Healthy Lifestyle: Eat Less Meat

Image via Wikipedia I would like to thank Jena E. for sending me a link to this well thought out article about how to be more compassionate as carnivores. It got me thinking about my own meat eating habits. This year I have eaten less meat than ever before. I know the movie Food Inc., has much to do with that as well as meat doesn’t taste as good as it used to. For instance, my Thanksgiving dinner was marvelous. It was a potluck at friends’ house in chilly Oracle, Ariz. The food, the wine, the conversation was simply fabulous.
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Eat, Drink & Be Merry

For tomorrow? We Diet*. At least, that seems to be the motto of many, this time of year. Over the next month there will be open houses and company dinners, family feasts and friendly parties, bountiful tables, gift baskets and bar carts. So it’s no surprise that one of the most common resolutions, come January 1st, is to Diet in one form or another. The problem is, or can be, that Diets are notoriously unreliable. Many just plain don’t work. And why is that? I think it boils down to 3 main concepts: Diets are negative. Diets are restrictive. Diets
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The Little Black Book with a Culinary Spin

Quirk Books sent over a copy of “Recipes Every Man Should Know.”  This is a little black book with all the basics laid out in a simple straightforward manner. Written by Susan Russo and Brett Cohen, “Recipes” also covers the vocabulary, tools and techniques every guy read cook should know. There are even instructions on how to carve a turkey complete with illustrations. Admittedly, there’s a bit of a tongue-in-cheek attitude behind this nifty little tome. The authors encourage men to cook because “1.Women think that men who cook are sexy. 2. It involves fire, sharp instruments and meat, and
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Tucson: The Science of Healing documentary, panel discussion, Fox Theatre

Image via Wikipedia Tucson: The Science of Healing PBS Special Reveals How the Brain Helps Us Heal, Emotionally and Physically from the press release Tucson, AZ — Dr. Gulshan and Neelam Sethi and the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona will present a special screening of the The Science of Healing with Dr Esther Sternberg at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 West Congress, on Wednesday, December 8, at 6:30.   Dr. Andrew Weil is on the panel. The public is welcome to attend – RSVP to cimdev@email.arizona.ecu as space is limited. There is no charge for admittance. Supported
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Recipe: Easiest Appetizer Ever – Quince and Manchego Cheese

This is the easiest appetizer ever. The hard part might be finding quince paste or what’s called membrillo. I live in Tucson which has a large Latin population. You would have to look in Latin, Spanish, or Hispanic markets. The membrillo or quince paste is refrigerated. This is considered a tapas or appetizer, snack, or a nosh with some wine. I had a wine tasting a few months ago and served this. Nobody had it previously but everyone went nuts for its delicious simplicity and the cool sweet tart taste of the quince paste paired with the Manchego or Spanish
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Spanish White Wine to Know and Love

One piece of advice that’s given to new writers is to “write what you know.” This same bit of wisdom can be applied to novice wine buyers. As an example, I recently wrote about a wine, a tempranillo that was sent to me to sample. Created by one of Spain’s oldest wineries, Bodegas Monticello, I enjoyed it because the Reserva was warm and earthy. You could almost taste Spain in each sip. A few weeks later I was browsing the aisles of a neighborhood wine shop looking for a reasonably priced albarino, a Spanish white wine that has become my
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Thanksgiving: Gratitude for Farmers and Farm Workers

Image by cproppe via Flickr Here at Circle of Food we received many press releases for recipes and food preparation ideas for Thanksgiving. The ones that stood out are the ones that were posted on the blog. As I’m shutting off my computer I noticed one I overlooked called Gratitude from Food Democracy Now! This Thanksgiving, please give thanks to the farmers and farmworkers who make your meal possible. (verbatim) Dear Karyn, It’s that time of year again. Every fall people travel across the country or just across town to share a meal with family, friends and loved ones in
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Food Recall: Bravo Cheese Recall, possible food poisoning

In a nutshell: Cheese recall mostly in west coast From the company press release distributed by the FDA For Immediate Release – November 23, 2010 – Bravo Farms is expanding its recall to include all Bravo Farms cheese. Bravo Farms had previously issued a recall on its Dutch Style Gouda, and now out of concern for any further contamination we have decided to further expand the recall to include all of our cheeses. Our customer’s safety and well being are our top priority, and this is the best way we can be sure we fulfill this obligation. Bravo Farms sells
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Phoenix, Ariz: Third Annual ThanksLIVING Celebration

Image via Wikipedia Phoenix, Ariz: Third Annual ThanksLIVING Celebration ThanksLIVING offers a healthy and compassionate alternative to the traditional holiday turkey dinner. Diners will enjoy a delicious, eco-friendly, multi-course gourmet vegan meal guaranteed to appease even the most discerning palate. * Special guest Paul Shapiro, of the Humane Society of the United States * Blanket/towel drive for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s animals * Take-out available (if you just can’t miss the family dinner, bring some take-out with you!) * Vendors, music and fun for the whole family! DATE: thanksLIVING DAY, Thursday November 25, 2010 TIME: noon  – 4
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“Todd’s” Turkey

There is some concern in my family about the fact that I only purchased a 17.22 lb turkey for Thursday. Now, we’re 6 people. Even discounting bones that’s a LOT of turkey per person. Last year’s bird was just over 21 pounds and we had turkey coming out of our ears. Even after my brother took some home. And we froze some for gumbo, later. Not to mention that it barely fit in our large roasting pan. So 17.22 lbs seemed quite adequate to me. “But Jason’s already salivating over Todd’s turkey,” Mom informs me. This same Jason who already
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