Many dessert recipes cut fat, dairy, or expense by using artificial ingredients to create something that looks and tastes roughly--but not quite--like the original. This week's recipe takes a different approach. Make Apple-Raisin Pockets using a dough based on healthy bread to wrap apple filling instead of butter-laden pastry. Read below for news of Food Days (yes, that's plural). (This newsletter also includes a super-easy pickle recipe from guest blogger Marlene Samuels of Expendable Edibles and information about the current giveaway, Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen.)
Hold a Sunday Dinner Conversation on World Food Day this Sunday. Oxfam is encouraging people around the globe to take a simple yet profound action--hold a Sunday Dinner Conversation about where our food comes from, who cultivates it, and how we can make the food system more just and sustainable. Oxfam's World Food Day page has a free discussion guide online. You can also order free placemats and recipe cards on the same page through October 21st. One of the recipes is a tomato soup from Mark Bittman ... and I'm honored that the page links back to the Slow Food Cheap Recipes page, which mentions Cook for Good.
Or lobby and have a party for U.S. Food Day on Monday, October 24, spearheaded by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The motto is "It's time to eat real, America!" Learn more about how to lobby for "healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way" and otherwise participate on CSPI's Food Day page. I wish CSPI had worked with Oxfam to build momentum for the official U.N. Food Day, proclaimed in 1979, which shares its goals. But I don't mind celebrating real food and those who provide it every day.
Wildly Affordable, Wildly Easy $5 Feast Ebook. Premium members, I've added a two-page flowchart to this ebook and put it at the top of the ebook list on the premium content page. See how to can put together a fun and affordable party in just a few minutes a day. (Don't let flowchart scare you off. Think illustration or party map!)
Thanks for trying different approaches with food to make the world a better and more enjoyable place!