Food and Guns!

Today, I packed:
a thermos full of Tortilla soup that I made last month and froze
Crispy nuts
Raw cheese
Crackers and cultured cream cheese
Weinhard’s Root beer and Black Cherry Soda (hey, I follow WAPF, I am a not a slave to it:)
a sandwich for DJ: Danish ham and havarti on rustic bread
coffee and tea
Good times! It would have been a great trip out to the woods to shoot if we had remembered all of the ammo! I was so distracted by packing and trying to reach the Boy (who did not show up or call) that I forgot the main ammo box. So, I squeezed off some rounds with my 9mm and called it a day. I read tonight about a shooting stance and some tips I want to try to improve my shot pattern, so back to the woods next weekend!

Back in business!

I got a brand-spanking new mini-stove yesterday, which means I can start cooking again! (old one died due to mouse infestation.  Long story!) My sourdough starter is gently bubbling in it’s crock; been feeding it fresh ground wheat out of my back-to-basics hand mill (don’t get one of these… the only virtue for me was it was free… takes 20 mins to crank out 2 c. flour)

I have chicken brining right now; really meaty free range drum sticks. Gonna fry those up in refined coconut oil (so they won’t taste too coconutty) with a batter coating that has been soaking the last 24 hrs. Gonna make fresh biscuits tonight (started the buttermilk soak last night, so they will be PERFECT for tonight…)
Green salad with veggies fresh from the garden, along with a stir-fried veggie combo of squash, onions, garlic and herbs. Can’t forget the lovely mashed potatoes with cream and butter, and a small amount of coconut milk for richness, and cream gravy made with pan drippings. I am gonna bring out my lil’ electric icecream maker and make blackberry icecream with a combination of really nice heavy cream and raw cream from Organic Pastures and bb’s from the back yard, picked last summer and frozen.

I have soup bones perking away in the crock pot, to make stock for soup for everyone all week long. I just keep adding bones and water and draw some out every day, then make fresh soup in the AM and put it in thermoses for everyone.

The sourdough starter will be ready in two more days, then I can go back to my old habit of making bread and rolls every three days.

Gotta go buy some nappa cabbage so I can get more veggies fermenting… almost out. Gotta start some yogurt tomorrow, too, when the new batch of raw milk arrives.

Hurray! Life back on track again!

Good times

Had a marvelous time last night with good friends… drank wine and ate a great NT dinner… sprouted wheat pizza with raw cheese, organic sauce, organic mushrooms, olives, onions and Niman ranch bacon, buckwheat pasta with grilled veggies and homemade pesto, casaba melon straight from the garden, coconut cream corn, green salad with balsamic vinaigrette, and loads of good local wine, Ironstone Vineyards Merlot. It was rich with fruit, blackberries and cherries, and had a very smooth finish. We sat in their un-airconditioned straw bale house (when I got there, outside temp was 102 degrees F. Inside, it was 76 F. (that’s right, NO airconditioning, just a couple of open windows.) When it cooled off, we jumped into their wood-fired redwood hot tub, drinking cool well water and telling tall tales. We talked about everything, from death to taxes to spirit possession to Rudolph Steiner. Whatta night, to talk to people that speak the same language! I was there til 1 AM, and had to get up and go to work today. Boy am I bushed but happy. They are beautiful people, and a grand time was had by all.

California Raw Milk Senate Hearings

California Senate Hearings 4-15—08

Joint Senate hearings

to be held April 15th

Raw Milk consumers are

amassing to attend the

Biggest Raw Milk event in History!!

 Senator Dean Florez and Senator Maldonado are holding joint senate hearings on raw milk for California. It appears that CDFA and the FDA are sending their "Anti Raw Milk A-Team" to try and stop the rising tide of raw milk market interest in California. The chief of FDA dairy safety John Sheehan will be attending along with eight other PhD University food safety experts. 

The Raw Milk Dream Team will include: Sally Fallon (president of the Weston A Price Foundation), Jordan Rubin (author of the Makers Diet), Dr. Ted Beals MD, Dr. Mark Gebhart MD, Dr. Cat Berge DVM PhD and Walter Robb president of Wholefoods. Other powerful voices will also be attending to stand with raw milk in a science and consumer choice-based show-down that could quite possibly reset the destiny of consumer food choices for the next 100 years. Some of the experts will testify via remote video because they are from other countries. Raw milk experts will argue demonstrated California raw milk safety, superior nutrition and consumer choice.

1500 raw milk consumers are expected to pack this six-hour hearing. Many will have the opportunity to speak briefly about why they demand raw milk in California. Information collected from this joint hearing will form the basis for new legislation that will protect consumer choice as well as create sound standards for testing Fresh Farm Milk in California. 

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 
Location: Sacramento CA State Capitol Building Mr. #4203 
Subject: Fresh Farm Milk-Assuring Safety and Consumer Choice
Joint Hearing of: Senate Agriculture Committee and the Select Committee on Food-Borne Illness 
Senators Maldonado and Florez-Chairs 
3:00 PM until 9:00 PM hours or until everyone has spoken
John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203) 

Interviews available: 
Mark McAfee 
Founder, Organic Pastures Dairy 559-846-9732

Low-carb pizza crust that tastes GOOD!

It does when it is made with cauliflower and cheese!  I ran across this recipe on Cleochatra’s delightful blog, “The Lighter Side of Low-Carb” and it is GREAT!  I will be making a crust today for nibbling this week along with fabulous “Oopsie” rolls that are also her great invention 😉  Pics to come after I get the stuff made!

Here is my attempt:

Baked crust

With toppings

cut up and delish