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Episode 319

with Debra Stark & Robin Johnston

  • Lentils, Broccoli, Carrots, Duck Bacon!
  • Arugula Salad, Endive, Napa and Cultured Veggies
  • Mango Pineapple Sorbet
 Staff Favorite

Epic-Bone-BrothWe have bone broth and it’s Epic!  Up to 10 grams of protein in each serving and available in three delicious flavors: homestyle savory chicken, turkey cranberry sage, and beef jalapeno sea salt. Just like Grandma used to make!

 Staff Favorite

Nano-Ice Cooling NecklaceFeeling hot, hot, hot? Beat the heat with the new Nano-Ice Necklace! Pop in the freezer for a couple of hours, tie it on, and you’ll be the coolest “kid” on the block!

Of Note

Things That Are Important to Me

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?

Feed your plants!

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.

Debra named Legend

Legend“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.

The only blender that makes us smile!!!!

We’re expecting more Vitamix 7500’s – wonderful 2.2 horsepower blenders that run up to 220 miles per hour with a low profile so they fit under cabinets. Did I mention a 7-year warranty? You need this blender if you, like me, put a whole bunch of parsley, stems and all, into your smoothie together with a whole peeled lemon, frozen berries. For the first time ever, Vitamix is offering $50 off your preordered machine, just in time for Mother’s Day. Reserve your red, black or white Vitamix 7500 today. Regular price $529, Debra’s price $479. Mother’s Day special price is $429. Wow! (No discount cards.)

Putting your money where your mouth is

From a local on-line newspaper, Patch: “MIT graduate Shiva Ayyadurai’s offer is simple: If the Monsanto Company can disprove his claim that there are ‘no safety assessment standards’ for genetically modified organisms (GMO), he will give the agro-giant a $10 million building that he owns in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“That’s how strongly the inventor believes in the alleged danger of unregulated GMOs.”

 What's Cooking

Simple No-Peel Peach Cobbler

PEACH-COBBLERThere’s no fat added to this cobbler, and you don’t have to peel the peaches, because there’s no need when you eat organic (there are no pesticides or herbicides with organic). Feel free to substitute organic nectarines or apricots in lieu of peaches. This recipe also doubles or triples if you want to feed a crowd. Do you want like batter and less fruit? Feel free to double the batter. It’s more cake-y this way.

Did you know that the peach is actually a member of the rose family and originated in China. Who knew? Today, China is still the largest grower of peaches, followed by Italy. Here in the USA, Georgia is the Peach State and makes the world’s largest peach cobbler each year.

Hibiscus Stevia Lemonade

Thanks to Adam, we’ve been enjoying this recipe for some years now. For those of you who’ve been asking because you can’t find your copy, here it is again. And, yes, it can also be found in our third cookbook, Blue Ribbon Edition, from our kitchen to yours.

If you don’t know, stevia is a South American herb that tastes much sweeter than sugar. The good thing is that stevia doesn’t affect blood sugar, is safe for diabetics and contains virtually no calories. An 8-oz cup of Pink Stevia Lemonade yields roughly 3 calories. You can live it up, baby!

Adam wrote, “Hibiscus is a beautiful flower and makes a pretty tea and lemonade, but does it have health benefits? There are consistent scientific studies that show hibiscus helps with hypertension and liver disorders.

A simple summer tomato salad recipe

Take about 3 pounds wonderful, heirloom tomatoes of all sizes, colors and flavors. Depending on size of tomatoes, slice tiny ones in half, some into quarters, chunks. This will make your salad visually stunning. Put tomatoes into a colander and salt them (use about 2 tsp good salt) and leave 30 minutes to drain. This will persuade tomatoes to give up juices, thereby concentrating the tomato flavor. Put tomatoes into a ceramic or glass salad bowl, add a teaspoon of fresh oregano, ½ C extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (or balsamic vinegar) and toss gently. Taste. Add seasonings such as black pepper, if you like. Did you know tomatoes keep longer if stored stem down? Optional add-ins to this salad: olives, capers, sumac, parsley, toasted bread cubes.

Serves 6-8.

Adam's Corner



CHOCOLATE: You’ve probably heard the snippets on the nightly news: “Chocolate may reduce the risk of heart disease.” “Chocolate protects against cancer.” “Chocolate reduces the appearance of wrinkles.” Which would seemingly be our cue to start eating some. But there’s always something in the news anchor’s tone of voice (a tone usually reserved for human interest stories about somebody’s cat that may or may not be able to play Tetris), which implies that, as interesting as the story may be, we shouldn’t take it too seriously.

Because everyone knows that chocolate isn’t – couldn’t possibly be – healthy. Right?

Why Can’t the Experts Agree on Calcium (or any other nutrient)?

How much of something should we get? It’s a simple question. And it often receives a simple answer.

Sometimes, too simple…

Simple answers are easy and comforting, but they are rarely accurate or complete. They don’t account for individual differences in fitness, reproductive status, metabolic function, medical history, genetic predisposition, time of day, time of month, and time of life. They don’t tell you the whole story, and they don’t listen to your story.

Still, we declare target doses, or at least dose ranges, appropriate for most of us. From a public health perspective, clarity is preferable to nuance.