Food

Virgil on January 19, 2014

The United States is one of the only developed countries in the world to either not ban foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or at least require labeling of said foods. Very sad commentary on the US and the power that agribusiness and their allies in the USDA and FDA have on Congress at the […]

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from our friends at Food Democracy Now! Last week, Maine’s Republican Governor, Paul LePage, signed a GMO labeling bill passed last spring, making Maine the 2nd state to pass and sign a GMO labeling bill into law. LePage’s signature on the bill was preceded by Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, who signed the nation’s […]

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Virgil on January 10, 2014

This is my mother’s recipe and one that was always super popular in our house growing up or as adults when visiting. Sometimes my dad made the sausage. This is the ultimate “white gravy on biscuits” gravy, but we just as often had it over toast. You can buy my mother’s recipe book, by the […]

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Virgil on December 27, 2013

I discovered this course on Christmas Day, so, since it is free, I figured I would treat myself to a Christmas present to me from me. The course is offered by the Regenerative Leadership Institute Community Foundation and covers a wide range of topics. It looks to be a very informative course. It is a […]

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I was lucky enough to get a copy of Sanford D’Amato’s Good Stock: Life on a Slow Simmer. It is, in short, a memoir with recipes. Not something I’d seen before, but it really works well with this book and I predict more of this kind of book in the future. Each chapter ends with […]

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Virgil on December 14, 2013

I came across some interesting research recently that demonstrates that eating two or more servings of oily fish a week is positively correlated with reduced chances of having a stroke and cardiovascular disease, while just eating fish oil supplements does not. To me, this is just common sense, but it is nice to have scientific […]

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Virgil on December 12, 2013

I am taking an online course from Harvard called Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science. Not for the faint of heart, it is actually a physics/chemistry class applied to cooking. But, some of the best and most innovative chefs in the world are part of it. For example Adrian Ferran, the father […]

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Most countries in the developed world and many in underdeveloped nations ban or restrict use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Most at least have laws requiring labeling of any foods that contain GMOs, so the consumer may decide. In most of the United States, Monsanto, other agribusiness giants, and USDA have gone full-tilt boogie to […]

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Virgil on December 3, 2013

Ice cream is a favorite among Americans, as well as in other countries. The US Air Force was actually founded in 1947, but during World War II, it was part of the Army, the US Army Air Corps. Probably the main heavy US bomber during that war was the B17, the “Flying Fortress.” In addition […]

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Virgil on November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that celebrates family and being thankful for all the good things we have. It is a day of respite and relaxation, one to be savored. It really makes no difference that the holiday we have all experienced in our lifetimes bears no resemblance to the reality of what is called […]

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