with Debra Stark & Jeff McDonough
- Easy Peach Cobbler
- Colorful Eggplant Vegetable Caviar
- Dandelion Avocado Salad with Crispy Tempeh
with Debra Stark & Jeff McDonough
“Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss in Salted Caramel & Chocolate is simply delectable! Non-dairy and soy-free, too!” … Debbie
“I’m excited about these new organic sundae cones and ice cream sandwiches from Three Twins Ice Cream. Sitting in the grass on a hot summer day with a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich is as good as it gets! The individual packaging works well for treating yourself without going overboard on portion size. Yum!” … Dave
RUNA’s mission is to improve livelihoods for indigenous farmers in the Amazon. “We believe people everywhere can benefit from the bounty of the rainforest without destroying it.”
Saturday, October 22, 10:00-2:00. Debra’s Natural Gourmet Turns 27! Birthday Party, Non-GMO FOOD FAIR, Discover West Concord Day – all in one! We’ll have cake and ice cream, of course, but also some favorite companies sampling food. Come have a great time, have lunch and help us celebrate! 5% of our sales the whole day will go to The Non-GMO Project. More in the October store newsletter….
From Debra Stark
With all the turmoil in the world, all the violence, all the hatred, I was thinking about life in general, and how to make the world a better place. I was thinking about things that are important to me, remembering former Massachusetts resident, Speaker of the United States House, Tip O’Neill, who said that all politics is local, that change starts on our street, in our communities.
Can each of us, by talking to our neighbors and co-workers, be a catalyst to affect change? Our voices are powerful, and I think we sometimes forget that. Instead of cynicism, let’s remember that we elect our legislators (I know you vote….), and for the most part, they do want to hear from us. They want to know what we think, how they can serve all of us.
I know this is an oversimplification. Do-gooding won’t stop violence, but if we don’t speak up, behave differently, then there truly is no hope. Here are things I want to work on. What’s on your list?
Flower growers have used blackstrap molasses to get stronger, longer lasting blossoms for ages. Molasses supplies trace minerals along with bio-available sugars that feed plants. Milk, too, is a soil and plant food. The organization Slow Food says that, in addition, milk is an effective fungicide and soft-bodied insecticide; critters like grasshoppers don’t have a pancreas to process the sugars, so they are driven off when milk is applied to leaves.
“Each year at Natural Products Expo West, New Hope Network honors the industry’s greatest contributors….Legends are individuals at the center of stories about change—influencers who change the way we do what we do with enduring impact.” This year Debra was one of 12 individuals honored.
I’ve always loved the cookbook, Please to the Table, by Anya von Bremzen and John Welchman, and this recipe is my adaptation of Anya’s favorite pilaf. Among my own touches, I’ve added my mother’s addition to all her rice dishes, Fearn soy granules. Mom always stirred in a few spoonfuls of Fearn soy granules to her pot of rice during the last 5 minutes of cooking. The soy granules absorbed remaining moisture so the rice was dry, the grains separate. One-quarter cup Fearn soy granules added 22 grams of protein, a good thing, and made the rice look and taste very gourmet, or so friends and family always said!
Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture found eggplants to be chock-full of an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid, which fights free radicals (chemicals that cause oxidation, or the premature breakdown of our cells). This recipe has a multitude of vegetables and lots of color. A treat for taste buds and eyes! Feeding a crowd? You can double or triple the recipe easily, and it keeps for days in the frig.
A quick easy dessert that doesn’t require turning on the oven!!
This serves four people. Mix 1 C thick yogurt or mascarpone or crème fresh with 1 tsp rose water and 2 Tbsp C honey or agave. Spoon into 4 bowls or pretty glasses. Scatter 4 C any kind of berries over cream mixture (save a little cream to dollop on top, too). Garnish with roasted, salted pistachios (about 1 Tbsp per bowl). Dollop cream, drizzle with 2 Tbsp more of honey or agave.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that a high intake of calcium is not the solution for osteoporosis. Yes, it’s important to get enough calcium – roughly 600 mg a day. But beyond that, the key to healthy, vibrant, resilient bones are all the nutrients that help the body manage calcium. These calcium management nutrients finally accomplish what we’ve always wanted calcium to do for us.
In other words, it isn’t how much calcium we get, but how well we use it. Calcium management nutrients not only help calcium go to the right places, they also keep calcium out of the wrong places.
Few nutrients inspire such feelings of devotion and commitment – and guilt and shame – as calcium. Am I getting enough? What about my bones!? Oh no – I better eat more yogurt, seek out fortified foods, and take even more pills!
Calcium is no more, and no less, necessary to life than any other essential mineral or vitamin. (In fact, I could argue that deficiencies in magnesium, zinc, potassium, and vitamins D and B12 are both more likely, and more dangerous). Yet for some reason, no other nutrient inspires such slavish, at times even neurotic, concern as calcium.
So, how much calcium should we get?