitizer, etc.), and dead food. For a culture so obsessed with science, we live like a giant cult of wannabe scientists who all have an IQ of 2. We look dumb. We look unhealthy. We use the most absurd, anti-science processes to feed our nation.

And by the way, I’ve still not heard a good argument as to why people target raw milk for harboring disease but hear crickets when it’s in the news that people were deathly ill from raw cantaloupe or raw spinach that had sat in a warehouse for 3 weeks before being sold and was contaminated with E. Coli. Or the latest Foster Farms chicken recall. Or the latest USDA stamp-approved factory farmed beef recall. No, no, that’s completely normal don’t you know? These food mishaps ACTUALLY kill people, but let’s focus on the “what-ifs” of raw milk. There have only been two documented deaths pinned to raw milk from 1998-2013. Compare that to the statistics of USDA approved foods that have killed hundreds of people.

I look forward to the chants in protest “Raw milk bad. Has disease. People could die.” from the statists who just repeat anything and everything the USDA tells them. Go pasteurize your cantaloupe and keep repeating what they tell you. Meanwhile, those of us not OD-ing on hexafluorosilicic acid will be fighting the good fight so that hopefully, one day, we can live in a world where small farms don’t get raided at gun point.

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This Is How I Explain My Paleo/Traditional Diet

A reader asked if I would post this Facebook status to my website and I thought that was a brilliant idea. Thanks, reader! You would think a seasoned blogger such as myself would think of such things but alas, I need help from you guys more than one would think. So here goes…this is what I posted to Facebook:

When people explain Paleo or Traditional eating to people who don’t eat that way the explanation usually starts off with a list of things to they avoid which gives the impression that you are on a restricted diet with very little variety.

The thing is though, it’s actually the other way around. A standard American diet (SAD) is the most boring, limited, mundane, and tasteless way of eating there is. It is packaged food, fast food, refined food, blech….this is all very disappointing to a food lover such as myself.

So when people ask me what Paleo or Weston A Price is from now on I’m going to rattle off a long list of things that I DO eat because there are so many delicious and nutritious foods the average SAD is missing out on.

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So far this is what I’ve got:

  • Grass-fed meat
  • Organ meat
  • Bone marrow
  • Bone broth
  • Raw milk
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Lard
  • Tallow
  • Olive oil
  • Tubers (made in to fries, mashes, gratins, or baked)
  • Pasture raised poultry.
  • Wild fish (especially salmon and sardines which are my favorite!)
  • Every vegetable you can think of.
  • Coconuts (oil,milk,water, and cream of coconut)
  • All fruits
  • Bleu cheese, cheddar cheese, Brie, Swiss, Gorgonzola, mozzarella, chèvre, etc.
  • Cultured foods made from raw milk: ricotta, buttermilk, yogurt, kefir, sour creme, ice cream.
  • Kombucha and other delicious fermented drinks
  • Sauerkraut and other homemade fermented things.

That’s just the beginning…what would you add?

My readers joined in and added the following:

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Ancient and Sprouted grains

Excellent!

And I have one more addition:

  • Sushi (a food group all by itself)

Now doesn’t that sound a lot better than “Well, I don’t eat ____, and _____, and ____, etc.”

I think this new explanatory protocol will have everyone wanting to eat like us and with us! Now go out and spread the good word :) You may have to carry around a flashcard for a little while until you memorize all of your foods ;)

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Paleo Pasta with Sardines

Sicilian Paleo Pasta With Sardines Recipe 2I have decided that from this moment forward, my favorite cuisine is Sicilian. Hands down. Why, you ask? Why wouldn’t I say something normal like Italian, or Mexican, or Indian, or Middle Eastern. Well, I’m so glad you asked! Because, my friends, Sicilian cuisine is a blend of everything great of all of your favorite ethnic cuisines. An explosive combustion resulting in the fiery, Mediterranean, fresh, flavorful, spicy and rich SICILIANNESS.

You see, Sicily has quite a tragic history. A history that involves a small, innocent, beautiful island frequently occupied and invaded by other countries and cultures. While this is sad, it has created the most unique cuisine. With influences of Arabia, Greece, South America, Spanish, Italian, and French what’s not to like?

Nothing. There is nothing not to like. I’m half blooded Sicilian, so if you disagree with me, I may have to kill you.

Just kidding.

Sort of.

The traditional recipe that I based this off of is call “Pasta con le Sarde”or Pasta with Sardines. It is served all throughout Sicily with variations depending on the region. It is traditionally made with fennel (which I did not have), Saffron (which our budget would not tolerate at this time), and spaghetti (which I am substituting for sweet potato noodles for obvious reasons).

Not to brag, but when I sat down to eat this, I literally could not believe how delicious, rich, and satisfying it was. I blew my own socks off. So let’s get to it!

Serves 2. Double the recipe for a family of 4.

You will need: 

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1/2 large sweet potato, julienned into “noodles” with a julienne peeler. I use this one.

1/2 white onion

5 cloves of garlic

1/2 pint cherry tomatoes sliced in half

about 1 1/2 cup of Marsala wine

5 T Butter

1/4 cup pine nuts

1/2 cup raisins (plumped up in water for about 20 mins–optional.)

2 cans of sardines stored in olive oil, chopped into 1 in pieces. Save 1 intact sardine for garnishing and save oil for later.

fresh, flat-leaf parsley

Directions: 

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Prepare all of your ingredients and have them ready for cooking.

In one pan, sauté garlic and onions in butter on medium-high heat. Keep an eye on this so as not to burn them. They should become slightly caramelized.

Add cherry tomatoes and raisins. Let cook until softened.

Add marsala wine, turn down heat a bit, and reduce for approximately 10 mins or until the sauce becomes thick.

While the Marsala sauce is reducing, sauté chopped sardines in another larger pan (everything will be combined in this pan eventually) for 5 mins.

Add sweet potato noodles and pine nuts, continue sautéing.

When Marsala sauce has completed reduction, pour the entire contents of the Marsala sauce pan into the sweet potato noodle pan and continue heating on low-medium until “noodles” have softened. This may take about 10-15 minutes. Test taste it to make sure the “noodles” aren’t still raw!

Once done, plate the mixture, top each place with 1/2 the full sardine you saved from earlier, and chopped, fresh parsley.

If you love the salty, sardiney-flavor, drizzle the saved oil from the sardine can over the plate as well.

Buon Appetito!

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Dear CDC: Raw Milk Outbreaks Are Not On The Rise.

Here is my response to the latest fear mongering from the Center for Disease control and The Oregonian regarding THIS article.

Dear Center for Disease Control,

Ironic name, don’t you think? You may want to think about changing it. I suggest something along the lines of, Center for Disease Perpetuation, or Center for Diabolical Centrists, or Center for Misinformation and Corporate Control. Anyway, I digress.

One of your propagandists, Dr. Robert Tauxe, recently sent out a letter regarding raw milk “outbreaks” containing the shocking statement, “They’ve been increasing in recent years.” Assuming your (often wrong, and deliberately skewed statistics) are correct, you stated that between the years of 2007 and 2012, 81 “outbreaks” have occurred. One of your cronies, Dr. Katrina Hedberg, Oregon’s state epidemiologist, says , “Pasteurization is one of the great health advances of the 20th century…But now we’re in the 21st century, and we’re still talking about it.”

Let me ask you this, Dr. Hedberg: Why are you not outraged by unpasteurized and raw cantaloupe? Raw beef? Raw spinach? Raw onions? Apple juice? Peanuts? Hot dogs? And what about all of the contamination from pasteurized milk?

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Because all of these foods have caused more deaths than raw milk EVER has. Take a look.

“Thirty people died after eating cantaloupe melons infected with listeria from September to October 2011, making this the deadliest outbreak of the modern era. Cantaloupe grown in Colorado infected 146 people across 28 states, killing 30.”

“A listeria outbreak in Ball Park hot dogs manufactured by Bil Mar Foods in Chicago, Ill., killed 15 adults, caused six miscarriages or stillbirths, and sickened more than 100 people across 22 states”

“In the largest salmonella outbreak in milk to date, more than 16,000 people across the upper Midwest fell ill from consuming milk produced at the Hillfarm Dairy in Melrose Park, Ill. Nine people died. It is believed that the reduced-fat milk that carried the bacteria was atypically contaminated after the pasteurization process by salmonella in the pipes used to mix skim and whole milks, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.”

“In 2008, eight people died and at least 690 fell ill after eating peanut products, including peanut butter, contaminated with salmonella.”

“Turkey deli meat caused 46 confirmed illnesses and seven deaths across eight states in 2002, the CDC reports. The illnesses led to the voluntary recall of 27.4 million pounds of fresh and frozen ready-to-eat turkey and chicken products produced in Pennsylvania by Pilgrim’s Pride Foods.”

“Undercooked hamburgers at Jack in the Box restaurants in Washington state killed four people, including three children, and sickened about 400 others who had eaten the burgers or come in contact with people who were infected, the CDC reports. To date, this is the deadliest E. coli outbreak in American history.”

“Green onions infected with hepatitis A served at a restaurant in Pennsylvania infected more than 600 people and killed three in 2003, the CDC reports. Because the illness incubates for two to six weeks after infection, many diners passed the disease on to family members and sexual partners without realizing it, the CDC explains.”

“Three people died and at least 276 fell ill across 26 states due to E. coli-contaminated spinach in 2006, though the CDC estimates the total number was much higher. The outbreak was traced to bagged fresh spinach produced in San Benito County, Calif.”

“Unpasteurized apple juice from the manufacturer Odwalla killed one infant and sickened at least 66 people, the CDC reports. According to testimony from a company inspector after the outbreak, E. coli appeared because Odwalla made a batch of bottled apple juice with blemished, decaying fruit.”

Often times, your comrades will cite an incident from 1922 in which 22 people died from raw milk consumption in the Portland area. Yes, and if you knew or understood anything about history you would not be comparing apples to oranges. Like, do you realize that the 1920′s for the first time in history, more people lived in cities than on farms? Do you know that alcohol was illegal in 1922? If we fancy outdated laws and policies, like banning raw milk, maybe we should think about re-instating the ban on alcohol too! Lord knows alcohol consumption kills people. But then again, so does cigarettes, pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, etc. But you’re not worried about those pesky details.

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Back to the deadly raw milk. The economy was booming and things were changing at a drastic rate.  There is a lot to learn during eras of massive change like the roaring twenties. Such as the concept of sanitation. Do you realize that the concept of sanitation and germs was practically untouched at this point?  Refrigeration was uncommon, too. All while cows were brought into the city for easier access to milk. And do you know how much manure cows produce? A lot. All of this without proper sanitation knowledge. So, yes, naturally, unrefrigerated and unclean milk would become a breeding ground for disease.  Yes, and when you heat unclean milk it becomes less germ-ridden. After the Portland raw milk deaths in 1922, action for mandated pasteurization legislation was spurred. You can see why.Crowded Street in Ireland

 

I don’t know about you guys over at the CDC, but I use a refrigerator. So does my farmer. My farmer also understands the concept of sanitation. She is very clean. And so are her cows. This is because we have progressed in scientific knowledge since the 1920s. Which means my raw milk does not need to be pasteurized. I know this is a hard concept to understand, but please try.

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I will give you this, though: Common milk, centralized milk sold in grocery stores from large dairy farms is dirty. The cows are sick because they are fed grain and other foods that they do not digest well with. They do not live on pasture, they are crammed in stalls with a massive amount of other cows. These farms are breeding grounds for disease, and hence the milk is as well. So, yes, most milk needs to be pasteurized. Why anyone would ever want to drink this milk is another question, but you seem to think it’s okay.

The milk that I drink is raw. It is clean. It is from healthy cows. It is refrigerated. It is not from a massive, factory farm. It is from a small, local, clean, farm with refrigerators.  It does not need to be pasteurized.

Please stop demonizing Americans who make good choices. Americans who are smart enough to bypass your terrible statistics and Americans who know history and understand why pasteurization used to be important but is unnecessary now (unless you drink factory farmed milk, of course.)

One more thing. If you could stop blaming raw milk for food borne illnesses that come from other foods, that would be great. Reporter and blogger, David E. Gumpert, author of Raw Milk Revolution, has uncovered several events in which families who drink raw milk have been contaminated by other foods, but when your cronies at the state department find out they drink raw milk, they automatically tally one up for raw milk outbreak out of pure assumption. The culprit usually ends up being spinach or pasteurized milk. And you know this.

I know your organization, the Center for Disease Control, has tight, corporate ties. We know you are perpetuating these faulty statistics and fear tactics toward local, raw milk in order to ensure your corporate buddies stay in business and to keep your Big Ag lobbyists happy. We know that when small farms get raided at gun point that it’s a complete farse in the name of “public health”. We know how you operate. You aren’t fooling anyone.

Cheers!

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For more reporting on how the CDC cherry picks data to make a case against raw milk read, read this article from the Weston A. Price Foundation. 

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How To Make Zucchini Spaghetti–Zoodles!

How To Make Zucchini Spaghetti-Zoodles!Meatballs and marinara, Pasta con Le Sarde, Fettucine Alfredo, Carbonara, Spaghetti bolognese, Spaghetti alla puttanesca, AND BEYOND!

I believe in eating, eating well, and enjoying every minute of it. So who says a grain-free diet is void of all Italian pasta dish deliciousness? Not me! Enter, zucchini spaghetti. Commonly referred to as ZOODLES. He he he. Welcome zoodles into your cucina and welcome all of the rich, delicious flavors of an italian cook. This is going to be fun :)

What you will need:

Zucchinis (duh)

A julienne peeler–I use THIS ONE(or if you are really fancy, a spiraler like this. Just don’t ask me how to use it. We’re too poor for such fancy machinery)

How to do it:

One small zucchini will produce about half a serving of zoodles. So for two people, I’d say get 4 or 5 zucchinis if they are small. Get more if you have large appetites.

Cut zucchinis in half length-wise.

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Hold zucchini down steady on your cutting board. Using your other hand peel from top to bottom of the zucchini with the julienne peeler.

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Once you have peeled all of your zucchini, it’s time to cook it.

Let’s boil it!

Bring the water to a boil before submerging the zoodles. Salt the water as the zucchini will absorb the flavor of the water quite well.

Let the zoodles cook for 1 minute. Maybe two–but NO LONGER! Nobody likes a mooshy zoodle.

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Strain in a colander and let excess water drip for a couple minutes.

Now, the zoodles are your oyster. Get creative. Make deliciousness.

Like this dish:

 

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Tossed zoodles with pan-fried bacon, garlic, onions, and tomatoes. Topped with sharp cheddar melted under the broiler and fresh parsley. It was good, SO GOOD. Now go get it, mamasita!

Buon appetito! :)

 

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Grain-Free Traditional Sicilian Almond Cookies

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This is one of the first recipes I am experimenting with for the cookbook I am writing. To be completely honest, it didn’t take much experimentation. My Sicilians know what they are doing. They have been making these almond paste cookies fore hundreds of years. If you ever go to Sicily, I hear they are sold everywhere, as well as all throughout Italy.

They are naturally grain-free. The only thing I had to substitute was honey for sugar. Imagine that! A paleo-ish, traditional, Sicilian treat! We’re in luck today, friends!

Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.

You will need: 

4 cups almond meal-Trader Joe’s makes one great for this!

4 whole eggs

2 teaspoons of almond extract

8 tablespoons raw honey (you can play with this depending on how sweet you like your cookies. I like mine a little less sweet, so use more if you have a bigger sweet tooth!)

4 tablespoons hot water

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Directions: 

Combine all ingredients except for water in the food processor.

Add hot water, blend.

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Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag with a star point tip. Don’t worry if you don’t have this on hand! Just make tiny mounds about 2 inches wide and 1/4-1/2 in. thick.

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Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Squeeze the mixture out in circle shapes–about 1 1/2 times around.

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Bake for 10 mins on 400 degrees, until just golden brown on the outside.

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Perfect with espresso. :)

Mangia!

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Homemade Hair Treatment with Cedarwood & Rosemary Essential Oils for Hair Growth!

Homemade Hair Treatment for Hair Growth and Scalp Health!

This melodious, herbaceous, woodsy aroma is MAGIC! If you are looking for something to help stimulate your hair follicles to grow long, luscious hair, look no further than this concoction.

According to Quinessence.com,

Several essential oils can help hair regrowth because of their ability to stimulate the tiny blood vessels of the scalp where the hair follicles are created. This stimulation helps to increase the blood flow which carries the nutrients so vital to the follicles. This is why the condition of the scalp is so important, and the correct essential oils used in regular scalp massage stimulates the microcirculatory system, relaxes the muscles of the scalp, and has a beneficial toning action too”

In a dermatological study done on alopecia areata (hair loss), thyme, lavender, rosemary and cedarwood were tested in a double-blind study on the effectiveness of these oils to regrow hair. The results yielded a 44 % success rate in the active group as compared to 15% in the control group.

As far as my research shows, cedarwood and rosemary essential oils are the most commonly and effectively used herbs for hair loss. But by all means, experiment with lavender and thyme as well! Turbo boost, baby ;)

Rosemary: 

“The oil and decoctions are well recognized for its hair care ability and hence they are being added as an essential ingredient in lotions and shampoos. The oil will stimulate hair follicles and augments hair growth and prevents huge hair loss and early hair gray. There is also prevention of premature baldness. Profuse use of this oil will be useful for dry and flaky scalps. Apply the oil massage your hair to prevent dandruff.” (source)

Cedarwood: 

“Cedarwood oil contains the highest amount of sesquiterpenes. What are Sesquiterpenes? They are a hydrocarbon group that is found in essential oils and are idendtical to hemoglobin in our blood for their ability to oxygenate at the cellular level which brings the release of toxins and promotes circulation. This explains why all Cedarwood Essential Oils are very powerful lymph decongestants, have the ability to reduce cellulite and are exceptional for hair and skin care.” (source)

You will need:

A dropper bottle–I use this dropper bottle in order to apply the serum directly to the scalp.

Olive Oil

Cedarwood Oil<–click here for the oil I use.

Rosemary Oil<–click here for the oil I use.

Directions:

Fill the dropper bottle with Olive Oil about 3/4 full.

Add 30 drops of Cedarwood Oil

Add 30 drops of Rosemary Oil

To apply:

Apply to the affected area of your scalp (or all over!)

Massage your scalp with your fingertips making sure to get the oil well absorbed into your scalp.

Leave the serum in for about an hour.

Wash hair.

Voila!

Use the treatment about twice a week.

*Bonus tip!*

Add a few drops of cedarwood or rosemary to your shampoo for a daily treatment!

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