#86 | New Spring Issue!
Bovine Belches & Berry Fools
give our girls wire hangers with their birthday cakes and poison with their pads give them death and illness and poverty —all the church’s latest fads stamp their bodies with god’s label wrap their wombs in man’s control teach them fairy tales and fables of unborn cells with precious souls pretend the gray is absent and christ is always here pretend that law is gallant and there’s nothing much to fear is life really sacred or just convenient plot for politicians seeking votes from christians quickly bought...
We were looking for a poem to approximate our disgust with the pain and suffering the U.S. Supreme Court is about to unleash on women in this country. We found this poem on Instagram: Wire Hangers, by Kaitlin Shetler, which descends into the brutal madness of what that calamitous decision portends. Click here to finish reading the poem but be advised that some people may find the full poem to be disturbing.
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You’d Be A Fool Not To Make This Dead Simple Dessert: A “fool” is a classic English dessert that deserves much wider play. It’s a mix of whipped cream, fruit, and sugar ready in about 15 minutes. Edible SF
A Splendid Spicy Cherry Salad: We can’t stop eating this salad from Emily Nunn, its juicy, with just the right level of heat that makes it totally refreshing (we serve it cold). The recipe calls for cherries, jalapeño, cilantro, garlic, and olive oil, we go light on the garlic but add a big squeeze of lime juice for a bump of acid. We always have jalapeños in the fridge, and we’ve got cilantro in the garden, but not even gonna try for a cherry tree in the backyard, we’ll stick to the farmers market for our supply of stone fruits. Best make it now while local cherries are in season! The Department of Salad
Zero Waste Crispy Skillet Pasta Pizza: For those of you with a big bowl of leftover pasta in the fridge this recipe looks like a crowd-pleaser and waste-saver. Chef Priyanka Naik
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Bovine Belching: California approved the use of the red seaweed, Brominata, shown to cut methane emissions in cow burps on farms. We’re the first state to do so, and California leads the nation in cow milk production, with 45% of its methane emissions coming from dairy farms. SF Chronicle
Cioppino Benchmark: The Anchor Oyster Bar on Castro gets a rave review by NYT critic Tejal Rao who raves about the sauce, “rich with the juices of the seafood that simmered in it, the toasty flavors of the crab fat, and the sweet clam juice.” The New York Times
Most Famous Food Critic? Per Google trends (got to admire the dedication it took to parse all that data) it’s Martha Stewart, followed by Guy Fieri, Alton Brown, Ree Drummond, and Alison Roman (groan). Eater
Nothing Runs Like A Deere: Except in Russia. We’ve been following the “Right to Repair” class action lawsuits that American farmers have filed against the John Deere Company that required them to take their tractors and machinery into Deere dealerships for service because the software that runs the operating systems is under lock and key. And when the news hit that Russian troops had absconded with millions of dollars worth of John Deere tractors in Ukraine, our first thought was, “yeah, but they won’t even be able to turn them on.” Sure enough, “these were equipped with remote lock mechanisms that rendered them inoperable.” Modern Farmer
The White House: President Joe Biden is launching a White House conference this fall focused on ending hunger and improving nutrition, the first such effort in 50 years (Nixon hosted the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health in 1969). CNN
The Big Grift: In the early 1900’s Black families owned upwards of 20 million acres of farmland in the U.S. As of this year, they have lost almost 90% of it. How the Government Helped White Americans Steal Black Farmland. The New Republic
The Whitehouse Part Two: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the USDA reopened “The People’s Garden,” just off the National Mall. Adorned with arugula, lettuces, radish, cabbage and a cereal rye cover crop, Vilsack noted “When you grow gardens like this, you create a more resilient food system.” If only it were that simple. Civil Eats
One Word: Plastics. They’re ubiquitous, no way to avoid them, and recycling doesn’t work. We save every plastic and ziplock bag, rinse them and reuse them until they wear out. And yet: “The plastics industry must stop lying to the public about plastics recycling. It does not work, it never will work, and no amount of false advertising will change that.” Ecowatch
By The Numbers: Bird flu has wiped out 36 million chickens and turkeys. Try and imagine a pile of 36 million dead birds, how many stories high would that be? 🤔 Vox
Come On Now, Bitterness Comes With Age? We’re Not Bitter 😉
LISTEN: EAT.DRINK.THINK. MAY 2022 The Tidal playlist we listen to while cooking dinner every night. We’re big The Linda Lindas fans, the punk rock quartet from LA composed of girls age 11-17. Their title song from their latest release, Growing Up is a straight ahead banger and leads off this month’s list. Plus new tracks from Giant Rooks, Still Corners, Sorry, King Garbage, Maggie Rodgers and more.
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