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Top Five Thursdays — Recipes And Controversies

Now you absolutely have to find out what the controversy’s all about, don’t you? Recipes are a great promise, too, as everyone loves to discover a new recipe (and you won’t want to miss out on these).

5. I’ve woken up without an alarm clock for years. I’d set the alarm anyway, but it would never get the chance to go off. I’d wake up exactly one minute before the alarm would sound, turn off the alarm, and get out of bed. People thought I was crazy. Well now here’s an article from Mark’s Daily Apple teaching you how to do it for yourself. That’s right, even you can experience the bliss of waking up when your body tells you to, rather than at the sound of an unnerving squeal that steals your peace.

4. If you love coconut, you’ll love these Coconut Orange “White Fudge” Bars from The Nourishing Gourmet. Mildly sweetened with a smidgen of honey, these dairy free treats are a great way to work more coconut oil into your diet.

3. Now for the promised controversy. Washington State University announced that The Omnivore’s Dilemma (a Food Renegade Must Read) would be this year’s “common reading” for all incoming freshmen. They spent all the money they had budgeted on the program to buy the 4,000 copies of the books they’d be giving to all incoming students. And then under pressure from agribusiness interests, they sounded the retreat and cancelled this year’s program claiming budgetary constraints as the main reason they couldn’t move forward. (Really? Even though all the money had already been spent and the cancellation resulting in no savings to the school?) Within a week of extensive pressure from Pollanites and a donation of funds from outside sources, they caved yet again and will now even have Michael Pollan come to campus to give a lecture.

2. This sounds like my idea of meat heaven: Shrimp, Pork, & Green Olive Chorizo Burgers. I’ll serve them without the bun. And if I don’t ditch the sugar altogether, I’ll substitute in some sucanat. But check it out, folks!

1. In case you missed it from an earlier Fight Back Fridays, Vehement Flame shared the most Amazing Chocolate Mousse recipe ever. It’s dairy free and made with avocados, but don’t let that fool you. It’s to die for!

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4 Responses to Top Five Thursdays — Recipes And Controversies
  1. Vin |
    May 28, 2009 | 5:11 pm

    Thanks for making me aware of Mark Sisson’s blog! I love reading anything that applies to the primal lifestyle! Waking up without an alarm is great, but implementing the consistent sleep schedule to make it happen isn’t always easy or practical. I’ve found that using a sunrise alarm is a great alternative. It certainly beats being rudely awoken by an obnoxious noise!

    Interesting story about Washington State University. What a great way to spread awareness, hopefully they won’t reverse their decision again. It will be interesting to see if the average GPA for this incoming class ends up being higher than normal. ;)

    Vin |

  2. Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen
    May 28, 2009 | 8:09 pm

    What drama up in Washington, eh? I’m glad it ended up working out in favor of real food! I’d like to hear Pollan speak.

    Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen

  3. Local Nourishment
    May 28, 2009 | 10:28 pm

    I have been waking up about fifteen minutes before my alarm for the last several months and need to make it stop. The alarm is set for 5:30 AM so I can cook breakfast for my son before he goes off to school, but school is out! I am also married to an insomniac with sleep apnea and there are many nights I sleep for as little as two hours before waking up…fifteen minutes before the alarm goes off. Even Saturdays and Sundays aren’t safe! If there’s a downside, that would sure be it!

    I love chocolate mousse made with avocadoes! Mine is more like pudding, but you can’t tell the avocadoes are there at all. Very delish.

    Local Nourishment

  4. vehement flame
    May 29, 2009 | 9:12 pm

    ain’t you sweet- thankx hunny! if someone would make that mousse for me for b fast I would get up too without the alarm… hmmm.. so what time do you get up anyway? and how do you get up- I hate getting up:) lazy daisy me. I let you know if the tips work:)

    vehement flame

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