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Monday, January 2, 2012

Publications and Magazines 2012; some Ideas, Organic Gifts, Vegetarian Party foods, L. Vanel's Kitchen Notebook, and Pot Pourri Recipe


It is bitterly cold here, but I wish you all a Happy 2012! May we have peace the world over. Just two days ago, it was over 50 degrees, and now it is below zero! I am still into the 12 days of Xmas, and I don't think I will ever get over the unwanted trees tossed on the curb, or the sadness of picked over ornaments at the after Xmas sales. The wond was tossing around snowmen and lights, and blew the outdoor ornaments of my trees. It is another sad holiday without my mother, and now the sad news that my dear friend in England, a well-known writer, is suffering from Alzheimers. I will still write to her, and email, if only to brighten her day a little.

Our coop newsletter/mag, Catlyst, had some interesting ideas, and I also picked up a copy of Cooks Illustrated to read all about stews. I'll keep you all posted. Also, as I told my good friend V., today, MSNBC had great ideas for making extra money in 2012, and these are on their site. I will try to find and post the link.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/45846671#45846671

Interesting topics out of the Fall 2011 Catlyst:

Domestic Fair Trade: Doing the right thing

Links and an article about Roundup and coverups involving its links to birthd defects: in the Huffington post[http://s.coop/huffpo], and in The Ecololgist [http://s.coop.ecolog]; Round up and Birth defects: Is the pbulic being kept in the dark? [http://s.coop/fullreport]; and Monsanto's response http://s.cloop3fv6.

Good recipes, including AFrican Groundnut Stew to serve ten. If anyone wants the recipes, just let me know in comments; I'll type them in.

Winter 2011-2012 includes:

Vegetarian friendly Holiday foods: Dolmas-stuffed grape leaves; Pitas chips andhummus, olives, spanikopita or Greek spinach pie, chees and other spreads, bakehouse breds, beeting haert salad with beetw, edamame and rice salad, twice baked potatoes, lasanga, pot pie vegetarian style, quizhe, shortbreads and truffles, pumpkin and fruit pies, cheesecakes. Bon Apetit.



There are tips for making your home comfortable for guest, including puttign organic shampoos int he guest path, and other toiletries of a similar nature. [Frogive my typing, not only is my hand bad, but I'm also sick with some type of pestilence/malaise seasonally related. Vitamin c and juice help, along with home made honey/lemon cough syrup.], Tom's of Maine toothpaste, Kiss my Face Lotions, alfalffia shower gelll, Cn\andles, homemade potpourri on the stove, my mom and I loved this:



3 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
1 t. ground cloves
2 fresh lemon slices, or 2 T dried lemon peel
2T fresh orange peeol
1/2 t gorund nutmeg
1 quart water.

Mix and simmer overlow heat.
Add water as needed, use medium pan.

Finally, I follow Lucy Vanel's Kitchen Notebook, a gorgeous French blog, with newsletter updates, wonderful links and photos. Google her, and feast your senses. Very inspirational!




Happy 2012

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