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Friday, February 4, 2011

Collard Green/Onion Frittata

This is a "go to" recipe in our house, when I don't have anything else, I always have the ingredients for a frittata.  I keep collards from our garden in the freezer, and our chickens lay plenty of eggs.  Sheep and goat cheese are staples here, so I can always throw this dish together.

-Bunch of Collard Greens, I know that isn't specific but this recipe can handle 2-3 cups of cooked collards.--1 onion
-1/4 C slivered almonds
-10 eggs
-1 1/2-2 C shredded manchego sheep cheese
-6 ounces goat cheese, more or less
-O Oil

Dice the onion, and cook in O Oil for just a few minutes, then add the chopped collards and about 1/4 C water, cover and cook until collards are tender, about 20-25 minutes.

In a bowl combine eggs (beaten), and manchego cheese, goat cheese, S&P. Add in your collard/onion mixture and stir. Add in slivered almonds (this is totally optional. I like the sweetness of the almonds, but some don't like nuts in their frittata).

Add the mixture to an oiled pie plate, cook at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. The top will be browned. Let it sit for a few minutes, then cut and serve. My boys like a dolop of sour cream on top.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

GMO Alfalfa

Again another dilution of what the US calls "certified organic".  So how much of that label can you trust any more?  And how long before we don't have any idea what goes into the food we eat or the seeds we buy, and lose complete control over our own diet.  We "think" growing our own is better, but how long until it is not?  We "think" the organic food label is helping us choose our food wisely, but is it really?

"Got organic milk? Maybe not for long.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced its approval of "unrestricted planting" of genetically modified alfalfa sold by Monsanto, according to The Atlantic. So what does that have to do with organic milk?

Cows eat more alfalfa hay than anything else, and as a crop, alfalfa is what The Atlantic calls "notoriously promiscuous." Bees and other insects can spread alfalfa pollen for up to five miles, meaning it's only a matter of time before the unrestricted GMO alfalfa cross-pollinates with non-GMO varieties.

It makes for a strange conundrum: The USDA's own regulations prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms in certified-organic products, yet by allowing such a fast-and-loose crop to be planted anywhere, the department is virtually guaranteeing that cows used to make organic dairy products will end up eating some mutant strain of GMO alfalfa...."

Please read the rest of the story HERE.  And share the link.