Have you watched this week’s show on simple, hearty, perfect-for-cold-weather braised short ribs yet? Why on earth not?
Braised Short Ribs Recipe
I don’t know where you all live, but last week we had two days of 60ºF weather in New York. And then, Sunday night, it snowed. It’s now back to being bitter cold and slushy outside, so what better time to curl up with a hearty, warm dish of braised short ribs?
It was so much fun to work with Brendan again, and so nice to see his sweet bulldog, Sadie, one last time. We’ll miss you, girl.
Red Velvet Cake for Valentine’s Day
We’re back, guys. And yes…I do mean we.
Full disclosure: as you can see, our cake came out more brown than red. We recommend you add more of the homemade food coloring to achieve a more patently red cake.
We’ve also had some technical difficulties getting this episode online, so the audio in the 2nd half may be screwed up. Never fear; here’s a downloadable PDF of the recipe so you can make the cake for someone special tomorrow.
“Monsanto was mentioned as spending over half of all lobbying monies since the last election. Seems they own the USDA.”
GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD:
GMOs gone wild
USDA green-lights unrestricted planting of GMO alfalfa to dismay of organic farmers
Vilsack green-lights GMOs…On Jan. 27 the USDA approved the unrestricted planting of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa, developed by übercorporation Monsanto. Monsanto’s Roundup-resistant GM seeds are used hand in hand with Roundup, the corporation’s widely known weed-killer.
This is disappointing news for organic farmers, who held out hope that USDA chief Tom Vilsack would seek a stricter policy on GMO (the “O” is for organism) regulation. Alfalfa, especially, is a problem for non-GMO farmers as its ability to pollinate from afar threatens the certification of organic growers.
“It’s unfortunate that the USDA, Tom Vilsack and the Obama administration continue to support Monsanto and corporate agribusiness over the wishes of the people,” offered Matthew Martin of Chico CSA Pyramid Farms. “The USDA had proposed planting guidelines that some people thought were somewhat reasonable, then under pressure from Monsanto reversed their position.”
Organic orchardist Carl Rosato, of Oroville’s Woodleaf Farm, said, “From the beginning of GMOs, I believed they would wreak havoc on our environment. It is possible to create good uses for GMOs like adding a needed mineral to the food, but it’s almost always for using more damaging chemicals that the corporation owns.”
Organic farmer Tyson Heusser, owner of Gridley-based Green Beginnings CSA, weighed in: “Monsanto is a chemical company. … The more seed they can develop that forces farmers to become reliant on the use of their sprays, the bigger and stronger they become. I will just continue to do my part and provide as many educated individuals with good, healthy produce and to continue to be a steward to the land I operate and hope this major wrongdoing will get ironed out before it is out of control.”
“Saw a Bioneers video last night … featuring Stonyfield Organic Yogurt founder [Gary Hirshberg],” said local food-system activist Richard Roth. “Monsanto was mentioned as spending over half of all lobbying monies since the last election. Seems they own the USDA.”
Need a last-minute recipe or two for your Super Bowl party? Or just want to see a lively game of football between Humphrey (standing in for the Packers) and me (GO STEELERS)?
This episode’s got everything you need: football, a cute puppy, and, yes, recipes: not only perfect chicken wings, but also delicious, filling vegan snacks. They’re all cheap and easy to make, so what are you waiting for? Get cooking…and