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Friday Fruits and Veggies: Fall Is Here

October 13, 2007

My Friday Fruits and Veggies for this week are…drum roll, please…..

Rainbow Chard
Jewel Sweet Potato
Delicata Squash
Parsnips
Basil
Gala Apples
Plum Angeleno

A basket of Fall! Here in Southwest Florida we’re supposed to have a cold front this weekend so I might have to bust out a few soups on Sunday. I make a close to perfect Spanish White Bean soup with spicy sausage or chorizo, saffron, white beans, peppers and some kind of leafy green, this time the chard from my veggie basket (I’ll post the recipe later). This basket is also begging for a potato and parsnip puree/soup. Tonight I’ll make a quick pesto with the basil. Maybe I can get Mr. D to make his delicious spaghetti squash stuffing for the Delicata. Pretty, please?

In other food news, New York will see the opening of a new documentary about food. I can’t wait for it to make its way to our tiny little Art House Theatre.  King Cornis about two friends who move to Iowa to get to the bottom of where their food comes from. Why Iowa, you may ask? Well, Iowa is prime farm country for growing corn, specifically the type of corn that is made into high fructose corn syrup and other processed foods. And this is important, because?  Michael Pollan, quoted in this New York Times article, has a few things to say about corn:

If you take a McDonald’s meal, you don’t realize it when you eat it, but you’re eating corn…Beef has been corn-fed. Soda is corn. Even the French fries — half the calories in the French fries come from the fat they’re fried in, which is liable to be either corn oil or soy oil.
So when you’re at McDonald’s, you’re eating Iowa food. Everything on the plate is corn.

It’s attack of the corn!  It’s everywhere!!  RUN!!!  Now don’t get me wrong, I actually love the stuff, can hardly contain myself for the three or four weeks during the summer when Florida Sweet Corn is at its sicky sweetest and cheapy cheapest.  I’m not bashing fresh corn here, it’s the genetically modified, agri-businessed, processed to death shit that rubs me raw.  To get a better idea of the role corn plays in politics, America’s obesity problem, economics, etc., check out Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

Any interesting corn facts you’d like to share?

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