Business Meeting Tonight!

There will be a short business meeting tonight at 6 pm to decide on a new name and logo for our club. Afterwards we will be watching Soul Food Junkies. Beverages will be provided by our host, bring a snack if you’d like! See you there!

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Serving Independence Kansas
and surrounding areas.

Pinterest

Do you use Pinterest? I have found many good alternative health resources there as well as recipes and natural cleaning tips.

I have used Pinterest for some fun personal projects like this one. I have many other projects done in my mind’s eye too. 😉 But that’s for another time.

Check out these resources:

Raw Foods     Fermented Foods      Vegan Recipes      Smoothies
Gluten Free     Natural Cleaners       Essential Oils      Organic gardening  

If you’re on Pinterest, share some of your favorites with us in the comments!

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Whole foods for less!
Serving Independence Kansas
and surrounding areas.

Green Smoothie Challenge Anyone?

Inspired by luscious looking verdigris concoctions I did something that I normally wouldn’t do. I signed up for Young and Raw‘s 30 day Green Smoothie Challenge. It starts today. I am not ready. I am a reluctant green smoothie guzzler.

So convince me. Tell me how good green smoothies are for me. Tell me if they are really going to make me feel better. What benefits am I going to gain? But most of all, tell me that they are really going to taste good!! (please!!)
Talk me into it folks!

Southeast Kansas Buying Club
Whole foods for less!

Serving Independence, Kansas

and surrounding areas.

 

One of the most important reasons to belong to our buying club-using our volume buying power to get better prices. I would not be able to eat this way (healthier whole foods and organic produce) without the benefit of the buying club. Our organic produce supplier has great prices and I can often find organic produce that costs less or the same as conventionally raised produce in the store. Right now, on our current order database, organic haas avocados are 50 cents each!! FIFTY cents! I can’t get them in the grocery store here for that price. Organic tomatoes, 52 cents each, still a great deal! Three pound bags of Granny Smith Apples for $1.94 a bag, really that’s less than $1.00 per pound for ORGANIC apples!
Belonging to a cooperative where we can pool our resources is the way to go!
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Serving Independence, Kansas
and surrounding areas.

To Pistachios With Love

The state of food production and flavor creation in the United States is pretty terrifying. When you look at coal tar used for caffeine and the antibiotic laced chickens we are basically poisoning ourselves constantly. Most the information I know about these aspects of the food industry make me want to run away, live in the country, grow my own vegetables and fruits, and raise my own chickens. But there is an issue with the utopian plan, apart from the fact that I have no idea how to grow food or raise it, the damage that all of pesticides and antibiotics have done to the ground could still be contaminating whatever you grow. So what are we supposed to eat?

It seems responsible to buy as much free-range organic food as possible because that should be healthier. The problem is that this is a solution for the wealthy. Probably the…

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When Will Spring Arrive?

Daffodil blooms from seasons past.

Daffodil blooms from seasons past.

I’ve been trying really hard to avoid catching the fever, but with each passing sunny day, the calendar changing over to February, each new seed and poultry catalog, spring fever is starting to rise. The few really warm days we’ve had recently haven’t made it any easier! I can’t help myself. It’s quite involuntary. Similar to the urge to push in childbirth, it just happens! So does my longing for spring. When the bulbs start to push up their tender green leaves and flower buds, (yes already have some of those poking through the soil), it’s just natural to want spring to get here faster and faster!

This year will be a different one for us. The last two years, we have not had a garden. We let our garden plot lay fallow. I had containers for gardening. We grew tomatoes in pots, plus a couple of pepper plants and herbs. We missed having okra, potatoes and zucchini squash. We missed connecting with the soil. I find myself needing to garden this year. And not simply for the food production, but to get out there and dig in the dirt, to recharge myself.

As I look out my window, and see the dormant grass and trees, the neutral shades of winter I am filled with hope as I know that the bright spring greens are right around the corner. Soon the perky yellow blooms of daffodils will cheer me and the grass will green up. Soon enough the lawn mower will be needed… *sigh*. But that’s life here in the ‘burbs waiting for spring’s new beginnings.

Blessings to you and I hope that you survive spring fever as well!

Sandplum blossoms from previous years

Sandplum blossoms from previous years

Savage recipes…
Paprika is one of the spices we discussed during our Soul Food Junkies presentation. A delicious addition to many ethnic dishes, it adds flavor and color. Always remember to sprinkle some paprika over your potato salad and deviled eggs before you serve them!

Stories From The Stove

IMG_1085Paprika is a savage red, and though it might sound strange, I like a bit of savagery. I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown LA yesterday where there was a lot of visual angst on display, much of it headache-inducing. Cavernous warehouses full of ripped metal and brown swaddling, swirling red daubs and matted roadkill. The colours were rust and grey and dried blood. Nothing had a frame, the frame was no longer needed. The only room I liked was the one housing the permanent collection, the ones always there; Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns.

But it was a small, angry picture, the first one I saw as I entered, that held my attention. It was by Dubuffet, and it was called Le Havre. It was a map of sorts and the colours were magnificently wild and fierce. There was little attempt at verisimilitude. The painter’s…

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Soul Food Junkies Review

Julia and I attended the viewing of the film Soul Food Junkies last evening at the Labette Community College. The film was an interesting mix of history and culture. It was quite enlightening as to some of the influence that soul food has had on my cooking style, that which was handed down through my Grandmother and other family members. This film would be a great educational resource for Black History Month, coming up in just a few days, as there is much history in the context of slavery and civil rights and how food played a part in these pivotal moments in history. The conclusion of filmmaker Byron Hurt is that indeed, we are a nation of soul food junkies, but we can make some adjustments with healthier food options and still enjoy our “beloved soul food“!

Afterwards, guest speakers such as ourselves, Farmer Josh Mitchell of Mitchell Family Farm, Cherryvale, Ks, and Sheila Simmons of the Parsons Community Garden gave presentations about local food sources, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), growing your own foods, and organic food options. The small yet interested crowd engaged in discussion readily.

Some of the concerns expressed by the audience were: the inability to grow their own food due to time constraints or lack of space, cost of “healthier” food options, & the rising toll on our nation’s health due to poor diet. Many suggestions were made to help address these concerns such as: community gardening spaces, container gardening, acquiring produce from gardening neighbors, and becoming a member of a CSA or buying club.

It was a wonderful evening and I am delighted to have participated!

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Serving Independence, Kansas
and surrounding areas.

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Home Remedies for Colds, Flu and Sore Throats

There’s nothing better on a cold winter day that a hot bowl of soup! Soup also soothes a sore throat like no other. With cold and flu season hitting hard it’s a good idea to put healing foods into our diets, or boost our normal amounts. I’m going to focus on three specific foods and share a bonus recipe for using all three!

Ginger is well-known for various healing properties and useful during: nausea, colds & flu, inflammation and other ailments. There have been many research studies done on ginger which have verified the healing potential packed into this spicy rhizome.
Onions are also superb as healing foods. High in quercetin, onions are useful for coughs and colds as well as more serious ailments such as cardiovascular health issues and osteoporosis.
Garlic
, that pungent little bulb, packs a punch against viruses and bacteria. With more than 3,000 articles published, garlic is popular for good reason.
Garlic’s major healing component is allicin, which garlic and onions both contain. “In a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, allicin powder was found to reduce the incidence of the common cold by over 50%.”

Here’s a tasty soup that incorporates all three: Chinese Cabbage Soup.Homemade Chinese Cabbage Soup.

Homemade Chinese Cabbage Soup.

Chinese Cabbage Soup

Ingredients:
5 qts water
1 pound round steak diced, grass-fed if possible (or meat of your choice)
1 small organic onion, finely chopped
3 Tbs finely diced fresh ginger root
3 organic cloves garlic, diced
2 organic carrots, shredded
2-3 pounds organic Bok Choy (you can substitute, Japanese cabbage or green cabbage) thinly sliced. (I sourced some locally grown bok choy!)
6-8 baby Portobello mushrooms sliced. (I ordered through our buying club!)
1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos
Salt to taste (I use pink Himalayan salt)
Crushed red pepper to taste
Bring water to boil in large stock pot. Add diced beef, be sure to throw in any fat trimmings or bones (if you have some) to add flavor and nutrition, these can be removed before serving. Add onions, garlic, ginger and carrots.
Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add cabbage, mushrooms, salt, and pepper flakes and simmer for 10 more minutes, or until cabbage appears wilted. Stir in aminos right before serving.

This makes a savory and delightful broth based soup that’s soothing and filling. The broth alone is wonderful for those with sore throats or unable to eat a full meal. A perfect between meal snack as well.

For other helpful home remedies check here.

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Your local whole foods resource.
Serving Independence, Kansas
and surrounding areas.

Soul Food Junkies

Watch Soul Food: Good to You vs. Good for You on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.

In Soul Food Junkies, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians, and scholars, as well as with doctors, family members, and everyday people, the film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its positive and negative consequences. Hurt also explores the socioeconomic conditions in predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options, and meets some pioneers in the emerging food justice movement who are challenging the food industry, encouraging communities to “go back to the land” by creating sustainable and eco-friendly gardens, advocating for healthier options in local supermarkets, supporting local farmers’ markets, avoiding highly processed fast foods, and cooking healthier versions of traditional soul food. (sourced from PBS.org)

Southeast Kansas Buying Club will be represented at the screening of Soul Food Junkies, along with Mitchell Family Farm of Cherryvale. Wont you join us?
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM 
Location: Labette Community College – Thiebaud Theater
200 S. 14th St., Parsons, Kansas 67357

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