Tuesday, February 16, 2010

An Activist Side to Mardi Gras and Lent

Today is a big day in the world of culinary traditions--whether you celebrate Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras,Fastnacht,or Carnival--its a time for a little indulgence, a cleaning out of the pantry before Lent. Then the fasting is suppose to begin, a way to repent for our sins. This year instead of giving up foods like chocolate, coffee, meat, or beer--I purpose that you try and make culinary choices that impact the world in a good way--rather than simply getting rid of the supposedly sinful food. Use these traditions as means to contemplate the very important impact our food choices can have on our lives. Make a commitment to humanely raised meats, join a CSA, plan a garden of your own. I love this recent article by Grass-Fed Gourmet Cookbook author Shannon Hayes on Radical Homemakers. Making these sort of changes can be as challenging as giving something up for Lent, but well worth the difference it can make in your life and community. In the meantime if you want to enjoy the flavor of the holiday right here in Chester County check out WC Dish's recommendations on places to eat out. You can support the local ecomony and enjoy the party! p.s. since I never got a chance to mention Valentines Day--I found the perfect recipe that combines the recent holiday with the unofficial donut holiday of today (fastnacht)--check out this recipe for heart shaped spelt donuts.

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