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newsletter, spring 2010

Hi Everyone,

Although this winter was particularly long and cold here in the Southeast, we are again feeling the hint of warm air, slightly greening vegetation and swelling buds. Ah, what a relief it is.

It also seems like a long time since we scheduled classes. Well, that wait is over too. Here are our spring offerings, all including the latest research that Lenore has been investigating. She has been taking a year-long Vegan Mastery course on-line offering the latest nutritional information by many experts in the field.

Cooking Classes

April 3, Naturally-Fermented Sauerkraut Workshop (Fee $20, 10-11:30 am)

  • All thriving, traditional cultures eat fermented foods. Do you?
  • Learn the art of making your own lively, tangy and delicious sauerkraut in this hands-on workshop.
  • Discover the many great health benefits of fermented foods!

Live Foods Class Series (Fee $130 • Single Class $45)

May 8: "Whip It Up" Raw foods overview with preparation using a blender. Recipes include a yummy Breakfast Pudding, Sensational Smoothies, Divine Green Goddess Dressing, Salad Secrets, and a Dreamy Chocolate Dessert. Superfoods like Chia and Hemp Seeds will be featured. Enjoy a garden tour, too!

May 22: "Crank It Out" Juicer and food processor techniques highlighting Green Juices, Sprouting, Patés, Sandwich Stacks, Lettuce Roll-ups, Hand Rolls and Ruby Red Turnip Pickles.

June 5: "The Heat Is On" Focus on dehydration techniques with Sprouted Onion Bread, Dragon Flax Crackers, Thai Patties, Carrot Almond Spread, Kale Crunch and simple menu planning.

Seating is limited so send in your class fee to register early!


Video Recommendation

“Food, Inc” was a 2010 Oscar nominated documentary for its well-examined message on the reality of U.S. food production. If you didn’t see it in the theater, we highly recommend that you see it, now that it's available on DVD. It is also coming to the P.O.V. program on PBS on April 21 at 9 pm Eastern Time. See the trailer for this program at http://video.pbs.org/video/1402965302/

Book Recommendation

Our book discussion group recently read Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. We enjoyed it immensely. He spent years as an NPR foreign correspondent, but this time his view of other countries does not focus on the news but on the cultures. It was a great way to find out about the insides of these peoples including those of Iceland, Bhutan, Qatar and India. Into this tour, he weaves the landscape of our human desire for delight. It is a very enthralling journey.

For a Better World

If your entertainment center is like ours, there are multiple electronic devices plugged in…TV, DVD players, etc. Each of these draws power even when they are off. We found the “Smart Strip” power strip which allows you to shut off one device, like the TV, and in doing so, it shuts off all of the other devices plugged into it too. There are options on the strip for having some outlets powered all the time if necessary, like a DVR. If you want to use it in your computer area, continue to use a sleep mode for energy savings but use the smart strip for those other accessories.

Food Tip

The Enviornmental Working Group maintains and distributes the “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides”. You can see the latest “Clean 15” list (Lowest in pesticides) or “Dirty Dozen”, get a copy and even an iPhone version by visiting: http://www.foodnews.org/


“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants” – Michael Pollan

“The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Happy Spring Planting!
Lenore & Joe Baum www.lenoresnatural.com

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