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The Healthiest Bread in the World! And it is delicious!

Dr. Eric Berg ~ Author of The 7 Principles of Fat Burning

Wanting to eat the healthiest bread but don't know where to buy it or how to make it? 

 

The Healthiest Bread Recipe to Try at Home

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup arrowroot flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ Tbsp very finely ground chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp organic psyllium husk powder

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup filtered water
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (This is consumed by the yeast, which lowers the glycemic index.)
  • 1 egg

Directions

Steps of making the healthiest bread in the world | The Healthiest Bread Recipe In The World

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, arrowroot flour, coconut flour, and sea salt.
  2.  Heat water at 105-110 °F. Add 2 tsp of maple syrup and stir. Add the yeast and let the mixture stand for 10 minutes. The yeast should bubble or foam. If it doesn’t, start all over again.
  3.  Stir the finely ground chia and psyllium powder into the yeast mixture. Let it stand for 1 minute to thicken, then whisk.
  4.  Pour the thickened yeast-chia mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until thick and fully combined. The dough will be slightly sticky, but workable. Knead for 1 minute.
  5.  Put the kneaded dough back into the bowl. Cover with a damp cloth and place in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour.
  6.  Preheat the oven at 425 °F with a pizza stone (or cooking sheet) inside.
  7.  Divide the dough into two balls. Place one of the dough balls on a square parchment paper or a cutting board. Dip your hands in water and shape the other big dough ball into small round balls. Brush with egg wash, if desired. Use a serrated knife to cut a tic-tac-toe pattern on the top.
  8.  Slide the prepared dough onto the preheated stone or cooking sheet. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Please note that baking time can vary; the measure of doneness is an internal temperature of 205-210 °F.
  9.  Let your baked goodies cool completely on a wire rack. (Not allowing the loaf to fully cool before cutting may result in a gummy interior.) Once completely cooled, slice and serve, or store in an airtight container. To re-crisp crust, toast or reheat at 375 °F for 5-10 minutes.

You can't call this grain bread or wheat bread because the ingredients do not include grain products like wheat and whole-grain flour. Whole grains, and even refined grains, can cause bloating to people.

This healthy bread recipe is nutritious and safe for you compared with the loaf of bread you’re used to eating. The slices of bread you can have with this recipe make a healthy replacement to your multi-grain bread or whole-wheat bread dishes.

Why Is My Homemade Bread Recipe the Healthiest?

Man kneading dough over table | The Healthiest Bread Recipe In The World

I would not call this type of bread the healthiest without discussing the nutritional information and calories of the ingredients and what health benefits of vitamins and minerals they can provide...

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Complete Guide to Cacao – The Superfood

Cacao is a super-food consisting of some very high-quality active ingredients; such as vitamins, antioxidants & minerals – ingredients which are disease fighting and anti-aging. History goes that that cacao was first discovered by people called the Olmecs – they noticed rats enjoying it very heartily, and then realized that this ‘stuff’ came from a tree producing the wonderful flavors of chocolate.

They were probably the first humans to eat of the cacao beans – later crushing the beans and adding spices and herbs; then cultivating it in their Mexican environment. Gradually the Mayans and Aztecs also cultivated cacao, even using it as a monetary and measuring unit. Cacao became noted as a symbol which meant abundance, and it went on to be used even in religious ceremonies.

History of Cacao

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Cacao- A Long and Exciting History

Drinking cacao was once deemed to be only a privilege that the rich could enjoy and sometimes embattled soldiers during wartime would drink it too. Then in 1502, Columbus saw his first glimpse of the cacao bean when he stopped over in Nicaragua.

Discovery of Brown Gold

However, the real importance of the ‘brown gold’ was only recognized when Hernando Cortez drank some of it with Montezuma, the famed Aztec emperor, and he brought it to his Spanish courts later in 1528. He also brought over the necessary equipment so that it could be brewed properly in his country. But still, it was not yet recognized for its importance even then.

It was in 1585 that a shipload of cacao beans was sent to the Iberian Peninsula from Spain, and this launched the cacao trade; after which chocolate shops were started which heralded in a demand for this delicious ‘nectar’ of the new world.

Food Of the Gods

  • the very first chocolate sweet appeared in 1674 in England; and
  • the powder came from the Dutch in 1828, chocolate bars from Great Britain in 1830 and later, chocolates with hazelnuts in. Switzerland followed with their famous Nestlé chocolates, and it was from 1830-1879 that Lindt would develop his chocolate fondant. Later the sweet maker, Hershey started producing chocolate at his Pennsylvania factory in the USA. (need to edit this section)

Today, chocolate is the most popular sweet throughout the world, and over 3 million tonnes of cacao beans are being consumed every year. Chocolate a natural aphrodisiac is also good for the heart and your brian.
No wonder the Aztecs and Mayans considered this gift the “food of the gods”

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How to Make Maple Syrup in Your Own Backyard

FROM: NewEngland.com

DIY Maple Sugaring & List of Maple Syrup Supplies

My backyard’s small sugarbush. Every year we put out 15 or so taps.

 

It took a few decades, but five years ago I finally got around to setting up my own maple operation. “Modest” would be a generous way of describing it. “Tiny” is more accurate. I pored over Backyard Sugarin’the go-to guide on how to build a shoestring maple-making operation. I came at this with big dreams: Maybe I can sell a few gallons, I thought. Maybe one day I’ll even build my own sugarhouse. You know, give it all up and become a full-time maple syrup maker. Oh, dreams.

The thing is, sugaring has a quick and powerful way of humbling novices. I overboiled an early batch, producing something more akin to candy than syrup. After one long day, I spilled another batch as I attempted to bottle it, and nearly half of what I’d slaved over oozed across my counter. I wanted to curl up in the corner of the kitchen and rock myself to sleep.

But there were some successes, too. I actually did make syrup that first year. I awed my family with the small crop I’d produced and felt sharp pains of agony whenever we, you know, we actually ate it. Can’t we just look at it? I thought. I mean: All. That. Work. No luck. That first year, a few short weeks after I’d made my maple syrup not a trace of it was to be found. So it went the following year. And the year after that.

Over the years my operation has evolved, with a maturing level of methods. My very first batch I tried to cook down on the stove. When that took too long, I turned to the grill and quickly went through a tank only to barely bring my pot of sap to boil. I finally settled on a crude little rig that was made with cinder blocks, disposable cooking pans, and a lot of firewood.

 

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The Myths of the Bible: Vegetarianism is God's Diet

By Bob Barney

The Plain Truth

1Over the years that I have spent studying the words of God which we of course find in the Bible, I have come to see a plethora of ideas scholars embrace about the Bible that just simply are not true. The Rapture for example is one of them. There is not one single reference in the Bible that shows people are raptured before the great tribulation, NOT A ONE. The Bible however is very clear that we all rise from the dead when Jesus returns and not one second before. The same mistaken dogma has led most people to believe that we either go to heaven or hell when we die; absolutely not true. We all die, yes, but Christian and sinner alike go to the grave UNTIL Christ returns.

Vegetarianism

Another subject that everyone universally believes in is that there was no death in the garden of Eden.

They love the quote of 1 Cor 15:21: "For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead".  KJV

Many Christians believe that all the animals in Eden were vegetarians and that there was no death that occurred at all. Believe it or not, the meaning of this Bible verse only applies to humans, not animals. Before we dig into more scripture, let's examine some flaws in the idea that there was no death of animals in Eden. If rats and mice had no natural enemies, how were their populations controlled? Same thing with mosquito's, lice, ticks and fleas? What happens when a species such as deer's population explodes due to man's misguided laws of banning hunting in America? We see an out-of-control dangerous response as well with the ticks they carry, of which many cause untold human misery and death. Look at Lyme disease alone, in its 19 forms, is a killer!

You may reply, “God controlled their populations, and they did not bare offspring, more than two per couple.” Sounds like a Communist Chinese population control scheme destined to fail, but the Bible clearly states that God said to all animals, “Be fruitful and multiply,” and to reproduce “after their own kind,”. This does however present a logistical problem. Oops. We understand the words “fruitful” and “multiply.” It means two made four that made eight that made two hundred and forty and so on! With no death, we have a bunch of rats eating the corn! If there were one of every species of animal in Eden, there would be at least 12-15 million pairs of animals. If each healthy, adult pair had an average of just one offspring per year, there would be at least several billion offspring after just 12 years! And in 50 years, there would be over 30 trillion! And in 1000 years.......... You get the idea. So, did Adam have to fail in order to bring reproduction to a halt in just a few years? I think not. Even if we factor in war, death, disease, abortion, and accidents, we humans have been able to produce some 6 billion people in less than 6,000 years. We need to use our noggin that God gave us. His words say what they mean and mean what they say. 

The physiology of humans and animals have not changed since creation. If wolves were to eat straw, as some believe (and yes there is a quote that the lion will eat straw) why did God give them teeth to rip into flesh? Also, why do some animals, including humans. have both carnivorous teeth and herbivore molars – thus making them omnivores? Did God plan for Adam to sin with what he chose to ingest and thus just played a game with the first couple knowing they had to sin? I think not. The teeth do not lie. The digestion systems of meat-eating lions and grass eating cows are plain as day, made by God to digest certain foods. God intended these animals to live a life to match their teeth, their guts and their instincts.

On a side note, one that most people do not realize, Adam and Eve's time in the garden was very short.  We know this because God also commanded that they be "fruitful, and multiply."   I have read some 'scholars' make the claim that Adam and Eve could have been in the garden for years before the fall and that just cannot be true.  God made Eve into a baby factory.  She was probably the most fertile of all women! Why? Because she was made perfect in order to bare children.   Realizing this, we see that the time in the garden could not have been more than 9 months as she bore her first child after being thrown out of garden!  Some early apocryphal books claim the time spent in the garden was merely a week!  That makes more sense to me. Regarding foods they may have chosen to eat, it is possible they may not have consumed meat in that time but that doesn't change the fact that they were permitted to.  

This leads us to the possibility that the death that Adam brought to the world was HUMAN DEATH, not animal death, and that is exactly what Paul meant. This is not new concept. Catholic Saint Thomas Aquinas disagreed with those who hold that in Paradise animals were all tame and herbivorous and he notes that only human nature changed as a result of human sin and not the nature of animals. Thus, there were carnivorous animals on the earth and brought into the Garden of Eden to see what Adam would name them. He writes:

“In the opinion of some, those animals which now are fierce and kill others, would, in that state, have been tame, not only in regard to man, but also in regard to other animals. But this is quite unreasonable. For the nature of animals was not changed by man's sin, as if those whose nature now it is to devour the flesh of others, would then have lived on herbs, as the lion and falcon. Nor does Bede's gloss on Genesis 1:30, say that trees and herbs were given as food to all animals and birds, but to some. Thus, there would have been a natural antipathy between some animals [Summa Theologiae I:96:1 ad 2]. 

Aquinas held that it was not all death that entered the world through man's sin, but human death. In his view, animals could kill and did kill and eat each other before the Fall. I believe he was right. Note that he spoke in terms of human death and resurrection--specifically of death and resurrection coming to those who are "in Adam" and "in Christ". "For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive"~ 1 Cor 15:22.

The Christian faith does not envision animals fitting those descriptions.

The Apostle Paul also seems to be speaking of human death entering the world.

The same is true of the parallel passage in Romans: “Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned” [Rom. 5:12].

 

The Millennium Will Be a Return to Eden:

 

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Five Foods from the Bible You Should Be Eating Daily

God’s Word also tells us exactly how we should eat if are looking to live a long, healthy life. 

By Josh Axe

You know that the Bible is filled ancient wisdom regarding everything from family relationships to business leadership, but you may not have known that God’s Word also tells us exactly how we should eat if are looking to live a long, healthy life. In fact, God promised access to these healing foods as proof of the fulfillment of His promises the Israelites.

Deuteronomy 8:7-8 states, “For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey.”

These foods (and others) are the foods that men and women like Moses and Esther relied upon for health and vitality — and the good news is that all of those foods are still available in today’s modern time. Here are five that you may want to start consuming on a daily basis to reap their powerful health benefits:

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are a rich source of key nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C and folate, and research has shown that pomegranates can help to reduce arthritis and joint inflammation. Additionally, pomegranate seed oil contains punicic acid, an omega-5 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid that appears to inhibit breast cancer cell proliferation. The ruby red seeds and juice of a pomegranate burst with delicious flavor so it’s easy to love and consume this Biblical fruit recommendation.

Olives and Olive Oil

There’s a reason that high-quality olive oil is regularly recommended as part of a healthy, balanced diet: Olive oil is made from the fruit of the olive tree, and research has shown that olive oil, especially extra virgin olive oil, contains antioxidants, inflammatory compounds, and numerous heart-healthy macronutrients.

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'An apple a day keeps the doctor away,' but chocolate can too, study says

Moderation in all things can produce multiple benefits

Chocolate (photo credit: Courtesy)


LOCAL BAKERY'S EYE-OPENING POST ON WHY PRICES ARE SKYROCKETING SHOWS HOW MUCH TROUBLE AMERICA IS IN

Real life is getting in the way of President Biden’s assurances that everything is fine. His Build Back Broker agenda is hitting Americans’ finances in ways even they can’t hide.

 It is like the Boston Tea Party, but with sprinkles.

Diet concept with a man fist smashing a cake, top view. Above view with a man's fist smashing a cake. Concept for dieting with an orange whipped cream cake destroyed by a man, top view. smashed cake stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images

~ LouderWithCrowder.com

Inflation is the main issue on the minds of voters this November. This is shocking to Democrats, who were hoping the top issue would be anger over abortion being slightly limited in some states. Normal Americans are concerned with the cost of EVERYTHING they need to feed and support their families skyrocketting.

One bakery's (alleged) sign explaining to customers why things have gotten so expensive is going viral. It's also alarming.

It's unclear where this "alleged" sign is from, shared by a verified Twitter account with over 300,000 followers. In the name of "context," allow for the possibility someone scribbled numbers on a whiteboard and took a photo. It's not like government statistics haven't shown how much expensive everyday items have gotten. We've also heard from farmers warning us how expensive things will be getting because of how expensive the things needed to produce those things are

January 2021 is when Brandon was sworn into office. July 2022 is seventeen months later. In less than a year and a half:

  • Flour went from $12.19 to $28.88
  • Granulated sugar went from $25.69 to $34.59
  • Powdered sugar went from $25.91 to $39.35
  • Shortening went from $41-42 to $87-88
  • Eggs went from $40 92 to $92.02

All the most basic ingredients to make... really, anything. The cost of more than half of those ingredients have more than doubled. That causes the cost of all the everyday items they make to double. Multiply that by everything you need to buy. Then listen to elitists say you should shut up about high food and gas prices.

Americans are struggling to provide for their families. Small businesses are struggling to afford to stay open. And the President of the United States wants you to know everyone in his party voted for a piece of legislation to make matters worse. All things to keep in mind as you decide your plans for November 8th.

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CDC warns: Frozen falafel balls responsible for E. coli outbreak

(Photo by Anton on Unsplash)

Falafel balls (Photo by Anton on Unsplash)

By Joe Kovacs

(ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) -- The U.S .Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned against the use of frozen falafel balls due to suspicions that they may be contaminated with E. coli O121.

According to the CDC, "Epidemiologic data show that Earth Grown brand frozen falafel sold at ALDI stores may be contaminated with E. coli O121 and may be making people sick."

As of last week, 20 people had been infected with the strain, across six states. Illness reports ranged from July 13, 2022, to September 13, 2022, and the ages of the sick individuals from less than one year old to 71 years, with a median age of 31. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of those affected are female, CDC added.

 


Using federal funds, NYC pours $1M into building ‘street hubs’ for food delivery workers, as City cuts Police Budget by billions

The mayor was also joined by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York’s most senior Democrat in Congress, who allocated the $1 million that’s going to be used for the pilot program.
 
A cyclist delivering food stops at an intersection in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
New York Daily News

Defunct newsstands and other abandoned New York City sidewalk structures will be turned into “street hubs” for bike-riding food delivery workers under a $1 million infrastructure initiative rolled out by Mayor Adams on Monday.

The hubs will serve as places where delivery workers can catch some downtime, charge electric bike batteries and access gear for repairing their two-wheelers, Adams said at a long-vacant newsstand outside City Hall, the first location that will be refurbished as part of the effort.

“These vacant newsstands are perfect examples of how to properly use the infrastructure, so that they can charge their batteries, they can take a break, they can get out of the inclement weather,” said Adams, who was joined by workers affiliated with the grassroots Los Deliveristas Unidos group.

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Meanwhile, as NYC's crime ridden no cash bail disaster is looming:

New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ administration is once again asking agencies to tighten their belts and reduce spending as City Hall looks warily towards the possibility of huge budget gaps in coming years.

Adams’ Office of Management and Budget sent a letter to agencies Monday asking leaders to submit a plan to reduce city-funded spending by 3% in the current fiscal year. They should also cut those expenses by 4.75% from the planned budget for fiscal year 2024, and the years beyond that. 

That would mean an approximately $157 million cut to the New York City Police Department’s budget for the current year, and a $227 million reduction to the expected $4.8 billion in city spending in 2024. The calculations don’t include funding routed through the state or federal government.


A Food Delivery Drone Crashed, Burned, and Left Thousands Without Electricity

An Alphabet-owned Wing drone "incinerated itself" after it became entangled in power lines in Brisbane, Australia. On the bright side, the food stayed hot.

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It’s always nice when delivery food stays hot all the way to your door, but one drone in Australia may have taken it too far. An unmanned delivery vehicle, operated by Wing—a subsidiary of Alphabet (parent of Google), landed on power lines in Brisbane and fried itself with 11,000 volts of electricity. As a result more than 2,000 homes and businesses briefly went dark on Thursday, according to reports from The Age and ABC News Australia.

Danny Donald, a spokesperson from utility provider Energex, described the incident as a “first” for the land down under to ABC. The company managed to restore power to 2,000 customers within about 45 minutes, but the electricity remained out for 300 others for three hours.

“We didn’t actually have to get the drone off, as such, it actually caught fire and incinerated itself,” Donald reportedly told The Age. The drone fell to the ground, where utility workers found it. “The meal was still hot inside the drone’s delivery box when the crew got there,” he added to ABC.

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'Woke' vegan restaurant flops, owners forced to sell meat to stay in business

Critic: 'From a vegan standpoint I would see this as unethical practice'


Forget migrants: Woman tries to smuggle 50 wheels of undeclared cheese

Contraband 'seized and destroyed pursuant to existing guidelines'


Supremes given another chance to protect religious liberty

Fight is over state's attack on Christian baker that refused to promote homosexuality

By Bob Unruh


University experiments with turning wind turbines into candy

'Doesn't sound so bad now, does it?'

(Photo by Amit Lahav on Unsplash)

(Photo by Amit Lahav on Unsplash)

By WND Staff


The Welfare State Must Be Torn Down: A Biblical View of Wealth Redistribution

“The question isn’t if the poor should be helped, but how should the poor be helped. For that answer, the Bible, and not trite progressive dogmas, should be our guide. And with the Bible as our guide, it’s obvious that a sprawling welfare state — the heartbeat of this ‘liberal social vision’ — should be tossed overboard and left to drown.”

JASON MATTERA

By Jason Mattera 

Forced redistribution of wealth is unjust and unbiblical. Or better yet, it’s unjust because it is unbiblical.

And unbiblical it is.

The Bible offers clear directives to Christians as to how to help those under financial distress, and none of those directives involve “social justice” shakedowns from government reps who use poverty as a pretext to expand power and line federal agencies with taxpayer cash.

Rather than view civil government as God’s instrument to keep the peace and maintain order — the outline given in Romans 13:1-6 and 1 Peter 2:13-14 — liberal Christians have expanded its role to be a paternalistic provider as well.

To these folks, there is no limiting principle that governs the reach of civil government if the words poor, widow, and orphan are repeated enough times in a sentence.

Anything goes!

Case in point: after the glorious ruling striking down Roe vs. Wade earlier this summer, Christianity Today published an essay that scolded the “individualistic politics of modern American conservatism” that “resists [a] liberal social vision.”

The article was titled, “Who Pays the Price for Crisis Pregnancies?” It was part of the publication’s post-Roe coverage which, as we documented here, calls for rapidly expanding the welfare state.

This “liberal social vision,” according to them, entails “transferring the costs of crisis pregnancies to society rather than solely to individual women.” It is a “vision,” they lament, that has been obstructed by “the political alliances pro-lifers made with the Republican Party.”

Those of us unwilling to go along with this “vision” are accused of not accepting “social responsibility for the less fortunate” and “not accord[ing] well with the Bible’s hundreds of exhortations to seek justice for the poor.”

If I may quote Joe Biden — “Malarkey!”

The question isn’t if the poor should be helped, but how should the poor be helped.

For that answer, the Bible, and not trite progressive dogmas, should be our guide. 

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Ben & Jerry's tells court it doesn't want 'Judea and Samaria' flavor

'I can do what I want'


New 'Jewish tavern' aims to bring Torah learning to America's Jewish masses

'This is a project that ultimately has national ambitions'

(Photo by Elevate on Unsplash)

(Photo by Elevate on Unsplash)

(JEWISH INSIDER) -- Opaque plastic wrap covers the windows of a nondescript storefront in Somerville, Mass., Cambridge’s less haughty neighbor, leaving passersby to guess what business might soon open here, less than a mile from Harvard.

A minimalist poster tacked to the window offers a very brief explanation: “Lehrhaus, a Jewish tavern and house of learning. Opening soon.”

Next door is a popular lavender-framed tapas bar, and on this hot summer afternoon, students and young professionals zip by on vintage road bikes. In the week since the Lehrhaus sign went up, and since a Boston food blog discovered the new neighborhood establishment, more than 400 people have signed up for its email list.

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Red Delicious Apples Weren’t Always Horrible

Why The Red Delicious Apple Is the Worst

When you picture an apple, you probably picture a Red Delicious. Yet the same process that led to this iconic apple’s vibrant color actually led to its downfall.

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It wasn’t always a misnomer. At one point, Red Delicious apples were among the most highly coveted apple varieties in the United States — and they had a flavor to match.

In 2018, however, we saw the end of the Red Delicious apple’s long reign. Gala apples, with their mottled hues and mild sweetness, took the lead, marking the first time in more than 50 years that any apple’s sales surpassed those of the Red Delicious.

It’s a no-brainer: Given the wide array of apple cultivars to choose from nowadays — and with even more varieties emerging every year — who would opt for the tough skin and mealy flesh of a Red Delicious (or what Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso calls “a mouthful of roughage”)?

But did you know there’s an identifiable reason for the downfall of the most iconic apple in America?

Here’s how the king of apples was dethroned: slowly, steadily, and, as it turns out, intentionally.

Red Delicious Apples Weren’t Always Horrible

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Salmonella outbreak in multiple states linked to onions

The more we depend on foreign countries for our food, the more we will be poisoned...  Joke of the Day? ORGANIC CHINESE FOODS at Walmart! (Yes, true statement- but still a joke).

 

Authored by Mimi Nguyen Ly via The Epoch Times,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a food safety alert on Wednesday regarding an outbreak of Salmonella infections in multiple states it says has been linked to whole onions.

At least 652 people from 37 states have reported sick, 129 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, the CDC announced.

The onions—whole red, white, and yellow varieties—were all imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed across the United States by ProSource Inc., according to epidemiological and traceback data, per the CDC.

“The outbreak strain was identified in a sample of cilantro and lime from a restaurant condiment cup collected from a sick person’s home,” the CDC alert reads.

“The sick person also reported that the cup contained onions, though none were left in the cup when it was tested.”

About 75 percent of the sick people who were interviewed said that they ate or possibly ate raw onions or dishes containing raw onions before they became sick, and several ill people reported eating at the same restaurants, which the CDC said indicates “they may be part of illness clusters.”

Investigators determined that ProSource Inc. supplied onions to many of the restaurants where sick individuals had eaten, including the restaurant where the condiment cup was collected. The investigators are now working to see whether other onions or suppliers are also linked to the outbreak.

The CDC advises people who have unlabelled whole onions at home to throw them away. If the onions are known to have been imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed by ProSource Inc., people should not eat them and businesses should not sell or serve them, the agency advised.

Furthermore, people are urged to wash surfaces and containers that may have touched the onions, using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.

People who eat food contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria can develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramping within 6 hours to 6 days, the CDC warned. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment, but sometimes cases can be severe and warrant hospitalization. Severe illness is more likely in children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, and people with compromised immune systems.

The CDC urges people to contact a doctor if they have severe symptoms.

 


Polenta with Gorgonzola and Honey

And is Passover Safe!

This polenta dish will never come off the menu at Douglass Williams’s Boston restaurant, Mida—it’s just too good. The only trick is to make the polenta in advance, so that it has time to chill and set up. Then you can fry it, top it with honey and Gorgonzola, and serve it as an appetizer.

From “A Recipe for Zen,” March/April 2021

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup polenta meal (medium to coarse grind)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola, divided
  • 1/2 cup honey, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

In a large pot, add the water, salt, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Bring to a boil. Whisk in the polenta meal, then reduce heat to medium-low and whisk continuously for 7 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the Parmesan, and stir to fully incorporate. Pour the polenta into an oven-safe 8-by-8-inch baking dish and tap it on the counter to spread it evenly and release any bubbles. Let this sit overnight in the refrigerator, uncovered, to set and form a crust on top.

Preheat your oven to 375°. Remove the polenta from the fridge and cut into 6 equal pieces. Pour ¼ cup olive oil into a large ovenproof skillet, then set each piece of polenta into the oil. Set over medium-high heat. Let the polenta cook until it begins to brown on the bottom, then transfer the skillet to the oven for 10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle equal portions of Gorgonzola over the polenta squares. Return the pan to the oven to let it melt, about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and plate the polenta. Drizzle equal portions of the honey and remaining 1/4 cup olive oil over the polenta squares, then sprinkle with pepper.

Ancient Jerusalem’s Rural Food Basket

The Daily Stew? Everyday Meals in Ancient Israel

By Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Introduction

What did the ancient Israelites eat and how did they cook? Unfortunately, the Hebrew Bible doesn’t contain as much information on daily cooking and meals as one would like. The limited amount of information on food in the Hebrew Bible relates to the kosher dietary laws (Lev. 11), the sacrificial system (Lev. 1-7; Num.), or elite feasting or meals.

For example, 1 Kings 4:22-23 lists the daily provisions for King Solomon’s table: thirty cors of choice flour, sixty corsof meal, ten fat oxen, twenty pasture-fed cattle, one hundred sheep, deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fatted fowl. These are daily provisions for the king and do not reflect what the average ancient Israelite man, woman, or child ate.

Meals in Biblical and Ancient Israel

Textual resources are an important source of information on any ancient society but their original purpose was to provide accounts of monumental people and events such as military conquests and the reigns of kings. Even the Hebrew Bible was written and edited by the literate elite and not the average Israelite man or woman, and as such it infrequently reflects the daily lives of the average person. It should come as no surprise that the Hebrew Bible isn’t especially concerned with what the average Israelite cooked and ate.

We must therefore turn to other sources to understand the daily preparation and consumption of food in Iron Age Israel, especially archaeology. Archaeological evidence related to cooking includes features like ovens and grinding installations, artifacts such as cooking pots and bowls, and plant and animal remains. Another essential resource is ethnoarchaeology, which observes traditional societies and how they prepare items related to food. Ethnoarchaeology provides insights into food preparation techniques and technologies used by ancient predecessors. A final resource is non-biblical texts that mention food and food preparation, including ancient Near Eastern recipes.

Meals

One particular dish is rarely included in discussions of ancient Israelite food and cooking. At the end of the day, the average Israelite meal consisted of a stew. Meat was not consumed on a regular basis by the average Israelite, so most stews were made from legumes and vegetables. This can be seen in the use of the Hebrew word nazid, which is used to describe stews (or pottage) of vegetables and/or legumes (Gen. 25:29, 34; 2 Kgs. 4:38–40; Hag. 2:12).

 
Three types of lentils
Cooked broadbeans
Old Babylonian stew recipes. Yale Babylonian Collection 4644.
Philistine style cooking jugs from Tel Miqne and Tel es-Safi. From D. Ben Shlomo et al. Cooking Identities: Aegean-Style Cooking Jugs in the Southern Levant, and Cultural Interaction between the Philistines and Their Neighbors during the Iron Age, American Journal of Archaeology 112 (2008): 225-246, Figure 3.
Experimental archaeology: making a tannur and baking bread in it. Tel Halif, 2015. Photo courtesy of Seung Ho Bang.

Governor Creates Excuse to Attack Animal Agriculture

Ignorance of Facts Strikes Covid-19 News Conference

May 22, 2020

Many Americans, not just livestock producers, have been concerned about the disregard of basic Constitutional rights that have surfaced during this corona virus epidemic. Abuse of power at local, municipal and state levels has been somewhat surprising and certainly disturbing.

 

That is a subject for several columns. But this one is about an abuse close to home for animal agriculture, of a governor using the Covid-19 platform and a news conference about same to push a personal agenda based on misinformation and personal contacts.

 

Being tone deaf is one thing. Misrepresenting and misleading the public is another. Letting personal fringe opinions affect the performance of public duty is another. Frightening people unnecessarily has become so second nature to some politicians enamored with the power they have seized using the Covid-19 problem as a ruse, we’re not even sure they know they are doing it.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis illustrated all those shortcomings and more during a news conference ostensibly about the Covid-19 situation in the state (05/20/20).

Instead, right near the beginning of his part of the news conference, he attacked animal agriculture, a segment of the economy struggling to handle the corona virus situation as it is and critically important to his state’s economy.

 

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