Monday, November 30, 2015

GMOs in your supermarket… Franken Foods are coming!

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have been common on US farms for nearly two decades in plant form, with corn, soybean and cotton seeds altered to make crops resistant to bugs and herbicides. 

However, the vast majority of such GMO crops are used in animal feed or processed into ingredients for packaged food, rather than consumed directly by people.

Most consumers want to know whether their food, or any ingredients in their food is derived from genetically engineered sources.

The law does not require foods containing ingredients derived from these salmon to be labeled as GE, but the FDA recognizes that many consumers are interested in this information, and some food manufacturers will want to make the distinction.

Draft guidelines on how food manufacturers could identify whether the salmon in their products are genetically modified are being issued, but the guidelines state that such labeling would be voluntary.

The FDA this year approved GMO apples and potatoes, but they so far aren’t sold widely in stores or restaurants, and some food brands have vowed not to carry them. Companies including Kroger & Target have pledged not to stock GMO salmon.

The approval of GE salmon has been fiercely opposed by some consumer and environmental groups, which have argued that the safety studies were inadequate and that wild salmon populations might be affected if the engineered fish were to escape into the oceans and rivers.

All of the fish will be female, and reproductively sterile, to prevent inadvertent breeding of the genetically modified fish with wild salmon.

The fish are supposed to be raised only in two designated land-based and contained hatcheries in Canada and Panama to lessen the chances that they will escape.

There is little doubt that transgenetic fish will, if raised, escape to the surrounding waters. Estimates of farmed salmon escapees in British Columbia total at least 400,000 fish from 1991 to 2001.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Make Memories with Special Holiday Gifts

There is nothing tastier to top warm oatmeal or crisp toast than freshly made flavored sugar… whether you like cinnamon or vanilla these unique holiday treats will bring a smile to your face.

The recipe is easy and you can even have the kids help… just gather supplies; pretty jars, a piece of material and ribbon, your favorite organic sugar, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla beans.

For cinnamon sugar the ratio is 1 tablespoon cinnamon to ½ cup sugar; mix together first, and then pour over 2 cinnamon sticks in your jar. Vanilla sugar is easier; just cut your vanilla beans in half, place in jars and pour sugar over. We used 1 ½ bean per jar. The smell is delightful, and you can imagine the taste!

Cut squares of material; cover jars and tie with ribbons, and easy holiday gifts are ready to enjoy!

#cinnamon #holidaygifts #flavoredsugar #naturalfoods #noordinarychick #livinggreen #vanillabeans

Monday, November 16, 2015

Yukon Gold Potatoes growing in the resting compost!

Potatoes belong to the Solanaceae or nightshade family and are indigenous to the Andes, although wild potato species occur from the United States to southern Chile.

Potatoes were introduced outside the Andes region about four centuries ago, and have since become an integral part of much of the world's food supply. They are the world's fourth-largest food crop, following maize, wheat, and rice.

Potato plants are herbaceous perennials that grow about 24 in high, depending on variety, with the leaves dying back after flowering, fruiting and tuber formation. They are mostly cross pollinated by insects such as bumblebees, which carry pollen from other potato plants, though a substantial amount of self-fertilizing occurs as well.

A medium size potato with the skin provides 27 mg of vitamin C, 620 mg of potassium, 0.2 mg vitamin B6, and trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.

Potatoes are healthy choice and best served with lots of greens instead of protein. They are served in countless ways hot and cold all over the world.

#compost #garden #livinggreen #naturalfoods #noordinarychick #potatoes

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fresh Holiday Stuffing

Fresh drying holiday stuffing is the most heavenly scent in the house...

Choose three or more of the following breads:
Challah, Peasant, Pumpernickel, Semolina, Whole Grain/Wheat. Cut into cubes and put into a food processor; pulse until rough crumbs.

Place mix in a shallow baking pan. (The more surface area, the faster the crumbs will dry.)

Season (shake over the top) with as many of the following dry spices that you have: 
Black Pepper, Celery Salt, Cheverl (or Parsley), Marjoram, Onion Powder, Oregano, Paprika, Salt, Thyme, and Winter Savory.

Mix well and season again; this time also melt some butter and drizzle it over the top as you mix the seasonings in.

Place the mix in a preheated 300-degree oven, stirring every 1⁄2 hour until dry. Set aside to cool.

When the stuffing is cool bag it in an oven bag, close it tightly removing the air and store it in a cool dry place for up to a month.

You’re all ready to add your favorite ingredients; some hot stock, and stuff your holiday bird!

#breads #herbs #holiday #livinggreen #naturalfoods #noordinarychick #stuffing #turkey

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Herbs & Spices for Thanksgiving

For some holiday foods flavor helpers try our unique Kingston Grown Herb Bundles &
Lip Smacking Poultry Rub for your turkey, stuffing, and special entrees.

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