News from the Oklahoma Food Coop

From :Oklahoma Food Coop:

Press Release – for immediate use, March 4, 2013

For more information, contact Bud Scott, press liaison, at 405-445-9435, bud@okfarmandfood. Bob Waldrop may be contacted at 405-200-8155.


Oklahoma Food Cooperative holds its tenth Annual Meeting, elects Bob Waldrop as President, and Patrice Whittle and Angela Kahle-Mendoza as members of the Board of Directors. The Oklahoma Food Cooperative was the first Coop in the US to only sell local grown or made food and non-food items.

The Oklahoma Food Cooperative held its tenth annual meeting on March 2, 2013, at the historic ballroom of the Old Farmers Market building. Attended by members from across the state, the event began with a “Meet Greet and Eat” featuring coop producers offering samples and educational exhibits about their products and farms.

The Oklahoma Food Cooperative is the largest local food coop in the US. The 4,500+ members can choose each month from more than 4,000 grown or made in Oklahoma food and non-food items. The Cooperative operates an online order system linked with a mostly volunteer delivery system that has 48 pickup sites around the state.

The primary business of the Meeting was to elect a new president and members of the Board of Directors. Bob Waldrop, one of the founders of the organization and its first president, was elected as president. Patrice Whittle, who operates Double R Farms in Asher, and sells beef, pork, poultry, and eggs through the Coop, was elected to a three year board position. Angela Kahle-Mendoza grows fruit and vegetables and raises chickens for eggs on a farm near Newkirk.

About the Cooperative, Waldrop says, “The Oklahoma Food Cooperative offers its members the opportunity to buy safe, healthy, and nutritious food directly from Oklahoma farmers and producers. We are a grassroots economic development program re-weaving the links that once united rural and urban Oklahomans.”

The Oklahoma Food Cooperative will participate in the Farmers’ Market District Spring Fest, set for April 21st, from 11 AM to 7 PM.


What’s up with Atkins?

As some of y’all know I am a big fan of the Atkins diet. To the extent I stick with it, it has worked better for me than any other weight loss program. I know my health is better and I feel 100% better the longer I stick with it.

That said, I’ve really been disappointed by the new ad campaign that they’ve been doing online through that stupid ediets outfit. So many of the little website/email adverts I’ve seen play on the insecurity that so many folks have with body issues.

I think the worst one is that stupid that shows a woman’s butt zoomed in real close and then has dashed marks showing the reduction in size that Atkins will supposedly bring. What I find amusing is that the “before” butt looks pretty slim to me. Not to be crass, but it is certainly nothing to be ashamed about at all.

Or here is another goofy thing on the ediet’s site where the author says that it is ok to want to have a j-lo butt instead of a Jennifer Anniston butt, and how much she enjoys have strangers yell things like “Girl got herself a ghetto bootie!”

I’m not making this up!

Or on banner advert on the site is says, “Lose your tummy in 5 weeks!”

This is ignorant!!! Ediets has no idea how big your tummy is to begin with! It might take a year to lose the gut, it might take two weeks… the idea though that they can promise a certain outcome like this when our bodies are all so different is incredibly goofy.

I personally hope that the ghost of Dr. Atkins comes back and pulls his company out of this partnership with ediets. Ediets, IMHO, is a mysogenist company that exploits folks’ lack of self-worth. I think it’s a sorry way to make a buck and I’m sad that the Atkins company has gone along with this.

I plan to keep following the good doctor’s advice but I’ll think twice about buying any “Atkins” brand products as long as they keep doing stuff with ediets.

— And one more thing… what in the heck is Dr. Phil doing with these folks? I thought he was shrink. Have you completely sold out? Did Oprah not teach you anything? Why are you doing stuff with this stupid company? I can’t believe you would go along with the exploitation of women like this being a psych-type person and all.

Michael Jackson is dead — no, not that Michael Jackson

CNN/AP: Famed ‘beer hunter’ dies

LONDON, England (AP) — Michael Jackson, a leading world beer critic who praised the brews of Belgium and acknowledged he would never be as famous as “that Michael Jackson,” has died. He was 65.

Jackson, known as “the beer hunter,” died Thursday of a heart attack at his home in west London. His body was found by his house cleaner, Paddy Gunningham, his long-term partner, said Friday.

She said he had kept writing and traveling, despite suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and that he planned to write a book about the ailment.

“He was simply the best beer writer we’ve ever known,” said Tim Hampson, chairman of the British Guild of Beer Writers.

“He told wonderful stories about beer, breweries and far away places. He told the story of beer through people, and he was humorous and erudite at the same time,” Hampson told The Associated Press.

Jackson especially loved Belgian brews. His books “The Great Beers of Belgium” and “World Guide to Beer” introduced them to many export markets, including the United States.

By identifying beers by their flavors and styles, and by pairing them with particular foods and dishes, Jackson helped give birth to a renaissance of interest in beer and breweries worldwide that began in the 1970s, including the North American microbrewery movement.

His TV documentary series, “The Beer Hunter” — which popularized his nickname — was filmed around the world and shown in 15 countries.

He worked as a beer critic for more than 30 years, writing in newspapers and gastronomic magazines, holding seminars and giving speeches, appearing on U.S. talk shows and writing books about beer and whiskeys published in 18 languages.

Jackson knew he would never be as famous as Michael Jackson the rock star, and that was reflected on the beer critic’s Web site. “Hello, my name is Michael Jackson. No, not that Michael Jackson, but I am on a world tour. My tour is in pursuit of exceptional beer. That’s why they call me the Beer Hunter,” it says.

Very sad to hear. Michael Jackson helped me to learn most of what I know about beer, thanks to his Pocket Field Guide to Beer and The Great Beers of Belguim. I would definitely add though that the AP story understanded his renown and knowledge. He knew oodles about not only Belgian beers, but also could write in delectable detail about the many, many beers of Germany (particularly Bavaria), Britain, and the US. The man was nothing short of a virtuoso of the art of writing about beer. He made beer come alive, and set an example for beer lovers to embrace not only the glorious flavors of good beer but also the story behind good beers.

He will definitely be missed. I hope he’s enjoying a good beer right now in the hereafter (I reckon if Jesus could turn water into wine, then he could get Mr. Jackson a chalice of Chimay Blue or something equally good. — and for you heretics who think there won’t be beer in heaven, I say rubbish! Who would want to go to heaven if there wasn’t beer to drink? Ben Franklin said it best — “Beer is the proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”)

Here’s a toast to you Mr. Jackson! You will be missed and you will be remembered!

Crazy good (yet quite simple) Summer recipes


NY Times: Summer Express — 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less

Here are a few of my favorites (I must confess though that only the last one have I made before, but all of these sound quite yummy)…

6 Heat a quarter-inch of olive oil in a skillet. Dredge flounder or sole fillets in flour and fry until crisp, about two minutes a side. Serve on sliced bread with tartar sauce.

9 Pan-grill a skirt steak for three or four minutes a side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, slice and serve over romaine or any other green salad, drizzled with olive oil and lemon.

21 While pasta cooks, combine a couple cups chopped tomatoes, a teaspoon or more minced garlic, olive oil and 20 to 30 basil leaves. Toss with pasta, salt, pepper and Parmesan.

22 Make wraps of tuna, warm white beans, a drizzle of olive oil and lettuce and tomato.

24 Dredge thinly sliced chicken breasts in flour or cornmeal; cook about two minutes a side in hot olive oil. Place on bread with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

30 Quesadilla: Use a combination of cheeses, like Fontina mixed with grated pecorino. Put on half of a large flour tortilla with pickled jalapenos, chopped onion, shallot or scallion, chopped tomatoes and grated radish. Fold tortilla over and brown on both sides in butter or oil, until cheese is melted.

31 Fast chile rellenos: Drain canned whole green chilies. Make a slit in each and insert a piece of cheese. Dredge in flour and fry in a skillet, slit side up, until cheese melts.

32 Cobb-ish salad: Chop bacon and begin to brown it; cut boneless chicken into strips and cook it with bacon. Toss romaine and watercress or arugula with chopped tomatoes, avocado, onion and crumbled blue cheese. Add bacon and chicken. Dress with oil and vinegar.

54 Brown small pork (or hot dog) chunks in a skillet. Add white beans, garlic, thyme and olive oil. Or add white beans and ketchup.

64 Pasta with fresh tomatoes: Cook chopped fresh tomatoes in butter or oil with garlic until tender, while pasta cooks. Combine and serve with grated Parmesan.

66 Salmon (or just about anything else) teriyaki: Sear salmon steaks on both sides for a couple of minutes; remove. To skillet, add a splash of water, sake, a little sugar and soy sauce; when mixture is thick, return steaks to pan and turn in sauce until done. Serve hot or at room temperature.

67 Rich vegetable soup: Cook asparagus tips and peeled stalks or most any other green vegetable in chicken stock with a little tarragon until tender; reserve a few tips and purée the rest with a little butter (cream or yogurt, too, if you like) adding enough stock to thin the purée. Garnish with the reserved tips. Serve hot or cold.

71 Press a lot of coarsely ground black pepper onto both sides of filet mignon or other steaks or chopped meat patties. Brown in butter in a skillet for two minutes a side. Remove steaks and add a splash of red wine, chopped shallots and a bit of tarragon to skillet. Reduce, then return steaks to pan, turning in the sauce for a minute or two.

72 World’s leading sandwich: prosciutto, tomato, butter or olive oil and a baguette.

84 Cook chopped tomatillos with a little water or stock, cilantro and a little minced fresh chili; serve over grilled, broiled or sautéed chicken breasts, with corn tortillas.

85 A winning sandwich: bresaola or prosciutto, arugula, Parmesan, marinated artichoke hearts, tomato.

88 Cut the top off four big tomatoes; scoop out the interiors and mix them with toasted stale baguette or pita, olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs (basil, tarragon, and/or parsley). Stuff into tomatoes and serve with salad.

101 Hot dogs on buns — with beans!

Happy New Year’s!


I’m at my house this New Year’s. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going downtown or not (I’m leaning towards not, it’s just too cold tonight… and besides I have a Rogue Shakespeare Stout in the fridge).

One tradition I will be observing is listening to the song “New Lang Syne” (a/k/a “Thank God it’s over”) by the band Jim’s Big Ego. I first heard the song back in 2001 (click here to read my blog post from back then… this btw was when I was living out at the farm for awhile) on a segment on NPR’s All Things Considered that discussed the origins and many version of the song Auld Lang Syne. Since then it has been a holiday staple for me.

Also, here’s a new (and rather corny yet endearing) video of the song.

Bicycle Commuting Report – Dec. 31, 2005

Miles riden today: 30.0 miles (58.6 so far this week)
Total Miles riden since Sept. 19, 2005: 620.6
(Mileage totals by bike: 555.8-New Schwinn Hybrid; 2.8-Old Schwinn; 8.0-Graziella Folding Bicycle; 57-Rental bicycle in Portland)

Today was a great day on the bike. Since I had the day off for the holiday, I rode from home to the Saturday peace vigil (at NW Expressway & N. Penn, in front of Penn Square Mall). After that I had a great lunch at Beverly’s Pancake Corner (boy I love that Chicken in the Rough… best fried chicken and fries around — btw, I have some links about Beverly’s at the bottom of this post) and then made my way north and west, skirting along the side of Nichols Hills over to May Avenue. I then I had some coffee at Java Dave’s (unfortunately they don’t have wi-fi at that location) and then headed west towards Lake Hefner. I found out that Wilshire doesn’t go all through to the Lake (there is a neat smaller lake… well more a pond really, just on the east side of the Lake Hefner Pkwy on Wilshire). So anyway I worked my way south to Grand Blvd, and then headed west to to Lake Hefner.

When I got to the lake, I hit the Lake Hefner Trail which loops the lake (9.5 miles more or less for the whole shebang). I did it counter-clockwise and it was fun and pretty fast ride until my chain fell off on the N. side of the lake (I need to adjust my gears). Thankfully I had my tools with me so I got the chain back on and did an imperfect gear cable adjustment job, and then continued down the trail.

It was getting close to dark by the time I got to the end of trail (gorgeous sunset), so the rest of my riding was mostly after dark. (I did stop at Beau’s Wine Bin and Spirit Shop at N. May and Grand Blvd. and bought a close-out special — they had Sauvignon Blanc from the Sparks Winery in Sparks, OK (my second favorite local winery, next to Woods and Waters Winery) for only $4.99! Crazy I say, and a pretty good wine to boot. I’m drinking it right now as I’m writing this. It has a nice acidic bite which is nice for a change.) I took Grand Blvd. this time southeast-ward smack dab through the middle of ultra-rich Nichols Hills (hahaha, I wish it was daytime. Those rich cats in NH would really get a kick out of bike. . . not!) and then took Western for about half a mile (I was a bit nervous here. Traffic wasn’t as bad as it is in the daytime, but still kinda busy. Unfortunately though there isn’t another way to cross I-44 unless I want to go way out of the way.) and then after that took Shartel southward until I got to the Paseo District.

I popped my head in at Galileo’s (I was really tired and thought a beer and a snack sounded good) but everyone was way dress up for New Year’s, so I didn’t real comfortable stopping there. So instead I cruised on to Long John Silvers at NW 23rd for supper and then the rest of the way on home. (I got home around 8 or 9 maybe?)

And then later on right after midnight I hopped on my bike and rode a few blocks south to get a better view of the downtown fireworks display.

So anyway it was an awfully good day on the bike and definitely a good way to end 2005.

Oh and here’s the links I promised about Beverly’s

Oklahoma Gazette: Review of Beverly’s Pancake Corner Beverly’s Pancake Corner: Ever had a Pancake Sandwich? Road Trip 2004 (I don’t agree with all of this person’s take on Oklahoma… I think the state’s religiosity has some really traits too, but I’ve posted the link because the site has some great pictures of Beverly’s, as well as the world’s biggest McDonalds in Vinita, OK

A Beverly’s “Chicken in the Rough” postcard from back in the day (thanks to Dustbury for this link) The history of Chicken in the Rough Here’s some Beverly’s Postcards and other stuff

Enter the Meatrix

The — you gotta watch this if you haven’t already. Entertaining yet trueThe mistreatment of animals in corporate agriculture (along with the significant health risks to humans as illustrated by the recent problems with Mad Cow disease) cry out for why we shouldn’t be supporting corporate agriculture.

I know some folks will say the answer is vegatarianism and if that works for you great (for myself that is not a good alternative because I’ve found I am healthiest on a low-carb high-protein diet) but for the rest of us I would encourage buying your meat from local ranchers who use sustainable and humane practices. A lot of health food stores now carry ethical meat (look for labels saying the animal was “grass fed” … meaning it didn’t come from a CAFO – confined animal feeding operation), but there’s also lots of local ranchers you can buy from directly.

And if you live in Oklahoma, the best choice is to order your meat from the Oklahoma Food Cooperative. I made my first order in December (have been very pleased with the quality of products — I tried ground beef from two different ranchers, sausage, cheese and tomatoes – all produced by Oklahoma farmers/ranchers who practice ethical methods of production) and am hoping to buy all of my meat from them starting with the next order in January.

Supporting family farmers is good for our communities, it’s good for our health (no chance of mad cow disease if you’re eating grass-fed beef… and of course no antibiotics in your food either), it’s good for the animals, and best of all it tastes better!

Big news…

There are two major news stories that are worth mentioning today…

  • The Guardian/AP: Nader Won’t Run As Green Party Candidate — A disappointing move by Nader but not surprising. My guess is that he will run as Independent which I fear may fracture the Green Party. In the long run though I think this might be a good thing for the GP. We need to be a party of ideas not personality if we want to have a future for the long haul.
  • MSNBC: Are we safe from mad cow disease? — Americans worry despite assurances that health risks are low This is yet another reason why we need to be buying all of our food (but especially our meat) from local sources that use organic/sustainable methods. If you’re an Okie the best source is The Oklahoma Food Coop (which btw now has 111 members and is doing several thousand dollars of business each month… and December is only our second month in operation! Woohoo!)