Friday, September 22, 2006

We have completed the post-production on the Farmer John Peterson Episode!

We have completed the final post-production on our most recent episode featuring Farmer John Peterson!
This show marks a first for the Hippy Gourmet, in that it's the first time we've ever done a movie and cookbook review, highlighting the film "The Real Dirt on Farmer John," and the cookbook "The Real Dirt on Vegetables."
This is an absolutely wonderful movie that follows the life of John Peterson, from his childhood on his family farm in Illinois, through the exploration of the 1960's, the dark ages of American farms in bankruptcy in the 1980's (where he almost loses the entire farm)... to the complete resurrection when John decides to turn the farm bio-dynamic and organic, to feed the families associated with the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement!
In this upcoming episode for PBS, our Hippy Gourmet interviews Farmer John, as well as cooks up several recipes from his cookbook. We're also blessed to have the music of  Leslie Littlefield, as she performs several of her songs from the movie and her recent CD.
To learn more about Farmer John Peterson and Leslie Littlefield, please check out their website at 
Watch this movie, we guarantee you will find it to be one of the most hopeful messages of our time- and then you can pick up their cookbook and feel like you're cooking right along with all of them! Enjoy!
Peace & Love
The Hippy Gourmet

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Filming the biodynamic grape harvest and crush!

Well we're heading back up to Mendocino to film the organic and biodynamic grape harvesting and crush of the Mendocino Wine Company, along with visits to Parducci and Dark Horse vineyards!
This is a continuation of our previous filming last month, where we interviewed the families that comprise the partnership of vineyards and wine labels that make up the Mendocino Wine Company.
We're highlighting this harvest and crush up in Mendocino to show the world that it's possible to have sustainability and profitability exist in the same sentence and business model! These folks use bio-diesel in all of their trucks and tractors, use solar power for pumping water and recycle almost 98% of their total waste product. They even use non-tree based papers for bottle labels and soy inks!
We'll keep you posted on when this episode will be ready for viewing!

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Watch Episode #63 - Featuring Restaurant De Kas in Amsterdam, Holland!

Join the Hippy Gourmet a he visits one of his most favorite restaurants on earth - Restaurant De Kas in Amsterdam, Holland!

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Know what a Bonobo is?

What is a Bonobo? Bonobos are the gentle cousin of the chimpanzee, who's motto in life is 'Make Love Not War," as they resolve all of their issues through sex, or play mounting as a means to quell problems. The Bonobo is also capable of walking upright, even while carrying the weight of their own babies.
Bonobos live in a female dominated society and spend up to four years nurturing their young, while not having other babies during this critical time of infant rearing. The Bonobo is a very special and beautiful primate that has gone from a population of 100,000 in 1990 to under 10,000 today!
Please check out the Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary near Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo

To spend even a few moments reading through and learning more about these incredible primates, is to look into the best parts of our past and hopeful future, where peace and love make up the fabric of a healthy day-to-day existence. We can gain so much in our lives and our world by reaching out and making a difference where we can.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Our tribute to 911

There isn't a day that goes by that we don't stop and remember those who met their tragic demise on this day five years ago.
Coming from New York originally, and growing up in the shadows of the Twin Towers, it's impossible still to imagine that all of this actually happened.
But we feel that it would be a dishonor to those who sacrificed their lives on that day, without trying to understand the magnitude of such a tremendous crime scene, and the fact that those who are truly responsible have yet to be brought to justice.
Our hearts go out to the public servants, those brave men and women in the police and fire departments who were caught off guard by the collapse of these buildings, that given different circumstances would never, ever have happened.
To the families from Boston to San Francisco, from Washington to New York, all across the country and world, we grieve in sorrow with you and feel your pain. Honestly, no one has been unaffected by this date.
What we hope for is that we can rise above the burning rage of anger and hatred, mistrust and fear, because this is the fuel that this war machine runs on.
Peace on earth.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Happy post-Labor Day

Yesterday marked the unofficial end of summer for most Americans, with kids going back to school and the summer vacations coming to an end.  Of course this doesn't mean that people have to put away the BBQ grill- because we have plenty of recipes and ideas for keeping that grill going all year round! More about this on our website under the PBS recipes TAB...

We do want to mention our solidarity with those marginalized individuals (now large groups of people) who work so hard each and every day, in hopes of being able to stake their own claim on the North American dream. These are people who come mostly from Latin America, reaching our southern borders through harrowing paths fraught with danger, deportation, or death.

Anyway, we wanted to remind all of our good citizens of varying descent how their ancestors came to this country- on ships and later through Ellis Island, or through Angel Island, coming here with nothing, fighting against everything and everyone who came before them- who also didn't want them here. How quickly we forget!

What's true is that these immigrant populations do require health care and education services, and do have an impact therefore on our state's and Federal budgets. But by the same token, these people take on the dirtiest of jobs that most citizens would rather not do, especially for less than minimum wage most of the time. We want to add that every time you go out to eat at a restaurant, that the kitchen staff from chefs to preps, waiters to bus people and dish washers all have a story about how they got here and why they love what they do. And most importantly, these are human beings who want better for their families and children (just like our predecessors), and who work hard and contribute to our society and melting pot culture.

So on this post-labor day, we want to salute all of those millions of people who continue to show the rest of us what this great country is supposed to be about...acceptance, compassion, hard work and a chance to obtain a better quality of life. It's up to all of us to find the solutions for living together in harmony.


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