Our team collapsed weeks before the dome did, chin up Minnesota.
Today the President will supposedly sign the Child Nutrition bill that we have all been reading about in the news. The bill reduces less nutritious options in schools and increases the opportunity for those in financial need to get healthy meals. I am thrilled, especially for the children. Adults can argue all they want about “government over reach,” but we have failed our kids from a food/wellness standpoint for long enough. My child receives a healthy lunch every day at school, with lots of options in the fruit/vegetable department. The food is cooked on premise and is an amazing setup given the difficulty in cooking a healthy, fresh series of meals for hundreds of children. There is even a fruit basket in his homeroom that the teachers can dive into when needed. BUT 99.9 percent of the kids in the country don’t have that option or opportunity, so lets give it to them. Get the nonnutritive foods, the sugary sodas, and the junk foods out of our children’s schools.
Dr. Marion Nestle is someone you all should be reading every week, as she is interviewed across the blogosphere, her books are published, etc. Her brief interview on Food Politics web site is all you need to read to be convinced that this woman is a force of nature. Her RSS feed and Twitter link that are on the right side of that page should be clicked, and you can follow all things Marion. As Minnesotans, a state with deep and abiding heritage tethered to the food and farm movements of the last 100 years, we need to pay special attention to the issues that Marion talks about.
Here is a list of great food driven apps for your iPad or handheld device of another kind. In my house we love the Martha App, the Batali app, the Bittman app, and the Food and Wine Magazine app—which, if you don’t have it, should be something you download immediately. It’s fantastic. It’s a full-blown mountain of digital content including recipes. This is the site to go to, and click on the tile that says APP and enjoy. It’s awesome.
Are you a locally based food blogger? Then head here on February 7. I am sadly going to be out of town that day, but it sounds awesome.
In England, Jamie Oliver has created the fastest selling non-fiction book of all time. The subject matter is quick healthy meals. That tells me that cheap/fast/nutritious food has a huge audience. Very grateful for that.