Category Archives: personal experience

living on the edge : a raw milk melodrama

I guess you could say i live on the edge. I take vitamins with labels i sometimes can’t understand. I go to doctors that talk to my aura. I put raw egg yolks in my smoothies.

All of that pales when compared to my most daring pastime: drinking milk that has not been pasteurized.

ooooh yeaaaaah

For real though, I’m kidding. I play it pretty safe, so you know if I’m doing it, everyone can do it. Let’s talk about that raw stuff. Many of you might know about the raw dairy revolution that’s caught on throughout the nation – from states where glorious raw milk sells in stores to states where you have to buy your dairy from the neighboring state and pick it up from unmarked vans behind run-down steakhouses. there are people that are absolutely crazy about it, and there are folks that tout it’s unhealthy, dangerous potential [these folks, coincidentally, are the ones that make the rules, and therefore the consumption of raw milk is usually shunned].

all over Massachusetts, next to the "maple syrup for sale" signs.

Raw milk is where all of this began, for me. I visited my parents in North Carolina when i was in college and was surprised to find my refrigerator littered with different-sized jars of white liquid labeled “FOR PET CONSUMPTION ONLY.” My mother went on to explain that i was raw milk, and that it was perfectly safe for humans but only legal to sell if it was labeled as such. I had tried raw milk once before and was shocked by how real it tasted, how wonderfully smooth, crisp and rich it was, so hearing my mom explain the laws governing the sale of raw milk was incredibly fascinating. A year later I spent a short month in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, purchasing gallons of raw milk and fresh raw dairy from a shack down the road*. This milk was not labeled. Everyone knew it was safe and there was usually none leftover for the pets.

Since then I have moved to Northern Virginia, where the sale of raw milk is illegal. Purchased milk from other states is available, but there is a lot of legal jargon that makes it a little dangerous for farmers. They soldier on, though, and provide us with fresh, cold milk from grass-fed cows and goats. Unfortunately for the farmers and the consumers, though, the FDA [our big brother neighbor] is constantly spying on this process, planning midnight farm raids and actively cutting off family farm income sources.

Why does everyone care so much, you may ask? Raw milk is a polarizing topic for many reasons – but it really boils down to this: the product is safe and so incredibly beneficial, but broadcasting this information could cause financial harm the large milk-producing farms that congest the shelves of every grocery store. If you follow the money, the truth soon appears.

I think it’s important that everyone understand the true benefits of raw milk, and also be aware of why it is safe.

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word of [what-goes-in-your] mouth

When i get “lost in thought,” i usually find myself in the land of why. For instance, the other day i caught myself wondering why don’t people care more about recycling? followed by why do some people still drink Mello Yello? I got a little frustrated, wandering between why’s, until I backed up and allowed myself to peek at the bigger picture. I stumbled upon an answer that has been plaguing me – that the modern American is only aware of it [the mello yello, the empty beer can] as long as they can see it.

It’s the old dust-under-the-rug theory, that once it’s out of sight, it doesn’t actually exist anymore. And who can blame us? We’ve got advil for our headaches, fillings for our cavities, surgery for our obesity, and landfills for our waste. We are no longer forced to deal with the dust, we just get to sweep it under the rug. When that rug fills up, we head to ikea and buy a new rug.

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recipe : crackers

I have Mondays off. Recently I’ve been spending them doing research and writing for this blog. The other portion of the day is spent cleaning, facebooking, drinking copious amounts of coffee and tea, and eating. I love Mondays.

Today, while preparing lunch, I realized I still haven’t opened my latest gift from my mom: Kudzu Bakery Sweet Orange Marmalade – one of my favorite treats. I began fantasizing about pairing the marmalade with the Cherry Glen fresh fermented goat cheese (chevre) that I get at the farmer’s market where I work on Saturdays…what a dreamy duo!

the most delicious items in my kitchen right now

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a second wind / a new breakfast

hello. it’s been awhile. you may have noticed that my last post dates back almost a year ago – a year that has shifted my life, physically and otherwise. i won’t bore you with the details, but i will say that for this entire blogging reprieve i have missed sharing my thoughts and experiences and often wished i could return to the wonderful world of food as explained through the internet, specifically, this blog.

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recipe : beet kvass

beet kvass : nature's health cocktail

the magic elixir known as beet kvass is a drink widely consumed for its medicinal qualities and as a digestive aid.

the specifics: taken in 4-oz quantities morning and night, this beverage promotes regularity, aids digestion, alkalizes the blood, and cleanses the liver. it can also be a natural remedy for kidney stones, if you’ve got’em.

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cholesterol / eggs

Sept 10, 2010

an egg is a whole food. a few years ago, cholesterol was demonized by doctors and a whole slew of expert medical professionals. eggs contain cholesterol. therefore, many believe that eating high quantities of eggs will lead to heart disease caused by high cholesterol.

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