Archive for November, 2010

Signs of Progress

November 16th, 2010

kitty and tray
This is Miss Cassie O. Kitty. She LOVES wheatgrass…even the seeds. She now has her own little cup of grass growing next to her bed. She is my boyfriend’s cat but only recently came to live with us. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may know that I was originally drawn to raw/living cuisine for HEALTH REASONS. One issue that I was suffering from was severe respiratory problems. As a result, kitty had to go live with my boyfriend’s mom for a while (about three years).

kitty and me
Things have gradually improved over that time. So recently, kitty came back to live with us. So far things are going pretty well. She still isn’t allowed in my room. But things have improved (at least the respiratory aspects).

Maybe it was the wheatgrass? Speaking of, I think I’m going to go make some right now…


Sad to Say Goodbye

November 12th, 2010

case kc
Well, it’s starting to get cold up in these parts. You know what that means? The days are numbered for kale chips. It’s so hard to say goodbye. I mean, I LOVE kale chips! But there are lot of exciting things on the horizon for the winter (STAY TUNED!).

going out with a band
We’re going out with a bang though! Look at these beautiful peppers I grew this season! They have to be the most perfect peppers I’ve seen, and they taste AMAZING!

chocolate habanero
These are chocolate habaneros. There are only a few left, but they are definitely worth the wait. (I have waited all season for these little babies to come due).

I have been so insanely busy since I posted my kale chips for sale. I was completely NOT EXPECTING such a huge response. And strangely, almost none of the orders were from raw foodists. Sadly, I am going to have to close up shop (for the kale chips anyway) in one week. Kale goes out of season up here, and we are going to honor the seasons here and support local farms. SO…here’s the scoop.



Troubled Waters

November 10th, 2010

troubled waters
Well, the good news is that ever since I posted the announcement about my KALE CHIPS, I’ve been a busy bee. I did however find time to attend a special screening of this movie, Troubled Waters. This movie sparked quite the CONTROVERSY locally when it was censored by the UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. Apparently, there were some concerns that many of the questions raised in the film would RUFFLE SOME FEATHERS with some big time funders.

Of course, being the progressive state that Minnesota is (with a huge network of grass roots activists), this only served to draw more attention to the movie.

Who knew that my NEIGHBORHOOD watering hole was in the midst of such a crisis. I was wholly unaware of the extent of it. The movie details many of the water issues that have arisen after years of industrialized agriculture in this region. The runoff from overuse of anhydrous ammonia and other chemicals has had a huge impact on the Mississippi creating dead zones in the gulf and contaminating water sources all along the way. This is a HUGE problem that is not being addressed. What’s interesting to me personally is that ammonia was one of the toxic chemicals I was exposed to in excess (causing my myriad of health issues). They talked about animals in the movie that were exposed and had similar health problems. People don’t know it yet, but this is going to be a HUGE health issue for my generation and generations to follow. Take note, my friends!