Women, Food & Politics: November 2012

Next week we will elect our president. While I am not overly happy with either candidate, I feel I have an obligation to vote. After all, the suffragettes struggled to give women the right to vote and on August 26th, 1920, that right became the 19th amendment to our Constitution.

Using the right to vote as my springboard, I will be a bit more political in my postings this presidential election year. I want to explore the politics of food, how we vote for our food dollar with our knives and forks, and the role that women play in growing, shopping for and preparing food. Mainly, I think the kitchen has received a bad reputation as a place we want to spend as little time as possible.  I remember when I did some person chef services and visited the kitchen of my new client. I remarked how pristine her Corning Ware was, thinking she really knows how to scrub them. She said, “That’s because I never use them.”

Actually, the kitchen is one place that I do some of my most creative work, putting together ingredients to create a new dish.  And the popularity of the Food Network demonstrates that there is an ongoing love affair with food. My goal is to excite you about taking back the kitchen from Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines, Hamburger Helper and all the other processed foods that have been linked with obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc. (Apropos to the last word, November is National Diabetes Month & I will post a Health Flash about Alzheimer’s being considered type 3 diabetes by some researchers.)

I have two books to review; first, a wonderful book called Half the Sky, which became a documentary in October. (The title comes from a Chinese proverb: Women Hold up Half the Sky.) It actually is part of my reason for the triple title. I think that women’s rights in all areas of her life have political overtones. In this book, the authors write about sexual exploitation, abuse, and crimes against women because they are women. The website is will help you become motivated to take action. Go to: www.halftheskymovement.org. Check it out!




The second book is called Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity by Lester Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute, a research organization in Washington, DC.Brown write about food shortages and how that impacts on the planet. I have just started reading it and find it challenges many of my ideas about enough food for all.

In Kitchen Nutrition with Recipes, I plan to post some dishes that you may want to use for the upcoming holidays. Pomegranates and cranberries are popular at this time, so I will see what new ideas I can conjure up with these two nutrition-packed fruits. Nuts and seeds are also an important part of many holiday dishes, so I hope to create some dishes that incorporate these nuggets of nutrition.





I have a recipe for Brussels sprouts to post on You Tube. In the recipe below, I will combine the sprouts with quinoa and post it on my website.


In November people start to think about shopping for the holidays, so there will be a video on YouTube about taking care of the new ruffled scarves. I have been knitting since the summer to make one for each of the females in my family, plus some of my friends, as part of my 75th birthday celebration in December. I will let you know when the YouTube is posted.



Finally, I have some rhymes from our trip last month which I will finish posting. As we say good-bye to the lovely autumn trees, I still have many photos to view in my iPhoto, so I can always look at these  even when all the leaves are gone. Here is one photo I especially like from our mid-October visit to the Curtis Arboretum nearby.

P.S. Don’t forget to vote. It is an obligation as well as a right. Don’t let our foremothers down!


2 thoughts on “Women, Food & Politics: November 2012

  1. ellen sue:

    It is always a pleasure to hear from you.

    Our new book club selection is “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman, which is about a lighthouse keeper who finds a baby washed ashore. It is supposed to be wonderful. I’ll let you know after reading.


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