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Fight Back Fridays June 19th

Happy Fight Back Friday everyone! Today we’re bringing together a collection of recipes, tips, anecdotes, and testimonies from members of the Real Food Revolution.

Who are they? Why, they’re the Food Renegades. You know who you are — lovers of SOLE (Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical) food, traditional food, primal food, REAL food, the list goes on. I believe that by joining together, our influence can grow, and 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.

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

Today, I’m sharing a post on the agrarian poet turned local small farm activist, Wendell Berry and his recent testimony at a federal NAIS “listening session.” I can’t wait to see what you all share.

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

Fight Back Fridays Participants

1. Agriculture Society – Being a Food Activist
2. ElizabethG (Fresh Peaches)
3. Edible Aria (Ham & Cheese Redux)
4. BEST TASTING HOMEMADE MAYO!! – Kelly the Kitchen Kop
5. Local Nourishment (A radish recipe to reform a radish-hater)
6. A Green Spell (Homemade Almond Milk)
7. Girl Gone Domestic (Easy Sourdough Bread)
8. Dina [I'm new] (The Best Egg Salad)
9. Your Right to Choose Healthy Food is at Stake (Vin – NaturalBias)
10. Diet Conquers Cancer
11. Emily @ Life in Cincinnati (Buying local & in-season produce)
12. Hugging the Coast (Father’s Day Recipes)
13. Every Kitchent Table (Farm to Plate Knowledge Gap)
14. Sarah (grass-fed v. organic beef)[I'm new]
15. Simple, Good, and Tasty (an introduction to garlic scapes)
16. Daily Diner
17. Donielle @ Nturally Knocked Up (REAL Milk)
18. Kat (replace soda with kefir) [newbie]
19. Accessibility of SOLE food
20. Lisa Sargese Food, Inc. the Movie
21. Fat is healthy again! [Charles -- newbie]
22. Vitamin K2 Rich Deviled Eggs w/ Salmon Roe (CHEESESLAVE)
23. Boston’s First Community Supported Fishery
24. Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS (Amish Cheese Recipes and Tips)
25. It’s Frugal Being Green (Food Matters: A Review)
26. MomsforsafeFood – Renouncing Ties to Monsanto
27. Clark County Food & Farm
28. Local or Organic? Real Food Mama aka Lorelei Kellogg
29. When in Germany, eat.
30. FoodForReal (Allemande sauce)
31. Nita (growing tasty potatoes )
32. Delish – Home Made Salsa Verde
33. Slowfoodie
34. Zachary Cohen (Back to The Future)
35. from Becca
36. ORGANIC & THRIFTY (grain-free, low sugar shortcakes)
37. Michelle (A nutritious untraditional Greek salad)
38. Michelle (A Raw Berry Pie)
39. Tara (new) local REAL food
40. Jen @ LocalAppetite
41. Daily Diner

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46 Responses to Fight Back Fridays June 19th
  1. Raine Saunders
    June 18, 2009 | 10:08 pm

    Thanks again for Fight Back Fridays, Kristen! My post is about food activism, what it is, why it’s important, and how to be effective in your efforts in a world driven by tradition, control, and profit.

    Raine Saunders

  2. Ren
    June 18, 2009 | 10:29 pm

    Poached pastured duck egg on a thick slice of uncured, local ham with chili con queso and a grilled pepper.. Ham & Eggs Redux; the reward of traditional farming.

    Thanks for leading the charge, Kristen!


  3. Local Nourishment
    June 18, 2009 | 11:08 pm

    I had the most amazing sandwich for lunch today with local veggies from my farmer’s market and CSA box. I didn’t particularly love any of the ingredients, and distinctly disliked one of them, but the sandwich was delicious!

    Local Nourishment

  4. Girl Gone Domestic
    June 19, 2009 | 12:12 am

    Easy Homemade Sourdough Bread. Thanks for the opportunity once again!

    Girl Gone Domestic

  5. dina
    June 19, 2009 | 1:31 am

    I was talking to a friend recently about how much I loved egg salad just scooped up with the salt and pepper Kettle chips. She paused and said, “You know how to make egg salad?!” with incredulity. I figured it was time to write this very simple recipe down and give some direction on how to make it super good.


  6. Jill Cruz
    June 19, 2009 | 4:02 am


    In Europe they have it good. Not to say it is perfect here, but what we are fighting so hard for in the US is at least commonly believed to be the ideal here. Obsessing about fat-filled foods such as cheese and salami is usually only in the realm of selecting the best one and making sure one does not run out. Local, small-scale farmers are recognized as essential to gastronomical satisfaction and supermarket shopping is sub-par.
    Needless to say, eating and shopping are my main forms of sightseeing here and it is a blast. I call it Farm Tour 2009.

    Jill Cruz

  7. Moe
    June 19, 2009 | 7:40 am

    I believe we’ll be getting garlic scapes for the next few weeks, at least I think we did last year. We made garlic scape and spinach pesto last year that we really enjoyed. From the HV site:

    Spinach and Scape Pesto
    Puree: 1/2 bag spinach, 1/2 c. grated parmesan or romano cheese, 1/4 c. toasted nuts (pine or walnut), 5 or 6 scapes, 1/2c. olive oil. S&P to taste. 4 or 5 basil leaves can be added if you wish

    This comment was originally posted on Simple, Good, and Tasty

  8. Lee
    June 19, 2009 | 7:42 am

    Hey Moe, thanks for the tip. See you Sunday.


    This comment was originally posted on Simple, Good, and Tasty

  9. Hugging the Coast
    June 19, 2009 | 8:00 am

    My post this week is about delicious recipes for Father’s Day weekend. With this challenging economy, it’s nice to have inexpensive but thoughtful options to celebrate those who are close to us.

    Hugging the Coast

  10. Amy P
    June 19, 2009 | 8:05 am

    I was just wondering what to do with the scapes. Both the scampi and Moe’s spinach-basil-scape pesto sound yummy, I’ll have to try those.

    This comment was originally posted on Simple, Good, and Tasty

  11. Minneapolis Farmers Market
    June 19, 2009 | 8:14 am

    Thanks for helping us introduce scapes to our customers.

    This comment was originally posted on Simple, Good, and Tasty

  12. Lee
    June 19, 2009 | 8:23 am

    When it comes to scapes, the pleasure is all mine.

    This comment was originally posted on Simple, Good, and Tasty

  13. Rob Smart
    June 19, 2009 | 8:34 am

    This week’s contribution to Fight Back Friday is a guest post I drafted for the Civil Eats blog. The subject is how to close the knowledge gap between farmers and consumers, something that continually seems to get in the way of civil, constructive dialogs. Without connecting these two ends of the food chain, our ability to create alternative, more sustainable food systems will be greatly diminished.

    Rob Smart

  14. Lee
    June 19, 2009 | 8:50 am

    This week’s submission is an introduction to one of my new favorite, seasonal, sustainable foods: garlic scapes. Thanks!


  15. Allison
    June 19, 2009 | 9:15 am

    Posted a blog I wrote about the accessiblity of “SOLE” food and how we can make sure that everyone has the ability to enjoy the fantastic food we are all dedicated to and busy blogging about. Trying to find my voice and learning how to describe my enthusiasm and interest in food issues. Also check out my posts on my cheese-making experience!

    Thank you for Fight Back Fridays! I’m looking forward to taking a look at everyone’s posts.


  16. Rick
    June 19, 2009 | 9:44 am

    Yeah I fell in love with garlic once we started raising our own garlic. They now make up at least half the reason we raise garlic. They are also great oiled and grilled. But this year we made pesto with walnuts and had it on pasta. I highly recommend it if you get the chance.

    This comment was originally posted on Simple, Good, and Tasty

  17. Lee
    June 19, 2009 | 10:00 am

    Thanks Rick, the pesto is a slam dunk, will do!

    This comment was originally posted on Simple, Good, and Tasty

  18. FoodRenegade
    June 19, 2009 | 10:25 am

    A great summary, Vin! Thank you so much for sharing it in today’s Fight Back Friday carnival.

    (AKA FoodRenegade)

    This comment was originally posted on Natural Bias | Health, Fitness & Fun by Vin Miller

  19. Maggie
    June 19, 2009 | 10:33 am

    Mmmmm… I make a garlic scape pesto, but never thought to put spinach in it too! Makes me kind of wish that I hadn’t decided to do spinach as a fall crop this year!

    This comment was originally posted on Simple, Good, and Tasty

  20. Lisa Sargese
    June 19, 2009 | 10:46 am

    I’ve met my meat and it really DOES come from happy cows on an idyllic farm in the country! It pays to go the extra few steps to access meat, dairy and produce from a small, organic local farm. Happy to be part of Fight Back Friday!

    Lisa Sargese

  21. FoodRenegade
    June 19, 2009 | 11:12 am

    Garlic scapes are amazing! I *love* them so much. I’m glad you shared about your experience getting to know them.

    (AKA FoodRenegade)

    This comment was originally posted on Simple, Good, and Tasty

  22. Lee
    June 19, 2009 | 11:15 am

    Thanks Kristen,

    I’m late to the party, but at least I made eventually.


    This comment was originally posted on Simple, Good, and Tasty

  23. Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS
    June 19, 2009 | 11:24 am

    I am excited about some of the links shared this week ~ especially the no-knead sourdough bread from Girl Gone Domestic! Your carnivals are fabulous, Kristen. My contribution are some Amish cheese recipes and tips that a friend shared with me.

    Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS

  24. foodrenegade
    June 19, 2009 | 11:39 am

    Great testimony, and what a way to Fight Back!

    Thanks for sharing this in today’s carnival.

    (AKA FoodRenegade)

    This comment was originally posted on The Skinny Online

  25. Sheri
    June 19, 2009 | 12:07 pm

    This weeks article is a letter about the ties between our politics and Monsanto.
    I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s posts, thanks!

  26. Glenn @ Clark County Food & Farm
    June 19, 2009 | 12:37 pm

    This morning I’m featuring a summation of a meeting held last night re. the adoption of an Urban Livestock Code for Clark County, WA. My strong disapproval of the new code has moved me to initiate a petition process as a means of awareness of and protest against the gradual move towards prohibition of agriculture in my community. Check it out.

    Glenn @ Clark County Food & Farm

  27. Lorelei
    June 19, 2009 | 12:46 pm

    Looking forward to reading everyone’s posts this week. Discussion on my blog about the availability of local organic ingredients and whether it is better to choose locally produced non-organic items, or transport organic ingredients from afar.


  28. Jill Cruz
    June 19, 2009 | 12:56 pm


    Sorry. I had to repost my link and since I am on this German keyboard I cannot figure out how to erase my earlier link. I apologize for the double-linking.

    Jill Cruz

  29. Melanie
    June 19, 2009 | 1:13 pm

    Lisa, last year after the birth of my daughter I hemorrhaged and was on the verge of needing a transfusion. I would say for about 3-4 months I was weak, weak, weak while my iron levels were being rebuilt. My mom fed me meat and eggs several times a day. I swear I was never going to eat another piece of red meat or egg after that! But you know what, it worked. Those foods made me healthy and strong!

    This comment was originally posted on The Skinny Online

  30. Courtney
    June 19, 2009 | 2:26 pm

    Sorry, messed up the first time and apologize for the double-link. Anyway, thanks for suggesting I link my 1965 Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery Allemande sauce recipe and for introducing me to your site. This is a lot of fun and for an important cause.


  31. Throwback at Trapper Creek
    June 19, 2009 | 3:45 pm

    Thanks Kristen, for this site! I’m posting today about growing your own nutritious, tasty potatoes. Commercial potatoes are subjected to a chemical cocktail from planting time until they sit in the store awaiting purchase by an unsuspecting consumer. Farmer’s Markets, and CSA’s are good alternatives to the store, but if you have a garden spot, consider growing potatoes. Definitely worth it!!

    Throwback at Trapper Creek

  32. Lo
    June 19, 2009 | 3:50 pm

    I’m still waiting for some of those fresh garbonzo beans to show up at the market here. So far, no luck… but I’m convinced they’ll appear :)

    This comment was originally posted on Daily Diner

  33. amandalouden
    June 19, 2009 | 3:57 pm

    They came to our market about 6 weeks after asparagus. I would give it another month considering just got asparagI.

    This comment was originally posted on Daily Diner

  34. Hugging the Coast Food Blog
    June 19, 2009 | 6:28 pm

    The season for garlic scapes is pretty short, so if you want to enjoy their taste longer, you can free them or make your own homemade garlic scape spice.

    Just dice them up small and dehydrate them until they are fully dry (like the chive spice you find in containers).

    Then, grind them in a spice or coffee mill (or using a mortar and pestle) to a powdery texture for spice. If you prefer them to be the texture of chives, then just leave them be.

    This comment was originally posted on Simple, Good, and Tasty

  35. Zachary Cohen
    June 19, 2009 | 7:49 pm

    Oops, I double posted, must be drunk. Or punch drunk from such an awesome week! My post, titled in homage to the fantastic Robert Zemekis movie Back to the Future, is about how farmers will need to look back to some of the accrued wisdom of our pasts, in order to move forward with our food system. We’ve taken technology as far as we can go with farming and food, and before we take it further, we need to acknowledge, objectively if possible, some of the excesses and mistakes we’ve made.

  36. Lee
    June 19, 2009 | 9:10 pm

    Hi Hugging the Coast (cool blog, BTW),

    Thanks for stopping by and for your great suggestion!


    This comment was originally posted on Simple, Good, and Tasty

  37. Ruth
    June 20, 2009 | 2:27 am

    Can totally understand how meat would get you back on yer feet and how you feel you need it. To do physical things requires animal, animal energy = physical energy.

    I couldn’t believe that the beef industry in the US doesn’t feed its animals grass!! Such a bizarre thing the whole industry there, I thought NZ was bad enough, or any industrial meat farming is in my opinion, but at least animals ere get to live in paddocks until their murder (pigs don’t though :(…
    Have you seen the Meatrix films? (

    Despite all this, I still eat meat when I feel I really need it.

    This comment was originally posted on The Skinny Online

  38. Michelle
    June 20, 2009 | 2:53 am

    Hey Everyone!
    Thanks again to Kristen for hosting FBFs.

    My post this week is a recipe for a healthy albeit untraditional greek salad.




  39. Michelle
    June 20, 2009 | 4:45 am

    Hey Everyone!

    This week I have two recipes.

    The first is an untraditional greek salad :


    A Raw Berry Pie:

    Thanks Kristen for doing Fight Back Fridays once again!



  40. Stephen - Rat Race Trap
    June 20, 2009 | 9:30 am

    Vin, thanks so much for your continued campaign. Unfortunately much of what government does creates unintended consequences that are worse than the problem they were trying to correct in the first place. Most people don’t understand that regulation actually helps large corporations because it drives the small competitors out of business who can’t afford to comply.

    “The politicians are at it again and have drafted another piece of so called food safety legislation that threatens the future of organically and sustainably produced food.”

    The BEST way to improve food safety is for people like you to continue to spread the word and for the rest of us to support it by buying from the small organic suppliers who care about the animals and the environment. The government way is always the wrong way. I’m horrified at the thought that my health is under the control of some small-minded government bureaucrat.

    This comment was originally posted on Natural Bias | Health, Fitness & Fun by Vin Miller

  41. Internet Strategist @GrowMap
    June 20, 2009 | 4:21 pm

    It is common for legislative bills to claim to do one thing while actually doing the opposite. Regulations are almost always intended to protect existing businesses from competition. As awareness grows and more people return to raising their own food and supporting CSAs (Consumer Supported Agriculture) and local farmers and ranchers, efforts to put them out of business will grow.

    When will the general public wake up to the facts? The FDA is NOT protecting US – it protects Big Pharma and Corporate Farming. Does anyone else wonder whether these food scares during harvest times are more likely to be intended to eliminate small businesses than to protect consumers? It might only take one lost harvest to shut down smaller farms and ranches.

    No wonder the U.S. Founding Fathers were so opposed to a strong Federal Government. It would be far easier to take back control of local politics than to prevent National Laws bought and paid for by Corporate America.

    This comment was originally posted on Natural Bias | Health, Fitness & Fun by Vin Miller

  42. Vin Miller
    June 22, 2009 | 11:51 am

    Thanks for the support guys!

    I agree that the government doesn’t always have our best interest at heart. Even if this weren’t the case, it doesn’t give us an excuse to let someone else make decisions for us. I hope that as more people realize this, they will be inspired to take responsibility and make more of an effort to educate themselves and make more informed decisions.

    This comment was originally posted on Natural Bias | Health, Fitness & Fun by Vin Miller

  43. Lo
    June 25, 2009 | 3:54 pm

    Lemon curd is, honestly, one of my favorite things in this world. And it’s fantastic made with sucanat!

    This comment was originally posted on Daily Diner

  44. Michelle @ Find Your Balance
    June 29, 2009 | 12:09 pm

    Oh, now that’s a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. Not a huge fan of lemon myself but with yogurt like that I bet it’d be really refreshing!

    This comment was originally posted on Daily Diner

  45. Lee
    June 29, 2009 | 5:14 pm

    TOTALLY delicious, Alyss. Thanks for the note. Did you find them at the market?

    This comment was originally posted on Simple, Good, and Tasty

  46. Vin Miller
    July 2, 2009 | 8:45 am

    Hi Esbee, thanks for your comment!

    It’s great that NAIS has been defunded, but as long as there is corporate interest in farming, I think it’s spirit will stay alive. We simply have to keep fighting it!

    This comment was originally posted on Natural Bias | Health, Fitness & Fun by Vin Miller

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