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You probably have a collection of great recipes that fit the holidays, but you can always handle one more, yes? We thought so. Here are a couple we like a lot. One, a soup/starter and the other — Pumpkin, cheesecake style. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
Serve cups of butternut squash soup with orange spiced cashews.(serves 6)
3 thin slices peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
10 whole black peppercorns
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 spanish onion, cut into ½-inch pieces
Pinch of cayenne pepper
6 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 small (about 1¾ pounds each) butternut squash, peeled, halved and seeded, and flesh cut into 1-inch pieces
Orange Spiced Cashews, for garnish
Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest from orange in long strips; reserve flesh for another use. Make a bouquet garni by wrapping zest, ginger, coriander and peppercorns in a piece of cheesecloth; tie kitchen twine around top of bundle.
In a medium stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cayenne; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and starts to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add bouquet garni; cook 2 minutes more. Add stock; bring to a boil.
Add sweet potato and squash to pot; return to a gentle simmer, and partially cover. Cook until vegetables are just beginning to fall apart, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool slightly.
In a blender, puree soup in batches, being careful not to fill more than halfway. Pour soup into a clean pot; cook over medium heat until just heated through. Serve garnished with nuts, if desired.
1 ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoon light brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 stick softened butter
Mix together and press in a 9-inch springform pan
24 ounces cream cheese
1 ½ cup sugar
15-ounce can of pumpkin
¼ cup sour cream
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons flour (all-purpose)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and beat till well mixed. Add pumpkin, eggs, sour cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and mix well. Add flour and vanilla; mix till smooth. Pour in crust. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Let set to cool and remove from pan and refrigerate until chilled.
A health care institution is weighing in to warn people about potential dangers of genetically engineered (GE) food. On the heels of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ warning on pesticides, the nation’s largest nonprofit health care plan, Kaiser Permanente, has published in its print newsletter, Partners in Health, tips on limiting exposure to genetically engineered food. In the Fall 2012, Kaiser Permanente has published an article, “What you need to know about GMO: Limit exposure to genetically engineered organisms with these tips.”
This discussion in the health care sector is part of a growing involvement by health care practitioners in environmental health concerns related to pesticides and genetic engineering of the food supply. While Canadian medical groups have warned the public about the dangers of pesticides and supported phase-outs, institutions representing the medical community in the U.S. have been more reserved. In 2004, the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) in Canada strongly recommended that people reduce their exposure to pesticides wherever possible, after releasing a comprehensive review of research on the effects of pesticides on human health. OCFP’s Systematic Review of Pesticides Human Health Effects shows consistent pesticide links to serious illnesses such as cancer, reproductive problems and neurological diseases, among others. The study also shows that children are particularly vulnerable to pesticides.
In an interview with the Salem Weekly, an official with Kaiser indicated that the article does not represent Kaiser policy, but presents information that the plan thinks is important for its members to have. The official said, “Kaiser Permanente believes the ongoing research and debate on bioengineered foods, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is important. We also recognize there are important conversations about related initiatives and propositions. While we believe these are important scientific and political debates, we do not have policy positions on these subjects.”
In the piece that was written by a Kaiser nutritionist, readers are told, “Despite what the biotech industry might say, there is little research on the long-term effects of GMOs on human health, independent researchers have found that several varieties of GMO corn caused organ damage in rats. Other studies have found GMOs may lead to an inability in animals to reproduce.” The article suggests that eating USDA certified organic food can help limit exposure to GMOs.
Because of the widespread and growing allowance of genetically engineered crops contamination through genetic drift has become an increasing problem for non-GE and organic crops.
This summer before the release of AC21’s (Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture) report Enhancing Coexistence: A Report of the AC21 to the Secretary of Agriculture, to the Secretary of Agriculture in November, Beyond Pesticides said, “Specifically, we suggest the inclusion of a phrase in the definition [of the coexistence of GE and non-GE agriculture] stipulating that all parties are entitled to assurances against trespass from genetic drift. Coexistence of any kind should include a shared understanding of boundaries and a requirement under the penalty of law to respect those boundaries. Without any guarantee that coexistence will ensure cultivation without trespass, organic and non-GE farmers will be at a significant disadvantage and “coexistence” will result in a severely imbalanced system. Where trespass occurs, operations that are trespassing should be prevented from doing so.” Because of the certainty of GE contamination of organic crops, the National Organic Coalition commented on the AC21 report, “At the bare minimum, USDA must stop approving additional GE crops, and prevent GE contamination by mandating pollution prevention measures, as well as make transgenic polluters, including GE technology owners, pay for their contamination.”
California’s Prop 37 was defeated at the polls in November. Had it been approved, Californians would have required labels for raw or processed food with GE ingredients and it would have prohibited the labeling and advertising of foods using the misleading term “natural.”
Adding to the 4.2 million Californians who cast their ballots for the right to know what’s in their food, Beyond Pesticides, as a part of the Just Label It campaign, is asking supporters to do three things: sign the FDA petition for mandatory food labeling, tell friends and family to do the same, and urge your elected representatives to support GE labeling.
All unattributed positions and opinions in this piece are those of Beyond Pesticides
San Diego Zoo’s Panda Cub, Wiggles and Crawls During Exam
We dare you not to say, “Awwwww!”
Giant panda cub Xiao Liwu stretched out and showed his belly while animal care staff checked him over during his weekly exam at the San Diego Zoo. Nutritionist Jennifer Parsons took his measurements and noted that this panda cub is growing as expected, his measurements on track with other giant pandas born at the Zoo. Xiao Liwu weighs 12.1 pounds and is 25.9 inches long, with all four canine teeth visible.
Parsons is experiencing more difficulty gathering measurements as Xiao Liwu, whose name means “little gift,” is gaining confidence crawling and has become more curious of his surroundings during the exams.
Giant panda team members laid out bamboo leaves, a ball, a chew toy, and an apple slice to provide new sensory experiences for Xiao Liwu during the exam. The toys and new smells help keep the little panda focused and still, which makes it easier for the panda team to collect measurements quickly.
As the cub develops, mother Bai Yun will bring him into other rooms that the cub has not yet explored in their off-exhibit area. Bai Yun and cub can be seen online at www.sandiegozoo.org/pandacam.