Thursday, November 22, 2007
We call this "Spare the Turkey Day" – which does not mean having to sacrifice a wonderful meal shared with friends and family. Rather, we merely suggest preparing organic, sustainable, family-farm produced vegetables, grains and fruits!
Try an organic Acorn Squash!
Cut it in half and remove the seeds.
Spread a little organic Virgin Olive Oil on both sides.
Bake it at 425 for 40 minutes (or until tender with a fork),then sprinkle a little maple syrup, chopped nuts and dried fruits (your choice) into each cavity and then put it back in the oven for another 10 minutes!
This is a recipe that is so yummy and satisfying either as part of a main course, side dish or even dessert!
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
By James Ehrlich
November 16, 2007
We're taking back the name Hippie for all the positive and hopeful things it truly represents.
The recent story in the news about Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer (D-NY) attempting to earmark $1 million for a museum in Woodstock, New York, could have been the first real public steps to reclaim the name Hippie in a positive light, while commemorating this historic location and events that categorically re-shaped our country in so many profound ways.
Unfortunately and predictably, this earmark was dropped like a hot potato not because of the modest amount of money being asked for, (a mere 1% of the overall budget), but because of the negative connotations surrounding one word, 'Hippie.'
It can be said that in 1967 the term Hippie was born out of a generation's desire for peace, love, community and environmental stewardship, amongst many other noble ideals. But as early as 1968, just one year after the famed "Summer of Love" in San Francisco, the images of the peaceful flower-child were replaced with the dark stereotypes that sought to destroy the spirit of one of the most positive movements our nation has ever seen.
During the 1970's, Madison Avenue enjoyed portraying the colorful and and 'far-out' way to market products in a 'hippie-style,' even as a separate campaign to defame the name Hippie in mainstream media was already in full motion.
With the same gusto and enthusiasm that America was taught to despise communists in the 1950's, a similar concerted effort was placed on equating the name Hippie with anything dirty, detached from reality, and on the fringe of society. So 40 years later it's no wonder that by merely invoking the name Hippie, those who wish to marginalize others and deprecate their opinions and credibility can do so with one simple word.
The irony of course is that Hippie ideology brought us a renewed environmental awareness, after 70+ years of unchecked industrial revolution, reconnected us to healthy eating, by returning us to the roots of organics and sustainable crops and food sources, and can even be said to be the inspiration for everything from solar power, to hybrid vehicles, and even personal computers, and the Internet in many ways.
Hippies taught us how to leverage the creative freedom in music, blending the inspiration of folk lyrics with rock melodies, and turning up the volume for the world to hear. Hippie culture gave us pop art, edgy documentary films, and poetry (amongst a myriad of other art forms), to enable individuals with the power to experiment and convey stories, if only to offer a little perspective on what is truly important in life.
Now, nearly a decade into the new millennium and after the recent 40 th Anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco, we're calling back the name Hippie to be defined as culturally American as Jazz, and to therefore be due all of its historical significance and status as the great American cultural movement that it deserves.
If the recent Green Festival in San Francisco proves anything, it's that there is a lot of money to be made from Hippie ingenuity as well. Being called 'The World's Largest Sustainability Event,' the Green Festival is clearly a vibrant market place for folks looking for environmentally positive products and services to support. Literally tens of thousands of people attended the GreenFestival, where we witnessed first-hand with our TV cameras the fact that the green economy is flourishing. And yes, this is what we call very Hippie.
We were also struck by the number of young people who attended and volunteered at the Green Festival. The next crop of late teen and 20-somethings who identify themselves as Hippies, and how their interpretation of living Hippie is set to shape a whole new generation of positive thought and actions to come.
Like the word 'liberal' we can either stand idle and allow a vocal minority (and their powerful media alliances) to equate this word with being 'un-American' somehow, or we can stand up and be proud for what these words really mean to us in our own lives.
So we're taking the name Hippie back, and are proud of all that it means and conveys!
James Ehrlich is the Producer and Director of The Hippy Gourmet, a national PBS TV cooking, travel and lifestyle series and Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet, a commercially broadcast TV series featuring all things organic and sustainable, and is also Co-author of "The Hippy Gourmet's Quick and Simple Cookbook for Healthy Eating" (Hachette USA).
Thursday, November 15, 2007
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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Saturday, November 10, 2007
If you're in San Francisco today, come on down to the annual
GreenFestival at the Concourse Pavilion!
Besides being the world's largest sustainability expo, and being
packed full of wonderful companies and organizations (giving away a
ton of free samples and goodies), The Hippy Gourmet will be in
attendance signing our new book "The Hippy Gourmet's Quick and Simple
Cookbook for Healthy Eating" (Hachette USA) starting at 12 noon!
We'll be at the GreenFestival bookstore located on the main floor
(toward the south end of the concourse).
You can also come visit us at the TV20 booth, where we're giving away
all kinds of awesome promotional items.
Don't forget, we're on TV20 Weekends at 5:30P (channel 20, cable 13)
and also national on PBS coast-to-coast on weekends typically (check
your local listings).
Peace, Love and Organics!
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Channel 20 is airing a 2 hour special on "The Summer of Love 40th" in San Francisco, on tonight, Sunday November 4th at 8pm on TV20. Channel 20 is also on Cable 13 in the SF Bay Area.
The special includes the highlights of the event along with many of the speakers. If you missed the event there were 32 bands form the 60/70's 23 Speakers, Beat Poets, political activists. Over 5,000 people were back stage, 600 media credentials, hundreds of musicians and an estimated 100,000 people attended this Free event. For more info on who played please go to 2b1records.com/summeroflove40th/ .
If you were not their here is you chance to feel the magic. The event is being called Woodstock SF and is considered of historical importance. It was a reunion of the "who's who's" of the San Francisco music scene.
The Hippy Gourmet was there too! We were making solar powered foods, talking about our new cookbook "The Hippy Gourmet's Quick and Simple Cookbook for Healthy Eating" and of course filming the event from our perspective (with segments to come from the wonderful day in the park).
Don't forget to catch "Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet" every weekend at 5:30P on TV20 (cable 13) as well as PBS nationally!
Peace, Love and Organics!
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