Want to Survive the Rough Times? Think About Home Cooking

Gramma Willi’s Random Blogging

February 26, 2009

I’m getting excited about the changes all over the world, and I love this feeling. People are waking up all over, they are thinking about what they see and hear. They seem less afraid; maybe that’s because it’s so much easier to find out information on just about anything.

Wikipedia, activist blogs, alternative media, comment pages, all of these give us opinions that challenge – or increasingly, fit in with – what the governments and multinational media are saying. The climate is changing and so are we.

How will YOU survive this change? Gramma Willi says, let’s get back to the basics and let’s start with the food we eat.

I wrote the Rough Times Cookbook to open a door to stopping hunger and poverty, because it can be done. More than anything, it takes a change in thinking.

Think about processed food – just add water, microwave for 5 minutes, buy 2 hormone burgers for a dollar, try our special combo. “Supersize Me!” by Michael Moore tells the story in an hour and a half nutshell. That stuff will make you very sick very fast and can even kill you.

Think about home cooking – flour, baking powder, beans, that roast in the freezer, the taste of tomatoes in summer, the mouth-watering smell of a real slow-cooked stew, home made bread.

Think about the cost of cheap processed food compared to the stuff that takes a little time and care to cook.

Think about the garbage, chemical additives, pesticides, genetically engineered Frankenstein foods from factory farms.

There is is better way to eat and it should cost you less money, taste a lot better and leave the earth a whole lot better off.

If you’re already a convert, do me a favor. Have more dinner parties, lunch parties, feasts. We need to feed the people good food so that they know what it is and learn how to do it themselves.

Young people love eating and they love learning how to cook. It’s almost become a lost art. But we can change this, just like we worked together and changed the color of the President of the United States of America. Our youth are watching.

Good Food for everybody! Yes We Can!

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Creamy Gourmet Pasta & Garlic Bread

Creamy Gourmet Pasta

I like “retrofitting” low fat recipes. This one became an instant family favorite, it’s so easy to make and soooo good to eat. We found it by looking for something to make with some cottage cheese that was getting close to its due date.

Cooked pasta for 4 (spaghetti, linguine, shells or what you’ve got)

Olive oil for sautéeing

1-3 Tablespoon chopped fresh garlic, or to taste

1 C. diced tomatoes with their juice – fresh, canned, frozen

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (1-2 t. fresh), other herbs to taste

Salt & pepper to taste

1 C. cottage cheese (1/2 of a small container)

3 T. Parmesan cheese

1/4 C. water

While the pasta is cooking, gently sauté the garlic in the olive oil a frying pan, add the tomatoes, cook for a few minutes, then add the herbs.

Blend together the cottage cheese, parmesan and water (in a blender or stirring it with a fork) until nice and creamy. Add the cheese mixture to the cooked pasta, mix well, add the tomato mixture, mix well, serve portions sprinkled with cheese, enjoy!! Very nice with “Quick’n’Easy Garlic Bread” (see below)

Suggestions: This recipe is one that can be adapted to whatever you’ve got. Omit the tomatoes, add more garlic, sliced olives, sausage bits, cooking wine and so on.

Add vegetables like spinach, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms and you’ve got a nice “primavera” style dish. Use feta cheese for a Greek touch, cheddar for a farm-style meal.

Vegan option: replace the cheeses with fresh tofu blended with nutritional “cheesy” yeast, water or broth, salt, garlic and herbs.

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“Quick’n’Easy Garlic Bread”

In a small bowl or cup, use a fork to mix softened margarine or butter with garlic powder and salt to taste.

Spread it thick or thin on sliced bread, rolls, buns – toast it under the broiler, in a toaster oven, on the barbeque or over a campfire!

Gourmet garlic lovers tip: Make a paste with crushed fresh garlic, olive oil and salt to taste and spread as above.