Posts Tagged ‘Jamie Oliver’

Food Stamps Cooking Club: Program Note?

April 23rd, 2010

 

 

This little person and all his peers are not expected to outlive his parents because of the poor food choices he and his generation will make!

 

Today, Friday April 23, on ABC TV Jamie Oliver ends his series regarding the school lunch program he has been struggling to revamp.   We mention this because the truth of the matter is that his cause is noble and his timing is of the essence!

It’s important for people to understand that the generation that is having lunch at school now is not expected to outlive their parents’ generation!  Is that shocking to you?

Americans have been programmed to eat processed food and guzzle soda pop.  Because of processed foods and poor choices for dietary intake, childhood  health has been compromised.  The medical establishment cannot compensate with drugs, procedures and surgeries what real food is designed to do in the human body.

The Food Stamps Cooking Club members are strongly encouraged to look in on this final episode of the series and take heed.

Even those who depend on WIC and SNAP, food commodities and food pantries can benefit from the information Jamie Oliver has for the public.  If there are users of Angel Food Ministries and Farmers Market Coupons, or if there are folks who simply realize they MUST s-t-r-e-t-c-h their food budgets-we all can learn from the example Jamie Oliver sets.  Using public assistance to fund your grocery list is no reason to eat without wisdom.

Fresh, simple ingredients make for healthy bodies.  Learning how to cook is a skill that will serve anyone all through life.  This outlook is not unique to Chef Oliver; indeed, our own Chef Shawn Bucher and The Dinner Diva, Leanne Ely, adhere to the same philosophy, as do many of our Club Members.

Speaking of fresh, simple ingredients reminds us all that this is prime time for gathering and snipping dandelions for luscious salads.  The little violets are popping up all over the yards and if you are sure there are no pesticides, these make for wonderful, nourishing salad fixings.  They work well alone or you can add those beauties to your lettuce or vegetable salads.  Drizzle a bit of oil over all to make them glisten, add your favorite herbs or flavors and veggies and you have yourself a spectacular, easy and ECONOMICAL menu item.

Connie Baum

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Food Stamps Cooking Club: Is This Your First Time?

April 9th, 2010

 

 

Chef Shawn Bucher autographed Mother Connie's copy of his new book! " Now," she mused, " if only we can employ him for our annual cooking class."

 

The plans and ideas for the OFFLINE cooking class sponsored by the Food Stamps Cooking Club have been rolling around in our heads for awhile now.  We like what Jamie Oliver is doing with the school lunch program.  We admire the hard work and dedication Emeril Lagasse and Rachel Ray have invested in feeding people who need assistance.  We also like the interest and respect that’s being directed at SNAP, WIC and other public programs.

When Twitter popped up with Chef  Shawn Bucher, Mother Connie was turning cartwheels in her office!  And when the good Chef offered Mother Connie his help with the cooking class, well, she went a little off the charts wild with excitement! The Food Stamps Cooking Club will gladly help him to promote his book because we believe in it and its ability to help any cook of any experience level.  It is really something special, just like Chef Shawn.  You can learn more here:  The First Timer’s Cookbook and you can follow Shawn on Twitter, too!

The chef’s philosophy is refreshing.  He demystifies  foods and their preparation.  He takes us out of our awe-struck fearsome place and into our comfort zone.  He relaxes the “rules” that are either in place or that we imagine are in place.  The book begins with a warning about how the reader will be expected to read and think and he assures us he can help to train our brains so we can get what we want.  How refreshing is this approach to food?

Golly.  That would work outside the kitchen, too!  We could, by learning to cook-even on a tight budget, understand how to nurture relationships or attract the kind of job we want or even the kind of life mate we would like to meet.

That’s asking a lot from a cookbook.  You’d better check it out.

If you are using SNAP, WIC, or food pantries, you are the Guest of Honor here.  The same is true if you utilize food commodities, Farmers Market Coupons, Angel Food Ministries, or every sale your local market offers.  We are all here to support and encourage one another, gang.  Let’s give it our all.

YOU may have ideas about the offline cooking class.  We would love to hear from you.  Seriously.  Send us your thoughts at foodstampscookingclub@gmai.com .

Thank you for stopping.  Please leave your calling card in the form of a comment, won’t you?  It won’t hurt a bit, we promise.

Connie Baum

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