Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Health Scandal of the Decade – Monsanto’s GMO Perversion of Food « Food Freedom

Health Scandal of the Decade – Monsanto’s GMO Perversion of Food « Food Freedom

I found this on Food Freedom's blog. It does a great job of explaining what genetically modified organisms (GMO) and what Monsanto is doing to our food. Great stuff, the creator of Agent Orange meet agriculture. To me those two things don't mix, but you can find the cousin of Agent Orange on your strawberries.  Let me know what you think please.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Family's New Favorite Soup - Chicken Tortilla Soup

We have been eating a lot of soup lately. Mostly because I can double the recipe easily and freeze half. On those nights I don't feel like cooking, it's really easy to pull out some frozen soup and heat it up.
With all the snow on the ground there is nothing more comforting than hot soup. I made this twice in the last week it is so good. It takes about 45 minutes to make, you can double the recipe and freeze the soup too. And again, even my son Brian, who claims he dislikes chicken, loved it


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

4-6 chicken thighs (see note)

1 onion diced

1 jalepeno pepper, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 qt chicken broth

28oz can diced tomatoes

1 cup frozen corn

2 14oz cans black beans, rinsed

1/4 cup parsely and/or cilantro, chopped

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

3 soft tortillas, sliced thinly

1 lime quartered

  1. In a large sauce pot brown chicken thighs until cooked through, remove from pot and let cool. Drain fat, leaving about 1 tablespoon.
  2. add onion and garlic. Saute until the onion is translucent Add jalepeno pepper, saute for 30 seconds
  3. Add the chicken broth, deglazing the pan and scraping any bits from the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add tomatoes, corn, black beans, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes
  5. Meanwhile shred the chicken, and add back to the pot and simmer for 5-10 minutes
  6. Heat a small sauted pan over medium-low heat. Add sliced tortilla strips and "saute" until the strips start to brown and become crisp.

Ladle soup into bowls, add a little parsley/cilantro and squeeze lime on top of soup. Garnish with tortilla strips. Serves 4-6 as a main dish.


You can substitute 2 chicken breast for the thighs if you like. I use thighs because I think they add better flavor. The chicken breast have less fat.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Most Delicious Potato?

I shared some of the many, and I mean MANY potatoes I have received from our winter CSA with my mom. I warned her that the potatoes were really dense and took forever to cook. Tonight she emailed me and said "That was the most delicious potato I have ever eaten."  I had to read the email twice. A potato was worth commenting on? Really? It was a potato, we not talking tomatoes or strawberries here, and then I realized, of course it probably was the most delicious potato she had ever eaten. It was grown by two people who actually care about what they produce. It wasn't flown half way around the world, picked before it could have any flavor. It wasn't sprayed with wax or 12 different kind of pesticides (that no one has tested the effects of mixing together). This potato still had the dirt from the earth which it was picked. This potato is real and it actually had flavor.

I have been thinking about how to define real food and why it's important to me. My mom's comment pretty much sums it up. If you are going to eat - and we all have to - shouldn't it all be delicious?

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