Fight Back Fridays

Well, fellow Food Renegades, it’s that time of the week again! We are bringing together a collection of recipes, tips, anecdotes, and testimonies — each from a lover of Real Food.

Last week’s carnival was awesome. If you didn’t check it out, you’ll find a wealth of inspiring and delightful entries there. It’s my personal hope that Fight Back Fridays will unite many of us coming from within different circles of the Real Food Revolution so that our influence can grow, so that we can change the way America (and the industrialized world) eats!

So, let’s have some fun.

If you want to participate but aren’t sure how, please read these guidelines for how Fight Back Fridays will work. The two most important things you can remember to do are:

  1. Share a relevant post from your blog with us using the Mr. Linky Widget below.
  2. In your post, be sure to link back to this post (not the home page) so that your readers can have access to all the information and encouragement we’ll be sharing.

Please also feel free to make use of any of the banners below by saving the image to your desktop then uploading it to your own server. (You don’t have to use them, but they’re there for you!)

If you don’t have a blog but are interested in joining the conversation, you can leave your comments below!

For my own contribution to today’s carnival, I shared a video on the dangers of Splenda.

I can’t wait to see what you all share.

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PLEASE NOTE: The smaller banners are also available as badges/buttons for your sites over on my sidebar so that you can sport your Real Food Lovin’ Pride and inspire others to join us in the Real Food Revolution. Just copy the code and paste it into your sidebar. (Again, you don’t have to use them to participate in the carnival.)

Come on, people. Let’s change the way America (and the industrialized world) eats!

1. Kimberly Citizen Action is Key
2. Kari (first-time poster) Homemade Almond Milk
3. Local Nourishment CSA cost vs benefit
4. Linsey (Urban Maple Syrup Making)
5. HEALTHY FATS FOR FRYING-Kelly the Kitchen Kop
6. What is Yardsharing – LizMcLellan
7. Cooking Up A Family- 1st time, basic information i am learning
8. Eco Yogini (first Friday!)
9. CHEESESLAVE (Organic Vegetable Garden on White House Lawn YES WE CAN!)
10. Beginning Condiments-1st time
11. Laryssa @Heaven In The Home (How To Stay Well)
12. Son of Grok (DIY Challenge)
13. Kyle (Vitamin D)
14. vehementflame(THE RIGHT LINK sorry!)
15. Delish – (first!) Picking the Perfect Tomato
16. Hugging the Coast
17. Simple, Good, and Tasty
18. Hip Organic Mama (Eat Your Veggies)
19. Kara

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16 Responses to Fight Back Fridays
  1. Kari
    March 19, 2009 | 10:29 pm

    This is my first time posting to Fight Back Fridays. I’m interested to see what others are going to post. Thanks for putting this together.

    Kari

  2. KristenM
    March 20, 2009 | 12:08 am

    Kari — Welcome to the carnival! I really enjoyed reading your entry. Not only was it very thoughtful, but you also made it look so darn easy. :)

  3. CHEESESLAVE
    March 20, 2009 | 7:05 am

    Hi, Kristen!

    Thanks for starting Fight Back Fridays!

    I am SO excited about the organic vegetable garden on the White House Lawn, I can hardly stand it!

    I hope this inspires lots of other folks out there to get out and plant some food!

    CHEESESLAVE

  4. Kimberly Hartke
    March 20, 2009 | 8:12 am

    This is such an interesting combination of articles, I can’t wait to delve in! Does anyone besides me feel like Fight Back Friday’s is a cathartic experience?

    Thanks for the forum!

    Kimberly

    Kimberly Hartke

  5. Son of Grok
    March 20, 2009 | 9:16 am

    I fought back today for FBF with a challenge. That challenge stands for everyone here too!

    The SoG

    Son of Grok

  6. Peggy
    March 20, 2009 | 9:58 am

    Hi girls,
    Since I am pretty new to all of this, I wasn’t sure if you all were aware of HR 875 Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009. Because this proposed bill allows the government to fine small farms 1 million dollars a day while arresting the owners for refusing to spray toxic chemiclas on their organic produce, I thought it was appropriate for “Fight Back Fridays”. I read about this proposed bill at the link below, and there is a place to sign a petition on this page too, if you are interested.
    Thanks for all of the interesting and important things that I am learning on your site.
    Peggy

    http://www.naturalnews.com/025887.html

  7. Rosy
    March 20, 2009 | 10:00 am

    I am finally getting blooms on my Tomato plant! And have found a raw milk source. It’s goats milk, and wow it is really good. After trying a quart, ya I was a chicken, I find that I crave it now.They also do pastured eggs too! Yippy! I have my parsley getting big, and my kitties catnip is lookin’ good. My chives are dying, I think FL is too hot for it. I am looking for some squash that will be able to deal with a container. And have been eying some strawberries to add to my happy plant family! But so far my meager Apt porch is looking like a garden. One small step for a poor college student, one big step for the movement.

    I know it’s not much, but every little bit helps. I hope to find a bakery to get real bread from. I am too spent to take all the time to make it, well at least at this point in my life. I want to make some pickles but have to wait for cucumbers to starts getting plentiful.

    I also took my first does of Cod Liver oil yesterday, haven’t got the gumption up today, but I will sometime.

    I hope to be able to make it to the local food not bombs sharing this Sunday, but I work that day so I am not sure if I can. Poop!

    I am looking forward to more people planting eating gardens with flower gardens. I know I have talked my parents into it. They just gave me a leek, and some carrots. Mmmm soup it what I am thinking of. They have a larger yard, and live kinda out in the country, but if I can grow a few things on my porch so can all of you!

    The easy plants to grow…herbs. I can’t tell you haw many times I thought I killed my catnip only to have it return to me. Then there is Kale, it is really easy to grow. Lettuce is pretty easy, but you need some space for these. black eyed peas are pretty easy to grow too, they are usually called cow peas. And you don’t have to soak the fresh beans! So yummy!

  8. Kyle
    March 20, 2009 | 10:35 am

    My morning is scheduled now! Those look like good links!

  9. Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home
    March 20, 2009 | 11:07 am

    Food Renegade,
    Hydrogen peroxide does seem to help! Every time my ears are hurting I’ll bubble them out and the next day they feel so much better. Thanks for hosting Fight Back Fridays! Thanks for leaving the comment.

    Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home

  10. Janet W
    March 20, 2009 | 12:06 pm

    I don’t have a web site or blog, so I’ll post my Fight Back Friday here.
    Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan was a real eye opener for me. He has a chapter on factory organic — organic products made by giant agribussinesses. No way no how do I want my money going to these companies, so I did some digging and found this https://www.msu.edu/~howardp/organicindustry.html I was shopping at Kroger’s at the time, and nearly everything I bought was factory organic. So I changed. I don’t shop local yet because I don’t have a car (by choice) — I am concerned about the imapct, but I’m more concerned about the food I eat.

    I am now able to eat entirely organic, grass fed, pastured. This is what I eat and where I get it:
    Diamond Organics — fresh vegetables, fruit, sauerkraut, eggs, nuts
    U.S.Wellness Meats — beef, chicken, butter, raw cheese, canned tuna (made by Vital Choice)
    Soap for dishes and me — Dr. Bronner’s
    Laundry detergent, toilet paper, and paper towels — Seventh Generation
    Dental care products — Uncle Harry’s and toothsoap.com (note: in 2006 Tom’s of Maine sold out to Colgate-Palmolive)
    Supplements — Dr. Ron’s (he also sells FCLO from Green Pastures)

    Other good brands/sellers
    If you buy grains, beans, and fermented soy try Gold Mine Natural Foods
    Eden foods
    Wilderness Family Organics
    Frontier Coop
    Tropical Traditions
    Sunland — peanut butter (absolutely wonderful stuff, too bad I found out I can’t eat peanut butter…)

    I still have some stuff I’d rather not:
    20 Mule Team Borax by Dial. This is too good to give up, I haven’t found a non-agribusiness source. At one time Dial was on the no animal testing list (son’t know if they are now or not)
    Ban deordant — the natural brands just don’t work right now for me. As my body detoxs, I’m hoping I can change.
    Burt’s Bees lip balm owned by Clorax WAAAAAAA I have not found any other product, even from all my great natural sources that is as good as this one.

  11. vehement flame
    March 20, 2009 | 12:36 pm

    Hey this is for Janet- check out Charlie’s Soap for a non agri business source for wash soap- Charlie’s ROCKS! For a killer lip balm use Weleda Everon lip balm- and I absolutly agree with you- I try to only buy from small committed companies- that whole clorox green works stuff is such a crock of poop! and thaks for the souces you mention. I’ll check those out.

    Kristen- This is a blast! I love FBF!!!!
    Come by my blog and check out Vanilla part two- I’m givin away some organic vanilla beans and masala chai spices….Oh and the meatballs were inspired ny your “meat”balls on your menu:)

    vehement flame

  12. Courtney
    March 20, 2009 | 1:34 pm

    great week, learned lots of great stuff!

    Courtney

  13. KristenM
    March 20, 2009 | 3:08 pm

    Kimberley — I *love* how many different articles and view points are being expressed. There are some really interesting stories in the links up there, some true treasures.

    Rosy & Janet — Thanks for joining in the fun even though you don’t have blogs! I’m really enjoying reading what you shared.

    Everyone else — Thank you so much for participating. This is a hoot. Every time I see a new link pop up I get all excited and can’t wait to read it!

  14. Hugging the Coast
    March 20, 2009 | 4:41 pm

    I’m new here! Just shared my first FBF link here to my easy berry dehydration tutorial (strawberries, blueberries, etc.) at http://huggingthecoast.com/2008/05/26/food-dehydration-part-i-blueberries-cranberries-raspberries-blackberries/ .

    Hugging the Coast

  15. Lisa
    March 20, 2009 | 5:17 pm

    Hi Kristin,
    Thank you so much for your comment on my post re: blended Kale :) Unfortunately I do not own a blender… lol, but I am definitely going to be giving Kale an actual try- my friends are gonna pee their pants!
    This has been fun! It was interesting to see so many different ideas and what people are doing to be sustainable :)
    Blessings!
    Lisa

    Lisa

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