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Quote Of The Month

“In the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. Nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen.”
Author: William S. Burroughs

Recipe Of The Month

Asparagus Zucchini Soup

Blend in you blender:
medium Asparagus
medium Zucchini
red / Yell Bell Pepper
stalks Celery
hass Avocado
tsp Sea Slat
chunk Ginger
cups Water
Serve topped with Paprika or Cayenne

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Class April 10th      The Mexican Feast   --- $60
2pm - 4:30pm

Bell Pepper in Cumin Garlic Cream
Mushroom Zucchini Enchilada
with Mole Verde
Coconut Honey Ice Cream

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Class April 24th      Japanese   -------------------------- $60
2pm - 4:30pm

Meso Soup
House Salad
Kimpira Gobo (Burdock Salad)
Broccoli Ohitashi (Broccoli in sauce)
Kinoko Saute (mushroom Saute)
Zaru Soba (cold Noodles)
Chawan Mushi (Savory custard)
Green Tea Ice Cream

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2 Day Advanced Only Class

April 23rd & 24th
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This class will not be for beginner by any stretch. This will be top notch stuff from Raw Chef Dan where one must have advanced skills. In this course you will go from your standard raw sun berger and through you into Mastery Gourmet Preparations.

Day one will be mostly Savory Dishes. Creating complex dishes, light Breads, and Cooked to Raw, creating meals from leftovers and multi purposing components. Day two will be mostly sweets. Finninsh some of the savory dishes and focusing on sweets, light Cakes, Custards, Chia, using Exotic Fruits
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2010 Winter Schedule

Home Chef Certification Course
April 16th - 19th 11am 10 5pm --- $1,600.00
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Raw Chef Mastery Certification Course
March 29 - April 4th --- $2,200.00
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Product Pic Of The Month
OK I admit it, sense this cold weather I have kinda gotten addicted to Almond Butter. Given that all Almonds in the US Canada and Mexico are now pasteurized, there have been a new wave of "Really Raw" almond butters coming to market.
So after sampling these more recent creations I have to say that they all have their own thing going and all really good. This one here the "Better Than Roasted" or BTR is not only raw but organic and sprouted. They are also usung Almonds from Italian.
I gatta say, pretty darn tasty stuff.
It is a new "Must Have" item for me these days,
a Must Have!
Organic Almond Butter, 16oz (Soaked & Germinated)
~ Cleck Here to buy ~
I am going to try the Cashew Butter Next http://www.therawfoodworld.com/product_info.php?ref=925&products_id=1003169&affiliate_banner_id=1

Raw Chef Dan's Tip Of The Month

Think of what you want your tomorrow to be and let that guide your now!

Whatever feelings you have within you are attracting your tomorrow.

Worry attracts more worry. Anxiety attracts more anxiety.
Unhappiness attracts more unhappiness. Dissatisfaction attracts
more dissatisfaction.

AND . . .

Joy attracts more joy. Happiness attracts more happiness. Peace
attracts more peace. Gratitude attracts more gratitude. Kindness
attracts more kindness. Love attracts more love.

Your job is an inside one. To change your world, all you have to do
is change the way you feel inside. How easy is that?

Product Pic Of The Month

Saw this again this past week.
Freign awesome!

I love it because it covers a wide spectrum
of all the aspects of our present day
food crisis.
It is also comprehensive and convincing.
Great for those who are new to this kind of information

Well done lads, well done!


News On The Forefront

A 5-Step Pathway to Truly Sane Evenings

Posted by: Dr. Mercola February 27 2010 | 19,355 views
The toughest part of the day is the often those frantic early evening hours when there are mouths to feed, homework to do, and cranky kids to handle. 

The trick is to streamline your to-do’s so you can feel calmer and focus on what counts. Here’s how:
calm, time management, stress reduction

1) Ease Into the Evening

Instead of walking in the door after work or errands and immediately launching into another chore, allow time and space to downshift into evening mode.  Creating a calming ambiance, by turning off the TV and playing soothing classical, jazz, or instrumental music, can instantly reset the emotional tone of the house.

2) Create a Dinner System

Rushing to get dinner on the table is a major source of evening mayhem, but a little bit of preplanning can help you power through with a minimum of stress.  Use weekends to chart out your nightly dinners, grocery shop, and even presumable parts of a meal when possible.

3) Keep the Kids Busy

All the shortcuts in the world won’t help if you’re constantly being interrupted, so a little creativity may be needed to get the kids out from underfoot.  Make the time you cook be about you and let your older kids know that you are there only to be asked a very important question.  For younger children, it might be necessary to involve them in the meal preparation or to put on an appropriate DVD.

4) Plan Homework Time

After the kids have had a healthy snack and 30 minutes down-time after school, they should begin their homework so that it is completed before dinner.

5) Share the Work ... and a Break

Dividing tasks between you and your partner can make family time more serene for both of you. Be flexible with this.  If your partner is stressed when walking in the house, offer a later-in-the-evening task, such as washing dishes or packing lunches for the next day.

Lifehack February 4, 2010
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Sources: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/02/27/5-steps-to-a-calmer-evening.aspx

10 Reasons to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods

Posted by: Dr. Mercola February 27 2010| 19,747 views

GM foods won’t solve the food crisis

A 2008 World Bank report concluded that increased biofuel production (crops grown for fuel rather than food) is the major cause of the increase in food prices.  GM giant Monsanto has been at the heart of the lobbying for biofuels -- while profiting enormously from the resulting food crisis and using it as a PR opportunity to promote GM foods!

gm, gmo, jeffrey smith

GM crops do not increase yield potential

Despite the promises, GM has not increased the yield potential of any commercialized crops. In fact, studies show that the most widely grown GM crop, GM soy, has suffered reduced yields.

GM crops increase pesticide use

U.S. government data shows that in the U.S., GM crops have produced an overall increase, not decrease, in pesticide use compared to conventional crops.

There are better ways to feed the world

A major UN/World Bank-sponsored report compiled by 400 scientists and endorsed by 58 countries concluded that GM crops have little to offer global agriculture and the challenges of poverty, hunger, and climate change, because better alternatives are available.

Other farm technologies are more successful

Integrated Pest Management and other innovative low-input or organic methods of controlling pests and boosting yields have proven highly effective, particularly in the developing world.

GM foods have not been shown to be safe to eat

Genetic modification is a crude and imprecise way of incorporating foreign genetic material into crops, with unpredictable consequences. The resulting GM foods have undergone little rigorous and no long-term safety testing, but animal feeding tests have shown worrying health effects.

Stealth GMOs in animal feed -- without consumers’ consent

Meat, eggs and dairy products from animals raised on the millions of tons of GM feed imported into Europe do not have to be labeled. Some studies show that if GM crops are fed to animals, GM material can appear in the resulting products, and that the animals’ health can be affected.

GM crops are a long-term economic disaster for farmers

A 2009 report showed that GM seed prices in America have increased dramatically, cutting average farm incomes for U.S. farmers growing GM crops.

GM and non-GM cannot co-exist

GM contamination of conventional and organic food is increasing. An unapproved GM rice that was grown for only one year in field trials was found to have extensively contaminated the U.S. rice supply and seed stocks. In Canada, the organic oilseed rape industry has been destroyed by contamination from GM rape. In Spain, a study found that GM maize “has caused a drastic reduction in organic cultivations of this grain and is making their coexistence practically impossible”.

You can’t trust GM companies

The big biotech firms pushing their GM foods have a terrible history of toxic contamination and public deception. GM is attractive to them because it gives them patents that allow monopoly control over the world’s food supply. They have taken to harassing and intimidating farmers for the “crime” of saving patented seed or “stealing” patented genes -- even if those genes got into the farmer’s fields through accidental contamination by wind or insects.

Sources: raw food GM Watch February 2010

Please Read on. Dr Mercola's additional info in priceless

9 Food Label Lies

Posted by: Dr. Mercola February 25 2010 | 68,261 views

The healthiest food often has the least marketing muscle behind it. The Center for Science in the Public Interest recently published a comprehensive report on the subject, a persuasive indictment called "Food Labeling Chaos."

Here are nine of the most common ways food labels lie, so you can prepare before your next trip to the grocery store.

Even if the first ingredient listed isn’t sugar, the product may contain more sugar than anything else. How is it possible? Just add up all the sugars that go by different names, such as sugar, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup and white grape juice concentrate.

food labels, labeling

“Made With Whole Grains”
Unbleached wheat flour is still the main ingredient; whole wheat flour is further down on the list, indicating that the product contains relatively little. One truth -- the presence of whole grains -- masks another; that whole grains make up an insignificant portion of the food.

Another factor to keep in mind is the presence of potassium bromate, a dough conditioner found in commercial bakery products and some flours, which is a major, but hidden cause of thyroid dysfunction. This ingredient may be used even in whole grain breads. For more information, please review this previous article.

Serving Size
There are 2.5 official servings in a 20 ounce soda bottles, meaning that 100 calories per "serving" is really 240 calories per bottle.

Omega 3
Everyone knows omega-3 fats are healthy, but that doesn't mean every product emblazoned with the word is a healthy source of it. The FDA allows certain foods that are rich in two of the omega-3 fats to advertise that they can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, but only if they're also low in saturated fats or other risk factors. Which is why some unhealthy foods use a bit of marketing misdirection: the packaging has the word "omega-3," but nothing specifically about heart health.

“Made With Real Fruit”
Usually the only thing approximating fruit is concentrate (sugar). If you want real fruit, buy real fruit. If you want candy, buy candy.

“0 Trans Fat”
Many reformulated foods are basically just as bad, but they scream one truth: "0 trans fats!" to obscure another: "still bad for your heart!"

“Free Range Eggs”
This means chickens must be granted the luxury of exactly five minutes of "access" to the outdoors every day. Those eggs you buy may have been raised ethically, with room enough for hens to roam the yard. But there's no guarantee in the "free range" label.

The fibers advertised in many foods are mainly "purified powders" called inulin, polydextrose and maltodextrin. These "isolated" unnatural fibers are unlikely to lower blood cholesterol or blood sugar, as other fibers can.

Tastes Like Medicine!
The FDA allows food manufacturers to make certain pre-approved "qualified health claims" about the health benefits of nutrients in food. But marketers have stretched this inch into a long mile. For instance, food makers can't say that their product "helps reduce the risk of heart disease" without FDA approval, so they say that it "helps maintain a healthy heart."

That's why several public health groups, including the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, have voiced concern about this trend.

Sources: raw food  The Daily Green February 1, 2010

Obesity Threatens National Security

Posted by: Dr. Mercola February 23 2010 | 19,061 views

Childhood obesity has become so serious in this country that military leaders are viewing the epidemic as a potential threat to our national security.

Obesity, it turns out, is the number 1 reason why applicants fail to qualify for military service, and it is posing serious health problems within the services.

Today, otherwise excellent recruit prospects, with generations of military service in their family history, are being turned away because they are just too heavy.

U.S. soldier

A recent report by Mission: Readiness, an organization made up of retired admirals and generals, found that an alarming 75 percent of all young people aged 17 to 24 are unable to join the military. Many young adults do not qualify because they failed to finish high school or have criminal records, but the No. 1 reason, our report found, is obesity. In the past 30 years, child obesity rates have more than tripled. One in three children, 10 to 17, is overweight or obese, and 27 percent of young adults, 17 to 24, are too heavy to join the military. Every month hundreds of potential recruits fail the physical entrance exam because they are too overweight.

More on why http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/02/23/obesity-threatens-national-security.aspx

Sources: Chef dan hoyt  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution February 8, 2010

USDA Drops "Big Brother" National Animal ID Program

Under pressure from small farmers and organic consumers, the US Department of Agriculture announced on February 5, 2010, that it is suspending its controversial National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and offering a new approach to tracking animal disease and food contamination. This is a major victory for the Organic Consumers Association, our allies, and organic farmers and ranchers, who have complained

animal ID Law

that the USDA's goal of tagging every farm animal in country wouldn't do anything to prevent disease, would be unnecessary and expensive for small and organic farmers, and couldn't be enforced without violations of privacy and religion.

Already, the implementation of NAIS in Wisconsin has resulted in an Amish farmer and a small-scale cattle rancher being charged and fined for not registering, and in Michigan a cattle farmer's herd was put under quarantine and forcibly tagged when he wouldn't submit to the state's mandatory NAIS program.

Read More Go to OCA's No NAIS campaign page for more information

OCA's Featured Essay

Climate Catastrophe:
Surviving the 21st Century by Ronnie Cummins and Will Allen
The climate, energy, and political catastrophe we are facing is mind-boggling and frightening.  Yet there is still time to save ourselves, to move beyond psychological denial, despair, or false optimism. There is still hope if we are willing to confront the hydra-headed monsters that block our path, and move ahead with a decisive plan of action. The inspirational message we need to deliver is that we're not just talking about drastically reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, but rebuilding society, creating in effect a New Woman and a New Man for the 21st Century. Planet Future
What we are witnessing are the early stages of a mass grassroots consciousness-raising and taking back of power from out-of-control corporations, banks, corporate-controlled media, and politicians. This cultural and political revolution will empower us to to carry out a deep and profound retrofitting of industry, government, education, health care, housing, neighborhoods, transportation, food and farming systems, as well as our diets and lifestyles...

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Cool Business Pic of the Month

This is brilliant.
If you want to create a job for yourself then this is it. Grow food for a home in thier own yard.

I could see many ways to share in the yield, supply coops, share in sale of produce and share in the food.


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