Thursday, November 17, 2011

Opting out

Six reasons to opt out of national food system:
  1. Industrial foods are lower in nutritional value.
  2. Buying from local, entrepreneurial farmers and sellers improves the local economy. Know your farmer!
  3. The US does not require that genetically modified foods be labeled as such.
  4. A pregnant teen that I know told me that she "doesn't eat vegetables."
  5. HFCS. 'nuff said.
  6. You'll never find this in a box:

Mashed summer roots
Per every 2 diners:
One large potato
3-5 radishes
1 medium parsnip
1 pat butter
1/4 cup (or so) milk, half-half, or cream
white pepper and sea salt to taste

Peel, roughly cube, and boil all until soft (you can easily slip a knife in). To cube vegetables, just cut them up along each axis-- length, width, height. Mash into a lumpy mass with a potato masher or fork, then add the butter and milk/cream. Continue to mash with the masher/fork or whip with a hand mixer on low. I don't mind lumps in my mashed potatoes, but some people like them really smooth.

Serve with meat loaf, or pan fried pork, fish or portobello mushroom.


  1. Well, I "opt out" of junk mail, so why not "opt out" of certain foods too. The labeling drives me crazy. I try to buy as local as I can. I am now trying harder. I am having a challenge finding local grains and flour. grrrr.

  2. Local pasta has me stumped, especially semolina pastas--I hate the whole wheat ones. I did finally find grain near the Iowa border, and now I know of some just around the "corner" in Michigan and northern Indiana.

  3. I may have to loosen the reins on "local" and expand my search to Oklahoma and Kansas... bound to find grains and flours there.