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Health

Go Fresh!

by Randy Graham http://valleyvegetarian.blogspot.com/ Next time you prepare a meal for yourself or your family, pay attention to how many processed or pre-packaged food items you use. Grab the macaroni and cheese box off your shelf or the frozen waffles from the freezer and read the ingredients. It’s likely you’ll find food additives in each one. This can’t be healthy in the long run. Our bodies were made to eat…

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Organic

Buy Local, Buy Organic

I was doing research on genetically modified organisms (GMO) and found an article in the recent winter edition of California Alumni Magazine titled Dinner by Design. It is an interesting read. In the article, the author presents arguments on both sides of the GMO debate ultimately siding with the argument for GMOs as he believes GMOs are best at “beating pests to extending shelf life to creating prettier apples.” He…

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Recipes

The Quest for (Veggie) Matzo Ball Soup

by Randy Graham http://valleyvegetarian.blogspot.com/ I always thought matzo ball soup was just flour dumplings in chicken soup. As a vegetarian I never tried it. I didn’t understand that it is truly comfort food so for 58 years I avoided it not thinking to look for a vegetarian version. While in the market the other day I found myself looking at various foodstuffs including a package of Manischewitz “Matzo Ball &…

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Health/ Juicing/ Nutrition

Carrot Juice

The common carrot has existed for over 5000 years with documentation tracing back to Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. You may know that carrots grow in a multitude of colors including white, green, red, purple, yellow and even black! What you may not know (I certainly did not)  is that the orange carrot as we know it today did not always exist. It is a hybrid created 500 years ago…

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General/ Organic

Ojai’s Rio Gozo Farm – New CSA Venture

In early May, Rio Gozo Farm owner Steve Sprinkel announced the expansion of his Ojai Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program “down river” to residents in Ventura. CSA is a relatively new movement in the United States starting in the mid-80’s. It is a farm program offering subscribers a weekly box of seasonal, fresh produce and a chance to have a direct connection to the food put on their table. Four…

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Recipes

Vintage Cookbooks

by Randy Graham http://valleyvegetarian.blogspot.com/ Some still think vegetarianism is a fad as opposed to a lifestyle. While it is true that it came to national attention in the 1960s here in the United States, its origins are hundreds if not thousands of years older than that. Make no mistake, vegetarianism is a lifestyle and has been for a good long while. In the western world alone, vegetarianism began to take…

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