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  1. FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - (03/04/2021) - National outcry over a disturbing problem for Michigan National Guard troops protecting the U.S. Capitol: their food. Gray Television was able to obtain photos from a Michigan National guardsman’s wife, appearing to show undercooked meat, rotten fruit, moldy bread, and metal shavings. On Tuesday, all 14 U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan signed a letter, asking the National Guard to take action now. It all started shortly after President Biden’s inauguration on January 20, deploying 1,000 Michigan National Guard members to Washington D.C. to protect the U.S. Capitol from any acts of terrorism like the ones that disturbed our nation on January 6. “It’s a real expression of patriotism for them. They’re separated from their families. They’re separated from the work that they would normally do in order to provide this service,” Congressman Dan Kildee from Michigan’s Fifth District said. Kildee says lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives interact with National Guard members on a daily basis, thanking them for their service and asking where they’re from. That’s why when he heard some disturbing details about the poor quality of their food like raw meat, moldy bread, and even metal shavings, he took it to heart. “They deserve more than just adequate food. They should have good food. They should be well taken care of. It should be at least one small expression of our gratitude for their willingness to serve our country,” Kildee said. On Tuesday, Kildee and the 13 other Michigan lawmakers from the U.S. House signed a letter, demanding that the National Guard take immediate action: fire the food contractor, get a new one, or give service members a daily allowance to get food on their own. Those signatures include congress members from both sides of the isle, including Republican John Moolenaar from Michigan’s Fourth District. “There’s a bipartisan commitment to support our troops. They’re giving up so much to be here. They don’t determine the mission. They respond and take on the mission, and they deserve much better than this,” Moolenaar said. The contractor in question is defending itself saying its meals aren’t to blame. Federal leadership of the National Guard is adding this isn’t a systemic issue. Michigan lawmakers disturbed by the ‘undercooked, moldy,’ food given to Michigan National Guard members (abc12.com) This is beyond disgusting. Mrs. Pelosi, tear down that wall. And pay for your own protection. And put a fence back on the border for them to guard. Our service men and women were treated better in Iraq and Afghanistan. At least they had edible food. Why isn't the military providing their food. They are in D.C. with all of those military facilities. Maybe not enough money left from previous administrations? They are military dammit. Treat them like they are. I am so angry I'm probably not even being rational. I have family in the National Guard. Thank God they aren't there now guarding some of those POS. Some of the guard have been hospitalized because of the food. Michigan lawmakers request better food for National Guard members after complaints of moldy, undercooked meals (msn.com) Sorry for the rant but this makes my blood boil.
  2. I finally have a table space I can use as food prep space, so lots of meal ideas, along with a little less expensive food prices since I am in a new location. Plus I can grow a garden come spring time. This is not a thread for debates on low - carb, gluten, lactose, non gmo ingredients, as individual adults who run your own kitchens who know your sensitivities per individual situation ---- you figure it out for yourselves, don't hijack the thread with overloaded 'well meant suggestions'. Make your own thread. This is for general 'Cold Weather' recipes. Asking for a particular substitution suggestion is fine, but it's also not necessary, for more than 4 decent answers to such a question, so read up, the thread to see if it's already been answered with a reasonable solution. These recipes can be any category of food stuffs. I thought I would start out with a couple I would like to make. The soup recipe was easy and it had a pretty good suggestion on how to freeze individual portions too. I have a good sized freezer now in a good sized refrigerator. http://www.agingermess.com/2013/03/creamy-chicken-and-gnocchi-soup.html?m=1 Ingredients 4 Tablespoons olive oil 4 Tablespoons butter, unsalted 1 large sweet onion diced 3 stalks celery diced small 1 cup carrots, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup already cooked chicken breast, shredded (you can use leftovers) 1/4 flour 3 cups milk 1 cup heavy cream 2 cups chicken stock 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme Salt and pepper, to taste 2 cups fresh spinach 1 17.5 oz package gnocchi (it doesn't matter if it's not exactly 17.5 oz..a little more or less won't hurt a thing) 1. Dice up the onion, carrots, celery and garlic. This is the base for most soups. Sometimes I can't believe I didn't use to like celery. 2. Heat olive oil and melt butter in a large pot. 3. Saute carrots, onion, celery and garlic in the olive oil/butter. 4. Here's the gnocchi I used. Go ahead and get a pot of salted water heating up. Don't forget the lid, it'll quicken the boiling time. Cook gnocchi according to package directions. 5. Whisk flour into veggie mixture. This will create a roux (a thickening agent). 6. Now add the milk and heavy cream and stir with a whisk. Stir frequently until thickens up a little. 7. Now add the chicken stock, cooked chicken, thyme, salt and pepper. 8. Add the chopped spinach and stir. 9. Once the gnocchi water begins to boil, drop the gnocchi in. It should only take a couple minutes for the gnocchi to be done. When you see the gnocchi begin to float to the top, you know it's ready. 10. Drain gnocchi and add the the soup. Taste and adjust seasonings adding more salt and pepper if needed. To Print RECIPE ONLY CLICK HERE One can ladle individual portions into solo cups and freeze , then slice sides of cup to remove frozen portions to bag and freeze for later meals. I love good soups but I also love pot pies and the little muffin recipes folks have come up with for healthy small meals you can carry easily or grab and heat to eat quickly, if you do ahead. , so this was a quick mini chicken pot pie one can do if they like. http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/impossibly-easy-mini-chicken-pot-pies/9a1006cf-5b40-4c87-acd8-9c3436210129 Ingredients Chicken Mixture 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup) 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 cup frozen peas and carrots 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz) Baking Mixture 1/2 cup Original Bisquick™ mix 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs Watch Video Directions 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray. 2 In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink in center. Add onion and chicken broth; heat to simmering. Add frozen vegetables and seasonings. Heat until hot, stirring occasionally until almost all liquid is absorbed. Cool 5 minutes; stir in cheese. 3 In medium bowl, stir baking mixture ingredients with whisk or fork until blended. Spoon 1 scant tablespoon baking mixture into each muffin cup. Top with about 1/4 cup chicken mixture. Spoon 1 tablespoon baking mixture onto chicken mixture in each muffin cup. 4 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. With thin knife, loosen sides of pies from pan; remove from pan and place top sides up on cooling rack. Cool 10 minutes longer, and serve.
  3. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-22/putin-s-feed-russia-first-push-has-global-grain-markets-on-edge Putin’s Feed-Russia-First Push Has Global Grain Markets on Edge Don't Miss Out — Follow us on: Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube by Anatoly MedetskyWhitney McFerron 7:00 PM EDT April 22, 2015 Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Combine harvesters operate on a wheat field during harvest on a farm in Vargany, near Nizhny Novgorod. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg Vladimir Putin is determined to make sure that Russians don’t run out of affordable bread, even if it means a few bankrupt farmers and a disrupted grain market. The country that last year was the fourth-largest wheat exporter is now taxing all overseas sales of the grain. Shipments dropped by more than half, and the loss of income is squeezing already thin profits for growers. While Putin’s move kept more wheat at home, farmers have cut back spending to stay solvent, including using less fertilizer and pesticide. Russia’s energy-driven economy slipped into its first recession in six years after a slump in oil prices and the pinch of international sanctions sparked a plunge in the ruble. That made imports, including many food items, more costly. For now, reduced shipments of Russian grain haven’t affected global wheat prices much because of bumper harvests almost everywhere else, though that could change if exports keep falling. “You have some farmers that are selling crops today below the cost of production, but they need cash to plant the next crop,” said Mike Lee, founder of Agronomy Ukraine, a farm adviser based in Kursk, Russia. “Everybody is cutting back to save cash,” he said by phone Monday, after completing a 12-day tour of fields around the Black Sea region, where winter-wheat harvesting starts in July. Winter Wheat Agrobiznes Group of Cos., which manages 14,000 hectares (34,600 acres) in western Russia, may dedicate about 20 percent less land to winter wheat if the tax isn’t lifted, according to Director General Alexander Chil-Akopov. Winter wheat, the variety that accounts for two-thirds of Russia’s output, is sown beginning in August and harvested the following year. Spring wheat is usually planted starting in March and collected in September. Lower prices may drive farmers out of business and cause Russian grain production to decline, according to a March letter from the National Association of Exporters of Agricultural Products, a Moscow-based industry group that includes traders Cargill Inc. and Louis Dreyfus Commodities LLC. “Farmers in the south have huge stockpiles that the market will not have demand for,” Alexander Korbut, vice president of the Russian Grain Union, said by telephone from Moscow. “This issue is a hard reality.” Inflation Accelerates Russia’s wheat exports since the tax began totaled 1.1 million metric tons as of April 8, down 59 percent from the same period in 2014, Agriculture Ministry data show. For the entire season that began in July, shipments still are up from a year earlier. Inflation has accelerated in Russia after a global oil glut left prices at half what they were a year ago, the economy has slipped into recession and the ruble plummeted. Trade was disrupted by U.S. and European Union sanctions imposed following Russia’s incursions in Ukraine last year. To slow the double-digit advance in consumer prices, the government sought to limit wheat sales overseas. As of Feb. 1, every shipment incurred a tax of 15 percent, plus 7.50 euros ($8.05) a ton. Even though the levy is set to expire in June, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said earlier this month that he favors extending it. Ample Supply If the tax is lifted, world prices may fall as farmers dump crops on the market, Korbut of the Russian Grain Union said. Wheat on the Chicago Board of Trade, the global benchmark, has dropped 15 percent this year to $5.01 a bushel on Thursday. With ample world stockpiles, any rally in wheat would be unsustainable, said Dan Basse, the president of market researcher AgResource Co. in Chicago. Government-subsidized loans will mitigate rising costs for Russian farmers and limit the drop in production, he said. The tax will cost farmers 20 billion rubles ($373 million) this season and 50 billion rubles next year if it’s extended, data from Moscow-based research firm SovEcon show. Costs are already rising, with farmers paying at least 14 percent more than last year because of more expensive fertilizer and seeds, a U.S. Department of Agriculture attache report showed last month. Domestic wheat prices in rubles have fallen about 13 percent since the tax was introduced, data from Macquarie Group Ltd. show. It isn’t the first time the government has stepped in to limit wheat shipments that have doubled in the past decade. In 2010, Russia banned exports for 10 months after the worst drought in a half century, which led to a doubling of prices in Chicago. “I don’t see a reason why farmers should be encouraged to plant more,” Daryna Kovalska, an analyst at Macquarie in London, said by telephone on April 17. “Prices are quite low, and on top of that, they just don’t have money to invest in this crop.” Russia Exports Ukraine Energy Oil Prices Imports Food Black Sea Chicago Agriculture Russia is in the top 4 wheat producers in the world.
  4. http://www.ewg.org/foodscores Nutrition, ingredients, pesticides and gmo information per food item.
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